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Cherub: When Nashville Music Doesn't Sound Like It Comes from Nashville

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Usually you associate Nashville music with country music. Maybe the blues. Perhaps even rock. But rarely do you associate Nashville music with futuristic synthpop. Unless, of course, you're Cherub.

Cherub is a Nashville-based duo consisting of singer-songwriter Jason Kelley and producer Jason Huber. At first glance, and at first listen, the duo seemingly operate as a DJ set. After all, there's only two of them. And you'll see a synthesizer and an MPC at their shows. But if you peel back their surface a bit, you see even more. You see that even though Cherub's music certainly has DJ-esque qualities about it, Kelley and Huber are more than DJs. They're musicians. Not only is Cherub is a DJ set, Cherub is also a band.

Cherub is a band for a number of reasons.

For one, the guys play instruments. As in instruments that are actual instruments. Not just instruments that are computerized interpretations of instruments.

For two, Cherub's flavor of synthpop has a distinct alternative edge to it. Just as you don't commonly associate Nashville music with synthpop, you don't commonly associate synthpop with an alternative twist. A funky twist? Sure. A dancey twist? That too. But an alternative twist? Nope, not something you come across very often. Cherub has all of these twists in ample supply.

And finally, Cherub is a band because Kelley and Huber have the swagger of rockstars. But unlike most rockstars, they don't take themselves too seriously. Or maybe they do. At least kind of. It's probably most correct to say they take not being serious very seriously. Check out the video "Doses and Mimosa" off their 2012 album MoM & DaD (included with this article).

The video went viral. The song also topped charts on Hype Machine. Looks like I'm not the only one who's a fan of Cherub's smooth grooves and fun-loving spirit.

Not that this surprises me.

Especially not when Cherub was a scene stealer of 2013's Lollapalooza. Word on the street is these guys are insanely fun to see live.

But don't take it from me. Find out for yourself tonight at the TLA.

Sounds like: MGMT meets Prince. Or Chromeo meets Radiohead.

Show Details: Sunday, April 6th, 2014. Show starts at 8 PM. Tix can be purchased here or at the door.

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