LIVE SHOW REVIEW: ILLITERATE LIGHT

There are some principles that we know to be true. Space is curved. Every action in nature has an equal and opposite reaction. We get to eat pie each year on March 14th. However, one of the great unsolved mysteries is how rock duos manage to consistently outplay and outperform prototypical, stage sprawling bands. Seeking…

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…

#tbt: FOREIGN AIR at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS

With the meteoric rise of electronic music with mainstream music lovers, many rock bands are forming or retooling to marry traditional indie rock sounds with electro elements. This influx of electronic influence often creates music outside of the band’s target genre, making it either too “pop” or too “rock” for the works to have an authentic…

PREVIEW: THE DEVIL MAKES THREE at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS on 2/2/18

“We have a band that is kind of without genre. People are asking us who we listen to and what we like, and we’re trying to explain it to them and it doesn’t really make much sense,” laughs Pete Bernhard of electrified Appalachia stomp-folkabilly roots trio (see, we can’t classify it either) The Devil Makes…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE NEW RESPECTS

The holidays are always a time of hope and optimism, even if the holiday is the not so traditional, like Nashville’s much-loved Festivus (a holiday inspired by the TV series Seinfeld).   Last Friday, Nashville indie-rock radio station Lightning 100 partnered with Marathon Music Works to raise money and collect donated toys for the Salvation Army…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: CONOR OBERST

Full disclosure – I’m a 31 year-old dude who likes to write songs.  Usually, when I decide to write them, I do so using an acoustic guitar.  I grew up listening to punk rock as a kid, until someone played me “Like A Rolling Stone” on a road trip, and off I went. I was 18…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: PENNY AND SPARROW

At only the second debut of their new album Wendigo, Penny and Sparrow had a crowd full of eager listeners hanging onto every word, harmony, and strum recently at Marathon Music Works. Since the release of their breakthrough album Let a Lover Drown You, the dynamic folk duo has had a faithful following waiting and…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE MAGPIE SALUTE

With a rumble of southern rock guitar shaking the rafters, a hush fell over the expectant crowd at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works recently.  With one of the widest stages in town—one side filled end to end with The Magpie Salute’s array of artists, the other side lined with expectant fans—the scene was set. The Magpie…

PREVIEW: THE MAGPIE SALUTE at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS on 8/25/17

It’s 1992. I’m too young for a license, but my cousin volunteers to teach me to drive his blue Chevy Cavalier on a dusty dirt road in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. From the tape deck, this gut-punching Southern rock n’ roll music surges into the car, and I am mystified. “What is this??” I think…

WIN TICKETS TO LIGHTNING 100’S SPRING BLOCK PARTY featuring THE DELTA SAINTS!

Lightning 100, Nashville’s bastion of independent radio, will host its annual Spring Block Party on Saturday, April 29th at Marathon Music Works. This year’s lineup features Eo8 faves The Delta Saints, who will be celebrating the release of their stellar new album, Monte Vista, with the hometown crowd, along with Waker (formerly known as Koa), Luthi, Okey…