Deanna Belos, the voice and face of Sincere Engineer took some time to talk about her music as an outlet and the experiences that fuel it. Make sure to listen to Sincere Engineer’s Rhombithian and catch her and the full band at Fest!
Our newest Lvl Live features local musician Matthew Fowler. We got to film a session video for his song "Everything That I Could" at the house-show venue Dexter's Lab. Enjoy!
We spoke to Bart Starr of Graduating Life about the band's upcoming tour, new music and much more. They'll be playing in Gainesvile this Sunday, June 24 at Loosey's.
"We're working on some new material and this is a song that we're debuting for the first time ever." Last night, Morningbell played their first show in 4 years and premiered a brand new song. Make sure to learn more!
We were able to speak to Donkng's lead singer and guitarist Camilo Isaza about their house show venue, The Dumpster, their newest single and more.
On Monday, Fest made their second and final lineup announcement. With so many bands playing, the staff at Lvl picked out some of their favorites so if you're in need of recommendation, we've got you covered. Our picks include Retirement Party, Prince Daddy & The Hyena, War on Women and a whole lot more.
"Marona and Hotel Colors capture the power of minimalism in their recently released split. The six tracks bring to mind the melancholy and ennui characteristic of the college age experience in America."
On the second and final night of shows at The Dumpster, we caught Period Bomb, Bitemarks and Donkng. Check out our photos on our site.
"Whack World isn’t just a collection of songs or another complicated concept album. It’s quick. It’s strange. It’s completely enthralling. It is a cinematic art piece full of eccentric colors and stylistic choices both in vision and audio."
Gainesville recently said goodbye to a great house show venue, The Dumpster. Night one of the two night final shows included Borzoi, Parallel, Reels & Curleys. View our photos!
"With its seamless merging of the brash and sometimes gloomy shoe-gaze instrumentals and indie-pop melodies, the record is able to take on a mind of its own, way beyond a 12 song tracklist or top layer musicality. It has one experiencing a steady plane of a soft daze that lasts well-after the record's end."
"The drummer began the set closed off, and slowly opened up until his drumming stance was wide as can be. If this was a cruise, the drummer would’ve thrown himself overboard. At one point something flew off of his cymbals. Their sound was funky, friendly and volcanic with rapping and straight jamming. "
Gouge Away is a four-piece hardcore band specializing in fusing raw emotion and fury with righteous stabs at our current social order. We spoke with GA’s vocalist Christina about their songwriting inspirations, hopes for Fest, touring, and their new record!
Awakebutstillinbed are currently on an extensive tour and we caught their show in Jacksonville with Bobby Kid and Heckdang. Check out our photos
"Without my overwhelming love for music and the gateway it created in my life, I don't know where I'd be heading career wise or who would be standing beside me as I did."
The Civic Media Center held a benefit show for the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee with the bands The Copilots, Sports Reference, Cheap Plastic and Articles. Check out our photos from the show by Sports Reference's Jeremy McGuire.
Looking for new music suggestions? Read Jeremy McGuire's short reviews of some of his current favorite albums and discover something new!
Last week, Rot In Coffins & Cyclopean Blood Temple had a dual EP release show. Check out our photos from their show with openers Wage Slave and Twine.
"From start to finish it fills the air with an assortment of sounds. It’s a rollercoaster that locks the straps down and wants to take its riders on two, three or even four more rides. "
" The songs feel like shared memories that are being recalled together. You almost don't feel weird about genuinely answering the questions posed by the lyrics."
Who doesn't love a house show? We know we do! Check out our photos from Shark Anatomy, Comrades, Flowan and Cheap Plastic.
"Prass’ ability to feature a healthy balance of both political and personal issues into The Future and The Past is impressive- never faltering or losing the lush musicality with these debates."
Check out our photos from Tesplora, Mystery Expert, Flagman & Karma Ready at the Hardback Cafe
We spoke to Nervous Trigger's singer, Jay Insult, about the band’s history, his songwriting influences, and all things Fest. You can check out the interview below and be sure to catch Nervous Triggers at Fest in October!
By: Ian Maikisch Last year after the Swamp Records Showcase at Heartwood Soundstage we had the chance to talk to the out-going president of the label, Stephanie Elkin, and the the future incoming president, Mikaela Sheerin. We did an on-camera interview with the duo at Loosey's Downtown for our show Bards In Bars Getting Beer. This year … Continue reading Interview: Swamp Records President and Vice President Give Us The Lowdown On Their Student-Run Record Label
The Civic Media Center has been putting on a lot of great shows! Check out our photos from Pobrecita, Pool Kids & Poblano.
"The power pop is strong on this track. Production is the only thing that betrays the rest of the song from sounding ripped straight from the 90s (that is to say, the production is squeaky-clean)."
What a fun show! Check out our photos from R-Dent at the Hardback Cafe with Flowan, Baseline and Articles.
The Eradicator played in Gainesville while on tour with Donkng, EW and Bitemarks at The Atlantic. Check out our photos.
"The message of Peach seems to battle growing pains and struggles realizing that sometimes faith cannot and will not be able to wear the armor for you. Lester makes a point, though, through the bittersweet nature of the tracks, to thank her bruises and scars for being an integral part in shaping her into the woman she is as she sings each word. "
Check out our photos from Just Neighbors with You Vandal & Wait And Shackle at The Hardback
We caught The Forum, The Dog Apollo and Wild Pines at Loosey's in downtown Gainesville. Check out our photos
"Originating from Austin, Texas, Wild Child’s music video for their song “Follow Me” off of their new album “Expectations” is enchanting."
We caught an awesome show at Loosey's in downtown Gainesville featuring The Mermers, Nomore and Bothering Dennis. Check out the photos!
Check out out photos from Swamp Records spring showcase at Heartwood Soundstage!
"It’s almost shocking to believe this LA-rooted trio has such little official material with the maturity and slickness this single gives their name."
" For those familiar with the previous work “see you in hell, schwartz”, Vianale’s light and captivating voice will be a welcome sound, it’s as pleasant as ever. Ditching the acoustic guitar of her previous songs, however, Viannale takes a big step to becoming Florida’s monarch of bedroom-styled pop, opting instead for a full band sound."
" It feels as though the bulk of the record was written while lying on the bedroom floor, strumming the guitar, and ranting about the day’s pint-up frustration in melody form. You feel included in this, almost like you’re lying on the bed reinforcing the process as they trail off about how much life and money and mental health can suck."
" Anyone fond of crashing drums, fast-paced rhythms, and raw-cut vocals will be satisfied with the EP and excited for the band’s future work. In Shallow Waters is unpolished. It’s raw. It’s loud. It’s strong. It’s everything needed to make a solid record in the scene."
For 4/20, Dikembe played at The Atlantic with Look Mexico, Frameworks, Winded & comedian Casey Crawford
"Post Louis are able to create a disjointed sound while maintaining cohesiveness and this song shows their ability to capture emotion. Hopefully, their new album demonstrates this ability tenfold."
"On first listen, Space is an earworm. The word infectious doesn’t do it justice. The song kicks in with a muted, but punchy 808 kick drum and doesn’t waste time dropping the bass hook on the listener."
Machinist kicked off their tour for their new record, Closer To Death, at The Atlantic with Oof, Pyre and Orbiter. Make sure to view the full photo set.
" Each member of the band brings something to the table and the result is a collection of great sounding, well written, and super catchy songs that really capture flipturn’s infectious energy. Flipturn has once again managed to blow all my expectations out of the water, and hopefully before long I’ll be writing about a full-length record by the band, not just an EP."
"The band has an ability to create a beautifully layered depth to their vocals with their accapella style. Seeing them to perform to such a small crowd in an intimate setting make the experience even more memorable than seeing them play in a traditional venue and I'm already looking forward to the next Notebook Sessions event."
We caught Screaming Females on their current tour with THOU and HIRS where they were joined by the Tallahassee Night Witch. Check out the full set of photos.
Sofar Sounds happens somewhere in Gainesville every month at a secret location with a secret line up. Check out our photos from their most recent show featuring Retrolux, Ari Chi and The Hails.
"For the next headliners it would be the ultimate dream to see either Alkaline Trio or The Lawrence Arms (or both!) play. I also wouldn't mind seeing The Menzingers, Masked Intruder, Dillinger Four, The Ergs, or Propagandhi either."
She deftly switches pitches between verses and choruses, showcasing her immense talents as a singer and her unique four-octave vocal range.
"If there’s one word that could sum up Philadelphia-based group No Thank You’s sophomore effort, it’d be the word Catharsis. All It Takes To Ruin It All is an emotional release and purification process that almost clears the conscious by its end. "