ALBUM REVIEW: “KINDNESS, A REBEL” by RIVER WHYLESS

With a studious mix of Appalachian chamber pop and lyrical sleight of hand, Asheville group River Whyless has created something special but familiar in their latest release Kindness, A Rebel. While referencing their musical predecessors (see Fleet Foxes and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), they tread familiar ground and explore interesting territory while never losing a sense of self. With multiple members taking…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “NEW YORK” by INNER TONGUE

In 2013, Vienna-based artist Inner Tongue was diagnosed with a rare vocal-cord disorder so severe that only a handful of specialists throughout the entire world were capable of treating it. The resulting surgery left him, for a time, unable to talk. The months that followed the operation were emotionally and physically shattering, and though he kept composing,…

NEW MUSIC MONDAY!

“Dime Store Pistol” – C A Y N E “Jon Buscema, the brilliant producer behind ‘Dime Store Pistol’ and ‘In The Weeds’ (released 2017) and I were hoping to make a song that lights a fire in anyone who listens to it- male and female alike,” says Jessica Cayne, the pop/rock powerhouse behind C A…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: FLEET FOXES

The shows you attend by chance are usually the ones that leave lasting and indelible impressions–Fleet Foxes’ recent stop at the Ryman Auditorium was definitely one of those shows. Fleet Foxes released one of the 2017’s best records, Crack-Up, and they finally made to Nashville to play two nights at the mother church. To classify…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “NOTHING CIVIL” by JEREMY & THE HARLEQUINS

It’s no secret that relationships take work. It’s been said that peace isn’t the absence of conflict, it’s the ability to deal with the conflict. Our culture is rife with examples of our decreasing ability to solve problems constructively through civilized discourse fueled by empathy in action. New York-based rockers Jeremy & The Harlequins tackle the…

PREMIERE: “ANDY” by WANDERWILD

Since its beginnings as the folk-y solo project of Athens, Georgia-based singer/songwriter Matt Martin, to its current indie rock incarnation and full-band status, you could say Wanderwild has come a long way. Change is inevitable, but growth is optional, and in the case of Wanderwild, the growth curve is off the charts. Today the band…

ALBUM REVIEW: “NOONDAY DREAM” by BEN HOWARD

When thinking of Ben Howard’s music, eloquence, depth, and raw, unfiltered beauty come to mind. There is something unique and exceptional about his style that tugs at one’s heartstrings and stops you in your tracks. He encompasses anything and everything in his music and blends it with authentic creativity; from resounding piano notes that seem…

ALBUM REVIEW: “CLASSIC” by FREEDOM FRY

French-American couple Bruce Driscoll and Marie Seyrat, otherwise known as Freedom Fry, is an indie-pop duo founded in Los Angeles in 2011 whose authentic but versatile sound has truly changed the game. Their songs, which range from playful blends of instruments and upbeat tunes to vocals with raspy depth and soulful harmonies, tend to illustrate…

PREMIERE: “I STILL REMAIN” by THE WESTERN DEN

In search of creative community, Deni Hlavinka and Chris West were drawn together with magical magnetism to form The Western Den; initially creators with folk sensibilities, the pair has pushed past those sonic boundaries with their forthcoming debut album, A Light Left On. Today, the band unleashes album track “I Still Remain”; its spare string…