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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with WEEKENDER

I spent some time with Derek Sheehan, Jesse Petas, Steven Rosplock, Brendan McGeehan, and Dan Mudd, also known as Philadelphia psych-rockers Weekender, at Savannah Stopover Music Festival before their set; the band has been touring to support their latest EP, Floaty Feeling, Blue, which came in in January via PaperCup Music. Previously, Weekender had essentially been…

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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with FRENCH HORN REBELLION

In the late 80s-early 90s, a genre called New Jack Swing burst onto the music scene; fusing older styles of R&B and swing-y jazz with newer pop production and sensibilities, the genre was made popular by the likes of Janet Jackson, Teddy RIley, and Bobby Brown.  “But Susan,” you ask, “What’s with the history lesson?” …

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NEW VIDEO from JESSE RUBEN- “THIS IS WHY I NEED YOU”

Happy Hump Day cool kids! I wanted to send a treat your way–blog favorite indie pop crooner Jesse Ruben has recently released a video for his swoon-worthy, starry-eyed, soul-slugging song “This Is Why I Need You”. A while back, I spoke with the man himself about the story behind this song;  “I never, ever thought I’d…

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ALBUM REVIEW: “HITCH” by THE JOY FORMIDABLE

Hitch, the third studio album from alt-rockers The Joy Formidable can be described in three words: massive anthemic rock.  Since their debut release in 2010 of A Balloon Called Moaning, the Welsh trio has grown into a force to be reckoned with. Ritzy Bryan (lead vocals/guitar), Rhydian Dafydd (bass), and Matthew James Thomas (drums) decided…

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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THE BALLROOM THIEVES

If you follow this site (and if you don’t, you really should), you saw that we recently covered the Savannah Stopover Music Festival, which was, in a word, amazing.  I had the chance to chat with Martin Earley, Devin Mauch, and Calin Peters, a.k.a. indie folk trio The Ballroom Thieves,  who had, only a few…

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“NEVERENDING” – NEW MUSIC from LITTLE COYOTE

Emerging from the sands of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, alternative-pop-rockers Little Coyote combine thumping beats provided by Anto Dinh on drums and funky resonance from Gareth Bussey on bass, with Matt Coates’ vintage-feel 6-string twanging fluidity and powerfully rich poetics vocalized by Judd English. Their new song, “Neverending”, is the lead track on the band’s second EP…