Author Talk: Oli Freke on ‘Synthesizer Evolution’

February 26, 2021 by

360°Sound caught up with Oli Freke, author of the new book Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue to Digital (and Back). Freke is a London-based musician, writer, and artist who has had a lifelong interest in electronic music and synthesizers. As a musician, he has written pieces for TV and has placed a number of tunes on […]

CD Junkies: Collector Everett Painter

February 22, 2021 by

For this installment of 360°Sound’s CD Junkies series, we caught up with CD collector and progressive rock enthusiast Everett Painter. The 49-year-old resides in Erie, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children. An assistant professor of counseling at Edinboro University, Painter has been collecting CDs for more than 30 years and has about 4,300 titles […]

Band of Heathens’ Ed Jurdi on new LP, songwriting

February 20, 2021 by

360°Sound caught up with Ed Jurdi, co-founder of the long-running rock band the Band of Heathens. Along with Gordy Quist, Jurdi is the principal songwriter and singer in the five-piece group, which formed in Austin, Texas in 2005. Last year, the Band of Heathens released their seventh studio album Stranger. Jurdi has released two solo albums […]

Threefer: Presidents Day

February 15, 2021 by

My 9-year old daughter tells me that my boy George Washington didn’t actually chop down a cherry tree. I cannot tell a lie, I’m going to have a big slice of cherry pie (w/ vanilla ice cream) anyway. Next she’s going to tell me that Abe Lincoln didn’t actually scratch out the Gettysburg Address on […]

Author Talk – Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South

February 13, 2021 by

360°Sound recently spoke with Regina N. Bradley, author of the new book Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South (out Feb. 22 on UNC Press). Bradley is Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. In addition to her academic work, Bradley writes fiction. Her short story collection, Boondock […]

Q&A: Texas country singer Cannon Brand

February 12, 2021 by

360°Sound spoke with up-and-coming Texas country singer-songwriter Cannon Brand. The 19-year-old Willis, Texas native has released an EP and two singles. He was just 17 when he recorded the EP, My Kind of Place, writing all the songs and playing all the instruments. His new single, “Me and You,” has been climbing the Texas country charts. […]

CD Junkies: Collector Oswaldo Pacheco

February 11, 2021 by

For this installment of 360°Sound’s series CD Junkies, we caught up with collector Oswaldo Pacheco. The 30-year-old Venezuelan, who now lives in Santiago, Chile, has been collecting CDs since he was 7 years old. Pacheco regularly posts CDs and records from his extensive collection on his popular Instagram account @collectingalbums. 360°: About how many CDs […]

Threefer: Super Bowl Weeknd Review

February 7, 2021 by

It’s no surprise that a middle-aged man like myself isn’t overly hip to The Weeknd. But even though, I’m into a lot of great Booze-Rock, Jazz, and New Wave, I assure you I have my ear to the ground when it comes to the world’s hottest artists. So when the barrage of Super Bowl commercials featuring The […]

Author Talk: Clover Hope on the Women Who Made Hip-Hop

February 5, 2021 by

360°Sound caught up with Clover Hope, author of the new book The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop (out now on Abrams Books). The 240-page paperback, which was illustrated by Rachelle Baker, features profiles of Salt-N-Pepa, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Lil’ Kim, Da Brat, Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and many more female rappers. […]

10 Great Super Bowl Halftime Shows

February 4, 2021 by

By Alex Beene and David Hopper Today, the Super Bowl Halftime show is easily the most-watched concert performance each year, averaging over 90 million viewers per broadcast. More than any other critical or commercial award, being invited to perform on the NFL Championship’s stage is perhaps the greatest sign an artist has made it. Yet, […]