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Digital Brains and Strolling Omens host musical food drive at The End on 12.15

As the holiday season approaches, we here at The Deli jump at the bit to promote events that help the community, especially when good music is involved. If you're in town on Saturday 12/15, want to get off the naughty list, and enjoy some local music, head down to The End with your non-perishable food items. Local rock and roll bands Digital Brains and Strolling Omens are hosting a food drive to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, so you can do your good deeds while rocking out to songs like Digital Brains' new song "Self Destruction", which comes out 12/14. The first thirty people to bring donations to the show will receive a free copy of Digital Brains' newest EP III, so pack as much non-perishable food as you can and get to The End early. Then grab a whiskey toddy and warm up with some excellent music. Sounds like a night full of holiday joy.

Take a listen to "Catch A Break", the first track from III, below. - Will Sisskind

Little Raven open the bill at The Cobra on 12.18

Genre-weavers Little Raven, who released their EP Black & Blue last year, will open the bill at The Cobra on December 18th. The quartet of Rafael Green, Keenan Keaton Payne, Kyle Edmonston, and Brad Owens pulled out all the stops to put their songs to tape last year, adding strings, horns, and mystical vocal overdubs to their jazz-rock jams. The recordings on Black & Blue capture not just their musical talent, but also the energy of their live performances; you can catch them on stage opening for Louisiana-based Alex Abel and NYC-based HER, kicking off a night of unapologetic rock-and-roll sure to make that Tuesday night an unforgettable one. Listen to Black & Blue below. - Will Sisskind

Mini Meltdowns member Michelle Sullivan goes solo for new single release

Over the last fifteen years, songwriter and guitarist Michelle Sullivan has had her hand in a bowl full of Nashville indie bands, including Sherbert, TV Sisters, and Mini Meltdowns, the latter of whom just released their latest EP in April. Now Sullivan plans to release her first record, Expiration Date, under her own name in early 2019. The first releases from her upcoming debut -- singles "Little Pink Room" and "Psychopharmacology" -- feature Sullivan's backing band The All-Night Boys, who mash indie rock with brash protopunk and a bit of folk to produce a tight, gritty sound. Listen to them both below, and stay tuned for more word on the release of Expiration Date. - Will Sisskind

Whoa Dakota performs at LunaSea Holiday bash at East Room on 12.09

Celebrate the holidays early with Whoa Dakota and a whole slate of her fellow LunaSea Media artists on December 9th at The East Room! It's the second anniversary of the Nashville indie record label, and its artists are turning out for a night of music in which they'll cover some Christmas classics as well as each others songs. For example, Whoa Dakota will cover the songs of Tayls, her indie-psych pop tour-de-force label mate; in return, Tayls will perform some of Whoa Dakota's latest NPR-approved tracks. Among the other artists joining them are Kelly Hoppenjans, Molly Rocket, Athena, Pet Envy, and more! Plus, you can enjoy the music while shopping at a holiday market filled with local vendors. Get festive with your favorite local artists! For a taste of what you'll hear, take a listen to Whoa Dakota's "Patterns" from her NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission below. - Will Sisskind

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