• Freeway Music Festival 2017 Lineup is Out!

    Facebook Event This morning at City Roots members of the media and local artists gathered for the release of the stellar 2017 Freeway Music Festival lineup headlined by Austin, Texas songwriter Joe Pug joined by a host of great local acts. More than ever, this year’s lineup features a diverse crop of bands from across […]

  • Savannah Stopover Festival, Where New Music Blossoms

    Watch in the video above our Stopover highlights of South Carolina band The High Divers. Just over our southern border in the beautiful historic town of Savannah popped up a music festival in 2011 for bands to fine tune their shows on the way to South By Southwest, the biggest music conference around. Since then […]

  • Tiny Desk Concert Submission Roundup

    With the Tiny Desk Concert submissions due at the end of January we (Scene SC) helped four South Carolina artists film their sessions. With over 6,000 entries this year, NPR has a team of judges who watch each video and pass along the best ones. They’re all kinds of super creative ones out there, as […]

  • New Music From Atlas Road Crew

    Stream “My Own Way” Here Five years ago Atlas Road Crew were cutting their musical teeth in Five Points. Another college bar band playing crowd pleasing sets mixed with well known covers and a handful of originals. Even then there was something different about the band. A live energy most bands never quite find. That […]

  • Appy New Year!

    21st century technology is incredible. 100 years ago, I bet nobody would have believed that computers, tablets, Kindles, iPads, and cell phones would exist, and that these devices would connect people across the globe, provide instant access to information, and allow us to have the world available to us at our fingertips. The intersection of […]


    With the turn of the year brought a slew of new music from some of great South Carolina artists, so I decided to round them up and include some of them here today. I’ve had them all on separate tabs in my browser for days now, listening back and forth, so enjoy streaming them all […]

  • Bad Grades, No More Music Lessons…The Right Answer?

    Let me begin by saying that I completely respect a parent’s authority and (as a parent myself) that a parent’s decision is absolute; however, I would like to challenge the idea that ceasing lessons is the best answer to academic “rough spots.” Music is Education Music lessons are too often ranked low on the totem […]

  • Best SC Music of 2016 (According to Free Times)

    Free Times Best of 2016 Oh end of the year lists. They start coming out in early December now. Sometimes even late November for those publications who try to beat, or set the trend. On a local level here in South Carolina there are only a few publications who attempt to rank all the South […]

  • Sound & Vision Series Coming to Nickelodeon Theatre

    Announced via the new Nick Mag—the official magazine of the Nickelodeon Theatre—is a new series in collaboration with Drip (records) starting in January named Sound & Vision. The series will feature a rock doc along with a local band performing music in a similar vein as the doc before and after the screening. The two […]

  • Shovels and Rope Announce Inaugural High Water Festival

    We knew there was something in the works. A new Instagram account with a short teaser video popped up last week connected to the popular Charleston Americana duo Shovels and Rope, along with rumblings from Jump, Little Children. There were rumors of a Shovels and Rope curated music festival which was exciting, but when they […]