Album | BC Camplight – Shortly After Takeoff

“I’ve had my indicator on since leaving Crewe/That explains the gestures in my rear-view,” Brian Christinzio sighs over the doo-wop pop of ‘Born To Cruise’.  It’s one of many superbly pithy couplets on his fifth BC Camplight album, Shortly After Takeoff,…

Interview | FFS 5 with Simon Lunche

In just 20 years, Simon Lunche has established himself as a musical tour de force. Known for putting in the work with Berkeley indie rockers The Blondies, he’s written and produced their entire catalog. Beyond, he’s developed a name for…

Album | Other Lives – For Their Love

Jesse Tabish hasn’t given up on computers, yet the leader of Other Lives found himself at a crossroads with For Their Love. “Working with computers you can layer parts forever. I’d forgotten how to pick up a guitar and sing…

Interview | FFS 5 with Half Stack

Half Stack are making names for themselves as bonafide Oakland cowpoke. Rising within their own indie country scene as of late, the band’s Wings of Love was mostly written while frontman Pete Kegler was living out his days on a…

Premiere | Lila Blue – The Dead

Lila Blue’s folk marches to its own beat. Intrinsically idiosyncratic in nature, the singer-songwriter is not only known for crossing genre lines, but for doing so in ways that define her and no one else. It’s a bold claim to…

Interview | FFS 5 with Rob Alexander

Rob Alexander’s songwriting speaks back to an era of quality radio sheen, quantified by charts consistently populated by smartly composed music. The likes of Elton John and Peter Gabriel had enough of a pop spirit to captivate all manner of…

Album | Ron Sexsmith – Hermitage

Ron Sexsmith is a name that needs no introduction to anyone reading these pages. The songwriters’ songwriter proves that that’s an accolade much deserved on Hermitage, his 17th studio album. We are greeted by birds chirping and playful and plaintive piano on…

Interview | FFS 5 with Bryce J. Rogers

Bryce J. Rogers represents a new generation of Tucson troubadours. Rather than settle into a singular, comfortable musical space, the singer-songwriter is constantly adapting to bring new listening experiences to the raw core of his folk music. His latest single,…