AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with GOTHIC TROPIC

Attending SXSW in Austin is quite the experience, one that will test the boundaries of your lack-of-sleep threshold, challenge your patience for traffic issues, and stretch the imagination as far as music-making goes. At a venue at 11:30pm waiting for a show that was set to begin at midnight, my inner old person was fighting…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: VÉRITÉ

Though often obscured by the layers of country, Americana, rock, and more country, there has always been a pop music scene in Nashville. As artists have pushed the boundaries of the genre with bolder offerings that forgo the glitter-tripe frequently associated with “pop music,” indie-pop is undeniably establishing itself as the new cool in Nashville. With…

PREMIERE: “PEACE OF MIND” by BROTHER MAN

At East of 8th, we do our best to feature the most exciting new alternative offerings taking over the digisphere at any moment, from alt-pop to alt-folk and everything in between. In my heart of hearts, however, I love straight up blues-inspired guitar-driven rock n’ roll. Bands like Austin’s Black Pistol Fire, Brooklyn-based Winstons, and…

PREVIEW: ANIMAL YEARS at THE BASEMENT on 4/30/18

If you happen to have a free 19 minutes, head over to your favorite streaming service and check out Far From Home, the recently-released EP from Brooklyn-based folk-rock outfit Animal Years. It’s a rollicking good time, one that will make you stomp your feet and clap your hands—it’s evident that the band behind the music…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BLACKTOP QUEEN

It’s an age-old story: band gets together, band makes amazing music, industry folks want in on the excitement, and things begin to change–not always in a positive way. Such is the journey of rock duo Blacktop Queen, who burst onto the Los Angeles scene a few years ago. ”So we release the music, we’re rolling,…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SHANA HALLIGAN

“Growing up, I listened to my dad jamming in the living room with so many incredible musicians. Stevie Nicks would hang out, Herbie Hancock, my dad’s bandmates from Blood, Sweat & Tears and there was loads of jazz,” recalls California pop singer Shana Halligan. Even as a young girl, Halligan was surrounded by music, so it was no surprise…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: RHYTHM N’ BLOOMS FESTIVAL, DAY 3

As a thaw set in over Knoxville with balmy weather reaching over 50 degrees, there was a fresh energy in the air for the final day of The Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival.  A quick look at my schedule revealed it was going to be an eclectic day as I had circles around acts with…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BANTUG

“My dad was in this rock band in the 80s. I was brought up around music, and I think at a really, really young age I connected with it. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized what I was feeling when I was younger was this feeling of ‘Oh, you’re passionate about this…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: RHYTHM N’ BLOOMS FESTIVAL, DAY 2

Saturday brought a mix of anticipation and layers (and layers) of clothes as Rhythm N’ Blooms once again was ready to rock the chill off Knoxville’s Old City.  It was such a busy day, we needed to just jump right into the music. At every festival, a few acts emerge from their sets leaving a…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: RHYTHM N’ BLOOMS FESTIVAL, DAY 1

Nestled in Knoxville’s Old City, the annual Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival calls one of the Scruffy City’s scruffiest and diverse neighborhoods home. Boasting a diverse lineup mixed with local favorites and national touring acts, it’s a can’t-miss event. I was so excited to get the party started, I left Nashville without putting my suitcase…