via facebook shot by Paul Citone
A concert is like a car. Most of us have been around one before but we really don’t know anything about what is under the hood. There is A LOT of shit under there and it takes a lot of moving parts to make the thing go. In the last two weeks I have had the unique privilege of watching a band I admire putting the pieces together. It was a real experience to see the thing come together so quickly. Spafford produced a finished product, a LIVE socially distant drive-in concert in Mesa, Arizona, in under two weeks.
The vibe was initially surreal. I arrived for soundcheck a little after 4PM and that desert sun was beating down. I could see in the distance that the cars had started to line up. Die-hard Arizona Spafford fans arriving early for the first shot at a first come first serve based spot situation. The concert was ticketed and each car had either a East or West pass. Depending on your purchased location you were instructed on either side of the stage. Next to the stage was a tremendous video screen, fans were truly at the drive-in. The band brought in a PA system to provide a real conce...
Photography by Alysse Gafkjen
Music For the End of the World is the newest single from NYC based solo artist, JW Farrell.
Despite the timing of its release, the first song from his upcoming second album was actually written about the existential threat of global warming and nuclear war. Although it may now have alternative interpretations. Its toe-tapping energy paired with tongue-in-cheek lyrics is a refreshing anthem for the times. I mean I guess what we need right now is more hopeful music about the end of the world!
JW Farrell is an Astoria based solo artist from Philadelphia PA. He has an EP (Alexandria EP) and an album (Francisville) under his belt, with an upcoming full-length album due out...
We love to hear about bands that are using their gifts to help others, especially in such a critical time for the country and the world.
Photo by Joan Hathaway
Lyle Brewer, has been popping up on my social media feeds more and more over the last few years. The first I heard of Brewer was when I saw a musician I admire tag him in a post playing guitar. It was clear that he had learned something from Brewer, so I went on to learn about him. From there I discovered that Brewer is quite the musician himself. Brewer is a guitarist from Massachusetts, where he studied at The New England Conservatory. He is apart of the band Neighbor, which is a band that has formed recently and is developing quite the following. As a solo artist Brewer has released 7 albums and he is currently working on a new album with Kristin Slipp from Cuddle Magic. In my pursuit of Lyle I stumbled upon the "Friend of the Devil" video he did for his Let it Grow series and in it his playing was pure and simple and it drew me in.
Photo by Adam Johnson
The Higgs came to Phoenix again on Saturday and they delivered quite the set to an excited crowd. The band has developed a big following in the valley and most of the attendees had left McDowell Mountain Music Festival to catch the show at Last Exit Live. Each of the four members bring something different to the table, John Lovero (Guitar/Vocals), Garrett Morris (Drums), David Barsky (Bass/Vocals), and Jesse August Jennings (Keys/Organ/Synth).
The setlist delivered some favorites, offering up a cover of The Disco Biscuits song “Portal To An Empty Head”. If you’re a fan of The Disco Biscuits and you hear the beginning of that song you get all the feels. I ran in from the outside section of the club to make sure my spot was secured.