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FEST Feature Friday: Cold Wrecks

FEST is six weeks away, and we’re so excited to bring you this week’s Feature Friday interview with Cold Wrecks, an indie punk band that will making their way down to Gainesville, FL this November for the three day festival. In addition to having a packed lineup with new and old artists spanning from acoustic to hardcore / metal, FEST is a three day celebration of everything alternative, and includes stand up comedy as well as wresting!

Cold Wrecks is based out of Brooklyn, and is made up of vocalist / guitarist Mike Vizzi, guitarist Matan Uchen, bassist / vocalist Craig Shay, and drummer CJ Dunaieff. With New York City being known for churning out fast paced, authentic punk rock, Cold Wrecks capture that trademark, East Coast authenticity full force on their latest album, This Could Be Okay.

We chatted with Mike Vizzi about the importance of mental health in music, Brooklyn’s local music scene, and FEST essentials! Continue reading below to check it out.

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FEST Feature Friday: Timeshares

For this week’s FEST Feature Friday, we’re happy to introduce you to Timeshares! This self-described post college rock band are from New York, and this November will mark one full decade of performing at FEST in Gainesville, FL. This three day music festival hosts bands and attendees from all around the world, starting in the afternoon and continuing into the early morning hours from Friday - Sunday, November 1st - 3rd.

We talked with Mike Natoli (bass / vocals) about FEST’s evolution over the past ten years, daily FEST essentials, what artists are on his “must see” list, and more! Continue reading to check out our interview and listen to Timeshares!

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FEST Feature Friday: Mike Llerena & The Nerve

If you’re a fan of punk rock and rock and roll, then you definitely don’t want to sleep on Mike Llerena & The Nerve. Hailing from Gainesville, this Florida three piece are part of FEST 18’s lineup for this November, and they’re sure to pack a punch. Continue reading to check out our interview with Mike where we talk about the band’s latest album, the FEST community, and more!

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FEST Feature Friday: Machinist!

This Friday, we’re happy to introduce you to Machinist!, a metal band from Valdosta, GA. They’re part of this year’s incredible lineup for FEST 18. If you’re unfamiliar with FEST, just know that it’s a weekend long music festival that takes place in Gainesville, FL that’s heavy on punk, rock, and everything alternative.

I chatted with Jeff, the vocalist for Machinist!, about touring the west coast, favorite FEST venues, and tips for attending a music festival solo. Continue reading to learn more!

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Feature Friday: dnny

If you’ve been following us for a hot minute, you’ll know that we absolutely love to highlight artists in Nashville. For this week’s Feature Friday, we chatted with pop artist dnny about getting a start with music at an early age, balancing passions, standing out in a growing city, and more!

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Feature Friday: Josh Olsen

Texas native Josh Olsen is certainly no stranger to the music industry. Olsen began his career writing music for other artists, and eventually found himself on X-Factor back in 2012. From there, he started writing his own music to perform himself and made the huge move out to L.A. to follow his dream.

I had the chance to speak to Josh Olsen about growing up in Texas and moving to the West Coast, what his inspiration is for his upcoming EP, and more! Continue reading below to learn more about Josh, and to watch the music video for “Bad Things.”

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Feature Friday: Silver Relics

Alex Sepassi and Justin Alvis combine forces to form Silver Relics and to create an infectious brand of indie rock. With heavy influences spanning from the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, and ‘80’s, the pair recently released their debut album, generic., followed by a run of shows in the UK and Ireland.

Originally from Austin, TX, Silver Relics are now based out of NYC, which is the perfect place for a duo with such high art-rock energy. I recently chatted with Alex and Justin about finding balance when writing together, touring overseas, setting yourself apart in the city that never sleeps, and more. Continue reading down below to learn more about Silver Relics, and to give their new album, generic., a spin!

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Building Your Brand In A New City: An Interview With Colleen Lippert Of Anchor Publicity

So, you want to move to Nashville to kick start your music career…but you’re not sure where to start. Whether you work behind the scenes to make sure that everything runs smoothly for artists, or you’re pouring your heart into your debut album, having a plan is one of the most important steps in order to achieve your goals.

Continue reading for an interview with Colleen Lippert of Anchor Publicity where we talk about relocating to Nashville, crucial steps to take in order to establish yourself in a new city when building a brand, how to connect with people in the music industry, and more!

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Feature Friday: Zach Vinson

Love songs - we all know them. Songs about falling in love, breaking up, getting back together, and the one that got away. But what about songs about staying in love? You don’t hear those too often. Indie pop artist Zach Vinson’s new album, And Yet, is a wonderful exploration of a long term relationship, mulling over the highs, the lows, and everything in between.

I recently spoke with Zach about his upcoming album release show at The High Watt in Nashville (snag tickets
here), the local music scene, writing from the heart, and more.

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Feature Friday: Daisy Maude

Arizona based solo artist Daisy Maude released her new single “Volcano” on March 22nd, and has another song, “Pretend,” coming out the end of April. Maude uses her unique surroundings and upbringing as inspiration for her music, taking the world around her and mixing it into her songs.

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Feature Friday: Elisabeth Beckwitt

Elisabeth Beckwitt, AKA Nashville’s Pansexual East Side Queen, has been hard at work in the studio. She has a brand new single, “Free Fall,” coming your way on May 3rd which is the leading single off of her upcoming EP titled Indigo.

I recently chatted with Elisabeth about her upcoming EP, the music video for “Free Fall,” owning your sexuality as an artist, and her monthly music showcase Sad Girl Night.

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Feature Friday: Ellie Hart of LEAD DIY

LEAD DIY stands for “lighting & epilepsy awareness development” and is an organization based out of New Jersey that works to educate both artists and venues on the harmful impact of strobe and flashing lights in order to create a safe environment for all show-goers.

I spoke with Ellie Hart about how LEAD came together, tips for approaching an artist / venue about the impact of intense flashing lights at shows, how to get involved with LEAD, and more.

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Feature Friday: Whitney Woerz

New York City’s Whitney Woerz wrapped up a recent tour as direct support for pop icon Jesse McCartney earlier this month. I spoke with Woerz about her tour with Jesse McCartney, her breakthrough single “Ghost Story,” finding balance between being a student and musician, and more. Continue reading to learn more about Whitney!

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Feature Friday: As It Is

UK pop/punk group As It Is recently put out their third album, The Great Depression, and are currently on a tour supporting the album. The Great Depression follows three main characters through their journey with mental illness. While other bands have written a song or two about the topic, As It Is delves into each tiny crevice of mental illness and talks about it in a way that does not romanticize it, but rather brings light to a difficult subject.

We had the opportunity to interview lead vocalist Patty Walters and guitarist / vocalist Ben Langford-Biss before the show. Continue reading below to check out the interview where we talk about The Great Depression, touring the US, how the band has evolved over time, and more!

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Feature Friday: Five Things You Need To Know About Anchor Publicity

We’re so happy to have the opportunity to introduce ya’ll to Colleen Lippert! She’s the hardworking owner of Anchor Publicity, which is a PR company based out of, you guessed it — Music City. Although based out of Nashville, Anchor Publicity takes on clients nationwide, as well as in Canada.

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SavageLuke // Feature Friday

Andrew Lange, AKA SavageLuke, is a Nashville based solo musician. His Outlaw Country mixed with Americana vibe combines modern themes with tried and true elements of classic artists like Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

Continue reading to listen to “My Friend” and to check out an interview with SavageLuke where we talk about live vs. studio recordings, go-to venues in Nashville, and more!

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Skyward Story // Feature Friday

If you attended one of the many dates for the last full country run of the Vans Warped Tour last summer, there’s a good chance you encountered local, and small bands in full-grind mode, trying to persuade people to watch their sets. One of these incredibly hard working bands is Skyward Story. The Baltimore based, pop/rock trio wowed attendees and left them wanting more. They certainly left their mark and gained new fans along the way.

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Guitars 4 Gifts // Feature Friday

Happy Friday, ya’ll (or whatever day of the week it is where you are when you’re reading this)! Today, I’d like to introduce you to Anna Clark. Anna lives in Nashville, TN, and she’s making moves in the music scene, although not in the way that you might think. While Anna is a singer-songwriter, she’s also directly involved in the local community when it comes to making music accessible to all.

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Misty Eyed // Feature Friday

The new EP, Eurydice, from the hard rock quartet Misty Eyed dropped today! We’re excited to share our thoughts on the tracks, along with an exclusive interview with the band in today’s Feature Friday.

Having recently shared the stage with big name artists like Lamb of God and more local acts like The Funeral Portrait, ATL based Misty Eyed are busy laying a solid groundwork on which to build their career.

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Rebel Kicks // Interview

Stepping down into the lower level of Bowery Electric, I was impressed with how many fans filled the space. People chatted in groups eager to hear the band, as t-shirts were handed out. This was the band’s first performance under their new name, Rebel Kicks.

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