IRA LAWRENCE and his Haunted Mandolin – ‘Everything is Everywhere’

When I was a kid, my grandmother played the mandolin. She played quite well, accompanying my grandfather on his variety of guitars. Funny thing, though; I don’t remember her mandolin ever sounding like a stringed instrument on an acid trip, being played within a haunted house. Yet that is the only way I can describe Read More …

SCOTT MCMAHAN – Debut Album – Soul, Passion, and Grit

I woke this morning, sat on the couch with my tea and laptop, and clicked open the Google form for our submissions. 109 entries. I’m pretty sure my blood pressure skyrocketed. I am the only person handling submissions, and clearly I will never catch up. In my frustration, I almost purged the whole thing. The Read More …

Spotlight on MOBJACK TRIBE – Diverse, Captivating Indie Rock

A lot of indie bands defy genre labels, but Mobjack Tribe is by far the most stubbornly resistant to any generic descriptors. I don’t mean that as a complaint. In fact, I love their diversity. I am convinced these guys can play anything they want, and sound fantastic doing so. This past March, Mobjack Tribe Read More …

Haunting New EP – JESSE MAC CORMACK – ‘After The Glow’

I am slightly obsessed with Jesse Mac Cormack’s new EP, After The Glow. These five songs are intense and haunting, with a passionate burn in the vocal, and music that perfectly embodies the mood of the lyrics.   1. After The Glow 2. Addict 3. Repeat 4. Never Enough 5. Death Row  The EP opens with the Read More …

New EP Spotlight – ALBIS – ‘Animals’

The indie community is producing some of the best music on the airwaves these days, and Albis proves just that with his new EP, Animals. These four songs share acoustic beauty and contemplative lyrics, while stylistically each gives us something a little different.   1. Runners 2. Redwoods 3. Broken Man 4. The Man In Read More …

EP Review: KATE BROWN – ‘Water From Ashes’

Kate Brown recently released an EP called ‘Water From Ashes’, and I love it a little more every time I listen. These six songs give us subtleties and texture, compelling lyrics and engaging vocals. Kate Brown is a singer-songwriter whose vibe fits somewhere between indie folk and Americana. Her storytelling gives me a feel similar Read More …

Album Review: WHISKEY MYERS – ‘Mud’ – Southern Rock

Five guys recently walked into a recording studio and created 10 outstanding tracks. Each is unique in style, while maintaining a common thread that flows perfectly from one to the next. The band is Whiskey Myers, and the album is MUD.   1. On the River 2. Mud 3. Lightning Bugs and Rain 4. Deep Down Read More …

Album Review: TENDER GLUE – ‘Steady Light’

Indie musician Tender Glue has released his debut album, Steady Light. This is the part where I’d normally tell you the musical genre, but Tender Glue’s style is beautifully elusive. The collection of songs has a strong folk influence, but also pulls from a variety of rock styles. I hear 60s psychedelic, a 70s rock groove, Read More …

Album Review: MATT BORCK – ‘Shadows of the Moon’

A secret formula exists for which you take a specific vocal tone, marinate the voice in the right amount of passion (never too much or too little), add warmth and character and texture, then set that voice loose with poetic, insightful lyrics. When followed perfectly, this secret formula gives an undeniable gift. Matt Borck has Read More …