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    5 Hot Nashville Bands You Need to Hear Now

    Nashville has a fitting nickname: "Music City." As the capital of country music, iconic artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, and Bob Dylan all flocked to the Tennessee capital to record seminal albums. But the city is undergoing a rock renaissance. Big names like Paramore, Kings of Leon, and Jack White all call Nashville home, and outside the Grand Ole Opry, a young indie rock scene is blossoming. The annual Next BIG Nashville summit -- which runs from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 -- celebrates all corners of the city's scene, and like the music it honors, the event is growing.

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    Karen Elson Performs at Husband Jack White's Studio

    "It's a pretty dandy place, isn't it?" Karen Elson asked Monday from the stage at Third Man Records, the multi-purpose Nashville outpost for her husband Jack White's label. Just a song into the hometown release celebration for her debut album, The Ghost Who Walks, she welcomed the snugly packed hundred or so well-wishers with shy grins and demure giggles. Barely three weeks before, White showed off a new album from his band The Dead Weather on the same stage. "Welcome to my house," he half-growled, all hyper-confidence and swagger. They're a different brand of host, those two, and a different brand of musician, too, Elson evoking as much elegance on stage as White does abandon.

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    Paramore Is a Band

    Franklin, Tennessee -- 30 minutes south of Nashville – is one of the wealthiest towns in one of the nation's wealthiest counties. Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, and Sheryl Crow live around here. So does half of the contemporary Christian-music industry. It only follows, then, that the Starbucks on Main Street is a haven for power meetings, and right now, the brain trust behind local-kids-done-good Paramore face a minor crisis as they discuss new merch with their manager. Josh Farro, the pop-punk quartet's 20-year-old guitarist, wears a look of concern and resignation."I asked for it extra hot," he says, shrugging apologetically as he hands a soy-six-pump-extra-hot-no-water chai to 19-yearold flame-haired singer Hayley Williams. "But it's still hardly hot at all." Williams gamely accepts the tea.

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