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The foundations of The So So Glos can be traced back to 1991, when four-year-old Alex Levine, his brother Ryan Levine and stepbrother Zach Staggers began playing music together.


“I think we were really just delusional kids,” remembered Alex. “At five years old, we were watching MTV and thought we had a band too. We would record tapes of us playing and as far as we were concerned, we were making records.


“We had the feeling before we had the technical skills,” he continued. “It really was in the spirit of punk rock.”


Since then, the band has added guitarist Matt Elkin and released two albums and two EPs. Their latest album, 2013’s Blowout, was named among the 50 best albums of the year by both Rolling Stone and Consequence of Sound. It also saw The So So Glos touring with bands like Titus Andronicus and Nashville’s Diarrhea Planet.


The So So Glos, who are based in Brooklyn, have also become active in the DIY and all-ages scenes there, working to open both an all-ages recording studio and performance space, Shea Stadium, and an all-ages venue, The Market Hotel.


“We really found a haven in the Brooklyn DIY scene,” explained Alex. “Our music seems to go hand in hand with that energy. It’s just for everyone. We try to do what we can, as far as playing, in community spaces but this country has such strict drinking laws. You can go to war before you can to a rock and roll show at a bar. There’s no reason to put an age restriction on our music.”


On Monday, March 17th, The So So Glos, fresh from SXSW, will bring their self-described early-90s punk rock to The End, where they’ll be playing alongside Gunther Doug and Dogtooth.


“Our music kind of has an old school hip hop thing going on,” Alex said, of the band’s live shows. “We demand that everyone has fun. It doesn’t really matter whether we’re playing in Nashville or a Brooklyn basement, we encourage all kinds of expression. It’s controlled anarchy.”


Meagan Lawson


If you are anything like myself or any other red-blooded American music lover, and often find yourself trying not to sweat to death on a hot and sticky summer afternoon in the south, nothing helps beat the heat better than a cold brew and some live music. That was the idea when I ventured down to Nashville’s Centennial Park this last weekend to the outdoor concert series, Musicians Corner. I was not expecting however, to be completely blown away by St. Paul and the Broken Bones. I had already heard several tracks from the band, but from the moment front man Paul Janeway and his band took the stage and he let those first notes wail from his southern loins, their presence was instantaneously as large as the sound on their record. Only two songs and multiple hip gyrations in, Janeway’s suit was already soaked in sweat and all I could think to myself was “when are these guys coming back?”

Front man Paul Janeway and his aptly dubbed ‘Broken Bones’ are a six piece band out of Birmingham, AL, that do nothing short of sweet justice to the term “soul.” Propelled by a horn section, tightly wound rhythms and their most distinctive instrument, Janeway’s voice, St. Paul and the Broken Bones deliver a sound that is as thick as the southern heat. The band has spent the first half of the year traveling across the country, and cutting a four song EP with fellow southerner and musician, Ben Tanner, keyboardist for the Alabama Shakes. You can listen to and purchase the EP, Greeting From St. Paul and the Broken Bones, on their BandCamp page.

Below you can watch their Music City Roots performance of “Broken Bones and Pocket Change,” my favorite track on their EP.

– Christian Lerchenfeld

St. Paul and the Broken Bones- ‘Broken Bones and Pocket Change’ (Live at Music City Roots)

Big Black Delta is the solo project of Venezuelan native, now Los Angeles transplant, Jonathan Bates. Bates, once the front man for Los Angeles indie rock band Mellowdrone and touring musician for M83, began his solo efforts in 2010. His self-titled debut album, which released this passed April, is nearly a perfect brainchild of 80’s synth-pop and modern indie. Add the vocoder on his vocals and you have a sound that drifts in and out between a haunting dream and a John Hughes flick.

Currently in the middle of a two-month long North American tour, with appearances at Leads and Reading festivals in August, as well as garnering press from the likes of Pitchfork and Spin, Big Black Delta is an artist to keep a keen eye on.

You can find BBD’s full album on iTunes, and several of the record’s tracks are on SoundCloud. But for now, take a gander at the video for Big Black Delta’s single, “Side of the Road.”

Big Black Delta- ‘Side of the Road’