8 QUESTIONS with OCNSIDE

In the summer of 2017 and after the breakup of their band Voxhaul Broadcast, David Dennis and Tony Aguilar holed up at the famed Sound City Studios where artists like Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, and Nirvana plied their craft and created some of the modern American songbook’s must-listens and essentials. The pair emerged as alt-pop duo…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE NEW RESPECTS

The holidays are always a time of hope and optimism, even if the holiday is the not so traditional, like Nashville’s much-loved Festivus (a holiday inspired by the TV series Seinfeld).   Last Friday, Nashville indie-rock radio station Lightning 100 partnered with Marathon Music Works to raise money and collect donated toys for the Salvation Army…

PREMIERE: “NOT GONNA RUN” by TONEY ROCKS

Las Vegas-based singer/songwriter Toney Rocks is a fighter. In fact, the rootsy blues man has purposely placed himself in challenging situations just so he can fight his way out of them. “I’m so used to it,” he admits. “If it’s too easy I don’t feel comfortable, which isn’t necessarily the greatest approach to have.” It…

ALBUM REVIEW: “TO THE TOP” by BLACKFOOT GYPSIES

About seven years ago, Matthew Paige and Zack Murphy staked the tent in the ground for what is now Nashville’s favorite purveyor of 60s-style rock n’ roll revival, otherwise known as Blackfoot Gypsies. On April 14th, the band will release their third album, To The Top, via Plowboy Records. Describing their sound as mere rock would be…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: RISING APPALACHIA at CANNERY BALLROOM

Rising Appalachia is more than just a band–it’s a rallying cry in support of world music, social and economic justice, and cultural preservation. Upon entering the Cannery Ballroom last Thursday, it was apparent that we were about to experience no ordinary show. The normally barren corridors between the entrance and the stage were lined with…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THE SOLARS

What happens when insanely creative twenty-somethings submit to the power of serendipity and join forces to make music? The Solars happen, that’s what. The Boston-based collective’s roots reach all the way across the country, to Vancouver, Washington, where Miles Hewitt and Quetzel Herzig met as children. “Quetzel and I have known each other effectively since…

PREVIEW: JULY TALK at THE HIGH WATT on 11/6/15

“My guns and ammunition/Do very different things/If you’re looking for tradition/I’m castling my king,” sings, or rather, growls Peter Dreimanis, co-lead vocalist for Toronto-based alt-blues band July Talk, currently on tour supporting their self-titled debut album released this year.  Indeed, if you’re looking for tradition, this avant-garde five piece will definitely flip your script. July Talk recently took…