Albums

FLAGSHIP ROMANCE REIMAGINES THEIR ART AFTER COVID 

Flagship Romance has always carved its own path, steaming across the great wide open for months on end and creating connections through stories and song. But the life of a traveling musician gets cut tragically short when the wheels come off the bus. When COVID-19 forced them off the road, the husband and wife alt-folk duo of Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson hit rewind and decided to give an existing project a fizzy, retro treatment. “Eccentric” is the reimagining of the band’s 2019 release “Concentric” and it’s just the punch in the Serotonin we needed to resuscitate this stagnant season …

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DANCING WITH GHOSTS drops new song in a landscape of cancelled plans

By Stephanie Conner I think I speak for many in saying that this year has been weird, frustrating, or just downright demoralizing, for a lot of people. Many in the music and entertainment industry, especially, are feeling the crunch. Josh Cannon and Stephanie Conner (that’s me) of Dancing with Ghosts–known locally as a highly-productive band–we are the type of artists who need to “create to exist.” 2020 has been quite the ride, and we’ve had to adapt in order to move forward. In this bizarre age of livestreams instead of concerts, and FaceTime instead of dinnertime with loved ones, how …

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Traveling Musician Isaac Corbitt Writes Anthem to His Hometown: “Jacksonville”

Traveling Musician Isaac Corbitt Writes Anthem to His Hometown: "Jacksonville"

As a traveling musician, Isaac Corbitt spends a good deal of time on the road. Regardless of where he is in the world, he always misses the city he calls home. Corbitt wrote and recorded his first original solo song called “Jacksonville” as an anthem to his hometown. The track is a series of stories about growing up in the city, raising hell down by the St. Johns River. Many of his friends went on to college after high school to prepare for a life away from Jacksonville. But Corbitt is dug in and proud to honor his hometown. “Yeah, …

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Bassist from The Dog Apollo Goes at it Alone: Chad Villarroel Releases Carmen EP

Chad Villarroel is channeling his inner chaos into a new solo effort that reflects his personal journey through the fire. After a self-imposed hiatus, Villaroel will launch his new passion project, Carmen, with an EP of songs called “Pause/Again,” that he says represent his cyclical journey. The single Novacaine drops July 5th and will be available on all streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play. The EP will be out July 19th. “I think there are elements of loss and elements of, certainly, love, and a small aspect of redemption, as well. The tracks really come from a …

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Concentric: Flagship Romance Duo Celebrates New Album Release & Tour

After trading in palm trees and ocean waves for desert sunsets and mountain peaks, Flagship Romance is coming full circle with new music and two hometown shows to celebrate the release of their new album “Concentric.” The husband and wife duo and will perform two shows held March 22-23 at in before launching an 8-month tour in support of the record. And what better way to send new music out into the universe than sharing it with the family, friends and fans who helped make it all possible? “We are so excited we can’t even contain ourselves. We’ve only played …

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Nomads Almanac: Lady Daisey & Batsauce Create Out-of-the-Box Art Around the World

Not everyone is wired for the nomadic lifestyle. It takes an adventurous nature, a gypsy soul, and, if you’re lucky, a travel companion who operates on the same global frequency. Britt and Daisey Traynham are kindred spirits fueled by a shared love of music and a desire to travel the world in search of beauty, culture, and good food. The pair, who record music as and , chronicled their 15-month journey through Southeast Asia in a kaleidoscopic series of photographs packaged as a complete sensory experience. Part yearbook, part love-note, part time capsule, Nomads Almanac Vol. 1 offers a stunning …

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The Elbow and EU Jacksonville present Amplified – Volume #2

Amplified Vol. 2, The Elbow, EU Jacksonville, Downtown Jacksonville, Local Musicians, TOMBOi, Dovetonsil, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Katie Grace Helow, Mere Woodard, Blaza Duval, JacksonVegas, The Little Books, Wunderlogik, Tambor, Insel, Canary in the Coalmine, Palm Trees and Power Lines, Inspection 12, Lady Daisy, Strangerwolf, Tom Bennett Band, Carl Swaygan, The Hereafter, Monarch Mtn, Whethermen, Billy & Bella, Brady Clampitt, Split Tone, ND 20/20, Mason, Land of la Bora, Rachel Warfield, Kudos the Kid, Crashmir, Le Orchid, Trap J ‘The 108 Great’, Some Dude, DrazaH Backwards, Lowrcase g, In Whispers, JAHMEN, GFM, Royal Francis, Grammar Tree, Grant Nielsen, #eujaxmusic, #eujax, 1904 Music Hall

“The mixed tape is a list of quotations, a poetic form in fact; the cento is a poem made up of lines pulled from other poems. The new poet collects and remixes.” – Matias Viegener in Thurston Moore’s “Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture” Before embarking on the assembly of an anthology, the curator must consider the form and function of such a venture. What is it trying to say, and who is the audience? Will the music tell new stories to different people? The art of a good compilation isn’t revealed through genre, alphabetical or chronological arrangement. A …

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Insel: Robi Rütenberg’s Ever-Expanding Vocal Universe

insel, Robin Rütenberg, video screen shot

Robi Rütenberg is quickly becoming one of Jacksonville’s standout artists with their hand in a variety of musical groups and genres. They play major creative roles in both baroque pop trio Four Families and the Little Books, an indie folk/rock duet. now embarks on an experimental solo project titled which recently released their first EP, in the clearing. Rütenberg approaches their practice and music from a queer feminist perspective, which has been shaped by life in the South. “I’ve held on to it because sometimes things take time.” The collection of four songs that comprises the in the clearing EP …

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Video preview: Andra Day – Rise Up

This is the second video of Day’s to be crafted by an acclaimed filmmaker following Spike Lee‘s direction of her debut video “Forever Mine.” CocaCola and McDonald’s recently announced Day as part of their Rise Up ESSENCE® Festival program ahead of her performance at the 2016 Essence Festival in New Orleans.  The lyrics from “Rise Up” will appear on 40 million Coca­Cola cups in select McDonald’s restaurants across the nation and include a Shazam-powered portal into a digital experience where they can watch the “I Rise” short film starring Andra Day.  Andra Day will grace the cover of ESSENCE Magazine‘s June issue. Andra Day is a San Diego …

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Terry Adams & NRBQ, the Quiet Lion

After more than five decades on the road and in the studio his multidimensional musical vision continues to evolve and his outlook remains strong. Terry Adams, founder and omnipotent cornerstone of NRBQ speaks openly to EU about his mystical musical journey, NRBQ’s newest release Brass Tacks, Talk Thelonious, the band, and more. The New Rhythm & Blues Quartet, or Quintet, depending on the lineup at the time was founded in the late 1960’s by then Louisville resident Adams and Steve Ferguson, a guitarist and vocalist also from the Louisville area. To coin a phrase from jazz great Miles Davis this …

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