We Pick the Brains of the Legendary Violent Femmes About Their Incredible Comeback

Following a recent stint around Australia with a new record up their sleeves, the legendary Violent Femmes are feeling once again at the top of their game. We got to chat with them about playing Stephen Colbert, improvised set lists and which Aussie bands are doing it for them right now. We want to talk about the album, but first and foremost; Stephen...

Kenny ‘Big Daddy’ Williams and Bluespower Are Making Their Mark In The OC

Orange County in Southern California has been an extremely fertile place for blues artists, as notable names including harpist James Harman and guitarist Walter Trout, among many others, come from the large suburban-like enclave situated just south of Los Angeles and north of San Diego. One of the newer names making waves in “The OC” (as it’s called) is Bluespower, fronted by dynamic...
The Beards, The Beer and the Bear

Do You Want to Know the Secrets of Beard Meditation?

We chat with Nathaniel Beardman of The Beards about politics, philosophy and economics. Kidding, this is a 15 minute convo about face rugs. Hey Nathaniel, how’re you doing mate? Just chilling at home between shows? We like to fly back to Adelaide between each leg of the tour to concentrate on our beards. We spend a lot of time in the same room together. We generally...

Country Legend Alan Jackson’s Nephew Takes a Stand with a Waylon Jenning’s Classic

Brian Wright, known as Big City Brian Wright, just released the third single from his debut album “Honkytonkitis” that drops on March 31st. Originally written by Steve Young (who wrote Seven Bridges Road), “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean” was first cut by Waylon Jennings and came at a time when the music industry was being dominated by The Nashville Sound through Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins.

Do You Know if Kabaddi is a Cub or Sport? We Put Cub Sport to the Ultimate Test

Following the release of their debut long player This Is Our Vice, Cub Sport have been out on tour with Saskwatch. The band take some time to play a very silly game we like to call ‘Cub or Sport?’ Hey guys, first off I just want to say congrats on your debut album This Is Our Vice, it’s great to celebrate it’s release with you! It’s a beauty of an album. To celebrate, we’re going to play...

Gretchen Peters - Interview and Gig Review

I begin my interview with Gretchen Peters on a congratulatory note. She has just scooped International Album and Song of the year (2015) at the inaugural UK Americana Awards in London. Back in 1995 she won best song of the year at the Country Music Associations with “Independence Day”. So twenty years on with 10 albums to...

Eric Bibb - The World of Blues

Eric Bibb is an internationally acclaimed bluesman who just can't seem to break the habit of life in the Nordic states. Since moving to Sweden from his native New York in around 1970, Bibb has travelled the world playing, touring, recording and generally making a name for himself while always scratching the itch that is Sweden. Again based in Sweden, near Nykoping, he laughs...

Kathy Sledge Talks About Solos and Sisters

The disco era. Some want to toss it out as a mulligan in music history. Children of the era defend it with a Dangerfield-esque “don’t get no respect” stance. Nonetheless it produced some of the most iconic music of all time and was not just a fad; it was a cultural phenomenon that defined a generation and paved the way for modern dance music. Kathy Sledge was at the forefront...

What Would You Do If You Found Your Fiancé’s Porno?

As they traverse the country on the back of their latest single My Heart, Nick and Toby from High-tails put their hearts on their sleeves as they tackle some big romance issues and give wise advice to five lonely people. Since this is the My Heart tour we’ve decided to keep things romantic. We did something similar with Donny Benet, so we had to try it again with you guys. We have...
Illustration by Chenoa Gao

Getting Into the Mind of Harts

Darren Harts is this generation’s next quintessential guitar player. Sweeping the Blues into previously untouched territory that seeps through the crevasses of the mainstream, flows through the tried and tested sounds, and invites Rock n Roll, Funk, Soul and Pop to mingle in a kaleidoscopic lacuna – The Aussie multi-instrumentalist, and one man band has ignited a serious riff hungry beast within us all.

Blind Lemon Peel Blues All-Stars: Best ‘Lil Blues Band You Might’ve Never Hear Of (‘Till Now)

"This ain't no sittin around cryin in your beer blues band", insists front-man/lead vocalist, Blind Lemon Peel. "We're a kick-a**, funky, get up and shake your love thang, boogie-woogie blues machine". Blind Lemon Peel All-Stars have recently headlined some of the top blues rooms in L.A., including Harvelle's, Catalina Jazz Club, and The Mint. We recently conducted an email interview...

The Moody Blues Are Ready To Fly Me High

There is an old saying, “Adapt or Die.” The Moody Blues did neither and are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The group has stuck to its core principles when writing and recording music they felt driven to create and the industry seemed to adapt around them. They are radio format spoilers; The “Moody’s” can be heard at any time, on any frequency and not seem out of place. Best known...

The ‘Passion, Soul & Fire’ of Guitarist David M’ore

Guitarist-vocalist David M'ore has blazed a path of quickly-growing recognition that's landed the Bay Area musician on the cover of the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. M'ore's high-octane blues rock shines on his new album, "Passion, Soul, & Fire", which one reviewer says, "smolders with salacious bass grooves and really irresistible beats". Add a few portions of electrified sexually...

Showmanship, Making Beats and Being Remembered - An Honest Discussion with Tom Lark

From his humble beginnings practicing in a Christchurch garage Shannon Fowler has always sought to create music that would be memorable. After gaining plenty of praise as Tom Lark he continues to make strides towards his ultimate goal, leaving behind a worthy legacy. Hey mate thanks for taking the time to chat with us. This isn’t your first time in Sydney is it? No, I’ve been to...

Introducing Pete Scobell  

Most of us are fortunate to find success at one calling in life, let alone three. Then there’s Pete Scobell. Scobell served honorably for nearly two decades as a Navy SEAL, facing life-and-death situations most of us can’t even imagine. After retiring from that life he took his family to the mountains of Colorado to return to one of his first loves, snow skiing, as a competitive...
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