AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SAINT MESA

Orange County, California native Danny McCook, who makes music under the moniker Saint Mesa, grew up surfing and exploring desert canyons with his father; schooled at home with his three brothers, by a saintly and extremely patient mother, McCook was afforded the opportunity to spend a lot of time exploring the world around him. “It…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with COUCHERON

Los Angeles-based Norwegian beat-making wunderkind Coucheron began his musical journey in, of all places, the kitchen. “I started out as a kitchen drummer—strictly pots, pans, and the occasional kettle as a kid, until I discovered Iron Maiden,” Coucheron says with a laugh. “My brother and I started playing along to heavy metal songs when we were six…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with COREY HARPER

Corey Harper has a voice that penetrates the soul and could soften the toughest of hearts—an amazing talent given that the 21 year old singer/songwriter, who hails from Portland and now resides in Venice, California, has only been making music since the ripe old age of 19. Raised my music-loving parents on a steady diet…

PREVIEW: ZANDER HAWLEY at 3RD & LINDSLEY TONIGHT!

Every ending leads to a new beginning, and heartache is often the catalyst for both. Nashville-by-way-of-Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Zander Hawley, who began making his own music a few host years ago, knows that truth well. “Like every 15 year old, I had my heart broken, and that’s what set it off,” laughs Hawley, who will…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BILLY RAFFOUL

“Until I was five, we lived on a farm and we literally sold tomatoes,” recalls Billy Raffoul of his upbringing in Leamington, Ontario, also known as the “Tomato Capital of Canada.” My mother was a painter and a writer, my dad was always playing shows and doing gigs,” he adds. “We were always around music.”…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “GEMINI” by RAVINER

We at East of 8th celebrate creativity and innovation every chance we get, and Nashville rock band Raviner is the star of our current party; their anthemic 2016 debut EP, [DISCONNECTED], explored themes of self-discovery and self-realization, disillusionment with institutionalized religion, spiritual and emotional abuse, all centered around a core message—believing in yourself.  Now the…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BLAIRE ALISE & THE BOMBSHELLS

At the ripe old age of 20, New York-by-way-of-Detroit-based songstress Blaire Alise is already a seasoned professional, in her fifth year of writing and recording as Blair Alise & The Bombshells, who just released a new album, My Eye, in February. “I started this album almost two years ago,” she says of My Eye, which…