ALBUM REVIEW: “DON’T GO OUT TONIGHT” by BAD SPELL

Some have said that rock n’ roll is dead. If you’ve ever voiced that particular complaint, you should know that you’re wrong. On their new album Don’t Go Out Tonight, Atlanta trio Bad Spell gives you all the proof you need. You hear it right from the opening notes of “Gotta Put You Down,” a…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: SHAKY KNEES, DAY 3

After two full days of music and exuberance, the final day of this year’s Shaky Knees Music Festival came, and it ended up being the hottest, as well as my favorite day of the three. We began our Sunday at the Piedmont Stage to catch Whitney, a band that wowed audiences and critics alike with…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: SHAKY KNEES, DAY 2

At the Main Stage on an overcast Saturday, Nashville southern soul revivalist Anderson East jumped straight into his melting sound of soul and kicked off our second day at Shaky Knees with a bang. The band got the crowd moving as East howled through every line, and literally gave me goosebumps with his combination of…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: SHAKY KNEES, DAY 1

Our Shaky Knees Music Festival adventure began with the wonderfully talented Margaret Glaspy, whose brilliant mix of jazz and rock, along with her edgy and empowering lyrics, please ears and raise plenty of applause. She played a remarkable set of her songs, mostly from her newest record Emotions and Math, a perfect start for the…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with PAPER LIGHTS

Atlanta-based pop duo Paper Lights, makers of “adventure music,” released Great Escapes, their debut full-length in March 2016; today they unleash a deluxe version of the album, featuring their arena-sized anthems along with several remixes by contributing artists. Uniquely, their cinematic sound finds its home on the stage and on the screen; the band has shared bills with…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MANSELL

“We are three friends who grew up together playing music; when we decided we wanted it to be more of an expression and documentation of our lives, it became Mansell,” says Holden Fincher, vocalist and guitarist of the Atlanta-based indie rock outfit, who released their debut album, Mantra, on November 11th. “Both of my parents…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with GRINGO STAR

Nick and Peter Furgiuele came by their love of music honestly, a love which began early on as the brothers cut their musical teeth on the tasty morsels of their parents’ record collection. “We spent our early school-aged years in Boone, North Carolina; there wasn’t a lot of radio exposure or anything like that,” says…

REVIEW: ROYAL BLOOD at CENTER STAGE

I’m a rabid Royal Blood fan.  I love everything about them; the fact that they are British and have those delicious accents, that there are only two of them, yet, through creativity and innovation, they are a sonic force to be reckoned with, that their music has provided a much-needed revitalizing shot-in-the-arm for rock n’ roll…I could…

REVIEW: ALEX CLARE with FIREKID and TAYLOR BERRETT

My most recent adventure? Traveling to Atlanta to see an Alex Clare show, as part of Skype’s Ones To Watch tour series!  “So Susan, what exactly is this Ones To Watch series?” you may be asking; for six weeks only, Skype and the House of Blues have teamed up to give fans unprecedented access to six of…

PREVIEW: ALEX CLARE at CENTER STAGE THEATER ATLANTA on 12/15/14

Y’ALL.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am.  I am absolutely beside myself.  Why, you ask? Well, allow me to explain! Yours truly has been asked to travel to the lovely city of Atlanta, Georgia to cover a show in the “Ones To Watch” tour series presented by Skype and Live…