Tayler Newman

[Artist Spotlight] Thirsty? Pick Up a 2-Pack of Punk with Soda Jerks

[Artist Spotlight] Thirsty? Pick Up a 2-Pack of Punk with Soda Jerks

Bullet Music Artist Spotlight’s February artist, Soda Jerks sat down with Bullet Music to talk about DIY clothing and the challenges of being a two piece band.

[Artist Spotlight] Jonboy Storey Silences the Doubt with Catchy Country Tunes

[Artist Spotlight] Jonboy Storey Silences the Doubt with Catchy Country Tunes

Jonboy Storey has been destined for country music success ever since his family started calling him “Jonboy,” but a great name doesn’t prevent adversity.

Bullet Music's 2018 Editor's Picks: Tough Love, Solid Suggestions and a 51-Song Playlist

Bullet Music's 2018 Editor's Picks: Tough Love, Solid Suggestions and a 51-Song Playlist

End of the year lists are a time-honored tradition in music journalism, but these lists are for more than just telling you that your favorite bands suck -- they give you an opportunity to atone for your sins and find better music.

Blackberry Smoke Host a Tasty Post-Thanksgiving Homecoming at the Tabernacle

Blackberry Smoke Host a Tasty Post-Thanksgiving Homecoming at the Tabernacle

What’s more southern than a family tradition? Nothing. That’s what. And in keeping with tradition, Blackberry Smoke took over The Tabernacle on Black Friday for their annual Brothers and Sisters Holiday Homecoming.

[Artist Spotlight] Amelia Alleviates Atlanta's Anxiety on Her Way to Pop Stardom

[Artist Spotlight] Amelia Alleviates Atlanta's Anxiety on Her Way to Pop Stardom

Amelia’s empowering presence is going to make her a force in the music world. From the fierce determination she has shown since she was a child, to her calm, understanding view of anxiety and the pressures of modern life, Amelia has the ability to make you feel simultaneously comfortable and restless.

The Struts Stir Up a Packed Variety Playhouse

The Struts Stir Up a Packed Variety Playhouse

After seeing them once before at Shaky Knees in 2016, I knew to expect a high energy set filled with theatrical movements rivaling the most interpretive of dances from vocalist Luke Spiller, but even prior experience with the band couldn’t prepare me for what was in store at Variety Playhouse.

[Artist Spotlight] Stop in for a Drink at the Mermaid Motor Lounge

[Artist Spotlight] Stop in for a Drink at the Mermaid Motor Lounge

Mermaid Motor Lounge frontman Josh Erwin and his team, consisting of bassist Troy Harris, fiddler Jenna Mobley and guitarist Matt Pendrick, have created a mystifying and unique sound that Erwin describes as that of “a rock band that sounds like they’re trying to sound a little like a country band.”

The Last Warped Tour (Like all Warped Tours) was all About the fans

The Last Warped Tour (Like all Warped Tours) was all About the fans

Thunderstorms threatened to ruin Warped Tour’s farewell run, but Atlanta fought through and made it one for the ages.

Panic! at the Disco Promote Pride, Positivity and Self-Acceptance at Infinite Energy Center

Panic! at the Disco Promote Pride, Positivity and Self-Acceptance at Infinite Energy Center

Brendon Urie and Panic! at the Disco are a driving force for positivity and self-acceptance in pop music, and their stop at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, GA was positively electric.

Weezer Isn't Who You Think They Are (They're So Much Better)

Weezer Isn't Who You Think They Are (They're So Much Better)

Weezer may still look like an under-practiced, over-bullied band of nerds, but they are an immensely talented and dedicated group of bonafide rock stars that have grown their nerdy niche from garages to arenas.

Five Artists for the Future From the Very Last Atlanta Warped Tour

Five Artists for the Future From the Very Last Atlanta Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour has been a summer staple for 23 years, but like all good things, it’s finally coming to an end. In recognition of the loaded lineups that Warped Tour is known for, we’re taking a look at five of the artists playing at the Atlanta Warped Tour stop that could be the next big thing.

[Exclusive Video Premiere] Hawk's "Allison's Gone" is a Nostalgic Masterpiece

[Exclusive Video Premiere] Hawk's "Allison's Gone" is a Nostalgic Masterpiece

Hawk is a Central Illinois-based group whose members have played with the likes of R.E.M. and Elvis Costello, and they are using that experience to give us a taste of modern nostalgia with their brand new music video for “Allison’s Gone.”

[Interview] James Alex of Beach Slang Talks About new Music, Personal Growth and Having two First Names

[Interview] James Alex of Beach Slang Talks About new Music, Personal Growth and Having two First Names

James Alex of Beach Slang sat down with us before their set at the Earl to discuss making new music, personal growth and having two first names.

[Interview] Jon Sandler of Great Good Fine Ok Talks New Music Videos and Why He's Happy He Never Went to Music School

[Interview] Jon Sandler of Great Good Fine Ok Talks New Music Videos and Why He's Happy He Never Went to Music School

The lead singer of Brooklynn-based synth-pop duo Great Good Fine Ok talked with us about the perks of not going to music school, their new music video and what it’s like to co-headline a tour.

Royal Blood Show Atlanta a Different Kind of Drum 'n' Bass

Royal Blood Show Atlanta a Different Kind of Drum 'n' Bass

On Friday, June 8, a completely different kind of drum n’ bass act named Royal Blood invaded Variety Playhouse with their friends Turbowolf and turned the playhouse in Little Five Points into a rock-filled madhouse.

[Interview] HUNNY Talk Headlining Their First Tour, Being in Thrasher and the Anime Final Four

With a lineup that sounds like an early 2000s boy band, Jake, Jason, Joey and Kevin, better known as HUNNY, are taking on their first headlining tour after supporting runs with fellow Newbury Park, CA such as Bad Suns (check out our interview with Bad Suns here) and the Neighbourhood in recent years. Coming from such a talented town, HUNNY has large shoes to fill, and the energy they bring to a live setting is big enough to fill them. Talking with drummer Joey Anderson after the show, he mentioned that this tour has been spent “wearing lab coats,” so to speak, as they test the national waters as a headlining act.

Along with HUNNY on this run are Buffalo, NY-based Made Violent, who put on an equally impressive set, getting the crowd of unfamiliar faces moving, dancing and ready for more. If you’ve spent much time shopping at Vans stores, Made Violent may sound familiar as they are heavily featured in the retail chain’s in-house playlists.

Apart from their musical prowess, the guys of HUNNY have a deep appreciation for anime that has bound them together and inspired not only their sound but their process. Despite differing over the fourth member of their “Anime Final Four” brackets, both Jake and Jason have the “life-changing” anime FLCL as their ultimate champion. Part of the reason for this is because of a Japanese band called The Pillows that Jason says, “basically scores the whole show FLCL,” going as far as to call them “a Japanese Weezer.”

From anime to surreal moments to the indescribable top Google image result for “HUNNY” (Click this link with caution!), we had a great time talking to Jason and Jake before their first headlining set in Atlanta at the Masquerade’s Purgatory stage. Listen above or on the Bullet Music SoundCloud.

 For more information on the current tour and to get your tickets, click here.

Photos by Sidney Spear for Bullet Music

[Artist Spotlight] Chantae Cann Channels Inspiration to Keep Her Sol Empowered

Bullet Music’s Artist Spotlight Series is proudly presented by Opendoor.

It’s all about soul for Chantae Cann, the Cleveland-born jazz-soul singer who now calls Atlanta home. Chantae moved to the city in her teens after growing up in Cleveland and Chicago and quickly embraced the “Southern Hospitality,” saying, “We take our time, but we still get it done.”

In 2016, the singer’s Journey to Golden found itself on top of the iTunes Jazz charts, proving that the rest of the world loved her unique vocal timbre just as much as Atlanta. Before long, Journey to Golden the Re-WERC by Atlanta’s own WERC Crew truly cemented Chantae’s spot in Atlanta’s musical landscape – a versatile artist that is both in touch with the great jazz vocalists of old as well as the producers of today.

Moving into the latter part of 2017, Chantae’s sophomore album, Sol Empowered, featured 12 tracks that uniquely captured her musical journey. While still pushing a familiar jazz-soul sound that fills each song with a comforting, familiar warmth, elements of other genres that have crossed Chantae’s path are littered throughout. Chantae calls herself “an inspiration junkie,” and that shows as she gleans inspiration from every life event and musical collaboration.

One apparent influence on her newest album is that of the WERC Crew and other electronic artists. Atlanta’s electronic music scene permeates almost every aspect of Atlanta music, and Chantae Cann deftly weaves subtle aspects of electronic music into some of her songs to give Sol Empowered an added texture. Whether it comes from the clever breakdown in “Hey Whatcha Say” or the acapella beatboxing on “Sol Glo,” Chantae is demonstrating a side of jazz that many have never seen before.

In a live setting, these powerful songs come through in an impressive way. Chantae’s goal is for her listeners to feel “inspired, uplifted, motived, encouraged [and] empowered,” and these songs encapsulate those feelings of hope, inspiration and motivation perfectly. Whether it’s through your headphones or through the PA at Smiths Olde Bar, the stylings of Chantae Cann’s Sol Empowered will leave you feeling just that.

Chantae Cann is performing live at Smith's Olde Bar tonight from 7:30 - 9:30 PM; click here for more information or to watch the live stream of the performance here.

Watch the full video interview with Chantae Cann.

Producer + Photographer: Grace Rose Kelly

Film Editor: Tanya Wise

Designer: Elyssa Velez

Writer: Tayler Newman

Digital Media: Annabel Shettel

Executive Producer: Liz Turcotte

[Interview] Company of Thieves Remind us to Appreciate Little Nothings

[Interview] Company of Thieves Remind us to Appreciate Little Nothings

Chicago natives Company of Thieves are less of a band and more of an attitude about life and music. In the words of frontwoman Genevieve Schatz, “Thieves give you a feelin’,” and after a three-year hiatus, the feeling is back.

Walk the Moon Proves Success Doesn't Mean Selling out

Walk the Moon Proves Success Doesn't Mean Selling out

As with any band who suddenly comes into a great deal of success, some longtime fans become reasonably skeptical of who the band will become once fame comes calling, but Walk the Moon are out to prove that they’ve broken the cycle.