LIVE REVIEW: James Arthur – San Francisco, CA 9/17/2019

The last few years have been remarkable for James Arthur, as he has racked up over a billion streams online thanks to his No.1 global hit "Say You Won't Let Go". The British artist is on tour for only a handful of select dates at intimate venues ahead of the release his third album, You on October 18th. The tour marks James’ first headlining run of the U.S., following his last tour as the supporting act for One Republic and Fitz & The Tantrums in 2017. An eager sold-out crowd welcomed the musician at the Independent in

PHOTOS: Barns Courtney – Nashville, TN 9/16/2019

Fresh off the release of his sophomore album, 404, Barns Courtney is back in the States for the North American leg of his current tour. His energetic and engaging shows are a trademark of the singer/songwriter, who stopped by the Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN Monday night. For a Monday show, the audience was incredibly lively, enthusiastic and welcoming for openers, The Hunna. Led by lead singer Ryan Potter, the English band was a perfect match for Barns Courtney, as they were a lively and fun, tearing through songs like "Bonfire" and "You and I" that got the crowd dancing and

PHOTOS: Tash Sultana – Nashville, TN 9/15/2019

After releasing of their debut album, Flow State, approving audiences and critics alike were eager to see Tash Sultana perform the material live. They performed numerous festivals across Europe and has been playing at huge venues across North America, including dates scheduled at Red Rocks in Colorado and the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. A literal one-person show, the Australian artist has garnered accolades for the live performances to go along with the award nominations for their recorded material including nominations for the prestigious Triple J Australian Album of the Year award and six ARIA's (The Australian Recording

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Travis Hawley of Night Riots Talks Sailing, Italy Travels, New Album

After a three year span between albums, Night Riots delivered their third studio album, New State Of Mind on Sumerian Records in July. With songs conceived over the past five years to the recent twelve months, the music is a notably more positive and upbeat compared to the clear dark undertones that were plentiful throughout their previous album, Love Gloom. "We worked really hard on this record... It's a new sound and throw back at the same time. All the songs are bops to me," says lead singer Travis Hawley. Tracks like "Tokyo Diamond Eyes" and "Leave

PHOTOS: slowthai – San Francisco, CA 9/5/2019

The highly anticipated West Coast show dates for slowthai finally arrived with September. The English rapper has a growing fanbase after having released his debut album, Nothing Great About Britain earlier this year and was promptly nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for UK Album of the Year. Awards or not, the audience in San Francisco was prepared for his engaging stage show that accompanied his critically acclaimed work. The sold-out show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco was in a frenzy as soon as the music started and slowthai (born Tyron Frampton) hit the stage. Dressed in a track

PREVIEW: Aftershock 2019 Enters Eighth Year With Strong Lineup – Tool, System of a Down, Korn To Perform

Most would agree that with the end of summer comes a close to the festival season. As the leaves turn and Starbucks are rife with pumpkin spice everything, we fans of outdoor music find ourselves wanting. Enter: Aftershock 2019. You may find a an offshoot here or there, but you certainly will not find another October three-day festival with a line up as strong as Aftershock. Last year, Aftershock hosted rock legends like Slash (w/Myles Kennedy), At the Drive-In, System of A Down, and Incubus, just to name a few. This year, the festival is three days long and features

PHOTOS: Drab Majesty – San Francisco, CA 8/30/2019

With two sold-out shows in San Francisco, the anticipation for the live performances from Drab Majesty was at an all-time high. The first show at the Great American Music Hall made for a perfect setting for the band's music and aesthetics. The duo of Deb Demure and Mona D, who comprise of Drab Majesty, made their appearance on-stage with a bottle of wine and matching outfits. The set was highlighted by songs from their latest album, Modern Mirror, including "Oxytocin", "Ellipsis" and "Out of Sequence" that had many in the crowd dancing. There wasn't any chatter in between

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Still Woozy at Outside Lands 2019

Still Woozy, born Sven Gamsky, released his debut EP, Lately, in May earlier this year to much critical acclaim for his sunny, psychedelic pop songs that fuse a unique blend of electronic and acoustic elements. The EP features the track, "Lava", that's been a B-Sides favorite. In speaking about the song, Gamsky stated, "I wrote "Lava" after getting in a fight with the person I love. You feel multiple things in these moments, you feel the hurt and frustration of the fight, but you also feel the underlying love like an undercurrent that guides you back to you senses

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Bob Moses at Outside Lands 2019

2019 has been a busy year for Grammy award-winning duo Bob Moses, having been on the road since the release of their sophomore album, Battle Lines late last year. The Vancouver-bred, Los Angeles-based band comprised of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance have played milestone festivals this year including Coachella, Governors Ball, Outside Lands, Firefly, Electric Forest and Osheaga. Battle Lines garnered critical acclaim upon its release, which included the single “Back Down” that got significant airplay on commercial radio. In speaking about the album, the duo stated, “This record is about the battles and struggles we

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SYML at Outside Lands 2019

Following an appearance at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco and a sold-out headline show at Los Angeles’ historic Troubadour, Seattle artist and producer SYML aka Brian Fennell, released his latest single, “Meant To Stay Hid,” from his self-titled debut album that was released in May. SYML described the song as "a personal song about loss. It’s that tangible and uncomfortable whole-body feeling that someone is gone. It’s the reality that our memory of them will fade and change. But it’s also the beautiful, yet unreasonable, hope that we will be with them again. For whatever dark reason,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Delacey at Outside Lands 2019

Singer-songwriter Delacey got her start in the music industry as a songwriter that started with “New York City” (cut by The Chainsmokers for 2015’s Bouquet). The experience would lead to opportunities to co-write with the likes of Demi Lovato and Zara Larsson amongst others, but it was her work with Halsey’s #1 hit “Without Me” that would give her the profile needed to breakout on her own. Well-known producer L.A. Reid took notice and signed her to his label, HITCO in late 2018. Originally from Orange County, Delacey started writing songs and playing piano at age seven,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Alex Lahey at Outside Lands 2019

Garnering critical acclaim for her sophomore LP, The Best of Luck Club, 26-year-old Alex Lahey avoided any type of sophomore jinx and continues to satiate a growing fanbase. The album was primarily written in Nashville, TN where Lahey spent quite a bit of time in the local dive bar scene. The album covers a wide range of emotions and topics including self-doubt, burn out, break-ups and mental health. “When I was writing all the stuff in Nashville I was really inspired by the dive bar scene there and the idea that at these dive bars there’s no

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Wallows at Outside Lands 2019

2019 has been a busy year for the Los Angeles-based trio, Wallows. The band released their debut album, Nothing Happens in March and then proceeded to tour through UK, Europe and the U.S. that included playing Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and MoPop. The members of Wallows have been friends since the age of 11 - Braeden Lemasters (vocals, guitar), Dylan Minnette (vocals, guitar) and Cole Preston (drums) and bring a wide range of influences to their music ranging from scores to Spike Jonze movies, the Beatles, bedroom pop and lo-fi hip-hop and ’70s post-punk as

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Brasstracks at Outside Lands 2019

Fresh off their performance at Outside Lands in San Francisco, Brasstracks just released their new single, "Professional" on August 9th. It follows up their live version of songs from their early 2019 EP Before We Go, recorded at the historic Studio B at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA. As a performance duo, they combine jazz trumpet, live drums, hip hop and guest vocals to create an audio and live experience. Brasstracks, comprised of Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne, met while studying jazz at NYC's Manhattan School of Music. With the confidence gained from a growing on-line