Filmmakers Take a Pass on Amazon’s SXSW Film Fest

April 27, 2020 by

Well, that wasn’t quite what we’d hoped for. Earlier this month, I wrote about how the films set to premiere at the canceled SXSW Film Festival had the opportunity to opt-in to Amazon’s 10-day event Prime Video Presents: The SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection, which runs April 27 to May 6. At the time I […]

Record Store Spotlight: Marley’s Music

April 25, 2020 by

Last Saturday, April 18, was supposed to be Record Store Day, but instead, I spent the weekend talking records with Joey and Marley Roberts, the father-and-son partners behind my new favorite record store, Marley’s Music in Biloxi, Mississippi. “We try to be a music store for music people,” 19-year-old Marley told me. “Sort of like […]

Filmmaker Talks New Jose Feliciano Documentary

April 19, 2020 by

In this 360°Sound exclusive, we spoke with actor/writer/producer/director Frank Licari about his new documentary José Feliciano: Behind This Guitar. The film chronicles the life and continuing career of nine-time Grammy winner José Feliciano, who was born blind in Puerto Rico and rose to prominence in the late 1960s with his flamenco-style interpretations of American pop songs. […]

Former Beatles Solo #1 Tourney Results

April 17, 2020 by

The Beatles. Have you heard of these guys? Four cheeky Brits from Liverpool? Had a pretty nice run in the 60s as performers and recording artists. I was born about a month before the lads first came to the US, so I have only vague recollections of the Beatles when they were still together. For […]

Wilco Are An Important Band

April 15, 2020 by

Man, Jeff Tweedy has really let himself go. Let himself go back to making important music, that is. I can’t say that I’ve given more than a couple spins, a shoulder shrug and a “meh” for a Wilco record since A Ghost is Born. But their latest, Ode to Joy, has changed that. And it’s […]

Congregation of Vapors: Album Review

April 11, 2020 by

Congregation of Vapors Produced by Evan Michals & the project director Recorded at High Bias Recordings in Detroit Ear in Dead Wax Records Congregation of Vapors is a study in post-ironic apocalypticism. A stream of self-consciousness that attempts to answer the seminal question, “What the fuck?” Created by a small cadre of irreverent Detroit apostates, […]

Our Guide to SXSW Music Docs on Prime Video

April 9, 2020 by

Like every other event in the world, South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual culture conference and festival in Austin, Texas, was canceled in early March due to the coronavirus pandemic. I was going to cover the film festival portion of SXSW for 360°Sound and was really looking forward to reviewing the music documentaries making their […]

BÊNNÍ releases a new single

April 7, 2020 by

BREAKING NEWS: New Single Release! BÊNNÍ, the retro electronic artist who spoke with 360°Sound last month, has just released a new single on the Stockholm, Sweden label Savage Records. The A-side is “Diamond Man” and the B-side is “Heavy Metals.” “Everyone seems to like ‘Diamond Man,’” BÊNNÍ said of the new track, which he has […]

Rocktology! Top “and the” Bands Tournament

April 5, 2020 by

So we’ve been makin’ you wait and leadin’ you on. Now, you need to know (you need to know) that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are the definite article — National Champions of our Top “and the” Bands bracket tournament! Prince & the Revolution, gutsy national runners-up, were unfortunately only working part-time up in this […]

BÊNNÍ Talks with his Mouth: A 360°Sound Exclusive

March 18, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with New Orleans-based electronic artist BÊNNÍ (pronounced like “Benny”). The 34-year-old, who plays vintage keyboards and synthesizers, describes his work as  80s synth-funk soundtrack music — think John Carpenter meets Zapp & Roger. For nearly two decades, BÊNNÍ (aka Benny Divine) has been playing drums, keys, guitar, and more in numerous bands, […]