We know there are naysayers out there. What with their “Remember the good ol’ days of music?”, their “Kids would rather play video games than play music”, etc. We would listen to their complaints, it’s just… we’re having trouble hearing their pessimistic brooding, as it’s being drowned out by all the diverse and fantastic music currently being made here in the 904.

If you yourself haven’t heard, we’re here to hip you to the region’s (as Jonathan Richman might call them) modern sounds. There’s an abundance of innovative music being made in and around North Florida. Certainly it’s a lot to take in. But we invite you to start here each Monday.

9E
“The Poison Two”
For a band that’s been together for less than a year, Northeast Florida rock n’ roll quartet 9E has already made a substantial bit of noise, bringing its raucous live show to venues across the region and perking the ears of riff-heavy rock enthusiasts with its own moody, atmospheric take on the classic bass-drums-guitar lineup. Blending an apt rhythm section—compliments of Brent Knoechel and Don Nicol (formerly of popular local act Strange Friend)—with the synergy of the decades-long musical partnership between Darkhorse Saloon guitarist Jason Hoey and Beach’s Renaissance man, The Black Magik Priest, Tony Prat, 9E is a relative North Florida supergroup, if there ever was one. A few weeks ago, the fellas from 9E dropped this video for the tune “Poison Two.” Directed by Prat, the rugged vid features some motorcycle riding, a junkyard jam session, The Black Magik Priest himself, looking ever so Rasputin-ish, casting spells and rippin’ ciggies as he sings the song’s abstract lyrics. 9E plays downtown Jax’s Justice Pub on Saturday (3/9) with Tight But Loose and Chrome Fangs. Click play to come under the band’s sorcery.
-Matthew Shaw

L.O.V.E. Culture
“Sandals”

Local hip-hop collective L.O.V.E. Culture is wasting no time in spreading their heady music with a lot of heart and skill. Last year the band released the full-length, Fluidity. Savvier Void readers that snatched up a copy of our local music compilation, Void on Vinyl (Vol. 1), got an exclusive hit of the band’s potent style with their contribution, “Light.” With their latest EP, VOL. 1, the band deftly displays why they call themselves the League of Vibrant Energies.

With the cut “Sandals” L.O.V.E. Culture shows off those energies. The track features a recurring three-note Fender Rhodes keyboard lick, jazz smoothed out to the direction of a new horizon, positive vibes abound: “A lotta pain / lotta hurt / struggled in this life. / Gotta make it / gotta work / gotta make it right. / We was lookin’ for a glimmer / now we be the light.” Hit play to feel the L.O.V.E.
-Daniel A. Brown

Timothy Eerie
“Transformation of Things”
Though they’re now based in Austin, Orlando-bred psych rockers Timothy Eerie are never too cool for their beloved Sunshine State–they’ve even made North Florida a recurring stop over in recent years, capturing imaginations with their distinctive soundscapes and mind-bending visuals. Next week the band kicks off a North American tour in their native O-Town, before heading westbound toward San Francisco, with a stopover at Austin’s SXSW.

And while they’re skipping the 904 this go ’round, we won’t hold it against them. Especially after watching the video for the hallucinogenic ditty “Transformation of Things.” Those who’ve bared witness to the band’s trippy live performances will immediately recognize the combination of ethereal production and wild visuals as peak Eerie. Click play to expand your mind and follow the band on FB for updates on their next visit to North Florida.
-Matthew Shaw

Rickolus
“Clarence Clemons”

With the surprise release of a video for the piano-boogie-inflected “Clarence Clemons,” Jax-based singer/songwriter Rickolus continues his streak of consecutive Muzak Mondays appearances (two!). In a montage of clips, the prolific artist–who is in the midst of a regional tour–cruises ’round town in his automobile, and offers a taste of his wildly engaging live performances, which typically include heavy does of audience interaction. We dig this tune!
-Matthew Shaw