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Wrinkles and All

Published in Blog, Villin. Tags: , , .

“I’m troubled by the industry convention that would require me to summarize my creative process in a dozen ‘fully baked’ songs,” explains Lizzy Ross, speaking to the “guts” of her still-expanding Naked in My Living Room release. “As if an album were a thesis to defend or a product with a warranty to uphold.” At […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Touring with *repeat repeat

Published in Blog, Nashville Fringe Festival. Tags: , , , .

This past March, Nashville trio *repeat repeat set out on the band’s first tour together, covering 14 dates in a month, with 11 of those shows packed into 18 days across eight states; simply explaining the itinerary is a mouthful. Comprised of Jared Corder, Kristyn Corder, and Andy Herrin, the trio paired with el el […]

JOTA ESE “Super Dank III”

Published in Blog, Villin. Tags: , , .

“My last three tapes I put out were made for smoking […] filled with bong sounds and things. The tracks are all 10-15 minutes long and made to be extra blunted.” While looking out for herbal connoisseurs with his last few productions, JOTA ESE’s Super Dank III isn’t strictly for the smokers. “Despite the name,” […]

Shake and Bake

Published in Blog, Villin. Tags: , .

“I know this is somewhat cliché, but I still enjoy smoking to a lot of original dub reggae and original ska records. Those records have always had an impact on me musically.” KDSML’s five-track Nug Life EP is hardly a throwback to the days of King Tubby and Super Ape, but it does reflect the […]

AJ & The Jiggawatts, Kansas Bible Company, and Roots of a Rebellion at Mercy Lounge (Nashville, TN)

Published in Blog, Nashville Fringe Festival. Tags: , , , .

Photos of AJ & The Jiggawatts, Kansas Bible Company, and Roots of a Rebellion taken April 19, 2014 at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN. [Photos originally published by the Nashville Fringe Festival.]

Turbo Fruits at Fond Object Records (East Nashville, TN)

Published in Blog, Villin. Tags: , , , .

Photos of Turbo Fruits performing as Misfruits taken April 19, 2014 at Fond Object Records in Nashville, TN. [These photos were first published on Villin.net]

Turtles All the Way Down

Published in Blog, Villin. Tags: , .

Much has been made of the unorthodox lyrical themes that run throughout Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds of Country Music. “It’s a very psychedelic country record about the human experience and love,” explained the singer to WFPK recently. While “love” hardly seems like absurd subject matter, we are talking about country music here, where women being […]

Super Duper

Published in Blog, Villin. Tags: , , .

“There was just a lot of noise to sort through,” says Josh Hawkins, speaking to the time he spent living in New York City. “I think the best thing about Nashville is the country music overload. I’m not a country music fan, but in New York it was hard to meet people who were really […]

Salsa in Nashville

Published in Strays.

Discussion jumps about, though it mostly stays within a vague orbit around how the work that was being done seemed like work that was worth doing. Reflection brings history into the realm of binary: now only good or bad, seen through a vantage point which offers distance and clarity that was not entirely possible when […]

Tour de Fun (East Nashville, TN)

Published in Blog, Villin. Tags: , , , .

Photos of Mantra Mantra Mantra at Fond Object Records and Megajoos and Penicillin Baby at The East Room taken April 12, 2014 in East Nashville, TN. [These photos were first published on Villin.net]

*repeat repeat, ELEL, Blank Range & Churchyard at Mercy Lounge (Nashville, TN)

Published in Blog, Nashville Fringe Festival. Tags: , , , .

Photos of *repeat repeat, ELEL, Blank Range, and Churchyard taken April 12, 2014 at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN. [These photos were originally published by the Nashville Fringe Festival.]

The Sentimental Ghosts of a Hundred Sketches

Published in Blog, Villin. Tags: , .

As Jensen Sportag, Austin Wilkinson and Elvis Craig have been called an “enigmatic art-pop duo” who, depending on the source, represent “a hipster take on 80s winebar muzak” or “a taste from the romance-filled elevators of the future.” As Wilkinson recently relayed to The Fader though, “The sound of Jensen Sportag is ever-evolving and devolving.” […]

Cozumel Cruise

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Cozumel, Mexico cruise photos taken in April 2014.

Chris West Interview

Published in Blog, Nashville Fringe Festival. Tags: , , .

“I wanted to play the saxophone, and had for as long as I can remember,” explains Chris West. Despite starting his musical journey with the trumpet in elementary school, “saxophone has always felt very natural to me,” he says. While always returning to his weapon of choice, West has always tilted toward establishing a broad […]

Day Old Bred

Published in Blog, Villin. Tags: , , , , .

“Everyone’s in it to make music, not to make money.” There’s nothing new about musicians giving their work away for free, forfeiting track or album sales to encourage future gains. Free downloads hypothetically attract more fans to listen, encouraging increased attention and exposure, and potentially leading to performance income or merch sales. The formula isn’t […]

311 in an Alley

Published in Blog.

I walked into a music festival, only it was in an alley. The construction holding the stage and surrounding booths together was terribly poor, and in many situations used garbage pieces of wood. It looked rough. After a band I didn’t recognize left, 311 took the stage, only the band had taken a different direction, […]

Chrome Pony and Beef Oven at Paper Lake Ventures (Nashville, TN)

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Photos of Chrome Pony and Beef Oven taken March 21, 2014 at Paper Lake Ventures farewell party in Nashville, TN.

Vivian Girls at Grimey’s (Nashville, TN)

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Photos taken March 18, 2014 of the Vivian Girls at Grimey’s in Nashville, TN.

Night of the Silvermen at The Stone Fox (Nashville, TN)

Published in Blog, Nashville Fringe Festival. Tags: , , , , .

Poster design for March 12, 2014’s “Night of the Silvermen” show. Photos and video of the Jack Silverman Ordeal (featuring Robert Crawford on drums, Viktor Krauss on bass, Tyson Rogers on keys) and Tracy Silverman taken March 12, 2014 at The Stone Fox in Nashville, TN. [Photos and video originally published by the Nashville Fringe […]

Nashville Zoo

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Photos taken March 11, 2014 at the Nashville Zoo.

Bad Cop & Penicillin Baby at The Thunderdome (Nashville, TN)

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Photos of Bad Cop and Penicillin Baby taken March 9, 2014 at The Thunderdome in Nashville, TN.

Mando Blues Anniversary Party at Soulshine Pizza (Nashville, TN)

Published in Blog, Nashville Fringe Festival. Tags: , , , .

Photos of Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau, Amy Hart, The Jake Leg Stompers, and Mississippi Millie taken March 8, 2014 at Mando Blues four year anniversary party at Soulshine Pizza in Nashville, TN. [Photos originally published by the Nashville Fringe Festival.]

Stone Jack Jones at Grimey’s (Nashville, TN)

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Photos of Stone Jack Jones taken March 8, 2014 at Grimey’s in Nashville, TN.

The Great Barrier Reefs, Uberphoncs, and Mode Fresh at The Rutledge (Nashville, TN)

Published in Blog, Nashville Fringe Festival. Tags: , , , .

Photos of The Great Barrier Reefs, Uberphoncs, and Mode Fresh taken March 6, 2014 at The Rutledge in Nashville, TN. [Photos originally published by the Nashville Fringe Festival.]

*repeat repeat Interview

Published in Blog, Nashville Fringe Festival. Tags: , , .

Within the spectrum of rock music, surf isn’t all that different from ska: the originals are the ones who did it best, and few who presently indulge in the genres tend to contribute little beyond imitation. “It was my musical mentor and our producer Gregory Lattimer (of Now Records) that really started to get me […]

AL-D, E.T. & Quiet Entertainer at Boheme Collectif (Nashville, TN)

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Photos of AL-D, E.T. & Quiet Entertainer taken March 1, 2014 at Boheme Collectif in East Nashville, TN.

Floozies, Modern Measure, and Quiet Entertainer at 12th & Porter (Nashville, TN)

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Photos of the Floozies, Modern Measure, and Quiet Entertainer taken February 28, 2014 at 12th & Porter in Nashville, TN.

Jesse Lafser Interview

Published in Blog, Nashville Fringe Festival. Tags: , , .

“It happened to me for a dark and frightening couple of years,” writes Jesse Lafser, sharing a story of creative drought in a new piece she calls “Muses and Canyons.” “But I have come to trust the stillness – almost as much as I love the canyon winds. Because the longer the land lays fallow, […]

Nekst Interview

Published in Blog, Fairly Trill. Tags: .

Interview originally published January 27, 2014 by Nekst.

Jesse Lafser & Kevin Gordon at The Station Inn (Nashville, TN)

Published in Blog, Nashville Fringe Festival. Tags: , , , .

Photos of Jesse Lafser and Kevin Gordon taken January 22, 2014 at The Station Inn in Nashville, TN. [Photos originally published by the Nashville Fringe Festival.]

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