Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor on Writing Songs and Making a Racket

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Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to songwriters about the craft of songwriting. Like all good things in life, M.C. Taylor’s songwriting practice typically begins in a notebook. But lately, the Durham, NC singer-songwriter has been indulging more in the art of making a racket. Taylor has been releasing music under the moniker Hiss Golden Messenger since 2007. On …

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Kurt Vile and The Violators Announce New Tour Dates, Including a Stop at Jacksonville’s Intuition Ale Works 

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Singer-songwriter and purveyor of certifried guitar-pop tunes Kurt Vile has expanded his upcoming tour, announcing additional spring dates, including a visit to Jacksonville to perform at the Bier Hall inside Intuition Ale Works on Thursday, May 9. The announcement comes as Vile’s latest, the extensive extended player Back to Moon Beach has earned critical adoration and broad airplay, floating around …

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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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Indie Troubadour Bonnie “Prince” Billy Shares 2023-2024 Tour, Including Stop at Intuition in Jacksonville

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The enigmatic singer-songwriter who performs under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy and acts in films as Will Oldham has announced 2023-2024 tour dates. Beginning in mid-October and including multi-night runs in New York and Philadelphia, the tour will bring Oldham to the Sunshine State with a stop at Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville on January 18. “If you’re in Florida we …

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All Them Witches Guitarist Ben McLeod Shares Five Essential ATW Tracks

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The members of experimental rock group All Them Witches met in Nashville in the early 2010s. That may seem like a curious locale for a band whose music has more in common with the sonic experimentation of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” than it does the country garb of denim and rhinestones. “Nashville has always had a really excellent …

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Durham Folk Singer Jake Xerxes Fussell Prefers Research and Interpretation to Songwriting

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Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to songwriters about the craft of songwriting. Jake Xerxes Fussell is a folk music treasure and something of a treasure hunter as well. In addition to singing and playing guitar, the Durham-based musician is regarded for his research methods. He finds Southern songs of yesteryear in archives and old field recordings. And after …

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Erika Wennerstrom of the Heartless Bastards on the Letting Go and Going Within

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How does one rock and roll the ineffable?  Starting in 2003, Erika Wennerstrom has been the founder and forge of the Heartless Bastards. While the band was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, since 2007 Wennerstrom has called Austin, Texas home. Since their inception, and despite some lineup changes, Heartless Bastards have garnered a devoted audience and critical raves due to their …

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The Mountain Goats Announce Return to Intuition Ale Works in December

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It’s a neat coincidence that Tuesday, August 22, was the day that The Mountain Goats announced their highly-anticipated return to Jacksonville, because that was also the 40th birthday of arguably their biggest fan: the late local musician and ace facilitator Dave Hargrove, the man largely responsible for spreading the Mountain Goats’ gospel to many people here in Northeast Florida, including myself. …

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Indie-Rock Stars Flipturn Return to Jax with Two-Night Stand at Intuition

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With the momentum of roughly two years of touring behind them — including a completely-sold-out 19-date run in February — Jax-based indie rock band Flipturn has announced a homecoming show. Two shows, in fact, at the Bier Hall inside Intuition Ale Works in Downtown Jacksonville on June 16 and 17. Mixing mature pop melodies with earnest lyrics and raw energy, …

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In Support of New Album, ABB Scion Duane Betts to Play Jacksonville in July

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Local music fans get to experience a performance by Southern rock royalty when Duane Betts performs at Intuition Ale Works on Sunday, July 16. While Betts may tire of his legendary rock heritage, as the son of founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts, the younger guitarist-vocalist is a bona fide torchbearer of that rock-music lineage. The fact that the …

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Five Essential Mdou Moctar Tracks

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Currently on a tour of North America, Tuareg musician Mdou Moctar will visit the Bier Hall inside Intuition Ale Works on Tuesday, May 2 as part of our JME Presents Music Discovery Series. If you’re unfamiliar with Moctar (pronounced em-dew mock-tar)’s work, the singer, songwriter, actor and activist is best known as something of a guitar hero. Moctar taught himself …

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Popular Indie-Folk Rockers Fruit Bats to Play Intuition in April

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On the heels of the just-released “Waking Up in Los Angeles,” indie-folk rock outfit Fruit Bats have announced a North American tour, which includes a stop in Jacksonville at the end of April. The first newly composed material since the band’s 2021 full lengthThe Pet Parade, “Waking Up in Los Angeles” unspools as an introspective take on the concept of …

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The Best Concerts in Jax this Week | March 27-April 2

Lucius, Del McCoury Band, Unwritten Law and more

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Our weekly Go concert recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. For the comprehensive list of this week’s concerts, go to our live music calendar page. Hip Hop  Jaydaakiing – Thursday, March 30  Underbelly | Downtown Jacksonville Having amassed more than two-million followers on Instagram, Arizona rapper Jaydaakiing will wield substantial influence when he takes the stage at Underbelly …

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Tuareg Guitar Hero Mdou Moctar to Play Intuition Ale Works in May

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Formidable Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar has announced a spring tour with a stop at the Bier Hall inside Intuition Ale Works Downtown Jacksonville taproom in May. The Niger-bred Moctar is widely praised as a torchbearer for Saharan rock, melding ear-turning modern fret work on his electric guitar with traditional polyrhythms, field recordings and ruminations on love, religion, women’s …

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The Best Live Music in Jacksonville this Week

Thelma and the Sleaze, Joan Jett, Sam Grisman Project, PW5K and more

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Our weekly Go concert recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. For the comprehensive list of this week’s concerts, go to our live music calendar page. Funk Tower of Power – Tuesday, February 28  Florida Theatre | Downtown Jacksonville Bay Area legends Tower of Power celebrate 55-years of ear-turning funk at the Florida Theatre on Tuesday.  Watch | Tickets …

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Go | The Best Live Music in Jax this Week

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Susto, Bobby Weir, Parking Lot Palooza and more

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Our weekly Go concert recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. For the comprehensive list of this week’s concerts, go to our live music calendar page. Americana  Shane Smith & The Saints – Tuesday, January 31 Underbelly | Downtown Jacksonville Austin, Texas Americana act Shane Smith & The Saints perform at Underbelly on Tuesday night.  Watch | Tickets | …

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On ‘Time In The Sun,’ Susto’s Justin Osborne Explores the Circle of Life

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After nearly a decade of crafting introspective songs as Susto, Justin Osborne wrote his most personal record to date. On 2021’s Time in the Sun, the Charleston, South-Carolina-bred singer-songwriter and guitarist unpacks, at times, contradictory ideas of hope and despair. Time in the Sun was written during the early onset of what has become into an open-ended global pandemic. And …

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Go | The Best Concerts in Jax this Week

The Hip Abduction, Folk is People with rickoLus, Jazz on the River in Palatka

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Each week the JME team looks long and hard at the concert calendar to identify the best live music in Jacksonville. Our weekly Go concert recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. For the comprehensive list of this week’s concerts, go to our live music calendar page. Jam  The Hip Abduction – Friday, November 25 Intuition Ale Works | …

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Go | The Best Concerts in Jax this Week

Kevin Morby, Maggie Rose, W.I.T.C.H. and more

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Each week the JME team looks long and hard at the concert calendar to identify the best shows in Jacksonville. Our weekly Go recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. For the comprehensive list of this week’s shows, go to our calendar page. Indie-Folk Kevin Morby – Tuesday, October 18 Intuition Ale Works | Downtown Jacksonville Fresh off …

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Go | Kevin Morby at Intuition Ale Works

With a critically acclaimed new album, the popular singer-songwriter makes a stop in Jacksonville

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Singer-songwriter Kevin Morby is currently on tour in support of his critically acclaimed new record, This Is A Photograph (out now on Dead Oceans), and will make a pitstop in Jacksonville at the Bier Hall inside Intuition Ale Works’ Downtown taproom on Tuesday, October 18. Before 2014’s critically acclaimed Singing Saw, Morby was already a veteran of the indie music scene. …

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Who’s Playing Jacksonville in April?

The best concerts in Jax this month

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The 2022 concert calendar is filling up fast. And April looks to be a great introduction to about the quantity and quality of live music on tap for Northeast Florida this spring and summer. Down in St. Augustine, The Amp recently kicked off their 2022 season in early March and they’ll look to build off that strong start in April with …

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Go | This week’s best concerts in and around Jax

Iron & Wine, Taylor Alxnder, Kenny G, Springing the Blues, Tonstartssbandht and more

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Each week, the JME team looks long and hard at the concert calendar to identify the best shows in Jacksonville. Our weekly Go recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. This week, singer-songwriter Iron & Wine, smooth-jazz maestro Kenny G and popular ambient Orlando duo Tonstartssbandht will visit Jax. Meanwhile, celebrated local multi-hyphenate GeeXella returns, …

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Jax Brewery Intuition and Athens Indie-Pop Band of Montreal Partner on Beer Collab

of Montreal celebrates the release of Kcrraannggaanngg!! pilsner with a show at Intuition Ale Works

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It’s often said that music benefits from collaboration. And in a true art-meets-art symbiosis, Intuition Ale Works (IAW) has partnered with popular indie-pop outfit of Montreal on the brewery’s latest offering: a pilsner called Kcrraannggaanngg!!  Led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Barnes, of Montreal was forged in Athens, Georgia in the mid-90s but gained wider attention in the mid- to …

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Go | The best concerts in Jax this week

The Toasters, Emmylou Harris and Reverend Horton Heat round out the week's best bets

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This week Emmylou Harris brings her singular voice to the Amp, legendary NYC act The Toasters celebrate 40 years in ska at Jack Rabbits and Reverend Horton Heat bring their rockabilly fire to Intuition Ale Works. Here’s the list of what JME contributors want to see and hear in and around Jacksonville this week. Ska The Toasters – Wednesday, March …

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Intuition Ale Works to host Soccer Mommy, Reverend Horton Heat, Luna Luna and more

The winter/spring live-music calendar is filling up at Intuition Ale Works

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Among Jacksonville’s many topnotch venues, Intuition Ale Works’ winter/spring concert calendar might offer the most exciting indie-focussed lineup of all. Notable acts visiting the Bier Hall inside Intuition’s downtown taproom include Nashville singer-songwriter Sophia Regina Allison’s project Soccer Mommy, the godfather of modern psychobilly Reverend Horton Heat and Latinx indie pop quartet Luna Luna. In recent weeks, GRAMMY-nominated all-female string …

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Who’s playing in Jacksonville in 2022?

Highlights from the 2022 concert calendar

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After a year hiatus, followed by six to eight months of fits and starts, it finally feels like live music is cruising in fourth gear. With Northeast Florida venues finding their footing, 2022 is looking more and more like a great year for music in Jacksonville. There’s been a deluge of concert announcements in recent weeks. And while the news …

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Jax Artists rickoLus and Ángel García Team Up for a One-of-a-Kind Collab

Backed by The Ángel García Quartet and Good Pluck Trio, rickoLus will perform jazz standards, classic covers and new arrangements from his original song book

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Two guys walk into a bar. One is Jacksonville’s most enduring songwriter. The other is a multi-instrumentalist and composer involved in an eclectic list of musical projects. There’s no punchline to this setup. It’s the origin story for an intriguing collaboration between two of the city’s most-respected musicians: Rick Colado and Ángel García. Under the moniker rickoLus, Colado has stacked …

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Go | The Best Concerts in Jax this week

rickoLous’ lounge act, folk Xmas with The Currys, stellar indie rock from Futurebirds and icons of reggae

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Each and every week the Jacksonville Music Experience team identifies the best concerts in Northeast Florida.  Here’s what the JME team wants to see and hear this week.  Singer-Songwriter rickoLus with the Angel Garcia Quartet – Thursday, December 16 The Bier Hall @ Intuition Ale Works | DT Jax A quartet of topnotch musicians led by Angel Garcia (LPT) will …

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Instrumental Juggernaut Circles Around the Sun Bring their Singular Jam to Jacksonville

Eclectic L.A. jam quartet play the Bier Hall at Intuition

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Labels are for soup cans. While routinely stamped as a “jam band,” a varietal that is as nebulous, constricting and even as dismissive as “Americana,” the L.A. quartet Circles Around the Sun are cooking up something all their own.  Formed six years ago, the band has covered a lot of ground since. They’ve experienced certain gains. And with the 2019 …

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Surfer Blood drop back into Jacksonville with something old, something new

The West Palm Beach indie faves play the Bier Hall at Intuition Ale Works

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While Surfer Blood’s latest album plays like a possible rumination on the past, the band is hardly caught in the undertow of a wave of nostalgia.  Released in May of 2020, Carefree Theatre is a solid offering from the West Palm Beach-born band that has enjoyed a decade-plus of critical acclaim and rabid fan adoration. The 11-song collection contains the certain …

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Go | The best concerts in Jacksonville this week

Porchfest, Surfer Blood and a hip-hop showcase

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Each and every week the Jacksonville Music Experience team identifies the best concerts in Northeast Florida.  Here’s what the JME team wants to see and hear this week.  Jam Band Galactic – Thursday, November 4 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall | Ponte Vedra A mainstay at music festivals for decades, funky and progressive instrumental ensemble Galactic plays the Ponte Vedra Concert …

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Giveaway | Win tickets to see Sheer Mag at Intuition Ale Works

Free tickets to see potent Philly power-pop quartet

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The team over at Intuition Ale Works had big plans for the Bier Hall, a mid-sized music venue inside their Downtown taproom and production facility. While the pandemic may have stalled those initial ambitions (a Ty Segall show was put on ice), the Bier Hall is ready to come alive, rolling out a fall lineup featuring some big-time indie acts …

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Just Announced | Sheer Mag, Frankie & the Witch Fingers, Surfer Blood highlight Intuition Ale Works’ fall lineup

An insanely good October for fans of indie rock

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Intuition Ale Works downtown taproom was just getting a head of steam when the pandemic put the brakes on its renovated live music space, the Bier Hall. Of particular disappointment to Jacksonville-based fans of indie rock, was the postponement, then cancellation of a scheduled performance by multifaceted, extremely talented indie darling Ty Segall. Despite the setbacks, Intuition is pushing forward …

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Go | This Week’s Live Music Recommendations

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Big name bands are beginning to return to Northeast Florida, providing opportunities for the region’s standout acts to lend support while getting in front of a larger audience. This week, local indie rock youngsters Faze Wave will open for Cold War Kids at The Amp’s backyard stage. It’s one of the three shows JME contributors recommend checking out this week.  …

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