Karla Bonoff: ‘I always felt totally empowered’

Karla Bonoff: ‘I always felt totally empowered’

Legendary ‘70s singer/songwriter plays the Mars Theatre
THOUGH AN immensely talented vocalist and performer in her own right—as you'll see this Monday night at the Mars—Bonoff is perhaps best known as a go-to songwriter who's contributed hits to the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, and Wynonna Judd. From her self-titled 1977 debut, Bonoff became an influential presence in the Southern California recording scene, especially with her work alongside longtime collaborator Kenny Edwards, who sadly passed away in 2010.

Rolling on with The Train Wrecks

Long-awaited third album gets the big reveal
IN THE BIBLE household, a Fisher-Price xylophone sits atop a $6,000 deer hide-wrapped piano. Pixar party decorations twirl in front of silkscreened Lucero gig posters.

10 Questions: Futurebirds' Carter King

Athens psychedelic country rockers set to brew great sound at Southbound
AT ANY given time over the years, one band is usually seen by the music world as chief standard-bearer of the Athens sound. Despite the fact that most of them actually live outside the Classic City these days, the main flag-waver today would almost certainly be Futurebirds.

5 Questions: Keb' Mo'

"I'm not bluesy enough to be all blues, folk enough to be all folk, soul enough to be all soul. Call it 'blues Americana.'"
THREE-TIME Grammy winner Keb' Mo' makes his Savannah debut on Saturday. Though the guitarist and singer's great love of blues masters like Muddy Waters and Taj Mahal is apparent in his impressive discography, he looks equally to folk, soul, jazz, and rock for inspiration.

Lazer/Wulf: Unleash the Beast

Hardworking Georgia boys take experimental metal to new territory
LAZER/WULF may have been born in Athens, GA six years ago, but 2014 has been their banner year. The experimental metal trio caught the ears of Retro Futurist Records (Kylesa's boutique label), and, in July, released their first LP to critical acclaim.

American Hologram’s new vision

Same Blue Sky not really just the same
AMERICAN HOLOGRAM has called their style "Americana goth pop." We're not talking about a corn-fed Bauhaus, or Depeche Mode draped in stars and stripes, though.

5 Questions: Rev. Horton Heat

Preaching the psychobilly gospel at the Jinx
FEW GUITAR players have rocked a hollow-body Gretsch the way the Rev. Horton Heat has. The Dallas-based purveyor of psycho-rockabilly has evangelized sweat-soaked crowds with his fast, aggressive, country-on-crank sounds in legendarily intense live shows since the mid '80s.

Marathon Man: Phillip Phillips

American Idol performs at Forsyth Park
THE PHILLIP PHILLIPS many people got to know after he won season 11 of "American Idol" in 2012 fit snugly into the folk-rock revival happening on top 40 radio. Phillips’ hit singles, “Home” and “Gone Gone Gone” had the earthy acoustic instrumentation and the big vocal harmonies and arena-sized beats that had turned songs by Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers into big hits.

5 Questions: A.J. Ghent

Brilliant slide/steel guitarist plays free Savannah Music Festival ‘reveal’ party
SO WHAT'S BETTER than hearing the announcement of the performers at the 2015 Savannah Music Festival? Hearing that announcement and enjoying the music of one of the brightest young stars in the blues/soul world today.

Festival culture in the 'Boro

SAV's Omingnome among acts at Electric Moonlight Festival
THE MAJOR outdoor shows of the summer may have passed, but the moon is about to turn on a new festival in the Savannah area. Brainiacs, a multimedia production studio perched on 15 acres of sprawling green land and a lake right outside of Statesboro, will play host to Electric Moonlight Festival, (((EMF))) for short.

No longer Soko's 'First Kiss'

'Monomaniac' multitasker brings moody beats to Graveface
SOKO IS BUSY. Between directing music videos, winning awards for her acting, wrapping up a new album, and mastering new instruments, who knows when—or if—she sleeps (even more puzzling: how does she achieve that perfect, enviable bedhead?).

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