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by Jonathan Frahm

21 Sep 2017

Opening with a driving electric riff, Lone Kodiak‘s “Smile” is an emotional indie rocker with a progressive sound. Following partially in the footsteps of bands like the Head and the Heart or the National Parks’ recent sonic evolutions, their music is accentuated by layers of sensible pop sounds.

by Christian John Wikane

20 Sep 2017

Photo courtesy of the Rocks Management

“What do you do when a dream becomes a lie?” is the central question of “When Cinderella Dies”, the latest single off 21st Century World (2017) by singer-songwriter Bruce Sudano. Produced by Mike Montali (lead singer of Hollis Brown), the song is among the highlights on Sudano’s sixth, self-penned solo album. Director Katherine Paige renders the story to haunting effect through glimpses of insidiously surreal imagery, glued together by Audra Bryant’s powerful dance performance.

by Jonathan Frahm

20 Sep 2017

Canadian band Gunner & Smith first hit the Americana scene with their 2014 debut, He Once Was a Good Man. Acclaimed for their deftly melding influences as near as folk and as far as psychedelic and gothic rock, the band had a successful tour throughout North America before returning to Saskatchewan to record their next LP.

by Eric Risch

20 Sep 2017

No one wrings profound moments of clarity from ephemeral thoughts quite like Mississippi songwriter Andrew Bryant. Singing, “Iron Man was on the TV / I was pouring myself another beer / Thinking about all the pain that’s in my heart / Thinking about Robert Downey Jr.’s scars,” the suburban mise-en-scène Bryant paints on “Robert Downey Jr.‘s Scars” devolves into an adrenaline rush of rock and determination.

by Jonathan Frahm

19 Sep 2017

Photo: Scott Simontacchi

For the last seven years, Derek Hoke has found himself as the host of $2 Tuesdays at the 5 Spot in Nashville. There, he’s hosted the likes of artists like Shovels & Rope, Nikki Lane, Margo Price, and many others.

A consummate singer-songwriter in his own right, Hoke has been putting out albums since 2009. It wasn’t until more recently that his blend of roots stylings began to bubble towards the top alongside his contemporaries.

//Mixed media


Fave Five: Mike Scott of the Waterboys on Keith Richards

// Sound Affects

"The Waterboys ambitious new double-album culls a lot of inspirations, but Mike Scott is happy to expound upon one of the key ones: Keith Richards and his most badass moments.

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