PREVIEW: KISHI BASHI at THE BASEMENT EAST on 4/7/17

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…

PREVIEW: OCEAN PARK STANDOFF at 12TH & PORTER on 2/7/17

“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…

PREVIEW: NICK WATERHOUSE at MERCY LOUNGE on 12/6/16

“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…

PREVIEW: JENNA LOTTI at THE LISTENING ROOM CAFE

“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,”…

PREVIEW: THE HUNNA at MERCY LOUNGE on 11/20/16

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…

PREVIEW: MURDER BY DEATH at MERCY LOUNGE on 11/16/16

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…

PREVIEW: BLUE HEALER at THE BASEMENT on 10/19/16

“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…

PREVIEW: LARKIN POE at THE RYMAN on 10/17/16

“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…

ELEPHANT REVIVAL MADE US A PLAYLIST!

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…

PILGRIMAGE FESTIVAL IS THIS WEEKEND!!!!

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…