Thurston Moore’s Memoir, ‘Sonic Life,’ is a Worthy Trip Through the 20th-Century Alt-Music Experience

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Thirty years ago, a friend who had played in bands in NYC in the mid-1980s told me of an interesting phenomenon. At that time, Sonic Youth were rapidly ascending from the herd of underground, post-hardcore bands. Especially on these shores, Sonic Youth were a quixotic and enigmatic band: using alternative guitar tunings and songs that could shift from dreamlike to …

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RickoLus Is Homesick Away From Home in “New York” Video

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Jacksonville singer-songwriter rickoLus, born Rick Colado, has shared the mesmerizing music video for his latest single “New York,” the first preview of his forthcoming album These Things Happen. Released in early December, “New York” is a poignant, piano-forward first taste of the new record from rickoLus, coming March 1, 2024, on Colado’s own Vitamin Circus Records. Though named after the …

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Indie-Folk, Alt-Country Favorites Hiss Golden Messenger to Play Jacksonville in February

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Indie folk favorites Hiss Golden Messenger bring their celebrated alt-country sound to Intuition Ale Works on the band’s forthcoming winter tour.  Formed in 2007 in Durham, North Carolina by Michael Carrington “M.C.” Taylor and Scott Hirsch, the band issued a handful of DIY self-released albums that garnered immediate critical praise, as well as attracting a loyal fanbase. Along with their …

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JME’s 60 Favorite Albums of 2023 

An in-depth but in no way comprehensive list of our team's favorite albums released this year

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As the arts and culture editor for WJCT Public Media, I make lists. A lotta lists.  On a weekly basis, alone, I send out two e-blasts for the Jacksonville Music Experience – a roundup of concert picks and a new music playlist – and compile recommendations of arts picks for Jacksonville Today. Some conservative, back-of-the-envelope math: that’s roughly 150 lists …


The Latest from St. Augustine’s King Peach is a Tasty Throttling of Anthemic Postcore Rock

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King Peach has shared a new single, “I Know.” The St. Augustine indie-rock four piece’s debut full-length Found Dead was one pleasant surprise of 2023 (a year that wasn’t exactly bursting with pleasantness). Amongst other worthy delights, the crispy-crunch of “Let Us Not,” with its ungodly guitar hook that evoked J. Mascis blowing up display amps at Guitar Center, and …

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Best Music Reads of 2023

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It’s been an excellent year in music writing. Here are our top recommendations for new books about music, ranging from history texts to personal memoirs to novels that emphasize music culture. 60 Songs That Explain the ‘90s by Rob Harvilla “I have nothing against The Beatles,” author and podcast host Rob Harvilla told CBS, “but the Beatles got nothing on …

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Alt-Rockers The Flaming Lips to Perform Acclaimed ‘Yoshimi’ Album at The Florida Theatre in April

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Oklahoma City space cadets the Flaming Lips return to Northeast Florida for a live performance of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots at the Florida Theatre on Saturday, April 20, 2024. Released in July of 2002 and taking its name as a tribute to Yoshimi P-We (Boredoms, OOIOO), the 22 tracks of the original release built off the success the band …

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St. Augustine’s Kevin PM Shares Idyllic Debut Album ‘burning’

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Kevin PM, aka Ancient City singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist and educator Kevin Mahoney, has released his first full-length album, burning. Out now on Jacksonville’s own Long Jump Records, the LP is the artist’s third release on the label after a pair of EPs, 2020’s Fondly* and 2021’s And Then Forever. Mahoney wrote the 10 tracks that would become burning between …

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23 Local Songs We Loved in ‘23

JME contributors pick their favorite songs made by Jacksonville-area artists this year

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This year, the Jacksonville Music Experience team reviewed more than 70 songs made by Jacksonville-area artists as part of our Local Spotlight series, and breathlessly covered the local scene with features like Songwriting School, Gearheads and more.  For our marquee year-end list, we decided – somewhat arbitrarily – to share 23 local songs made in 2023. Of course, this being …

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Osees, Blonde Redhead, Caroline Rose and More | Here’s what to expect from Winterland Six in Jacksonville

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Winterland, the annual indie- and local-music-focussed Jacksonville-based music festival is returning for its sixth year in February – this time to James Weldon Johnson Park in the middle of Downtown Jacksonville. Headliners for this year’s three-day festival include the legendary Brooklyn experimental trio Blonde Redhead, inimitable singer-songwriter Caroline Rose and San Francisco psych-rock lords Osees (formerly known as Thee Oh …

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Jacksonville Indie-Soul/R&B Singer Sailor Goon Fires Up the Winter with New Single, “Weathered”

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The latest from meta-chill Duval singer-songwriter Sailor Goon builds on the genre-deconstructing qualities of previous singles “Milk & Bones,” “Just for Me” and “Persian Rugs.” A minor-key ballad of plucked acoustic guitars and bare-bones bass and drums, “Weathered” descends forward as Sailor Goon (aka Kayla Le) sings about a dizzying amnesia that’s either self-induced (“I’m never getting high enough to …

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NPR Music’s 50 Best Albums of 2023

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In certain Decembers, a list of the year’s best albums feels like a fireworks display. 2023 may have been short on flashes and booms, but it was rich with smaller fires: no less intensely gorgeous, more approachable and built for heat, not spectacle. And while it might be tempting, as many have argued at many points in the format’s history, …


Jacksonville Death-Metal Band Parasite Disciple Dismantle Religious Hypocrisy

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If an album opens with the lyrics “Grotesque plague of the lecherous priest / sodomizing while claiming divinity,” you can be more or less certain that — with local band Parasite Disciple — we are not in the land of bedroom pop. The opening track from the group’s debut EP Auditory Hallucinations, the two-and-a-half-minutes of “Pulpit of Perversion,” is a …

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Jax Indie Band Teal Peel Shares Debut Album Ahead of Vinyl Release Show on WJCT Soundstage 

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Popular Jacksonville-based indie-rock band Teal Peel has shared Country River, the group’s debut long player, ahead of a vinyl release show on the WJCT Soundstage next week.  In addition to the four songs from the band’s 2023 Sandy EP – the dynamic soft-loud slacker-rock single “Smello Coffee”; the pensive insect odes “How Many Bugs” and “Fruit Flies”; the laid-back, surf-inflected …

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New Music Friday | Dolly Parton, Reyna Tropical, Gallant, Real Estate, a Jazz-Funk Masterpiece and More

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The 2010’s rang us recently. Turns out, they’re excited about new Real Estate. And who wouldn’t be? A new song by the veterans of jangly indie-rock would certainly be an enjoyable addition to any playlist. Speaking of joyful playlist additions: Pianist Vincent Anthony Guaraldi is responsible for a handful of the most-beloved holiday tunes ever put to tape. And while his …

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How RickoLus Wrote His New Heartfelt, Cinematic Single, “New York”

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Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to songwriters about how they wrote one song. Singer-songwriter Rick Colado, better known as rickoLus, has a new album coming out in March. His first single from that album, “New York,” may sound like it’s about New York City, but in a lot of ways, rickoLus really wrote it about his hometown: Jacksonville, …

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Sampha | Tiny Desk Concert

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When Sampha first performed at the Tiny Desk in 2017, it was just him and his keys. But for this second round, he had a very specific vision to execute. Accompanied by a spirited four-piece band who double as his background singers and percussionists, each member relishes in making music in multiple, creative configurations. Sampha Lahai Sisay’s music is known …


‘Tapes Volume 1,’ New Release from Jax Indie-Rock Band Seagate, is a Fine and Furious Collection

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From the not-yet-fully developed prefrontal cortex of guitarist and songwriter Sam Baglino (kid is 21-years young), Jacksonville indie-rock band Seagate‘s Tapes Volume I is a six-song release of lo-fi, careening electro-shock-punk jollies. Opening track “Mind Control” hits hard, with a crushing groove and hyper guitar hook that is, whether through accident or intention, straight-up 1970s protean punk that is tasty …

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Real Estate Search for Themselves on “Water Underground,” Lead Single From New Album ‘Daniel’

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It’s a big day for the Real Estate market—no, not that one. The New Jersey-native indie-rock veterans have announced their sixth album, Daniel (Feb. 23, Domino Recording Co.), as well as a 2024 North American tour, and shared the music video for free-flowing lead single “Water Underground.” Real Estate—Martin Courtney (vocals, guitar), Alex Bleeker (bass, vocals), Matt Kallman (keyboards), Julian …

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On ‘Still Listening,’ Pianist and Herbie-Hancock-Jazz-Competition Winner Jahari Stampley Puts His Stamp on Modern Jazz

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In 2023 one of the quickest ways for an emerging musician to gain recognition – regardless of field or genre – is to participate in competitions, and after three decades, the Herbie Hancock Jazz Competition (formally, the Thelonious Monk Competition) continues to launch the careers of jazz musicians. Participants apply via demo recordings of pre-selected songs. The demo is then …

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Jax Band Rosewilder Unveils their Swan Song with Final Single, “Cherry Leaves and Razor Blades”

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“Cherry Leaves and Razor Blades,” the just-released track from Duval indie rockers Rose Wilder is also apparently their swan song and final release, and that reality can surely influence that experience of hearing the song. In some ways the song is a less-gory transfusion of prime-era My Bloody Valentine, especially with the swirl of lead vocals, but with a decidedly …

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Kali Malone Crosses the Abyss with Her Latest Avant-Drone Release, ‘All Life Long’

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The opening track from her forthcoming double-album (All Life Long), the nearly-nine-minute “All Life Long (for organ)” is an impressive development of Kali Malone’s near-decade of composing monolithic drone-based music. Since 2012, the Denver-born Malone has lived in Stockholm, Sweden (where she studied electroacoustic music at the Royal College of Music), and is a kindred spirit to a captivating scene …

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Gallant Teams With Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, Keyon Harrold on Mid-Tempo Stunner, “311!”

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On the new single “311!,” Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gallant passionately pleads for his companion’s location over Grammy-nominated superconductor Terrace Martin’s production. On the single from the Maryland-bred R&B/Soul artist’s Sneek, a new collab album with Martin (out now on Martin’s O’Connor label), Gallant directs listeners through the jazz soundscape at a soulful-tempo as he calculates his past interactions with the lost …

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In ‘The Downhome Sound,’ Valdosta State Univ. Professor Explores How American-Roots Music Has Influenced Our Politics and Culture

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Americana: is it a musical genre or a collective of musicians? How has roots music influenced our country’s politics and culture, and in what ways does this section of music still have room to grow?  Mandi Bates Bailey explores this subject matter in her new book, The Downhome Sound: Diversity and Politics in Americana Music. Dr. Bailey is a professor …

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Here’s How Jax’s own Synthy Post-Punk Trio Glass Chapel recorded their single “Foreign Rain”

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Calling all new wave nerds: you’re guaranteed to fall in love with Glass Chapel, a synth-heavy post-punk act hailing from Jacksonville. The trio, made up of Jake Phillips, Angela Sitzler and Nick Phitides, cites influence by punk acts of today, like Soft Kill, and yesterday, such as The Cure. Glass Chapel has released a slew of singles and remixes this …

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PJ Harvey | Tiny Desk Concert

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Polly Harvey has inhabited many characters throughout her 30-year career and always dressed the part: catsuit-rocking glam queen, high-collared Victorian wraith, mini-skirted libertine, feather-adorned warrior. Bringing the story told in her latest album, I Inside the Old Year Dying to the Tiny Desk, she stands at the microphone in a draped dress the wintry color of a gray alder tree, …

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Brittany Howard is Going to Make her Dreams Come True

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By the standards of the 2020s, when younger audiences metabolize music so quickly that performers need to keep a constant flow of memeable, streamable content coming, Brittany Howard‘s been laying low. Since wrapping the tour promoting her 2019 solo album Jaime and commissioning remixes of it from peers, she’s resurfaced only a handful of times leading up to the announcement …

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New Music Friday | André 3000, The Smile, Madi Diaz & Kacey Musgraves, J Mascis and More

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The biggest surprise of the week came today, with the first new album of original music from André 3000. Surprising because 1) We weren’t expecting it and 2) Because the record does not contain a single bar of rhymes.  Read more about the flute-forward New Blue Sun and listen to a single from the record and five more tracks below.   …

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All Songs Considered | The best releases out on Nov. 17

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This week’s biggest music news was broken elsewhere on NPR Music — that’d be the release of Andre 3000’s first album in 17 years, New Blue Sun — so be sure to head there for André’s long and illuminative interview with our own Rodney Carmichael. But there are other new records worth highlighting this week. Superstar rappers 2 Chainz and …

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The Smile Announce New Album ‘Wall of Eyes,’ Share Cinematic Video for Title Track

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Nu-Radiohead—that is, English trio The Smile, featuring that band’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood alongside Sons of Kemet’s Tom Skinner—have announced their second studio album. Titled Wall of Eyes and produced by past Yorke collaborator Sam Petts-Davies, the LP is due out Jan. 26, 2024, on XL Recordings. The band this week shared the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed music video for …

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André 3000 Opens Up About ‘New Blue Sun,’ his Daring New Solo Album

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At a certain point in the winding lifespan of André 3000’s musical journey, there came a time when we as fans began to worry less about his lack of creative output and more about his general well-being. He’d ascended pop’s mountaintop as the outrageous half of OutKast, the best-selling hip-hop duo of all time. Then, without much explanation, he bowed …

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New Collab from Jax’s Bright Purpel and Culture School Brings a Positive Gradient to Their Soulful Palettes 

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A collaboration between Duval new-soul and hip-hop artists Bright Purpel and multi-instrumentalist and producer Culture School offers up a radiant glow. The second track from Culture School’s new release Nail Salon, the three-and-a-half minutes of “Purpel” moves along courtesy of an unhurried chromatic keyboard riff, with Culture School (Quinn Spencer) and Bright Purpel (K.UTIE and Jeremy Ryan) trading off lyrics …

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Noname | Tiny Desk Concert

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Out of the thousand and some Tiny Desk concerts to date, it’s seldom an artist returns to the Desk. But when they do, there are a couple requirements: come in a new iteration or present something completely different. In this case, the Chicago-bred, emcee-activist Noname does both when she performs some revolutionary raps from her third album, Sundial, and premieres …

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New Music Friday | The Beatles’ AI Deep Cut, CARTOONS, Yaya Bey and More

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It’s Friday, so it’s time for new music. Here are six brand-new songs the JME team has been enjoying lately. Stream ‘em on your preferred platform by clicking the STREAM button below each description.  Want this in your inbox? Sign up for the JME Newsletter. On Tuesdays, we send you our picks for the best concerts of the week in …

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Tracy Chapman Becomes the First Black Person to win Song of the Year at the CMAs

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Tracy Chapman was honored with Song of the Year for her 1988 folk anthem “Fast Car” at the Country Music Awards on Wednesday, becoming the first Black songwriter to ever win the award. “Fast Car” peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart following its release more than 30 years ago. The song was nominated for three Grammys …

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