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…

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?” …

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…

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…

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…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with PENNY and SPARROW

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Andy Baxter, who, with Kyle Jahnke, comprises folkicana duo Penny and Sparrow.  The pair released their delicious new album, Let A Lover Drown You, on March 11th via Single Lock Records, and were en route to a venue in Seattle: Andy: Social media has been kind, and people have…

#FlashbackFriday: The Savannah Stopover Music Festival, Part III

After our afternoon adventures, we settled in for a lovely dinner at underground watering hole The Ordinary Pub, where they have these delectable fritter tots that are like fried mashed potatoes.  Have mercy.  We were walking our way out of a food coma, and headed back to Trinity United Methodist Church to see another blog…

#FlashbackFriday: The Savannah Stopover Music Festival, Part II

After the Quiet Hollers warmed up the crowd at Trinity United Methodist Church, alt-folk trio The Ballroom Thieves took over performance duties, the band’s first time playing in Savannah; “We’re from the north so we’re going to milk the whole y’all thing. How are y’all doing?” band member  Devin Mauch asked the crowd, or maybe…

#FlashbackFriday: The Savannah Stopover Music Festival, Part I

It was a beautiful afternoon when we pulled out of the Music City, hit the highway, and headed to Georgia to cover the Savannah Stopover Music Festival in, you guessed it, Savannah.  A fast food lunch, several bathroom stops, a speeding ticket, and a long 8 hours later, my trusty photog, Jenna, and I pulled…

“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…