Montgomery dancing (photo courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives and History)

Auntie Bellum Weekend Mix #40

Well, here we are, living some fairly terrifying truths in 2017, but, at least, we have good, Southern music to live it all down with. This week, we have heavy pop-laden joy, some thoughtful, soulful folk music, dreamy r&b, a stunningly crazy song from Dolly Parton, and much more. As always, this mix is my … [Read more…]

The Tao of Bill Murray


Last year, I received an advanced reader copy (ARC) of The Tao of Bill Murray by Gavin Edwards, marketed as an epic collection of Bill Murray stories. In exchange for a truthful review, the publisher sent me the polished manuscript, not quite finalized but assumed to be pretty close to what would be published a few months later in September 2016.
As a Bill Murray fan, I was excited to learn more about this somewhat mysterious celebrity and glean what wisdom he has to offer. But I never made it past the introduction.

Who’s Playing Manifest II? Post Pink.

post pink ii

Post Pink is Baltimore punk rock.  We were lucky enough to get these folks to answer a few questions about their new album, the freaks and geeks that inspire them, and the platform that Manifest provides. Post Pink plays at 11pm on Saturday at the Nightlight. Where are you from? Where are you now? Baltimore, … [Read more…]

Who’s Playing Manifest II? Case Sensitive.

Case Sensitive (photo by Shannon Kelley photography)

“Dreamo”-pop, Chapel Hill-based Case Sensitive is Sierra Shell, Mary Koenig, and Chesley Kalnen, and they come bearing spider webs and sparkle – pretty perfect for Friday the 13th. Or, you know, Saturday the 14th, when you can catch them at The Cave at 9:15pm. The spooky, synthy trio answered a few questions about their music … [Read more…]

Who’s Playing Manifest II? Fitness Womxn.

photo by Milica Stanisic

Carrboro-based post-punk outfit Fitness Womxn are just getting started, and you won’t want to miss them this weekend. I’m happy to say they agreed to answer a few questions about their music and influences, opening their hearts to art at all skill sets and ranges of ability, and the essential need of a festival like Manifest. Fitness Womxn play … [Read more…]