8 QUESTIONS with CuzN

Recently I had the pleasure of watching a music video that left an indelible smile on my face and hope in my heart; the video was for a song called “Ordinary People” by English-turned Australian singer/songwriter Richard Soward, who performs under the moniker “CuzN“.  The song by itself is an anthem, but the video is…

PREVIEW: WILD CHILD at CANNERY BALLROOM on 11/19/15

Austin-based indie folk ensemble Wild Child will be making a stop in the Music City this Thursday to perform at Cannery Ballroom with friend and fellow Austin artist Shakey Graves.  “When we’re not on tour, we’re inseparable.  Back home, he’s like my brother.  It’s really special to be able to continue to go on the…

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN ANNOUNCE TOUR!

Critically acclaimed artist Thao & The Get Down Stay Down will tour North America next spring, kicking off March 25 in Portland and playing New York’s Webster Hall, Los Angeles’ Regent Theater, Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club, Thalia Hall in Chicago, and more. The band has gained a reputation for their widely-toured live show, which WXPN praises as “blistering,” and Brightest Young Things says is “steeped in attitude and energy. Thao Nguyen…

PREVIEW: BRANDY ZDAN ALBUM RELEASE at THE HIGH WATT on 11/18/15

“It’s been almost seven years since I moved to the States, and all of my Canadian is almost gone,” says Nashville-by-way-of Winnipeg alt-rocker Brandy Zdan.  “I feel like there’s a certain reserved quality that a lot of Canadians have, they don’t ask for things, my observation.  I find that Americans ask for things, and I’ve…

PREVIEW: JEFFREY JAMES at THE HIGH WATT on 11/17/15

With a hint of sultry soul intertwined with groove-heavy alt-pop, Jeffrey James’ intoxicating voice is undoubtedly set to be a game changer. Born and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana, James got his start singing in the school choir and learned how to play guitar at the age of ten. After independently releasing EPs Make Your Way To…

“SCREAMING COLORS” – NEW MUSIC from VIOLET DAYS

Swedish band Violet Days have released “Screaming Colors”, the follow-up to their debut single “So Dope.” The infectiously catchy ear worm boasts a big sound with a massive, uplifting chorus. Singer Lina Hansson said the song is about “the feeling when you realize that you gotta break out of that darkness inside of your head and…

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: “BRICK BY BRICK” by EVAN JEFFREY

While other kids his age were watching cartoons and playing video games, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Evan Jeffrey was obsessing over Jimi Hendrix; “I remember when I was seven or eight, sitting down next to the CD player in my room and replaying Hendrix’s version of ‘Star Spangled Banner’ over and over.  Not much has changed – I’ve spent…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with DAVID RYAN HARRIS

Soul singer/songwriter and guitarist David Ryan Harris has had a steady and storied musical career; since the 1980s, Harris has been in several bands on various labels, produced artists like India.Arie and Dionne Farris, written and performed with a star-studded roster of musicians, was John Mayer’s touring guitarist from 2004-2012, and released his fourth LP, Lightyears, in 2014.  Even…

ALBUM STREAM PREMIERE: “ENDLESS SUN” by PAGEANT

Siblings Derek and Erika Porter are the heart of Nashville folk/pop-rock four-piece Pageant, whose beautifully-crafted seven-song sophomore EP Endless Sun is set for release on CD and digital formats on Friday, November 13th. Lead singer-songwriter Derek Porter’s rich, pointed vocals and guitar intermingle with his sister Erika Porter’s lilting vocals, guitar, and ukelele to create a lush call-and-response of moving and playful…

PREVIEW: THE GRISWOLDS at CANNERY BALLROOM on 11/12/15

It’s been an whirlwind of excitement and success for Australian indie rockers The Griswolds since the release of their debut album, Be Impressive, last year. The fantastically frenetic foursome has torn up the American highways, playing shows and festivals from sea to shining sea with bands like Walk The Moon: “We’ve gotten to play some awesome venues,…