SondorBlue - Opinions (Single)

Cover art by Jonathan Rypkema

This morning, SondorBlue released their new single "Opinions" exclusively on Spotify. They've been playing this song live for a while now, so it's nice to finally hear a studio version. I dig how the band keeps adding more of a harder rock feel to their sound, and I hope to see them continue in this direction with future releases. SondorBlue just left Charleston on their first tour, called The Life Is Here Tour, and they'll be making stops up and down the east coast, with even a few as far west as Lexington, KY, and Cincinnati, OH. The tour goes from February until June, and I'm sure there will be more dates added as the Spring approaches and they continue to build their fanbase.

Stream the new single, "Opinions" by SondorBlue via Spotify below, and keep up with their tour schedule to see when they're headed to a city near you.


Catch Moon Hooch at The Charleston Pour House on Wednesday, March 1st

Brooklyn-based Moon Hooch is bringing a polished jazz, funk, and organic electronic sound to The Charleston Pour House on March 1st. Since they met playing in the New York City subway, this horn-percussion trio has been building quick bass lines and fast paced melodies across North America. Percussionist James Muschler leads the trio on the treble by starting beats from seemingly nowhere. Soon after Micheal Wilbur leads the band and crowd into a rhythmic saxophone rift followed by Wenzl McGowan, whose leading saxophone brings their foundation to fruition.

Check out their NPR Tiny Desk series for a taste of Moon Hooch:

The Moon Hooch philosophy is perhaps their most interesting aspect as a band. Moon Hooch made an appearance at the TedX Atlanta opening, but contrary to what you might expect they didn't discuss their success. Instead they told about a time where they almost broke up because of many other forces in their lives. They realized once they blocked out the noise from their ego and behavior, they could channel the energy that their music was initially intended   If there is any reason to see these guys, it's to witness their comradery and see how they mold chaos into positive harmony. Tickets are $12, doors at 9pm.

Tickets here.


Stop Light Observations - Come and Fly With Me (B-Side Sessions)

Here's another B-Side Sessions video from Stop Light Observations, this time features Will and Cubby playing an unreleased track called "Come and Fly With Me". It appears that it was filmed in the same night as their other B-Side Sessions performance, where they played "Who You Are". "Come and Fly With Me" calls into question some racial tensions and stereotypes and basically suggests that we all just smoke a joint together. That's an idea I can get behind. Tonight Stop Light is playing the second night of a two night run at the Music Farm. If you can get your hands on some tickets I definitely recommend you do that because it's going to be a great show. Happy Saturday.

Stop Light Observations - Come and Fly With Me (B-Side Sessions)

Up next: SUSTO - Mystery Man (B-Side Sessions)

Haley Mae Campbell - Lose My Number (Music Video)

The other day, Haley Mae Campbell released the music video for her single "Lose My Number". The video was directed by Emma DeMuth and filmed at various spots around Charleston, including Bar Mash and the Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory. You may also notice some familiar faces in the video, including Brandon Brooks from Jyve on drums, and Will Blackburn from Stop Light Observations near the end. "Lose My Number" was recently featured on Spotify's New Country Hits playlist, and deservedly so. Check it out.

Up next: She Returns From War - Snake Bite (B-Side Sessions)


Runaway Gin Announces Spring Phorward Tour

Runaway Gin - a Tribute to Phish  announced on Valentine's Day their 2017 Spring Phorward Tour. Runaway Gin has clocked over 225 shows thus far and are now set to host after parties at major festivals and make their first headlining festival appearance at Hidden in The Hollow May 19th in Butler, Tennessee.

The 12 stop Spring Tour includes a two night run at The Calico Room in Wilmington, NC followed by four stops across the Southeast. Runaway Gin will play in Knoxville, TN prior to theater debuts in Birmingham, AL, Charlotte, NC, and Raleigh, NC before heading to Florida. The band will make their South Florida debut at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, Florida on April 14th. The first leg of the tour will end at The Ophishial Sweetwater 420 Anastasio Afterparty w/ Runaway Gin at the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta, GA following the headlining performance from the Trey Anastasio Band. Runaway Gin is set to headline the Hidden in the Hollow Festival before coming home to Charleston, SC to spend Memorial Day Weekend with The Charleston Pour House family.

Check out this clip from last November at The Runaway Gin Animal Carnival:

See Water - Hit The Moon (Album Review)

After two years of long nights at Charleston's Truphonic Studios, See Water's debut album Hit The Moon is ready and available for your listening pleasure. The record is a fun 90 minute ride through the ranks of punk, reggae, ska, and rock, with even a tinge of some more heavy stuff, and an overall message to not get bogged down by the stresses of everyday life, and spread positivity wherever you go. It's the perfect record for the warm weather right around the corner, and I foresee many a summer day bumping Hit The Moon with a cold one or two, or three. Or four.

The seamless transitions between songs give the record a very continuous feel and makes it easy to listen to the whole album in one sitting, which in my opinion is the best way to listen to a record. Artists put the songs in a certain order for a reason, and See Water clearly put a lot of time fine-tuning their transitions to make the full listening experience that much better. You can still pick your favorite tracks and throw them on a playlist, of course, but you owe it to yourself to listen to Hit The Moon straight through at least once.

One standout track for me is "Work", because for one I can relate to it and for two it's super chill. It's a song about a long day at work when all you can think about is getting home to light one up and sit down on the couch. Most of us have experienced a day like this, and even more relatable is when you finally do get off work you've got a call from a friend who says come on down to the local watering hole (AC's in this case) to drink with the boys. The song continues through the timeline of a typical Charleston night, complete with an afterparty and that dreaded morning after.

The best example of the heavy sound I spoke of earlier is track 13, "Molotov Cocktail". The name certainly fits the feel of the song, with a drum beat that you'd expect from a hardcore band, and even some screaming towards the end. It's awesome to hear a song like "Molotov Cocktail" on such a predominantly chilled out album, because it shows that the dudes in See Water are well-versed in musical tastes and aren't afraid to explore a different sound than what people might expect from them. This one's going on my mosh pit playlist.

Hear See Water's Hit The Moon for yourself via the Spotify stream below, and don't miss their album release party at the Music Farm on Friday, February 24th. Joining them at the Farm will be Of Good Nature, Treehouse, and Whitehall. The show is sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon and proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. It's going to be a great show for a great cause, and you'll get to hear See Water play their new album live. Get your tickets here.