PREVIEW: CARL BROEMEL at MERCY LOUNGE on 10/6/18

”To me, it doesn’t get old–if it only lasts less than three weeks. That’s I think that’s my limit,” laughs Carl Broemel, well-known as the guitarist for My Morning Jacket and for his solo work, of his feelings on touring. “It’s a psychological barrier that I personally hit after two and a half weeks or…

PREVIEW: JOYWAVE at THE BASEMENT EAST on 2/28/18

“I love experiencing Nashville, it has great coffee and great food. But playing there is a whole different thing,” levels Daniel Armbruster, frontman of Rochester, New York’s own electro-rock outfit Joywave. The band is on the second leg of their tour in support of their latest release, Content, which brings them to The Basement East…

PREVIEW: BRETT DENNEN at CITY WINERY on 2/27/18

“I’m trying something new this time,” reveals folk-rock singer/songwriter Brett Dennen of his decision to release two EPs this year instead of abiding by the industry’s one-album-every-two-years standard. “I’ve noticed, since my first record, it works for a while to out 10 or 12 or 14 songs every two or three years, and I’ll still…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BLITZEN TRAPPER

“I’ve been here so long, the weird stuff is normal,” laughs Eric Earley, frontman of Portland-based folk-rock outfit Blitzen Trapper, of his hometown. The band, which toured last year to support their latest album, Wild And Reckless, is gearing up to hit the road again with a show in San Jose, California on February 16th.…

PREVIEW: THE DEVIL MAKES THREE at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS on 2/2/18

“We have a band that is kind of without genre. People are asking us who we listen to and what we like, and we’re trying to explain it to them and it doesn’t really make much sense,” laughs Pete Bernhard of electrified Appalachia stomp-folkabilly roots trio (see, we can’t classify it either) The Devil Makes…

PREVIEW: MOLLY PARDEN at MERCY LOUNGE on 12/8/17

“Why on earth would I do that?” recalls Molly Parden of her initial reaction to the suggestion that she write songs several years ago. “There are already so many songs out there! So typical of the middle child—‘Why would anything I do matter?’” she laughs. Parden, who grew up with six sisters and two brothers,…

PREVIEW: IN THE VALLEY BELOW at EXIT/IN on 10/14/17

“I may or may not be naked right now, I can neither confirm or deny that,” laughs In The Valley Below‘s Jeffrey Jacob Mendel during a recent chat when asked what he wanted Eo8’s readers to know about him. Informative, no doubt, but when it comes to In The Valley Below, that fact is only…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: PENNY AND SPARROW

At only the second debut of their new album Wendigo, Penny and Sparrow had a crowd full of eager listeners hanging onto every word, harmony, and strum recently at Marathon Music Works. Since the release of their breakthrough album Let a Lover Drown You, the dynamic folk duo has had a faithful following waiting and…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BEHOLD THE BRAVE

”I like to think that I’m a thinker. I think a lot about being a thinker,” laughs Clayton Davis, guitarist and vocalist for Nashville-by-way-of-Chattanooga, Tennessee band Behold The Brave; the group recently released a nine-song self-titled stunner which deftly blends their Southern rock roots with subtle psychedelia. “Before this album, we were in the indie…

PREVIEW: TREVOR SENSOR at THE BASEMENT on 7/20/17

“The record’s out, it’s time to dig in and entertain people. How can people resist? I’m bare-chested on the cover. Dad bods are in right? I’m totally rocking the dad bod. I’m trying to show the world you don’t have to  be Justin Bieber to pose shirtless,” says the quick-witted Trevor Sensor of his latest…