LIVE SHOW REVIEW: PHASES

If I thought I was escaping the dog days of summer in the South by taking East of 8th on the road to Seattle, I was sadly mistaken—I clearly brought the heat with me, as the Pacific Northwest was in the in the midst of an intense heat wave last week. Even so, the typically…

“STRANGER IN THE NIGHT” – NEW MUSIC from J. MARCO

J. Marco – formerly of Nashville–based band New City Savages – will release his solo debut, Myth, on October 21st, and has shared Tom Petty-esque album track, “Stranger In The Night”. Myth finds J. Marco pulling triple duty as singer, songwriter and guitarist covering quite a bit of ground along the way; the album features propulsive synth-pop to rollicking rock…

ALBUM REVIEW: “THIS ALBUM DOES NOT EXIST” by DREAMERS

Los Angeles-based pop rock trio DREAMERS released their long-awaited debut LP today, This Album Does Not Exist, via Fairfax Recordings.  I myself was beginning to wonder if the album really did not exist, but DREAMERS comes in clutch with twelve tasty rock-tastic morsels. This Album Does Not Exist is not a collection of sentimental love…

“SURE IS NICE” – NEW MUSIC from NATURAL CHILD

Nashville trio Natural Child will release Okey Dokey, their latest full-length and the band’s first new music in two years, on September 16th via their new label, Natural Child Records and Tapes. Natural Child has cultivated the classic sounds that have defined their roots through the decades. From the reflective, easy-lifer, Muscle Shoals-era Stones to the twangy hyperactivity of Wilco’s A.M., Natural…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MADE VIOLENT

Have you ever had one of those days where everything you touch melts or destroys itself? “I feel like that’s every day for me,” laughs Justin Acee, drummer of rock trio Made Violent, whose beloved tour van, Miss Bugatti’s Gentlemen’s Lounge and Cigar Emporium–Miss Bugatti for short–recently kicked the bucket. “Once we were driving to…

“ALL EYES ON ME” – NEW MUSIC from PIGEON JOHN

Los Angeles-based hip hop genre bender Pigeon John, is preparing to release his new album, Good Sinner, on September 23rd via Dine Alone Records; Good Sinner,  a pop-centric interpretation of hip-hop, features Pigeon John singing far more than he has on past efforts, and more fully reveals his ability to carve out his own lane in an…

“CATHERINE IN MOONLIGHT” – NEW MUSIC from THE PRESSURE KIDS

Blog favorite indie rock band The Pressure Kids have released a new single, “Catherine In Moonlight”, a staple of their live shows, for your listening pleasure. The Pressure Kids have been busy touring and making new music–if you’re in the Music City on August 27th, the band will perform for the Local Music Experience show series at…

ALBUM REVIEW: “THE SIDES AND IN BETWEEN” by GRINGO STAR

I’ll be honest; whenever I hear the word “psych” in front of a band’s description of itself or its music, I tend to roll my eyes. Why? Because nothing I’ve heard described as “psych” really ever wows me. As I reluctantly peeled the proverbial wrapper off of my download of The Sides And In Between…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THE LAST ROYALS

“There’s an undeniable thread of rebellion that goes along with rock n’ roll; using these instruments that were created for order and beauty and turning them into overdriven electric things is kind of a middle finger in itself. It’s meant to be that way. It’s about perpetual youthfulness and individuality,” opines indie pop rocker Eric…

ALBUM REVIEW: “REAL” by LYDIA LOVELESS

At the young age of 25, Lydia Loveless has been a professional musician for over decade; hailed by music media outlets as a rising new artist in the early 2010’s, it is astounding that she is not a yet household name. With the release of her newest album, Real, that anonymity may soon become a thing…