• Miss at your own risk: 5 underrated acts at Sloss Festival 2016

    Miss at your own risk: 5 underrated acts at Sloss Festival 2016

    Birmingham's Sloss Music and Arts Festival is entering its second year on July 16-17 and is banking on internationally recognized acts like Ryan Adams, The Flaming Lips, and Ray LaMontagne to sell tickets. But deeper into the lineup is a plethora of underrated gems for fans of every type of music...

    July 13, 2016
  • Here are five can't-miss artists at the 2016 Sloss Music and Arts Festival

    Here are five can't-miss artists at the 2016 Sloss Music and Arts Festival

    Entering its second year, Birmingham's Sloss Music and Arts Festival is hoping to build on the momentum their successful 2015 edition gave them. Organized by AC Entertainment, the company behind long running festivals like Bonnaroo, Forecastle, and Big Ears, Sloss Festival is held at the city's...

    July 08, 2016
  • Five must-see bands at The Peach Music Festival 2016

    Five must-see bands at The Peach Music Festival 2016

    In 2012, Southern rock pioneers The Allman Brothers Band launched their own branded music festival, called The Peach Festival, named for their celebrated album Eat a Peach. Like The Allman Brothers themselves, The Peach Festival combines guitar rock, jam, soul, and numerous other influences into one...

    July 04, 2016
  • 5 must-see bands at The Roots Picnic in New York this October

    5 must-see bands at The Roots Picnic in New York this October

    The Roots are known not only as the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, but also for their genre-bending approach to hip hop music and their wide ranging collaborative nature. This collaborative spirit has led them to jam with everyone from The Dave Matthews Band to D'Angelo. So it's...

    July 03, 2016
  • 5 All-American rock songs for your 4th of July playlist

    5 All-American rock songs for your 4th of July playlist

    The 4th of July is right around the corner and that means outdoor parties, burgers on the grill, and hopefully lots of music. While there is plenty of music associated with Independence Day, most of it is classical, such as the “1812 Overture” or country, such as “Courtesy of the Red, White, and...

    July 02, 2016
  • Sara Watkins turns a page on 'Young in All the Wrong Ways'

    Sara Watkins turns a page on 'Young in All the Wrong Ways'

    The “coming of age” story is one that is trotted out frequently in movies, television, and movies. Typically, it is a tale of a young person or people's transition from high school to adulthood. But the move into technical adulthood is only one kind of coming of age. Most people find themselves...

    July 01, 2016
  • Tommy Womack's 'Namaste' releases June 24.

    Tommy Womack finds peace in chaos on 'Namaste'

    There's a concept in robotics called the “Uncanny Valley.” It describes the point where a robot created to look human crosses a mental boundary and begins to make people feel uncomfortable. There is no such similar term in music, but the concept is the same. We crave songwriters who pour their...

    June 25, 2016
  • 5 must-see bands at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

    5 must-see bands at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

    The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience tells you right in its title that it aims to be different than your average music festival. Nowhere is “festival” in the title. Indeed, Voodoo has always aimed to transcend the traditional festival and emphasize the full experience of its New Orleans home, from...

    June 19, 2016
  • Sarah Jarosz' fourth album, 'Undercurrent', will release June 17 on Sugar Hill Records

    Sarah Jarosz explores hidden depths on 'Undercurrent'

    Undercurrent is a good title for the new Sarah Jarosz album. When describing water, an undercurrent moves beneath the surface of water, going in a different direction than looks would imply. When describing a people, an undercurrent often reveals an underlying sentiment behind a person or group's...

    June 17, 2016
  • The 5 best Dolphins quarterbacks of all-time

    The 5 best Dolphins quarterbacks of all-time

    For the Miami Dolphins, their 50 year history of quarterback play has read like a Dickens novel. It was the best of time, it was the worst of times. While they can boast the only QB in NFL history to lead a team to an undefeated season and one who is consistently ranked among the ten best ever to...

    June 04, 2016
  • Things to do on 4th of July in Nashville 2016

    Things to do on 4th of July in Nashville 2016

    Nashville is a city that never passes up a reason to throw a party. So it stands to reason that Music City would go all out for the summer's biggest party holiday, 4th of July. But Nashville isn't just limited to the standard fireworks displays, although those are certainly in abundance. From food...

    June 03, 2016
  • 5 must-see bands at Outside Lands 2016

    5 must-see bands at Outside Lands 2016

    Since 2008, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has played host to Outside Lands festival in August. While the festival has always boasted an eclectic lineup of artists ranging from indie rock and rap to Americana and metal, 2016 may be the festival's most diverse year yet, with a lineup that includes...

    May 28, 2016
  • Is Aaron Rodgers the best QB in the NFL for 2016?

    The 10 best quarterbacks in the NFL right now

    The NFL is currently living in the era of the quarterback. Never before have so many first ballot Hall of Fame locks been playing at the same time. But Peyton Manning's retirement, the effects of age and wear on some older quarterbacks, and the emergence of numerous youngsters has shaken up the...

    May 14, 2016
  • Can't miss hard rock and metal tours in Nashville this summer

    Can't miss hard rock and metal tours in Nashville this summer

    Nashville might be best known for its country music, but for fans of hard rock and heavy metal, this summer brings plenty of variety to Music City. From '80s hair metal throwbacks to goth rock paragons to one of the biggest names in hard rock history, Nashville has it all this summer. Here are five...

    May 13, 2016
  • Can't miss classic rock tours in Nashville this summer

    Can't miss classic rock tours in Nashville this summer

    While Nashville is a major concert hub all year round, summer is when things really heat up, as the city's outdoor venues open for business and its year-round auditoriums and arenas book to compete. For fans of classic rock, this summer brings a bounty of great options from the '60s, '70s, and '80s...

    May 11, 2016
  • The 5 coolest moms in Metal

    The 5 coolest moms in Metal

    Heavy metal is often seen as being a boy's club, full of machismo and men singing about sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyles. It's usually a fair criticism, as ladies in mainstream metal are the exception and not the rule. But in Europe, where progressive and power metal rules and the “beauty...

    May 07, 2016
  • Musicians and moms: 5 mothers who are as famous as their children

    Musicians and moms: 5 mothers who are as famous as their children

    You see a lot about musicians and their famous fathers. From Julian Lennon to Dweezil Zappa to Tracy Bonham, lots of musicians' dads have preceded them in fame. But as mother's day approaches, we wanted to honor the musical moms of the world who have birthed some very famous children of their own...

    May 05, 2016
  • 5 must-see bands at Forecastle Festival

    5 must-see bands at Forecastle Festival

    While Louisville's Forecastle Festival has been in existence since 2002, it didn't explode into the major force that it is until 2011 when AC Entertainment, the promoters behind fests like Bonnaroo and Wayhome, took over running it. Since that time, Forecastle has booked lineups that have reflected...

    April 27, 2016
  • Four underrated bands to watch at Stagecoach 2016

    Four underrated bands to watch at Stagecoach 2016

    The Stagecoach Music Festival, being held Apr. 29-May 1 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California, features some of the biggest names in country music at the top of its lineup. Radio veterans like Eric Church and Carrie Underwood share a bill with rising stars like Sam Hunt and Chris...

    April 20, 2016
  • The 5 best bands in Nashville right now

    The 5 best bands in Nashville right now

    Nashville has no shortage of bands who call the city home. One of the city's biggest industries consists of tourists hoping to get a glimpse of their favorite country music stars. But Nashville's music scene has always been about a lot more than country and in recent years, as its rock, rap...

    April 13, 2016
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