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: CARL BROEMEL at MERCY LOUNGE on 10/6/18

”To me, it doesn’t get old–if it only lasts less than three weeks. That’s I think that’s my limit,” laughs Carl Broemel, well-known as the guitarist for My Morning Jacket and for his solo work, of his feelings on touring. “It’s a psychological barrier that I personally hit after two and a half weeks or…

ALBUM PREMIERE: “YOUR ABSENCE, A CLOSENESS” by MONICA MOSER

“If your absence is a closeness your presence is just a lie,” declares Nashville singer/songwriter Monica Moser in “This Ache,” the first song on her new album your absence, a closeness, which is set for release tomorrow, October 5th, Moser’s first official release since her 2013 debut EP Human Heart. The record includes three previously released singles, three…

ALBUM REVIEW: “LIFE IN THE CITY” by TURKUAZ

What is funk? Can it simply be qualified as a genre of music influenced by blues, jazz, and soul?  How about a lifestyle full of colorful and flashy clothes and an infectious positive attitude?  Is funk dead?   Turkuaz certainly doesn’t believe so and presses ahead with their latest release Life in the City.  Prolific chunky…

PREVIEW: FAMILY AND FRIENDS at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 8/26/2018

Athens, Georgia-based collective Family And Friends is known for their percussive style and unrivaled live-show energy. Recently, they unleashed Felix Culpa, their long-awaited debut full-length album. “When we finished our two EPs, especially when we finished xoxo, we knew it was time to write a full-length album,” says vocalist Mike MacDonald about their highly-anticipated record.…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: CALEXICO

It’s a family thing y’all–that was the takeaway message from Calexico’s recent performance at Portland’s Revolution Hall. The show was sold out, a formula for some high-level energy. And as Calexico, on tour supporting their latest (and ninth) studio record, played their hearts out, they delivered in spades. Their eclectic style of American pop, mariachi,…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with NO SMALL CHILDREN

It’s been said that a mediocre teacher tells, a good teacher explains, a superior teacher demonstrates, and a great teacher inspires. Meet No Small Children, an alt-rock trio from Los Angeles, who definitely fall into the latter category—by night, they wield their guitars and shoot out searing riffs, but by day, the three are molding…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MATT COSTA

“I love the trumpet; I only played during junior high in the school band,” says singer/songwriter Matt Costa when asked if he was a fellow lifelong band nerd. “You’d go to school and carry your trumpet case around, and I really liked that. When I stopped playing the trumpet, I started skateboarding and then started…

PREVIEW: FRUITION at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 2/18/18

With Watching it All Fall Apart, their rocktastic new record which released February 2nd via LoHi Records, Portland-based outfit Fruition explode the confines of the rootsy box in which they’ve traditionally been placed. “We’ve always kind of been a rock band in a string band’s body,” explains vocalist Jay Cobb Anderson. “Since the band’s inception,…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with WALKER LUKENS

“I really started my new year with a whimper,” laughs Texas-based pop rocker Walker Lukens. “I played on New Year’s Eve outside in the 21-degree weather, woke up on New Year’s day, and slowly declined into sickness,” he says. “The flu was all around us.” Even so, that whimper is a minor dip in the…