If you’ve spent any time in Birmingham, Alabama, you’ve seen a Dirty Lungs sticker slapped on something. Though the city’s musical landscape has changed dramatically since the band formed in 2006, the Dirty Lungs are still standing–and they’re just as gritty and focused as ever.
Several tours and member changes have contributed to the constant evolution of their sound. The Birmingham-staple garage-surf outfit has continuously reinvented itself and now moves forward as a four piece. They’ve shared the stage with bands such as British Sea Power, Jacuzzi Boys, The Clientele, and many others. This summer they prepare to release their Communicating Vessels debut.
Their new record is not, by any means, the archetypical Nirvana-esque rehashing of an old Kinks record that seems to egress from every garage in America these days. The influences beneath Dirty Lungs are indeed abounding, and Mitchell’s vocals are the force that unites them all.
To compare Dirty Lungs to any particular album would be unfair–their latest release is an extension of their own sound reinforced by a focused exploration into new musical realms. Produced and Engineered by Michael Shackelford (studiophonic) with mixing by Lynn Bridges, they assured the band’s music would leave listeners anxiously…
Rory Ferreira (born February 3, 1992), better known by his stage name Milo (often stylized as milo), is an American alternative hip-hop musician from Maine. He has collaborated with Busdriver and Open Mike Eagle, among others. He has been a member of the Hellfyre Club collective.[read more…]
Parker Gispert is the singer, guitarist, and lyricist for Athens, Georgia rock trio The Whigs. Now in Nashville, Tennessee, his unique solo shows blend performance with relevant storytelling and are quickly becoming a live music experience not to be missed.[read more…]
It’s spelled S T U Y E D E Y E D. Pronounced “Tie-Dyed” with an S up front. No, we didn’t originally intend on giving you a headache, but any type of comfort removed is always refreshing. This band was born out of a basement in the neighborhood of Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, NY.
Our music explores many vantages. It’s about perspective. Songs that stem from growing up on welfare and section 8, trying to break free from a system that is systemically oppressive against us. Trying to find weight in the existence of right now and not what others dictate for us. A perspective that showcases the anger, compassion, perseverance and strength found within.
We do not make music for the cool guy. Our songs aren’t for the self important people drinking cocktails at a bar in a neighborhood they have no respect for. Our shows aren’t for the people who live for just being seen. This band exists to shake the shit out of you. We are not here to validate validation for the social ladder.
Our sound is loud. It’s direct. It’s fuzzed out. Teetering on the brink of falling apart, but never allowing it to. There is a…[read more…]
A disciple of Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen, and The Verve, thus the Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-based Mohawk-ed and tattooed troubadour Mondo Cozmo was born. Think Dylan fronting Oasis with Beck making the beats. Mondo Cozmo hasn’t wasted any time positioning himself as the top contender for the BEST NEW ROCK ACT OF 2017. His #1 single “Shine” has been resonating across the globe as a message of hope in today’s troubled times and recently made his TV debut Jimmy Kimmel Live! His newest single “Automatic” has been a fan favorite during festival season and soon to stadium anthem that features a drum sample of his label head playing drums). In addition to “Shine”& “Automatic” he has released iconic music videos for his songs “Hold On To Me” featuring Anna Faris, “Higher” featuring Paz de La Huerta (Enter The Void, A Walk toRemember), and “Sixes and Sevens,” featuring… well Mondo Cozmo and his manager getting drunk in Mexico. Be on the lookout for Mondo Cozmo’s debut album Plastic Soul coming in 2017.
Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aims to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,’ according to Steiner.
GN, the group’s second full-length album via Topshelf Records, offers a bevy of tales, laments and triumphs, which recount near-tragedies by the train tracks, crippling episodes of loneliness, remembrances of a deceased family pet with freezer burn, and on and on. The songs shift and breathe as worlds all their own, tied together by the group’s self-proclaimed ‘post-country’ sound, which combines moments of distortion and a DIY aesthetic with a devotion to simple songwriting and ties to the Americana sounds of years past.
Drawing influence from the down-to-earth sincerity of late-90s Sheryl Crow and the confessional confidence of Kim Deal and Jenny Lewis, the songs on GN (aka ‘goodnight’) “largely detail experiences of saying goodbye, finding your way home, and then figuring out what the hell to do once you’re back,” says Steiner. The songs chosen to close both sides of the record – the slow-burning ‘Crying About the Planets’ and quizzical ‘Peter the Wild Boy’…[read more…]
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Mike Floss capitalizes on his natural instincts with creativity and unmatched lyrical prowess. Growing up the under the guidance of his father and renown jazz musician, Rod McGaha, his roots were deeply planted in art and self-expression.
He attended the HBCU in his hometown, Tennessee State University, where in between the parties and classes, he began mastering his craft and developing his sound. “I can do a song with Yo Gotti and still get my wave in… then turn around and do J Dilla records with Erykah Badu and bring something young and refreshing to the culture.”
The Southern Creative, Mike Floss, is a college graduate, and in just a few years he has developed a brand and voice unlike any other. He has opened up for Future, Pusha T, Wale, Stalley, Yo Gotti, Dom Kennedy, Big K.R.I.T. and others. He has even traveled across the spectrum of music to do EDM shows with the duo Two Fresh in Nashville, Memphis, and Austin, TX at SXSW.
This rising underground king has created something new in the south and is rapidly expanding as his last two solo efforts, For the Rebels 1 & 2, were awarded Mixtape and Hip Hop…[read more…]
Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. From blood-born howls to
idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying You Are Here. The Nashville-based artist travels the
lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues.
Ask about her artistic goals, and the songwriter/vocalist will say, “I want to shine a light on the unseen, and
speak the unspeakable.” Adia Victoria is a truth teller. She admits, “I don’t necessarily paint myself in a
flattering light. This isn’t the pop version of pretty or the strategically posed pretty-ugly. Sometimes I’m
just ugly. There’s a brat in some of these songs, selfish, naïve, vengeful, but there’s also a tender eye that
just wants the listener to feel seen and understood.”
Rolling Stone Magazine featured Adia Victoria as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” The Village
Voice called her an “eerie, intriguing songwriter,” with “bone chilling guitar riffs and lyrics topped with
candid scorn. Vogue highlighted the recording artist as one of “5 Beauties Who Answer to Afropunk’s
Any forces that tried to tell the former ballet dancer/telemarketer/French major to play small, failed.
Growing up in Spartanburg, South Carolina and raised in a strict, Seventh Day Adventist…
Andrew Combs is a songwriter, guitarist, and singer who lives in Nashville. Originally from Dallas, Combs is inspired by the great tradition of Texas songwriting exemplified by Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Mickey Newbury.
Based in the halfway point between two Tennessee music meccas, The Kernal is apart yet plugged into the fertile East Nashville music scene. A Southern gentleman with an old soul who is tied deeply to the legacy and showmanship of the wandering musician and the historic Grand Ole Opry, the Kernal will release his upcoming album, LIGHT COUNTRY, on March 3, 2017 on Alabama label Single Lock Records (John Paul White). Along with his band, the New Strangers, the Kernal tours the country with his home-grown brand of Southern mystique, including recent tours with friend and fan John Paul White.
You may have seen or heard…[read more…]