PREVIEW: LOW CUT CONNIE at MUSICIANS CORNER on 6/6/15

When I found that Low Cut Connie was coming to Nashville to play Musicians Corner on June 6th, I squealed out loud.  I squealed even louder when I had the chance to chat with Adam Weiner and Dan Finnemore, as they and the rest of the band were relaxing in their tour van and driving…

RECAP: THE RENTALS with REY PILA and RADIATION CITY at THE HIGH WATT

Miss the greatness that was The Rentals with Rey Pila and Radiation City the other night at The High Watt?  Well, beloved readers, look no further!  East of 8th’s own photographic genius Wesley Duffee-Braun was on the front row to capture the action, just for you! For more photos from the show, head over to…

PREVIEW: IVAN & ALYOSHA at THE HIGH WATT on 6/2/15

Seattle-based five-piece folk-pop outfit Ivan & Alyosha will be rolling into the Music City for a show at The High Watt on Tuesday, June 2nd, to show off their recently-released sophomore LP, It’s All Just Pretend, on Dualtone Records.  Indie-folk band Kris Orlowski, also based in Seattle, will provide opening support.   The album, at 11-songs strong, has received positive praise…

REVIEW: DIAMOND RUGS at MERCY LOUNGE

Supergroup Diamond Rugs performed at Mercy Lounge in Nashville recently, supported by Athens, Georgia-based New Madrid, and Nashville’s own Justin Collins. Justin Collins’ unique musical stylings garnered lots of support from the hometown crowd; New Madrid’s brand of vibe-y psychedelic rock, and all of their glorious hair, had us all entranced during their atmospheric and…

PREVIEW: THE CONTENDERS at THE HIGH WATT on 6/3/15

There are some new contenders in town…called…The Contenders (see what I did there?)…and they’ll appearing at The High Watt on June 3rd.  The Contenders are a duo comprised of veteran musicians (singer/songwriter) Jay Nash, and drummer Josh Day (who has toured with/drummed for artists like Sara Bareilles, Jennifer Nettles, and legend John Oates).  I met…

RECAP: TORO Y MOI at EXIT/IN

South Carolina’s Toro y Moi appeared at Exit/In recently, with Los Angeles-based Vinyl Williams providing opening support; if you missed the festivities, never fear!  We’ve got photographic highlights just for you! Photographs are courtesy of the incomparable Samuel Katz on behalf of East of 8th (IG portfolio: @samuel_katz).

AN EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE FROM KEENAN O’MEARA

We got to spend some time recently with New York-based singer/songwriter Keenan O’Meara and his beautiful voice, who performed his wonderfully ethereal song “Dogma” for us.  The video was shot in the loft of a barn here in Nashville; if you listen carefully, you can hear a nest full of baby birds singing along in the…

PREVIEW: AVERS at EXIT/IN on 5/21/2015

Happy Wednesday beloved readers! I wanted to let you know that Richmond, Virginia-based rock supergroup Avers will be back in the Music City TOMORROW NIGHT!  I had the great fortune to interview the band the last time they were in town, back in March.  They’ve been busy since then, with a successful run at SXSW…

PREVIEW: REY PILA at MERCY LOUNGE on 5/25/2015

I recently caught up with Diego Solorzano from Mexico City-based indie electro-rock band Rey Pila, currently on a nationwide tour with The Rentals.  Rey Pila, which began initially as Solorzano’s solo project, will be releasing their follow-up to 2010’s self-titled debut in the very near future.  You can catch them live with The Rentals at Mercy Lounge…

RECAP: YOUNG BROTHER at MERCY LOUNGE

Nashville’s Young Brother performed at The Mercy Lounge recently, along with other Nashville faves Cardboard Kids, Golden Youth, and Youth, a show curated and presented by Cause A Scene and titled “Never Growing Up” (seriously, I just love that).  Young Brother has released two singles so far, “Kamikaze” and “Man Up,” which should both be in your…