Thursday Pick: The Young Republic

Accomplished, young, smart ... what's not to like?

The Young Republic in an Indie band from Nashville whose members are actually quite accomplished on their instruments and utilize seemingly the entire history of popular music in their songwriting. By no coincidence, the group formed five years ago when they met as students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

But this isn’t flashy, look-at-me stuff: The range of influences (Classical to Jazz, old-school R&B to Blues) are subtly displayed, distilled into the band’s own distinct sound, and all that experience is used solely to serve the song.

The band records for the UK’s End of the Road Records and is planning another tour across the pond later this fall. The group’s next release is Balletesque, due in early October.

THE YOUNG REPUBLIC play the MidPoint Music Festival twice Thursday: a free show at 6:15 p.m. on Fountain Square and a regular showcase at 12 midnight at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get MPMF details here and here.

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