AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with GIBBZ

I caught up electropop maestro Gibbz recently as he was prepping for his current tour with Dragonette, and dealing with some not-so-fun stuff as well: He: “I’m having a tooth issue, I have to have a tooth taken out. I have terrible teeth. I think it’s genetic. I’m going to blame my mom.” Me: “Do…

“RINGER” – NEW MUSIC from THE UNLIKELY CANDIDATES

“Ringer”, the latest infectious earworm from Dallas, Texas-based rockers The Unlikely Candidates, is a deceptively delightful allegory–the object of the narrator’s desire, the Ringer, represents materialism run rampant. Ah, symbolism. “’Ringer’ is a song about the American Dream, in the form of a woman, and how it has been hijacked by the pursuit of material wealth and power,”…

DR. DOG STEALTHILY RELEASES NEW ALBUM

Iconic psych-rockers Dr. Dog have long been superheroes in my book, but I had no idea they donned ninja gear under their capes…earlier this year, the band released a new album, went on a nationwide tour to support it, and today, they’ve added a new release to their golden catalogue, Abandoned Mansion.  Abandoned Mansion is a ten-song mood…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with JOE MARSON

In case you had doubts, you should know that gingers have soul, and Los Angeles-based bluesy rocker Joe Marson is living proof. “I’ve always been very moved by music. I grew up listening to a lot of different things, and I feel like I understood it at a soul level very early on. I soaked it…

“EASILY” – NEW MUSIC from BRUNO MAJOR

“Just because it won’t come easily, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try,” sings London-based artist Bruno Major in his swoon-worthy new single “Easily”. The song is the fourth in his current 12-month long release project, a process which Major calls “a catharsis”; “I want to put music out, a song every month, for the rest of my artistic career, until I…

PREVIEW: JENNA LOTTI at THE LISTENING ROOM CAFE

“I always loved music,” says Boston-based singer/songwriter Jenna Lotti. “I would sing around the house, in my room, everywhere,” she adds with a laugh. Lotti, who was diagnosed with depression at a young age, was encouraged to keep a journal to process and deal with her thoughts and feelings. “I started writing, eventually writing poetry,”…

REVIEW: TWIN LIMB at THE RYMAN

To me, the historic Ryman Auditorium has, after 12 years of attending live performances within the confines of its hallowed sanctuary, a distinctly familiar smell; if someone blindfolded me and walked me into the concert hall, I would know exactly where I had landed. On this particular evening, the wood of the antique pews and…

AN EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE from LILY & MADELEINE

Folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine, who recently finished a nationwide tour supporting Brett Dennen and accompanied Dawes for several shows in the United Kingdom, released their acclaimed record Keep It Together earlier this year via New West Records. Keep It Together, the pair’s third full-length album, makes a dynamic statement, one that is the sound of Lily and Madeleine asserting themselves as…

“COASTLINE” – NEW MUSIC from HOLLOW COVES

Aussie folk duo Hollow Coves has released a new single, “Coastline”, the second from their forthcoming debut EP, Wanderlust, set for release on February 3, 2017. The pair see travel and adventure as their inspiration for their debut; introspective and understated, “Coastline” taps into a universal yearning for escape to a simpler, more beautiful life. The song was penned…

“SYSTEM OF A GUN” – NEW MUSIC from GUTXI BIBANG

Second-generation African from the Basque region of northern Spain Gutxi Bibang is an unlikely candidate to carry the rock n’ roll torch, but with his new single, “System Of  A Gun” out via French indie label OSKAR Recordings, Bibang is not only carrying that torch, he’s brandishing it like a double-edged musical sword. His family emigrated to the…