8 QUESTIONS with SOUTHERN AVENUE

When it comes to showcasing the absolute best of what modern Southern-bred soul has to offer, one needs to look no further than Memphis-based outfit Southern Avenue. Comprised of award-winning blues guitarist Ori Naftaly, otherwordly vocalist Tierinii Jackson, funktastic drummer Tikyra “TK” Jackson, Beale Street fixture Jeremy Powell tearing up the keys, and Evan Sarver…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE DEVON ALLMAN PROJECT with DUANE BETTS

One of the unexpected challenges of writing concert reviews when the artist is the offspring of an iconic musician is determining whether the rising artist is trying to embrace the legend of the parent or hoping to bury any familial comparisons. Ironically, most musicians seem to be internally struggling with the same thing.  Fortunately, The Devon…

PREVIEW: TURKUAZ at EXIT/IN on 10/25/18

“From day one. it was always the vision to have this exact band that we have, this setup,” says Dave Brandwine, guitarist and lead vocalist of Turkuaz. “We’re just fortunate enough that we’re not only a band of nine people but we’re a band of nine really close friends, like a family. Everyone intuitively knows…

PREVIEW: THE GLORIOUS SONS at EXIT/IN on 10/10/18

”It’s good and it’s bad. It’s hard when you are best friends with someone and you start a business together. That’s a lot to add to a relationship,” says Brett Emmons of Juno Award-winning Kingston, Ontario-based rock outfit The Glorious Sons of being in a band with his brother, guitarist Jay Emmons. “That has the ability…

PREVIEW: WELSHLY ARMS at EXIT/IN on 10/10/18

In 2017, the world was captivated by the grit and groove of a song called “Legendary,” birthed by a band called Welshly Arms from Cleveland, and inspired by living legend LeBron James. Since then, Welshly Arms has amassed over a million monthly listeners on Spotify, conquered late-night television, and set major festival stages on fire…

PREVIEW: TYPHOON at EXIT/IN on 2/3/18

“Listen. Of all the things you’re about to lose, this will be the most painful,” relays Typhoon’s Kyle Morton, in the spoken word introduction to the band’s latest release, Offerings, out January 12th via Roll Call Records. The album was an ambitious undertaking, almost two years in the making, which tackled the theme of memory…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: TURKUAZ

While I can always find a bit of dancing—or at least some rhythmic toe tapping and finger pointing—at most concerts, the fans of Turkuaz showed up to the Exit/In ready to move.  Sneakers were the footwear of the evening, and it was clear the crowd was ready to get down with the nine-member funk band…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: BLITZEN TRAPPER

While some might complain about going out on a “school night,” I argue that there is always something special about catching a Sunday night concert. Blitzen Trapper at the Exit/In last Sunday was no exception—the venue packed with true fans and lovers of music, the band feeding off the crowd’s energy. For the proof behind…

PREVIEW: WILD at EXIT/IN on 12/2/17

Three, some say, is the magic number–the ancient, mystic trinity. Though others might suggest that bad things also come in threes, there’s only goodness when it comes to Los Angeles-based trio WILD, and their anthemic alt-pop sound. WILD is composed of Lauren Luiz (vocals), Tyler Thompson (producer/bass), and Zach Daegatano (guitar/vocals), who all came to…

PREVIEW: IN THE VALLEY BELOW at EXIT/IN on 10/14/17

“I may or may not be naked right now, I can neither confirm or deny that,” laughs In The Valley Below‘s Jeffrey Jacob Mendel during a recent chat when asked what he wanted Eo8’s readers to know about him. Informative, no doubt, but when it comes to In The Valley Below, that fact is only…