TRACK-BY-TRACK with TWO CHEERS

In 2015, Bryan Akcasu, the creative force by alt-pop project Two Cheers (and pizza chef extraordinaire), was in transition. In the midst of releasing a brilliant sophomore album, Splendor, the Los Angeles-based Akcasu packed his bags, drove cross-country, and put his kickstand down in his home state of Michigan. After lineup changes, personal tragedy, and…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with PICKWICK

I’ll never forget when I first heard “Hacienda Motel,” the breakout hit from Can’t Talk Medicine, the debut album from Seattle-based Pickwick back in 2013; frontman Galen Disston’s soulful vocals carried on a retro-infused layer of reverb-y goodness made that track virtually strut right out of the speakers. I was hooked. Since then, we Pickwick…

PREMIERE: “HERE I GO AGAIN” by KING WILDERNESS

Nashville-based artist Adam Walton spent the majority of his youth on skateboards and playing in punk rock bands in North Carolina; in college he fell in love with the sounds and melodies of folk and mountain music. Now, under the moniker King Wilderness, Walton is crafting music that combines the energy of his younger days with…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THE LUNAS

Many have made wise and enlightened statements about life being about the journey rather than the destination, about making the most of the experiences encountered along the way, relishing the lessons learned and impact that our choices have on what’s to come. Sometimes, the path winds through areas of trying circumstances that lead to self-discovery…

PREMIERE: “STARS & GALAXIES” by CARVER COMMODORE

Carver Commodore represents not only the reincarnation and rebranding of roots rock outfit The Bear & The Bride, it signifies a complete metamorphosis. Situated in Florence, Alabama amidst the rich heritage of Southern rock and soul songwriting styles of Muscle Shoals, Carver Commodore blends those roots with shimmering guitar licks and pop sensibilities. The band…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with CLOSE TALKER

copper Central Canada, with its prairies and bitter winters, is not necessarily a scene where one would expect to encounter synthesizer-filled indie rock—but meet Close Talker from Saskatoon, the urban center of Saskatchewan, a band making pop rock waves in those grassy plains. “A lot of our friends make music suited for the prairies and for…

PREMIERE: “WANT:NEED” by KIERNAN McMULLAN

“By now I thought I’d have exactly what I wanted, but I don’t remember what I wanted it for,” sings Nashville-based songwriter Kiernan McMullan in “Want:Need,” the new single from his forthcoming album Baggage. “‘Want:Need’ is about a moment of clarity,” he explains. “It’s about reprioritizing what’s important in your life.” The indie powerhouse, who released his first…

“RULES” – NEW MUSIC from RAFFERTY

“Rules aren’t for living, take my hand, we’ll make ’em as we go along,” sings California-based pop rocker and part-time philosopher Rafferty, in his new single, “Rules.”  The song is a fist-pumping anthem of rock rebellion, bound to sky-rocket to sing-along, or rather, shout-along status. Give it a spin:     Website | Facebook |…