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Interview: Ripe Bringing their 7-Piece Funk Dance Party to Charleston Pour House

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Update: Ripe will be collecting donations from their fans at dates on the tour and delivering them to local Boys & Girls Clubs of America in each tour market. When it comes to all the different music genres out there, I’ve always been a firm believer that funk is the one that transcends all music…

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Interview: Steep Canyon Rangers Talk New Album, Festivals, and Upcoming Charleston Music Hall Gig

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I feel like there is a silent majority of music fans, myself included, that genuinely enjoys live, bluegrass music but for whatever reason never streams it when it comes to daily life. I didn’t know a lot about the Grammy winning, Steep Canyon Rangers, but that changed quickly with some research and chatting with lead…

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Indiehitmaker Explains How New Artists Can Up their Streams & Billboard Chart Rankings

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Last month I attended the Charleston Music Confab Conference in Charleston, SC, which brought record executives and artists together to talk about where the industry is headed and provide vital direction to young artists on how to standout in a sea of YouTubers and Spotifiers. One executive I had the pleasure of partying chatting with…

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JD Simo Talks New Album, Recording with Jack White, and the Hard Effects of a 300 day Tour

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It’s well known that Nashville has been a major hot bed for new music, especially this past decade with Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, Lady Antebellum…on and on. Lesser known musicians with that same caliber of production and craft, such as JD Simo, have been releasing high quality Blues and Rock n Roll that truly…

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If You Could Bring Back Prince, George Harrison, or Lennon…Who Would You Pick and Why?

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When I get the chance to interview my favorite bands, I like to end each chat with several of the same, thought-provoking questions to see how they all answer them differently. This particular question came about months ago with drunken Uber rides home from the bars. I always sit shotgun to discover the driver’s musical…

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The Artisanals Discuss Debut Album and the Long, Hard Process for Perfection

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(Feature image borrowed with love from @waxminister) One of the joys of being a music fan is the many great people one meets at shows. It happens often where the conversation steers towards the best concerts we’ve ever seen, which almost always leads to the instances where we saw a now very famous band in…

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Slightly Stoopid Talk New Album, State of Rap, and East Coast Tour

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I am confident I’m in the majority when I say this, but when it comes to summer time hanging, it doesn’t get much better than outdoor chilling with friends, beers and some background reggae music. Sure, Bob Marley is great the first 100 times, but there’s so much fantastic reggae music out there that demands…

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Interview: Thomas Wynn Opens Up About New Album and Working with Vance Powell

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If Southern Rock and the Blues are your cup of tea, then Thomas Wynn and the Believers are the steaming pot on the stove. The melodic range of this Orlando-based six piece from blues to folk to heavy guitar riffs, backed by flowing keys and a burning harmonica, is everything live music is meant to…

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Interview: Twiddle Frontman Mihali Savoulidis on PLUMP Chapter Two, Tumble Down, and Converting Naysayers

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The jamband scene can be crowded- just do a quick search to see how the genre has grown in recent years. Many talented acts are working overtime to attract fans. The successful ones key in on the live experience in an effort to build their base, playing as many dates as they can handle. It takes…

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Interview: Moon Taxi Talks About Self Producing their New Album, Tentative Dates, and Coachella

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April 6th and 7th were two dates I’ve had triple circled on my calendar for many months. On that first day, Moon Taxi was opening for the Flaming Lips playing an all Rage Against the Machine covers set at Augusta (Masters Thursday). The following night they were playing a small club gig in my hometown of Charleston,…

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