ALBUM REVIEW: “CLASSIC” by FREEDOM FRY

French-American couple Bruce Driscoll and Marie Seyrat, otherwise known as Freedom Fry, is an indie-pop duo founded in Los Angeles in 2011 whose authentic but versatile sound has truly changed the game. Their songs, which range from playful blends of instruments and upbeat tunes to vocals with raspy depth and soulful harmonies, tend to illustrate…

PREMIERE: “I STILL REMAIN” by THE WESTERN DEN

In search of creative community, Deni Hlavinka and Chris West were drawn together with magical magnetism to form The Western Den; initially creators with folk sensibilities, the pair has pushed past those sonic boundaries with their forthcoming debut album, A Light Left On. Today, the band unleashes album track “I Still Remain”; its spare string…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with NO SMALL CHILDREN

It’s been said that a mediocre teacher tells, a good teacher explains, a superior teacher demonstrates, and a great teacher inspires. Meet No Small Children, an alt-rock trio from Los Angeles, who definitely fall into the latter category—by night, they wield their guitars and shoot out searing riffs, but by day, the three are molding…

PREVIEW: MICHAEL RAULT at THE BASEMENT, 5/25/18

“I started playing guitar at 12, it took me a couple of years to make my own bands and then decided that I wanted to play music seriously from that point on,” says Canadian alt-rocker Michael Rault, who grew up in a musical family in Edmonton, Alberta. “I’ve never changed my mind.” The now-Montreal-based Rault…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MATT COSTA

“I love the trumpet; I only played during junior high in the school band,” says singer/songwriter Matt Costa when asked if he was a fellow lifelong band nerd. “You’d go to school and carry your trumpet case around, and I really liked that. When I stopped playing the trumpet, I started skateboarding and then started…

NEW MUSIC MONDAY!

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Elliah Heifetz‘ new tune “You Shall Be A Blessing” is the perfect pick-me-up for a Monday afternoon. Brightly acoustic with sparkling touches deftly inserted in all the right places, Heifetz charms us with his poignant lyrics and his endearing vocal style, the combinaton of which could make the most stoic listener swoon. A…

PREVIEW: EVERCLEAR at THE COWAN on 5/23/18

Iconic alt-rock powerhouse Everclear was a major part of my adolescent musical experience; in fact, with their signature catchy guitar riffs that inspired young folks to learn guitar and raw, lyrical honesty that cuts right to the quick, Everlcear has been a major part of countless others’ immersion into music. “I’m blessed, man. I’ve had a…

PREVIEW: THE NIGHTOWLS at THE 5 SPOT on 5/22/18

”I am literally folding t-shirts,” says Ryan Harkrider, frontman of 10-piece Austin-based alt-soul outfit The Nightowls. The band was gearing up to begin touring in support of the release of their latest album, We Are The Nightowls, out on April 27th.“We travel in this big RV. I picked it up this morning and drove it…

“CONSTELLATE” – NEW MUSIC from FLEURIE

Nashville popster Fleurie recently released her dreamy new single, “Constellate”; “Now we get to fly” she sings in her ethereal vocal style, as she celebrates the hope of a new beginning. In her signature goosebump-inducing style, she uses electronically-produced sounds to build a firm foundation over which her vocals can soar. Co-produced by Fleurie (the musical moniker…

PREMIERE: “DEEP LOVE” by DELA KAY

It’s been said that nothing worth having comes easy, an idea embraced by Nashville popster Dela Kay, in her new single, “Deep Love.” The song narrows its focus on the tough question we all must ask at one point in a relationship – “Are you my forever love?” Kay explains that she wrote the song…