Newsy Bits

Savanna Chestnut shines on ‘The Voice’

March 28, 2021 by

Country singer-songwriter Savanna Chestnut, who spoke with 360°Sound last year, recently appeared on the hit NBC show The Voice, now in its 20th season. Country superstar Blake Shelton chose Chestnut for his team after her country rendition of the ‘80s pop classic “Hold Me Now” by Thompson Twins. We caught up with the Americus, Kansas […]

SXSW Artist Spotlight: Kayan

March 25, 2021 by

360°Sound spoke with rising R&B and electronic artist Ambika Nayak, who performs under the name Kayan (her last name backwards). Born and raised in Mumbai, India, the 23-year-old singer/DJ/model/actor made her SXSW debut last week, performing an online set on the Third Culture showcase. Kayan’s latest single, “Cool Kids,” dropped in November 2020. In addition […]

Author Talk: Loren Glass on Carole King’s Tapestry

March 22, 2021 by

Fifty years later, Carole King’s second album, Tapestry, continues to resonate with listeners. A massive critical and commercial success, Tapestry has sold over 25 million copies. After its release in February 1971, it was the No. 1 album for 15 consecutive weeks and stayed on the LP charts for almost six years. King swept the […]

SXSW Artist Spotlight: Alice Skye

March 21, 2021 by

360°Sound caught up with Alice Skye, an up-and-coming Aboriginal artist based in Melbourne, Australia. When we spoke with the 25-year-old singer-songwriter via Zoom, she had just wrapped a tour with legendary Australian rock band Midnight Oil, best known stateside for their 1987 smash “Beds Are Burning.” Skye features on the song “Terror Australia” from Midnight […]

Charli XCX Doc ‘Alone Together’ Q&A Highlights

March 20, 2021 by

360°Sound sat in on the live Q&A session following the SXSW world premiere of the documentary Alone Together about the making of pop star Charli XCX’s quarantine album How I’m Feeling Now. In a discussion moderated by Benito Skinner, directors Bradley & Pablo and Charli XCX talk about the challenges of making the documentary and […]

Joe Atkins to co-host ‘Go, Johnny, Go!’ on TCM

March 20, 2021 by

Ole Miss journalism professor and author Joe Atkins will co-host a showing of the 1959 rock ‘n’ roll film Go, Johnny, Go! on Turner Classic Movies this Sunday, March 21 at 12 p.m. EST/11 a.m. CST. Last November, 360°Sound spoke with Atkins about his book Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel. Go, Johnny, Go! stars […]

SXSW Film Fest: ‘The Sparks Brothers’ Q&A Highlights

March 19, 2021 by

360° tuned in to the Q&A following the SXSW screening of the documentary The Sparks Brothers about the remarkable 50-year career of the band Sparks. In a discussion moderated by Scott Aukerman, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver), and brothers Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks talk about the film, which is […]

SXSW Artist Spotlight: Ley Line

March 18, 2021 by

360°Sound interviewed Ley Line, an Austin-based four-piece multilingual world folk band who performed during SXSW Online 2021. The band formed in 2013 when Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez, who met in Brazil the previous year, met twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado. Their debut album Field Notes came […]

‘Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil’ SXSW Q&A Highlights

March 17, 2021 by

360°Sound tuned in to the Q&A following the SXSW premiere of the YouTube original docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil. In a Q&A moderated by Variety‘s Jenelle Riley, Lovato, director and executive producer Michael D. Ratner, and Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s Global Head of Original Content, discussed the new doc exploring the traumas that led […]

Witch Prophet on “Tesfay” in SXSW Music Video Competition

March 17, 2021 by

360°Sound spoke with Toronto-based queer Ethiopian/Eritrean singer-songwriter Ayo Leilani, better known as Witch Prophet. Her music fuses hip-hop, R&B, and jazz. The music video for the song “Tesfay” is in SXSW’s Music Video Competition. Witch Prophet’s second and most recent album, 2020’s DNA Activation, which she co-produced with her wife Sun Sun, made the shortlist […]