AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with HIGH UP

“When I was a teenager, I wrote the typical 15 year old angsty songs,” laughs Omaha-based High Up frontwman Christine Fink, who received her first guitar as a Christmas gift from her sister, singer/songwriter Orenda Fink. Music fell by the wayside when the Alabama native went to college and pursued a degree in theater. An... Continue Reading →

ALBUM REVIEW: “STONE” EP by WHITNEY MONGÉ

There’s definitely something in the water around Seattle; whatever your musical persuasion, there has been a steady stream of outstanding artists from the area for decades. Sometimes, those musically fertile grounds produce an artist whose talent is undefinable. With her new EP, Stone, out January 16th, Whitney Mongé is one such artist whose work summons viscerally... Continue Reading →

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with EX REYES

What if you mixed the sun-soaked psychedelia of bands like Tame Impala with Motown-esque groovy electro-pop? There’s no need for conjecture friends, because those elements, and many more, are embodied in the soulful sounds of New York City-by-way-of New Orleans artist Mikey Hart, a.k.a. Ex Reyes, who recently released a brand new EP, Do Something. Hart could also easily add “budding... Continue Reading →

PREVIEW: MARC BROUSSARD at CITY WINERY on 11/4/16

Marc Broussard is on a mission, and he’s putting his money where his mouth is; last summer, the Louisiana soul man started the S.O.S. Foundation to funnel charitable dollars to support causes benefitting the chronically impoverished. On September 30th, Broussard released a compilation album called S.O.S. 2: Save Our Soul: Soul On A Mission, and dedicated... Continue Reading →

ALBUM REVIEW: “SEA OF NOISE” by ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES

Few artists have emerged since the golden era of soul and R&B in the 60’s and 70’s that can even come close to comparison--but in the last few years, one Birmingham, Alabama outfit has established itself as a powerhouse of soul. That band is St. Paul & The Broken Bones, who will release their highly-anticipated... Continue Reading →

PREVIEW: THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS at THE RYMAN

“We get labeled as a retro band, and though we draw a lot of influence from older music, I feel like the way we put things together is very different,” says Lech Wierzynski, frontman for soulful rhythm and blues-y collective The California Honeydrops. The golden-voiced Wierzynski, who also plays guitar and trumpet, was born in Poland... Continue Reading →

THE EAST OF 8TH TOP 15 OF ’15: “Howling At Nothing” – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have had a banner year--after releasing their critically-acclaimed debut album, the band seemed to burn all the candles at all the ends, making late night television appearances, playing festivals, and touring this great country of ours from corner to corner, selling out venues like, well, like it was their... Continue Reading →

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with JEFFREY JAMES

It's safe to say that Nashville's golden-voiced purveyor of alt-pop, Jeffrey James, has musical talent embedded in his DNA: “My mom and sisters were really good singers.  We were that campy family that would be in the car all singing harmony together.  My dad would even join in, he had a pretty good voice, but... Continue Reading →

RECAP: NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS at MERCY LOUNGE

Blue-eyed soul man and all-around force to be reckoned with Nathaniel Rateliff, and his band, The Night Sweats, descended upon the Music City recently to perform at the Mercy Lounge.  The show was sold out, which was no surprise, and the crowd, standing shoulder-to-shoulder, let the spirit of soul take them over as they worked... Continue Reading →

PREVIEW: JEFFREY JAMES at THE HIGH WATT on 11/17/15

With a hint of sultry soul intertwined with groove-heavy alt-pop, Jeffrey James' intoxicating voice is undoubtedly set to be a game changer. Born and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana, James got his start singing in the school choir and learned how to play guitar at the age of ten. After independently releasing EPs Make Your Way To... Continue Reading →

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