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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

PREVIEW: MARIAN HILL at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS on 5/6/18

For Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd, lifelong friends who met in a middle school production of “The Music Man,” it all began with whisky. Or rather, “Whisky.” “Jeremy came home on a break from college and showed me the beat that would become ‘Whisky,’” Gongol explains of Marian Hill’s seminal song which appears on their…

PREVIEW: BAHAMAS at CANNERY BALLROOM on 5/11/18

“There’s just a naivety when you’re younger, you really believe you can be anything. I just allowed that idea to run unfettered. I really have only ever done music,” says Afie Jurvanen who makes music under the moniker Bahamas. “I was a horrible student. I really did not do well in school at all, I…

PREVIEW: MAGIC GIANT at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 5/6/18

The last time we spoke with Los Angeles-based folk-pop powerhouse Magic Giant, they had just recorded new album In The Wind—in a solar-powered mobile recording studio that allowed them to make music in some unorthodox places—like in a redwood tree in Avenue of the Giants and in a reverb-y tunnel in Snoqualmie Pass, Washington. Now,…

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…

Eo8 PRESENTS: MAX GOMEZ at THE HIGH WATT TONIGHT!

No stranger to live performances, singer/songwriter Max Gomez set out on his spring tour at the beginning of March. Starting and ending in his home state of New Mexico and including a visit to our beloved Music City, Gomez admits he feels more confident than ever in his ability to put on a live performance…