LIVE SHOW REVIEW: TURKUAZ & LETTUCE

Haw River Ballroom was recently treated to a double-billed funk invasion featuring Turkuaz and Lettuce—these vastly talented groups bring the promise of hard-hitting basslines, sizzling horns, and jazzy guitar riffs. The mixed crowd spanning a few decades in age came ready to dance in the venue tucked away in small Saxapahaw, North Carolina.  Turkuaz opened…

Chris Cornell: July 20, 1964-May 17, 2017

The moment you become enthralled with someone’s music and relegate yourself to fandom is a moment that is hard to forget—like a jolt of emotional lightning that surges through your being and creates intense joy, inspiring admiration and worship of an artist and his or her music. It’s not always easily explained, but it is…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with LOUIS SCHEFANO

“As a kid, music was hitting me really hard, and it caused me to go to an emotionally invested place. Songs were almost debilitating to me as a kid, I assumed it was the same for everyone else,” recalls alt-rocker Louis Schefano, who will release Opposite Side Of The World, his solo debut, on February…

ALBUM REVIEW: “LIVE AT BLUE ROCK” by FUTURE THIEVES

On March 24th, 2016, Nashville-based rockers Future Thieves live-streamed their show at Blue Rock Studios in Wimberley, Texas; the adrenaline from performing at SXSW only a week earlier added extra fuel to the band’s fiery blend of melodic rock and turbocharged southern rockicana. Viewers were glued to their screens as Elliot Collett (lead vocals) and…

“SYSTEM OF A GUN” – NEW MUSIC from GUTXI BIBANG

Second-generation African from the Basque region of northern Spain Gutxi Bibang is an unlikely candidate to carry the rock n’ roll torch, but with his new single, “System Of  A Gun” out via French indie label OSKAR Recordings, Bibang is not only carrying that torch, he’s brandishing it like a double-edged musical sword. His family emigrated to the…

PREVIEW: TWIN LIMB at THE RYMAN on 11/23/16

Louisville-based dreamy indie rock trio Twin Limb has recently hit the road with fellow Louisvillian music-maker Jim James, a tour that will bring them to the Ryman Auditorium to perform for the first time. “We’re opening for Jim, and then we’re playing in his band,” says Twin Limb’s Lacey Guthrie. “I never imagined I’d walk into…

THE EAST OF 8TH TOP 15 OF ’15: “Bros” – Wolf Alice

It’s that time of year again; the needles have all fallen off of the Christmas trees, wayward tinsel drifting like tumbleweeds down the path from the front door to the curb.  The dreidels have stopped spinning, the itchy scarves have been regifted, and folks are finally in recovery from their food comas.  While it’s customary to set…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BANDIT HEART

Troy Akers grew up with dreams of becoming a surgeon; “In America, if you’re a doctor or a lawyer or something, that’s successful, that’s great.  The whole time though, I was falling in love with music and writing.”  He held onto that idea until he was in high school, when he began writing songs.  “My…

FREE DOWNLOAD FROM HEYROCCO!

Hey y’all!  I get emails about new music all the time, and today one such email delivered the grunge-tastic sounds of South Carolina-bred trio HEYROCCO…being a child of the 90s, grunge and early alternative music holds a special place in my heart.  I’ve been saying for a while that grunge was going to make a…