Episode 23: Bluff Caller


Here’s episode 23 with Cody Rea from Bluff Caller!

Cody Rea stopped by the All Independent Reno studio to talk about Bluff Caller’s album The Desert Party and their benefit concert for Planned Parenthood March 4th at Cargo.

Bluff Caller consists of members Cody Rea (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards), Spencer Mead (guitars, keyboards, vocals), Dominic Kelly (drums, vocals) and Greg Rea (bass guitar, vocals).

Bluff Caller infuses R&B drenched alternative with a rock and roll foundation to produce a wild yet precise embodiment of a West-Coast alternative/rock group. Sonically, they begin with solid, charging guitar work, coupled with atmospheric keyboard arrangements, driven by a complex but disciplined rhythm section. With provocative lyrics and tightly arranged vocal harmonies, Bluff Caller creatively articulates experiences and emotions common to their Y-Generation.

The following songs by Bluff Caller are featured on this episode:

“Spoils” from The Desert Party

“Same Ground” from The Desert Party

Bluff Caller will be headlining a benefit concert for Planned Parenthood at Cargo Reno Saturday March 4th 2016.


100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Planned Parenthood.

Joining Bluff Caller are La Safari, Davey Alastair of Dankjewel, Britt Straw and Glynn Osburn. Low La La unfortunately had to cancel.

Reno Tahoe Tonight magazine featured Bluff Caller in an article recently that you can read here.

Check Bluff Caller’s site here and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Here’s a video for the song Darjeeling (Live from the Moon Room)

Thanks for listening.

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Episode 22: Night Rooms


Here’s episode 22 with Night Rooms!

Night Rooms stopped by last week to talk about their latest release Outside Days EP. They are a four piece surf-indie band from Reno NV consisting of members Nic Graver (Vocals/Guitar), Ryan Burt (Drums), Luke Morse (Bass) and Landon Renwick (Bass).

You can purchase the Outside Days EP on their Bandcamp page here.

Follow Night Rooms on Facebook and Instagram for upcoming shows and future releases.

The following tracks from Outside Days are featured on this episode:

“FOH” by Night Rooms

“Gold Flakes” by Night Rooms

They will be performing at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor in Reno on Feb. 26th with North by North from Chicago Illinois and Reno’s Applied Ethics.

Please help support the family of Karmin Robbins by donating to their Go Fund Me campaign here.

Thanks for listening.

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Episode 21: Kristina Esfandiari – Miserable


Here’s episode 21 with Kristina Esfandiari with the band Miserable!

Kristina was awesome to talk to before her show Feb. 7th at Holland Project in Reno. She is the front woman for Miserable as well as the “doom metal” band King Woman. We talked about her early music influences growing up in Sacramento CA and how she gravitated to performing because of her passion for music with help from friends giving her a guitar.

Kristina Esfandiari is Miserable. Based in the Bay Area and the vocalist in King Woman, Kristina writes and performs a brand of moving and evocative music that oozes with nostalgia – and the forthcoming Uncontrollable LP is no different. The album Uncontrollable was released on The Native Sound label in April 2016.

Here’s the video for the King Woman single “Deny” that we discussed in this episode.

The following songs from Miserable are featured on this episode:

“Oven” from Uncontrollable

“Violet” from Uncontrollable

You can purchase albums from Miserable on their Bandcamp page.

Follow Miserable on Facebook, and Kristina on Twitter and Instagram.

Check out King Woman on Bandcamp and Facebook.

The King Woman album Created in the Image of Suffering will be out on Relapse Records Feb. 24th 2017. You can pre-order their record here.

Thank you to Holland Project for hosting the show and letting us use their space for this episode. If you’d like to support Holland Project, go see a show or donate on their website at hollandreno.org.

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 20: M. Lockwood Porter


Here’s episode 20 with M. Lockwood Porter!

M. Lockwood Porter stopped by last week to talk about his music and solo acoustic tour playing songs from his repertoire and latest record How to Dream Again. He was in Reno playing a show at The 7th Street Station with local favorite Pat Casey from the band BBQ Salad.

He brought his guitar and harmonica in the studio and we were honored to have him play a couple songs live on this episode!

The Berkeley, California-based singer-songwriter M. Lockwood Porter is part of a promising crop of up-and-coming Americana singer-songwriters. In the past three years, he has released two critically-acclaimed albums and performed all over the US, sharing the stage with acts like American Aquarium, David Wax Museum, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Water Liars, Samantha Crain, David Ramirez, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and John Moreland. He has performed at festivals like Outside Lands, Noise Pop, Norman Music Festival, and CMJ. No Depression called Porter’s 2014 album 27 “a solid album worth your time, attention, and money.” In a review of 27, Americana UK said, “Take care with M. Lockwood Porter. He is an important singer-songwriter.”

Check out the video below for the song “American Dreams Denied”

The following songs by M. Lockwood Porter are featured on this episode:

“Strong Enough” from How to Dream Again

“Burn Away” – live acoustic performance

“Sad / Satisfied” – live acoustic performance

“Burn Away” from How to Dream Again

To purchase his music and find a list of upcoming shows, visit his website at mlockwoodporter.com or his Bandcamp page.

Follow M. Lockwood Porter on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 19: The Sam Chase


Here’s episode 19 with The Sam Chase!

San Francisco native Sam Chase and I had a great conversation before his solo acoustic show at The Saint in Reno on January 28th. He is currently on a west coast solo acoustic tour performing stripped-down versions of his kick-ass folk rock tunes.

The Sam Chase & The Untraditonal released their latest record Great White Noise in April 2016 which is available for purchase on their website thesamchase.com and Bandcamp.

Opening for The Sam Chase at The Saint, Old-Time Western string band from Reno The Ramblin’ Rounders.

Follow The Sam Chase & The Untraditional on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay in touch with their upcoming shows and future releases.

Check out the video for the song “I’ve Got Problems”. It’s awesome.

The following songs from Great White Noise are featured on this episode:

“I’ve Got Problems”

“Great White Noise”

Thank you to Sam Chase for talking to me before his performance. Thank you to The Saint for being wonderful hosts and an amazing live music venue in Reno.

Today February 1st marks the 1 year anniversary of All Independent Reno podcast! Share us with your friends, family, dogs, cats, chickens or anyone else that will listen.


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Episode 18: Franc Friday


Here’s episode 18 with Franc Friday!

Franc Friday has been creating hip hop music since 2012. Originally from Boulder City NV, he moved to Reno and started performing with friend and local band Bazooka Zoo.

He has since created his own style and has released music available on Soundcloud and singles on Bandcamp.

The following songs are featured on this episode from the album Last Friday Night:

“S C R E A M”

“Specter (Opiate)”

Follow Franc Friday on Instagram and like on Facebook for future releases and upcoming shows.

Check out the music video for the song “Specter” below produced by White Opus.

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Episode 17: Dankjewel


Here’s episode 17 with Davey Alastair from the band Dankjewel!

Dankjewel is a five-piece psych rock band from Reno, NV consisting of members Alex Korostinsky, Aaron Chiazza, Danny Lennon, Davey Alastair and Paul Curatolo.

I got the chance to have a conversation recently with Davey Alastair how Dankjewel originated, his experience living in Los Angeles and his passion for creating and producing music.

You can purchase their self-titled debut EP on Bandcamp here:

Dankjewel: Bandcamp

The following songs are featured on this episode from Dankjewel’s self-titled album:

“HoneyMoon Phase”

“Star Child (Girl From Andromeda)”

The local alternative paper the Reno News & Review featured Dankjewel in an article you can read here:

Reno News & Review Music column: Shine On by Brad Bynum

The Reno Gazette-Journal announced recently that their song “HoneyMoon Phase” won first place in the annual Gazette-Journal roundup of the best local original music. You can read the full article here:

Reno Gazette-Journal: Reno band Dankjewel’s ‘HoneyMoon Phase,’ gets top honors among 2016’s local original music

Follow Dankjewel on Instagram and like them on Facebook for future releases and shows.

Thanks for listening!

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