Rubblebucket member Alex Toth launches new solo project Tōth

By Jamie A. Cooley, Studio M staff //  Musician Alex Toth is mostly known as the trumpeter, songwriter and backing vocalist for the Brooklyn-based indie band Rubblebucket, but he’s doing much more. Among other things, Toth is working on releasing a solo project next year. Currently, Toth has two other music outlets: new-age punk band…

Q&A: Music journalist Alison Fensterstock

By Barbara Harmon, Studio M staff // Alison Fensterstock, a 40-year-old freelance music journalist who mostly writes for NPR and Pitchfork, is a Native New Yorker but has lived in New Orleans for the past 20 years. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, she started writing about music for her job at the Gambit Weekly. Fensterstock…

50 Years of ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico’

By Olivia Ladd, Studio M staff //  Everyone remembers the first time they heard “The Velvet Underground and Nico.” We asked a few of the Nashville artists who recently played a tribute show for the 50th anniversary album about their first time: “I’m pretty sure I was in high school and one of the first…

Q&A: Cindy Watts discusses her career in country music journalism

By Tayhlor Stephenson, Studio M staff // Best known as The Tennessean’s country music/celebrities reporter, Cindy Watts, 38, has been writing for nearly 20 years. But stumbling upon a career in music journalism wasn’t something she intentionally set out to do. Nonetheless, Watts has excelled in the field and was even recognized in 2015 with…