Skylar Gudasz

Episode 307: Hallelujah Anyhow - Hiss Golden Messenger

Episode 307: Hallelujah Anyhow - Hiss Golden Messenger

MC Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger may just be the Southern soul we deserve. On their ninth album proper (and fourth for Merge Records) the modern day skiffle-kings are delivering one of their strongest sets yet, and a salve for the troubles that ails ya in 2017. Kevin, Eduardo, and Andre are digging into this laid back, Saturday night groove of an album to let you know if it's worth all the hype.

PLUS! Deer Tick is BACK, and they've got not ONE, but TWO albums to announce their return. We've got a raucous track from Deer Tick Vol. 2 to help you get reacquainted with this American classic of a band.  


Hopscotch Music Festival 2017 (Raleigh, NC) day 1 - 9/7/2017

Hopscotch Music Festival 2017 (Raleigh, NC) day 1 - 9/7/2017

Since it started in 2010, the Hopscotch Music Festival has become a Raleigh institution and an event which music fans who travel to North Carolina from all over look forward to all year. Now in its eighth year, the festival returned this year with its famously diverse lineup. No matter what you’re looking for – indie rock, electronica, country, hip-hop, folk – you’re bound to find it, and the layout of the festival, spread throughout the city, provides the opportunity to check out numerous acts over the course of the weekend. Whether it’s a small local band at an unofficial day party, an internationally-known headliner on the City Plaza stage, or something in-between late night in a downtown club, there’s music to be found everywhere in Raleigh on Hopscotch weekend.


Episode 287: Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live...and more

Episode 287: Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live...and more

In 2010 Memphis's legendary Big Star, one of the most influential bands in rock n roll history, was set to finally get their due, but it was not to be. Just days before a planned showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX, frontman/chief songwriter Alex Chilton passed away, and what was meant to be a celebration and validation of their remarkable career instead became joyous wake featuring some of the biggest names in music. Fast forward to 2017, and the magic of the touring version of that celebration, a band that features original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, dB's mastermind Chris Stamey, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Kronos Quartet, Robyn Hitchcock, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Dan Wilson (Semisonic), and newcomers Skylar Gudasz and Brett Harris, has been captured on film in the new documentary Thank You Friends: Big Star's Third LIve...and more

Kevin and neighbor Michael are digging deep into the film's soundtrack to to to find out why Big Star was such an important band, ponder the power of tribute, and speculate where this collection of master musicians should go from here. 

PLUS! Skylar Gudasz's Oleandar was one of the best albums of 2016. We've got a track to help remind of of that very important fact. 


Episode 232: Skylar Gudasz

Episode 232: Skylar Gudasz

Singer/songwriter Skylar Gudasz's debut LP, Oleander, is a sublime exploration of modern romance that wears its influences on its sleeve and is bursting at the seams with humor, heart, and class. It's also one of the best albums of 2016.

When she's not busy making great albums, Gudasz can be found palling around on stage with members of Big Star, Wilco, R.E.M., and more.

She's KINDA a big deal.

Lucky for you, Skylar had time to hang out with us in the basement to talk about her unique approach to songwriting, the making of Oleander, performing with music legends and much more.

Guys...we're gonna need you to get hip to this, OK?


Teenage Fanclub @ 9:30 Club - 10/14/2016

Teenage Fanclub @ 9:30 Club - 10/14/2016

It’s been six years since we’ve heard from Teenage Fanclub, but after what seemed like an eternity in which the Scottish group teased fans with occasional posts about the ongoing recording process on Twitter and Facebook (no doubt slowed down by members of the band now being spread across two continents), they released their tenth album, Here, on Merge Records in September. The album doesn’t break new ground the way that some of the band’s early releases did, but as a solid, 45-minute slice of the band’s classic Beatles- and Byrds-infused indie pop, it’s an instant classic. We’re fortunate to still have Teenage Fanclub in 2016, and on their first real US tour since 2010 (the band played the Merge 25 festival and NYC only in 2014), they proved that they still reign over the genre after all of these years.


Mount Moriah @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 3/11/16

Mount Moriah @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 3/11/16

North Carolina-based alt-country rockers Mount Moriah released their third album, How to Dance, on Merge Records recently. The record doesn’t deviate much from what has, at this point, become their well-established sound, but it serves to solidify their position as one of the strongest , most consistent new bands to appear in the genre in a long time. On Friday night, the band brought their Southern Gothic stylings to the Rock and Roll Hotel.


Episode 166: Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land

Episode 166: Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land

Last week it was 311 day. If you don't know what that is you're lying. To yourself.*

Damien Jurado is back with an expansive, mind-bending, psycho-trip of a  new album, Visions of Us on the Land. We buy the ticket and take the ride.

Skylar Gudasz's exceptional debut album Oleander is out NOW. We've got a track to help convince you of said exceptionality.

*Now would be a good time to reiterate that we are not a facts based podcast.