Violin virtuoso K Ishibashi, who creates glorious, heavenly music under the moniker Kishi Bashi, is riding the wave of success from his latest release, Sonderlust. When the time came to make a new album, Ishibashi found himself at a musical impasse, and constant touring had taken a heavy toll on his marriage and his family. As … Read more PREVIEW: KISHI BASHI at THE BASEMENT EAST on 4/7/17
“It all related to music. We weren’t like a family band, but there was always access to music,” says Samantha Ronson, multi-instrumentalist, seasoned DJ, and member of Los Angeles-based electro-pop trio Ocean Park Standoff, of her upbringing with her famous musical family members. “I didn’t even really start playing until I was older. My stepfather … Read more PREVIEW: OCEAN PARK STANDOFF at 12TH & PORTER on 2/7/17
“When I was 12 or 13 I started playing guitar; I played in bands in all through high school, and then decided that was kind of silly and I needed to grow up, so I went to college,” recalls Nick Waterhouse, maker of mid-century-style R&B, who is currently on tour supporting the release of his … Read more PREVIEW: NICK WATERHOUSE at MERCY LOUNGE on 12/6/16
“I always loved music,” says Boston-based singer/songwriter Jenna Lotti. “I would sing around the house, in my room, everywhere,” she adds with a laugh. Lotti, who was diagnosed with depression at a young age, was encouraged to keep a journal to process and deal with her thoughts and feelings. “I started writing, eventually writing poetry,” … Read more PREVIEW: JENNA LOTTI at THE LISTENING ROOM CAFE
Once upon a time, musical friends from Hertfordshire who met in college, Ryan Potter (“Valentino”), Dan Dorney (“Bandana Dan”), Jermaine Angin (“Prince Jamma”), and Jack Metcalfe (“IK”), decided to leave their respective bands and join force to form alt-rock outfit The Hunna. “We got together and started jamming,” says drummer Metcalfe. “It just worked.” That might … Read more PREVIEW: THE HUNNA at MERCY LOUNGE on 11/20/16
Louisville-based rockers Murder By Death released their seventh album, Big Dark Love, in February via Bloodshot Records; “We’ve been around a long time, and people have really different perspectives on what we do. When we started the band, it was all about not fitting into a genre, we wanted to do whatever we wanted creatively,” says singer/guitarist Adam … Read more PREVIEW: MURDER BY DEATH at MERCY LOUNGE on 11/16/16
“We’re native Texans, and the music we were around skewed towards folk or country,” explains Bryan Mammel of indie rock outfit Blue Healer, who put a unique and experimental spin on their country roots with their eponymous debut album released in September. “Dees and I met playing country music, and we all ended up playing … Read more PREVIEW: BLUE HEALER at THE BASEMENT on 10/19/16
“Our mother enrolled us in classical violin lessons when I was four and Rebecca was three, and God bless her, can you imagine a three year old playing a violin? It must’ve been horrendous,” laughs Megan Lovell, who, along with her sister Rebecca, comprise rock duo Larkin Poe. The classically-trained pair got a good dose … Read more PREVIEW: LARKIN POE at THE RYMAN on 10/17/16
We’ve had so much fun getting to know Elephant Revival (Bonnie Paine-vocals, washboard, djembe, musical saw, stomp box/Daniel Rodriguez-vocals, guitar, banjo, bass/Dango Rose-upright bass, vocals, mandolin, claw-hammer banjo/Bridget Law-fiddle, vocals, octave violin/Charlie Rose-banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello, double bass) and celebrating their Nashville performance; today, we close out Elephant Revival Week with a specially-curated playlist … Read more ELEPHANT REVIVAL MADE US A PLAYLIST!
This year’s Pilgrimage Festival, which occurs at the historic Harlinsdale Farm in beautiful Franklin, Tennessee, begins tomorrow, September 24th! The lineup this year is outstanding and features several East of 8th faves, including, Shakey Graves, Kaleo, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, amongst SO MANY others! Not only will the music on point, festival-goers will be … Read more PILGRIMAGE FESTIVAL IS THIS WEEKEND!!!!