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“Extraordinary Love” - Erika Wennerstrom

“Extraordinary Love” - Erika Wennerstrom

Sounds Like:

A slow-burning anthem, taking Wennerstrom’s blues belting into mystic realms  

Why You Should Care:

For 14 years, Erika Wennerstrom has led Cincinnati-via-Austin’s Heartless Bastards, an unabashedly earnest and gritty garage rock outfit spotlighting her rough-hewn, soaring vocals. At times evocative of an imaginary indie-rock Melissa Etheridge, or the second coming of Lone Justice’s Maria McKee, Wennerstrom was the distinguishing factor in a pleasing, but not always distinctive, ensemble.

For her first solo album, Sweet Unknown — Heartless Bastards haven’t broken up; they’re just on hiatus — Wennerstrom stretches herself in some unexpected ways, spotlighted by the nearly seven-minute long intro single “Extraordinary Love.” Behind a tangled electric guitar solo, Wennerstrom sings of searching for romantic and spiritual fulfillment. She employs every metaphor for a spiritual journey you can imagine: endless roads, mountaintops, native potions — before her inchoate yearning spirals into another guitar solo and an extended closing wordless chorus stretching out the final two minutes. “Extraordinary Love” is an unlikely merger of heavy blues and space rock that would’ve been somewhat out of character for the Heartless Bastards, so it makes sense that it’s presented as a solo project, and a new facet of Wennerstrom’s musical life.


Episode 259: Bobby Thompson of Revelator Hill

Episode 259: Bobby Thompson of Revelator Hill

After years of laying down the blues as a solo act and sideman extraordinaire, Washington, DC based guitarist Bobby Thompson and some of his closest brothers in arms have joined forces in their new band, Revelator Hill.

It's a conversation you don't want to miss when Bobby drops by the basement to chat about the new album, growing up on a steady diet of rock n' roll, over-the-top guitar nerdery, and more!


Episode 189: Laura Gibson

Episode 189: Laura Gibson

In March of this year, singer/songwriter Laura Gibson released Empire Builder. Not only was it her strongest record to date, but it is undeniably one of 2016's finest releases.

Around that time, we invited Laura (and her band) over the morning after an exhilarating performance at Iota Club and Café to talk about the new album, her transition to becoming a (mostly) full-time New Yorker, higher learning, and much much more. 

PLUS: Our friend Jonny Grave drops by to talk about his new album and the release show on June 7th for said album where he aims to prove its mettle to ya.

This is podcasting at it's fullest potential.