k.s. Rhoads Record Release feat. Emily West w/By Lightning! & TristenPop/Rock
Pop music is a polyglot world now, with flavors drawn from sugared-up hip-hop, dub-step, folk-stomp and other far-flung styles, and blockbusters hits flying in from Australia, South Korea and the U.K. At this eclectic moment, Nashville’s K.S. Rhoads is releasing an album that shows he has plenty ideas of his own to bring to the table. The 11 tracks on The Wilderness play host to everything from existential angst, apocalyptic perspective and socially conscious aspiration to free-floating orchestral flourishes, old-school loops and poetic rap swagger. Even the anthemic moments — which haven’t exactly been in short supply in mainstream music lately — transcend the form; the title track has a cursive Eastern-sounding choral figure. One of the most refreshing things about Rhoads’ breed of pop is that he doesn’t feel the need to choose between making big statements in the lyrics and fleshing out the musical dynamics with precision and imagination. He worked out a lot of these string arrangements during a collaboration with the Nashville Symphony a couple years back. And damn, it’s no wonder someone who puts this much into his work has taken seven years between albums.
3rd & Lindsley
Show: 8:00 PM