AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with GOTHIC TROPIC

Attending SXSW in Austin is quite the experience, one that will test the boundaries of your lack-of-sleep threshold, challenge your patience for traffic issues, and stretch the imagination as far as music-making goes. At a venue at 11:30pm waiting for a show that was set to begin at midnight, my inner old person was fighting…

PREVIEW: BOO SEEKA at 12TH & PORTER on 3/21/17

Aussie electropop duo BOO SEEKA, currently in Austin, Texas for music festival free-for-all SXSW, is touring the United States in serious . “We drive an RV around everywhere we go in America; we’re camping in style,” says Sammy Seeka of his and bandmate Boo’s chosen tour transportation. “However, if you looked at the state of…

PREVIEW: LEWIS WATSON at 3rd & LINDSLEY on 3/15/17

“I’ve heard all about the BBQ, I can’t wait,” says wunderkind Lewis Watson in his enchanting British accent. In celebration of the release of his sophomore album, midnight, on March 24th, Watson is touring the continent, which will bring him to 3rd & Lindsley to perform for the first time in the Music City on…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SMOKE SEASON

Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen, also known as Los Angeles-based electro-soul duo Smoke Season, want to tell a different story this Valentine’s Day. “There are two-person love stories being told all the time, we wanted to tell a one-person love story,” says Wortman. The pair chose to reimagine Lionel Richie’s 1984 classic hit “Hello,” and…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MOLLY BURCH

Austin-based chanteuse Molly Burch, with her smokey, come hither vocal style, splashed against a backdrop of vintage reverb and every-girl lyrics, can best be described in one word—timeless. “I’ve been singing my whole life,” she says in her quiet, breathy voice. “I started listening to jazz at an early age, and went to school for…

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…

PREVIEW: THE MARCUS KING BAND at THE BASEMENT on 5/22/16

An extreme lack of sleep, a lost wallet, and a misplaced guitar were worth the trouble at SXSW this year for Marcus King and his band; on their last night in Austin, the outfit decided to make a stop at the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus for a fateful encounter. “George Clinton was in there…

SXSW SPOTLIGHT: TRUETT

It was TRUETT’s first time playing a show in Nashville, and he was opening for powerhouse songsmith Ron Pope at a sold out show at Mercy Lounge.  Not a bad gig. “I met Ron when I was about 12 years old; I started playing guitar very intensely, got really serious about it, and got my…

SXSW SPOTLIGHT: BASSH

This year, Nashville-based alt-rock duo Bassh makes its first appearance at Austin mega-music festival SXSW; “I’m excited for the chaos,” says CJ Hardee.  “It’s high stress going from show to show, loading in and loading out, doing interviews in between, it’s nonstop. It’s fun to do once a year though!” While it’s the band’s first…

SXSW SPOTLIGHT: THE DEAD SHIPS

In Los Angeles, the land of a million genres, sub-genres, and sub-sub genres, there’s a band that plays straight up rock n’ roll. I mean really good, gritty, garage-tastic rock n’ roll. That band is called The Dead Ships. These days, folks say that rock n’ roll is dead, but this band is proving those…