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“EVERYBODY” – NEW MUSIC from BLACKTOP QUEEN

Echo Park-based and blog favorite garage rock trio BLACKTOP QUEEN have unveiled their new track “Everybody” – the band’s second single, following the widely embraced debut “Spiderbite.” In their brief existence, the band has already gained the loyal support of both the Los Angeles and national blog scene (case in point!).  The trio of seasoned musicians…

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HAPPY FRIDAY: JACK WHITE to guest star on THE MUPPETS

Ok, go ahead and judge me all you want, but I love The Muppets.  When I was little, I had Miss Piggy, Kermit, and Fozzie Bear stuffed animals, I watched the original “Muppet Show”, watched “The Muppet Babies” on Saturday mornings, saw all the Muppet movies….I could go on.  If you know me at all,…

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LIVE SHOW REVIEW: RON POPE at MERCY LOUNGE

A sold-out Mercy Lounge was jam packed with enthusiastic fans recently to see independent Americana legend-in-the-making Ron Pope perform his first show in Nashville as a hometowner.  The air was buzzing with anticipation of the greatness about to dominate the room;  I’d heard that Pope’s performance style was a force to be reckoned with, and…

“HOOKED ON ME” – NEW MUSIC from JACK NEWSOME

Jack Newsome, 19 year old singer-songwriter and student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, won top honors at the this year’s IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with his song “Hooked On Me”,  which was co-written by Brian Maher and produced by Pavel Dovgalyuk.  Newsome plans to release a full length album later this year. Snag a listen…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SWEETTALKER

When I first heard “Jenny”, the new single from Nashville Southern rockers SWEETTALKER, it shot through my earbuds like a bolt of electricity, and I sat straight up in my chair.  I like real-deal, energetic, guitar-driven hard rock, and I don’t often get to hear something that stimulates my senses in quite that way.  Hearing more…

“IN THE FREEZER” – NEW MUSIC from SOPHIE STRAUSS

New York City-based singer-songwriter Sophie Strauss has announced the release of her forthcoming debut EP, Yeah No Fine.  In between shifts selling peaches at the Santa Monica farmers market, Strauss recorded the EP, which is as much a glance at the California landscape as it is a portrait of the cramped isolation of NYC, informed by musical influences such as…

“SOLITUDE” – NEW MUSIC from ALPENGLOW

When it came time to record their debut full-length album, Alpenglow turned to musician and producer Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds, Apollo Sunshine) to help them stretch their sound into the psychedelic world. The band cites Cohen’s abilities to tweak tones and strip down beats as his biggest strengths saying, “He has a way of placing listeners’…