PREVIEW: THE LOWER CAVES at THE BASEMENT on 4/24/15

Nashville-based indie rock band The Lower Caves, comprised of Aaron Ahlstrom (vocals) who may or may not be a spy in real life, Jon Shearer (guitar/keys), Sean Savacool (bass), Jonathan Williams (drums), and an occasional fifth member, whom Aaron mysteriously refers to as ‘The Beard’), will be playing at The Basement this Friday with Yumi and The…

8 QUESTIONS WITH JORDAN HULL

I had a chance to catch up with Nashville-based troubadour Jordan Hull, whose easy-going style and Dylan-esque delivery bring a solid grin to this girl’s face; since he is someone whom I wholeheartedly believe should be on your musical radar, I thought you might like to get to know him. Eo8:  What made you decide to relocate…

PREVIEW: POKEY LaFARGE at MERCY LOUNGE on 4/22/15

Y’ALL!!!  St. Louis-based roots music master Pokey LaFarge is celebrating the release of his newest record, Something In The Water, at Mercy Lounge on Wednesday, April 22nd, joined by Margo and the Pricetags and Rachael Davis.  Saying that I’m excited about this show just might be the understatement of the century. I’ve mentioned before that I believe I was born in…

PREMIERE: “MANIA”–THE BRAND NEW SINGLE FROM KEENAN O’MEARA

East of 8th is honored to introduce you, beloved readers, to “Mania,” the brand new single from Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Keenan O’Meara. “Mania” is the first single from his soon-to-be-released debut LP (You) Awful Creature; O’Meara recorded the song at legendary Electric Lady Studios (built by Jimi Hendrix and used by the likes of Bob Dylan, John…

PREVIEW: HEY ROSETTA! at MERCY LOUNGE on 4/16/15

  This Thursday night is the April installment of Communion Nashville, a monthly concert series that introduces music fans to up-and-coming artists.  Tennis, Seryn, *repeat repeat, and Vinyl Thief are all bands I first heard at a Communion night; they are bands I’ve ended up interviewing, writing about, or doing videos with, bands whose music has become…

8 QUESTIONS WITH ROYAL BLOOD

I had the most incredible opportunity recently to interview drummer Ben Thatcher, one-half of British rock duo Royal Blood, who won the award for “Best British Group” at the Brit Awards this year (like our Grammy awards), beating out bands like Coldplay, alt-j, and One Direction.  I adore their music.  ADORE.  The band was set…

MUSICIANS CORNER SUMMER LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Hey y’all!  The Musicians Corner summer lineup came out today, and I am so excited I can hardly type!  I mean, just look at it! For the unfamiliar, Musicians Corner, a program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, presents free family friendly music events in Nashville’s Centennial Park on Saturdays from 12…

“UNDER HER SAILS” – THE DEBUT SINGLE FROM MALPAS

Once upon a time, I became addicted to a song called “Under Her Sails” by songwriter Ali Forbes and producer Andy Savours, a UK-based duo otherwise known as Malpas.  The song begins with delicate yet driving xylophone/bells, and progresses into a synth-y atmosphere of sound, with simple lyrics are delivered by Forbes’ honeyed voice.  I still can’t…

PREVIEW: MAX JURY at THE HIGH WATT on 4/13/15

Iowa-bred singer/songwriter Max Jury wrote his first song at 13, and at 21 is already an old soul.  Influenced by the likes of Ryan Adams, Wilco, and Tom Waits, Jury calls his sound ‘“a big stew,” which also encompasses his love of rock’n’roll and British invasion bands like the Kinks as well vintage soul, modern…

PREVIEW: JESSIE BAYLIN’S “DARK PLACE” ALBUM RELEASE at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 4/11/15

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin will be celebrating the release of her highly anticipated new album Dark Place at 3rd & Lindsley on Saturday, Aprill 11th.  The album is officially out today, April 7th. Baylin joined forces with longtime collaborator and producer Richard Swift to create the LP; over the course of nine days in Swift’s Oregon studio, she…