Heather Bushman

Artists You Should Know: Primary School

There’s an understated air to the way Brianna MacLean discusses pain and trauma. She takes monumental, earth-shattering events and reduces them to mere anecdotes, recalling moments that changed her life with relative nonchalance. But MacLean doesn’t shrug off the sadness: She glides through it, tackles it head-on and verbalizes her emotions with honesty and openness. It’s similar to her writing approach for Primary School—subtle but overwhelmingly sincere.  MacLean’s style has settled nicely within the Primary School project, where she acts as the main songwriter. The product of MacLean’s high school experimentation, Primary School has been a steady presence in the …

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Dad Rock Will Not Die

The enduring legacy of Dad Rock is that it will always be at an arena near you.  It’s something we’ve been waiting to say for over a year: Live music is making a comeback. After countless cancellations and virtual concerts, we’re seeing some of the industry’s biggest names announce long-awaited tour dates (Phoebe Bridgers, Tyler, The Creator, Clairo and Lorde, just to name a few). It’s an entertainment renaissance right now, a rebirth of a celebrated ritual that’s long lay dormant, and it’s being spearheaded by some of the most exciting acts in music. But Jacksonville seems to be left …

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Artists you need to know: Ashton Chase

Whether he’s on stage earning his BFA or the studio recording under the name Ashton Chase, Chase Pittman keeps busy.  After the pandemic forced him to continue his acting studies at Ohio’s Otterbein University virtually, the Jacksonville rapper returned to his hometown. He’s since spent the last year and a half launching his career with a handful of singles, a full-length album and live shows up and down the state. Now, he has a flurry of new projects in his back pocket, ready for release just as summer rolls around.  Q: You’ve blown up in a relatively short period of …

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