Turn Me On: The 100 Year War

Turn Me On: The 100 Year War

  In late summer 2014, Eye Detail filmed Paul Freeman performing a new song called Heroes that was to be included on the veteran Welsh singer/songwriter’s soon-to-be-finished debut studio album. On that late summer day the onetime guitarist for James Blunt—he was there for every bit of the runaway international smash that was You’re Beautiful—had […]

Turn Me On: Kaleo

Turn Me On: Kaleo

New Rock Cellar Magazine columnist Jim Nelson (of 88.5 FM KCSN in Southern California) returns with another Turn Me On entry…this time about the Icelandic band Kaleo.  We was fooled by Kaleo. Set up the way a pool shark tones it down before mercilessly blindsiding you with mad skills. When the four-piece Icelandic band snuck […]

Turn Me On: Darlingside

Turn Me On: Darlingside

Rock Cellar Magazine is honored to feature Jim Nelson of Southern California’s KCSN 88.5 FM as a new contributor…here’s his first entry in our Turn me On category… Darlingside used to have a drummer. But he sort of got in the way. Not in the spatial sense of “got in the way”; rather, in the aural sense. Basically […]

Turn Me On #5: Tumbleweed Wanderers, The Band

Turn Me On #5: Tumbleweed Wanderers, The Band

One of the bands on the lineup for this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival that caught our attention were the Tumbleweed Wanderers, a group of Oakland, California-based musicians working their way up the folk/rock scene. Combining earnest, soulful down-home melodies and an array of instrumentation (in addition to the ‘usual’, they also employ a glockenspiel, […]

Turn Me On #4: Boy & Bear, Fleetwood Mac

Turn Me On #4: Boy & Bear, Fleetwood Mac

Boy & Bear One of the benefits of living in Southern California (or having an internet connection) is the ability to stream KCSN, California State University Northridge’s radio station. The playlist is so varied and eclectic that quite often you find yourself seeking out the names of the artists and bands you hear. Australia’s Boy […]

Turn Me On #3: Wild Feathers, King Washington, Dawes

Turn Me On #3: Wild Feathers, King Washington, Dawes

This month’s installment of our Turn Me On category turns its attention to three young bands with a strong affinity for the classics. The Wild Feathers Rock Cellar stumbled upon the Wild Feathers at the 2013 Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco. They wowed us with their powerful blend of Americana-tinged blues/rock […]

Turn Me On #1: Glass Candy, Tame Impala, Gary Clark Jr., First Aid Kit, Tallest Man on Earth

Turn Me On #1: Glass Candy, Tame Impala, Gary Clark Jr., First Aid Kit, Tallest Man on Earth

Glass Candy – Life After Sundown (Beat Box; 2007) The latest resurgence of New Wave has been years in the making, with largely underground acts like Glass Candy re-crafting the genre and enjoying the ride.  Life After Sundown incorporates it’s pulsating David Bowie electro-synth beats, with the noir-pop vibe of Depeche Mode, that comes together […]

Turn Me On #2: Kishi Bashi, Emitt Rhodes

Turn Me On #2: Kishi Bashi, Emitt Rhodes

In this edition of Turn Me On, RCM will focus on two artists whose music has found inspiration in the Fab Four.  One who continues to create new music and marry the uplifting vibe with modern beats, and another from the past with a similar sound who newer generations can discover. But the fact remains […]