ALBUM REVIEW: Franz Ferdinand – ‘Always Ascending’

Since their last release almost five years ago, Franz Ferdinand return with a slightly altered lineup on Always Ascending, released February 9th.<!—more—> Not quite fifteen years since Franz Ferdinand made their international breakthrough with the catchy single “Take Me Out”, the band finds themselves in a much different musical atmosphere trying to catch the attention their debut attracted.  The danceable pop rock of the early 2000s, with its clean and crisp guitars and nerdy aesthetics, has certainly evolved into a more electronic territory as many bands from that era spent the last decade meticulously blending the genres with few enjoyable results.

ON RADAR: King Shelter – “Pick Your Poison”

Southern California based band King Shelter release their latest single "Pick Your Poison" in anticipation of their upcoming full length debut '$hame', soon to be released March 30th. King Shelter's regional influence is no secret.  Southern California culture infiltrates their first EP Failure with its surf rock influence and purely American blending of genres.  The tracks on Failure are catchy while balancing distorted and clean guitar tones with inventive riffs that play off each other in a manner that is not too polished, yet not too noisy to become indistinguishable from the rhythm section.  15941

INTERVIEW: KRANE Talks ‘Fallout’, Touring

Northern California based producer and artist KRANE caught the ear of the electronic music world with his collaborative project 'SESSIONS' where he accepted submissions from any artists and chose his favorites to collaborate with. His attempts to connect with as many artists as possible revealed his exploratory and communal approach to songwriting, allowing anyone regardless of success to collaborate and network through the 'SESSIONS' project.  We had a chance to steal a few moments away from his busy schedule to discuss his upbringing and new album Fallout, released October 27, 2017. 15908

ALBUM REVIEW: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’

London based rock band Wolf Alice released their romantic and noisy second album Visions of a Life September 29th, displaying growth as a band and a step in the right direction from their 2015 debut, My Love is Cool. <!—more—> My Love is Cool debuted the quartet’s distinct sound as a mixture of pop rock and melodic folk style songwriting, but the band has fine tuned the sound and added a deeper contrast of many styles.  The two years between releases were used wisely by the band, intensive touring, organizing charity gigs for refugees, and also performing at a concert protesting the

ALBUM REVIEW: Odesza – ‘A Moment Apart’

Electronic duo Odesza stray little from their comfort zone with their third studio album A Moment Apart, and indeed continue to make comfortable, chill tracks.  Released September 8th, A Moment Apart offers insight into the experience and success that Odesza has gained since their 2012 debut. 15589

Top 10 Artists to See at Outside Lands 2017

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary this weekend August 11-13 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Along with plenty of food, beer, and wine, the musical line up stretches across many categories as well.  The headliners, include The Who, Gorillaz, Lorde, A Tribe Called Quest, Alt-J, and even Metallica, but there are plenty of lesser known artists who deserve some love over the weekend too. 15493

ALBUM REVIEW: Arcade Fire – ‘Everything Now’

Since 2001, Arcade Fire has risen from little known indie band to an arena filling household name.  All along this ascension the band has transformed musically in a dramatic fashion, adding noisy complexity and ambitiously fusing genres.  Everything Now, released July 28, is a continuation and exploration of this same process. 15480

LIVE REVIEW: Nicole Atkins – 3rd and Lindsley – Nashville, TN 7/23/2017

"Walkin', spend a lot of time walkin' /  That's what people do, getting over you.", Nicole Atkins softly sings commencing her set in celebration of her fourth album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, released July 21.  It's obvious the illustrator turned singer-songwriter is comfortable and excited to be on stage sharing her latest compositions, drenched in soulful, 1960s pop. 15443

LIVE REVIEW: The Speedbumps – The Basement – Nashville, TN 7/18/2017

Exploring Nashville's extensive list of musical offerings on any warm, muggy summer evening is bound to be fruitful, even on a Tuesday.  This night, Ohio based rock/folk band The Speedbumps are performing at the notorious venue, The Basement. The Speedbumps just released their third full-length album When The Darkness Comes on July 14, which features the lead single, "Love Is War." 15359