Lake Street Dive: Soul, Spunk, & Side Ponies

Lake Street Dive“Be yourself, do your thing . . . rock your side pony,” says Bridget Kearney, bassist of ’60s soul and pop rock revivalists Lake Street Dive, of the band’s 2016 release Side Pony. Side Pony, the band’s Nonesuch Record label debut, radiates playfulness and energy through its upbeat and glimmering soul-soaked tracks. Lake Street Dive expertly balances the retro with the contemporary on Side Pony by restoring and revitalizing ’60s Motown for a modern audience. On May 19, Liz Webb spoke with Bridget before the band’s stop at the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington on their Side Pony tour.

While attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Rachael Price (vocals), Mike “McDuck” Olsen (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (upright bass), and Mike Calabrese (drums) formed Lake Street Dive in 2004, naming the band after a street housing multiple dive bars in Olsen’s hometown of Minneapolis. The band recorded their first CD in 2006, titled in this episode…. Ten years later, their fifth studio album Side Pony would reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Folk Albums, and Alternative Albums charts.

SinLake Street Dive 3ce gaining widespread recognition after performing a stripped-down cover of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” on a sidewalk in Boston (which currently has over 4 million views on YouTube), Lake Street Dive has made appearances on shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Today Show as well as NPR Music’s Tiny Desk series. This fall, the group is set to continue their tour on the East Coast, with notable stops at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer and New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

While in The Music Room, Bridget spoke to Liz about the band’s songwriting process, her personal inspirations, and her experimentation with rhythm and sound on Side Pony. A skilled and innovative musician, Bridget contributes to the band’s unique sound with her intricate compositions and upright bass-playing. Listen to the interview below to hear tracks from Lake Street Dive’s newest album Side Pony and to learn more about the exceptionally talented Bridget Kearney.

The Interview

Bridget Kearney, Host: Liz Webb, Recorded May 19, 2016, originally aired May 24, 2016.
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The Music

Artist Song Album Year
Due to copyright restrictions, the podcast contains excerpts of the music heard during the broadcast of the interview.
Lake Street Dive Side Pony Side Pony 2016
Lake Street Dive Call Off Your Dogs Side Pony 2016
Lake Street Dive Can’t Stop Side Pony 2016
Lake Street Dive Godawful Things Side Pony 2016
Lake Street Dive Hell Yeah Side Pony 2016
Lake Street Dive Saving All My Sinning Side Pony 2016


Some Feelings: Julia Nunes

In September of 2015, guitarist, ukuleleist, and baby pianist Julia Nunes released her fifth studio album, Some Feelings, on her independent record label Rude Butler Records. Before her April 12, 2016, show at The World Cafe live at The Queen in Wilmington, Julia spoke with Mandorichard and Liz Webb about her songwriting, her inspirations, and her newest album.

Julia started her career by making YouTube covers in her college dorm room, in which she harmonizes with herself and plays various instruments such as ukulele, piano, and melodica. With videos featuring unexpected mash-ups and unconventional musical instruments, Julia has created an online presence for herself with her unique and creative approach to music. Over the years, she has toured across the globe in concert venues and living rooms, made appearances at Bonnaroo, VidCon, SXSW, and on Conan, anJulia Nunesd performed alongside artists like Ben Folds, Weezer, and The Mowgli’s. The release of Some Feelings in 2015 marked a pivotal point not only in her musical career, but in her personal life as well.

Check out the interview below to hear selections from Some Feelings and to learn more about Julia Nunes’ musical originality (and to discover her surprising yet hilarious source of songwriting inspiration).

The Interview

Julia Nunes, Hosts: Mandorichard and Liz Webb, Recorded live on WVUD April 5, 2016.

The Music

Artist Song Album Year
Julia Nunes Then OK Some Feelings 2015
Julia Nunes Stay Awake Settle Down 2012
Julia Nunes Make Out Some Feelings 2015
Julia Nunes Something Bad Some Feelings 2015

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