AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with FITNESS

In a refreshing left turn from their well-trodden respective paths, Max Collins, well-known as the vocalist of Eve 6, and Kenny Carkeet, former keyboardist for AWOLNATION, have joined forces to create FITNESS, the vehicle for their own unique blend of alt-rock and aggressive synth-pop. After a chance meeting at a 2012 festival in upstate New…

PREVIEW: THE SHEEPDOGS at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 7/22/18

Fourteen years ago, newly graduated friends in Saskatchewan were trying to figure out what to do with their lives; none had ever formally played in a band before, but they decided to play music together. “We lived in the middle of nowhere and we wanted to break things off and experience new things,” says Ryan…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with VON GREY

As I tiptoe into Nashville’s High Watt during VON GREY’s soundcheck, I expect to hear some delicious synth-infused pop emanating from the intimate stage. I was met with the sounds of fiddle and a harmonious rendition of Dolly Parton classic “Jolene”— I was completely captivated. I soon learned that any attempt to put this band…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with GEORGE TAYLOR

“I hold my hands and pray that you’ll be there on my final day, and if you are, will you come with me?” sings London-based singer/songwriter George Taylor in his new single, “Come Follow Me  Down.” With its slinky groove awash in a minor key and a sinister edge, Taylor’s “come hither” vocal style would…

WORD ASSOCIATION with BISHOP GUNN

With its eleven powerful tracks that pay tribute to the swampy southern blues of their origin, edged with gut-punching rock n’ roll, mostly Mississippi-based outfit Bishop Gunn’s new album Natchez, named for their hometown, represents the sound of the South as they know it. The band is made of Natchez sons Travis McCready (lead vocals),…

PREVIEW: BIRDS OF CHICAGO at MUSICIANS CORNER on 6/15/18

Husband-wife duo  JT Nero and Allison Russell, otherwise known as Birds of Chicago, relocated to the Music City not too long ago and will perform their first proper gig in their new hometown at free summer concert series Musicians Corner on June 15th. The pair met in 2006, and there were fireworks between them from the…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MEIKO

Two years ago, when we last spoke with singer/songwriter Meiko, she had just moved to Nashville from Los Angeles, was about to release her appropriately-titled record Moving Day, and was about to have a baby. Now, the adventurous Georgia-born songcrafter has relocated to, wait for it, Hamburg, Germany. “My husband’s British, and he’s also half…

PREVIEW: AMERICAN AQUARIUM at THE BASEMENT EAST on 6/5/18

Today, American Aquarium released their new album, Things Change, an aptly-titled stunner; a year ago, the band’s world was upended, and frontman BJ Barham was at a crossroads when his entire band decided to leave. “I’ve always had a rotation, tumultuous would be the word to describe my band situation,” laughs the native North Carolinian…

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…