PREVIEW: EELS at CANNERY BALLROOM on 5/3/19

  What medicine can’t cure, music can. EELS frontman Mark Oliver Everett, a.k.a. E knows that from extensive personal experience–simply put, he’s been through some things. Following the success of his band’s debut album Beautiful Freak in 1996, E lost his sister to suicide and his mother was diagnosed with cancer. These events, along with…

8 QUESTIONS with THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS

Peoria, Illinois-based collective The Way Down Wanderers recently released their latest album, illusions, and are tearing up the highways to bring their unique sound to eager audiences across the land. Foundationally, the band is bluegrass, sonically, they’re a little bit of everything. Consisting of five guys with a variety of musical backgrounds (Austin Krause-Thompson, Collin…

PREVIEW: TOKYO POLICE CLUB at THE HIGH WATT on 3/20/19

“I’ll do it forever, do nothing but fail, a student of error who can only prevail. ’Cause learning is trying and trying is hard, when it feels like falling is gonna tear you apart. But now, I’m ready to win,” Tokyo Police Club declares in a Violent Femmes-esque track from their latest album TPC, appropriately…

PREVIEW: LETTUCE at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS on 1/25/19

Bass players seem to be the unsung heroes of every band, but there’s one outfit whose renowned bassist is always front and center, delivering his low-end grooves and inspiring crowds of all shapes and sizes, from Coachella to clubs, to let the power of the music wash over them completely. That band is cosmic funk…

PREVIEW: KEUNING at THE HIGH WATT on 11/14/18

At the ripe old age of 14, Dave Keuning picked out his Christmas gifts from the Sears catalog, and a guitar was the first item on the list. “I didn’t get it, but I got like the next five things after,” he recalls. “Later, I was at a friend’s house who had a guitar and…

PREVIEW: SAVANNAH CONLEY at THE BASEMENT EAST on 11/8/18

“Nashville is my best friend and my toughest critic all the same time,” says Nashville singer/songwriter Savannah Conley. “It’s great. It’s super intimidating. But it’s the most gratifying thing if you do play a good show, and if people tell you that you played a good show they’re being straight up with you,” she laughs.…

PREVIEW: THE BREVET at TRUE MUSIC ROOM

It’s been said that maturity comes with experience, and that’s something Orange County-based alt-rock band The Brevet knows well. Four or so years ago, the band was intently focused on studio work, enjoying the benefits of sync placements in television and film. “As that progressed, we developed a fanbase and started implementing more live shows…

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…