LIVE SHOW REVIEW: LENNON STELLA

A short time ago, a friend sent me a Spotify link and told me to check out an artist named Lennon Stella.  The link came with almost no details except that Stella’s background included being a cast member on the TV show Nashville. It was around this same time that I discovered I may be…

PREVIEW: LETTUCE at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS on 1/25/19

Bass players seem to be the unsung heroes of every band, but there’s one outfit whose renowned bassist is always front and center, delivering his low-end grooves and inspiring crowds of all shapes and sizes, from Coachella to clubs, to let the power of the music wash over them completely. That band is cosmic funk…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: TURKUAZ & LETTUCE

Haw River Ballroom was recently treated to a double-billed funk invasion featuring Turkuaz and Lettuce—these vastly talented groups bring the promise of hard-hitting basslines, sizzling horns, and jazzy guitar riffs. The mixed crowd spanning a few decades in age came ready to dance in the venue tucked away in small Saxapahaw, North Carolina.  Turkuaz opened…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: RON GALLO

It’s no longer a secret that Nashville’s music scene is more than a love-hate relationship with its country music stereotype. With indie and alternative rock now a dominating force, the music floods out of concert venues, clubs, and bars nightly. While there are numerous faces in the crowd of the city’s emerging rock acts, there…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: KEUNING

“In the beginning, the land was pure”….a spoken word excerpt borrowed from The Jacksons’ 1980 tune “Can You Feel It” opened the show at the High Watt this week for Keuning, the solo project of Dave Keuning, lead guitarist and co-founder of world-famous rock band The Killers. As words turned into funky beats, Keuning took…

PREMIERE: “SIMPLER TIMES” by IF I COULD_FOREVER

Nashville may have a country music heritage, but the indie pop scene is exploding. Every day, we discover new bands making poptastic waves, and we are excited to share what’s happening with you! Beloved readers, meet brand spanking new duo IF I COULD_FOREVER, who will unleash their debut single “Simpler Times” tomorrow. It’s a classic Nashville…

PREVIEW: KEUNING at THE HIGH WATT on 11/14/18

At the ripe old age of 14, Dave Keuning picked out his Christmas gifts from the Sears catalog, and a guitar was the first item on the list. “I didn’t get it, but I got like the next five things after,” he recalls. “Later, I was at a friend’s house who had a guitar and…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “NEVER KNOW” by ERISY WATT

It’s been said that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but as we all know, life’s paths are never so direct. “I started writing our single ‘Never Know’ in college, but then I put it down for a while. One of my songwriter friends told me that if you can’t finish…

PREVIEW: SAVANNAH CONLEY at THE BASEMENT EAST on 11/8/18

“Nashville is my best friend and my toughest critic all the same time,” says Nashville singer/songwriter Savannah Conley. “It’s great. It’s super intimidating. But it’s the most gratifying thing if you do play a good show, and if people tell you that you played a good show they’re being straight up with you,” she laughs.…

8 QUESTIONS with OCNSIDE

In the summer of 2017 and after the breakup of their band Voxhaul Broadcast, David Dennis and Tony Aguilar holed up at the famed Sound City Studios where artists like Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, and Nirvana plied their craft and created some of the modern American songbook’s must-listens and essentials. The pair emerged as alt-pop duo…