AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SARAH SOLOVAY

New York City-based pop star-on-the-rise Sarah Solovay began making music at the ripe old age of six. That’s right, while most of us were learning to add and subtract, Solovay had embraced her passion and was already working towards her life’s goal. When she was 13, she began participating in open mic nights in clubs around…

RECAP: SWEET SPIRIT at THE EAST ROOM

Austin-based glam-centric rock collective Sweet Spirit, on tour supporting their brand new album St. Mojo, brought its rowdy road show to the Music City recently, with a electrifying performance on The East Room’s stage. Few rock harder than this bunch; originally conceived with country music in mind, front folks Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen quickly discovered country…

AN EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE from THE WHISTLES & THE BELLS

Nashville’s The Whistles & the Bells, alt-rock moniker of acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Simpson, will release his sophomore LP Modern Plagues via New West Records on April 28th. Prior to launching The Whistles & the Bells, Simpson had already won substantial success as a bluegrass mandolinist, serving a seven-year, three-album stint with the acclaimed progressive-bluegrass quartet Cadillac Sky.…

PREMIERE: “STARS & GALAXIES” by CARVER COMMODORE

Carver Commodore represents not only the reincarnation and rebranding of roots rock outfit The Bear & The Bride, it signifies a complete metamorphosis. Situated in Florence, Alabama amidst the rich heritage of Southern rock and soul songwriting styles of Muscle Shoals, Carver Commodore blends those roots with shimmering guitar licks and pop sensibilities. The band…

ALBUM PREMIERE: “LOVE & LUST” by JADEA KELLY

Canadian indie folk artist Jadea Kelly, who counts Nashville as her second home, will celebrate the U. S. release of her new album, Love & Lust, on Friday, April 21st. Love & Lust is Kelly’s third studio album–and her most vulnerable work yet, documenting her journey through anger, shame, mercy, and her ultimate celebration in…

PREVIEW: MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ at THE HIGH WATT on 4/21/17

On April 21st, Matthew Logan Vasquez will release his second solo album, Does What He Wants, via Dine Alone Records, a collection of passionate, hardscrabble anthems about financials issues, death, jerky landlords, and general irritation. However, even with its intense subject matter, Does What He Wants is a seriously fun listen. “Blues is happy music, and…

PREVIEW: NIGHTLY at 3RD & LINDSEY on 4/23/17

While other kids were playing video games, Pennsylvania-bred Nashville-based cousins and musical partners Jonathan Capeci and Joey Beretta were playing music. The pair made waves in the Nashville indie pop scene over the last several years in their previous incarnation, Dinner and a Suit, who shared stages with the likes of Imagine Dragons. “When one…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “EVAPORATE” by RIVAL SHAPES

Tuscan, Arizona-based indie rock outfit Rival Shapes will release their new EP, Pull, on May 23rd, a follow-up to their 2016 release, Push. Pull is a collection of the darkest and most heart-wrenching songs from the Rival Shapes thus far, about the seeking, attainment, preservation, and loss of love. The band describes the EP as “a rainy day record. A stay…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: JULIEN BAKER at THE RYMAN

As bodies began to file into the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, April 12th, everything seemed normal–people were chatting about the show, what they do in the world, and the like. As the mother church began to look more and more like a sold out auditorium, the lights dimmed and the opener promptly took the stage.…

PREMIERE: “THE TROUBLE IS WAKING UP” by KELLY HOPPENJANS

Nashville’s Kelly Hoppenjans relied on music as a stabilizing force in the midst of change, earning herself the childhood nickname “Kellybird” for her constant singing. In June, the folk rock songbird will release Dreaming is Easy, her second EP, which takes the listener on a colorful yet stark journey through love, loss, betrayal, and hope.…