Ryan Kanaly

RECAP: FAMILY AND FRIENDS at MUSICIANS CORNER

Athens, Georgia-based musical collective Family and Friends brought the house down at Musicians Corner recently; if you haven’t had the chance to see them live, you haven’t yet lived.  You can stream their brand new EP XOXO, and catch them on tour in August and with The Oh Hellos and Cereus Bright shortly thereafter; I don’t see…

Ryan Kanaly

RECAP: HUMMING HOUSE at MUSICIANS CORNER

Nashville folk band and blog favorite Humming House performed at Musicians Corner in the Music City recently, and as always, they played their hearts out and lit up at least two city blocks with their charisma and energy.  They’re touring like crazy, so don’t miss their show when they come to your neighborhood! Jul 23…

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RECAP: FRANCES & THE FOUNDATION at THE HIGH WATT

Nashville rockers Frances & The Foundation were in full force and effect recently at The High Watt.  My face? Melted.  Check out pics from the show!  (These photographs were provided by the incomparable Wesley Duffee-Braun.  Check out his genius on display at www.wesleyduffeebraun.com, and head over to the East of 8th Facebook page for more!)

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8 QUESTIONS WITH HARTS

I saw a Youtube video not too long ago of this young’un (as we say in the South) playing blues guitar like he was the king of the Mississippi Delta.  I thought to myself, “Dang Susan, this dude has some serious Prince-like swagger,” and I resolved to find out more about him (after I picked my jaw…

Ryan Kanaly

REVIEW: THE LONELY WILD at MERCY LOUNGE

Y’all. The Lonely Wild blew the roof off of The Mercy Lounge recently, and I couldn’t get enough.  The band opened the festivities with their high-octane declaration of love “Everything You Need;” the energy never waned–the band’s lush vocal harmonies, superb instrumentation (those dualing trumpets absolutely slay me), and charismatic stage presence gave my goosebumps goosebumps.  The…

REVIEW: AAVE at MERCY LOUNGE

Nashville-based shoegaze-y four piece aave (pronounced ah-vey) performed at the Mercy Lounge not too long ago to give us a sneak peak at the songs from their debut full length album, There’s Nothing, set for release on August 14th on Villain Place Records/Rock Ridge Music, and yours truly was there to experience it.  I use the term “experience,” because that’s…

REVIEW: METRIC at BRIDGESTONE ARENA

It was a steamy night in the Music City on July 8th, and I was drenched with sweat by the time I found my seat at Bridgestone Arena; I didn’t care though, because Canandian veteran indie-rockers Metric were opening for Imagine Dragons, and yours truly was there to cover the show.  HOLY BUCKETS. The temperature inside the arena rose when Metric…

REVIEW: ROYAL BLOOD at CENTER STAGE

I’m a rabid Royal Blood fan.  I love everything about them; the fact that they are British and have those delicious accents, that there are only two of them, yet, through creativity and innovation, they are a sonic force to be reckoned with, that their music has provided a much-needed revitalizing shot-in-the-arm for rock n’ roll…I could…

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8 QUESTIONS WITH BAD BAD HATS

Indie rock trio Bad Bad Hats, comprised of Kerry Alexander (vocals, guitar, wisdom), Chris Hoge (drums, courage), and Noah Boswell (bass, power), are releasing their buzzworthy full-length debut album, Psychic Reader, this Friday, July 17th.  The band is from all over, but calls Minneapolis home; I recently caught up with Alexander, who was getting ready for the album’s release and making the most of Minnesota’s three…