Over the course of his career, singer/songwriter and Americana artist Tom Freund has released more than a dozen records, collaborated with legends such as Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne, pulled a half-decade stint on bass for alt-country pioneers The Silos, and has shared bills with everyone from Matthew Sweet to Guided by Voices. Freund’s intimate, heartfelt new solo album, East of Lincoln, chronicles a personal journey along the path from self doubt to enlightenment. “Time to take the wheel and turn this thing around / Time to make a deal and see what’s going down,” he affirms on “Runaround.” Freund takes his time and lets these new songs simmer, and that—along with memorable guest spots from longtime friend and collaborator Ben Harper and an all-star cast of session players—is a big part of record’s charm.
Quietly reveling in its unhurried pace, East of Lincoln sticks in the mind long after listening. Within the record’s framework, Freund tackles progress, hope, and the corporatization of his beloved Venice Beach, which he captures as a bittersweet vortex of vanishing beauty and possibility. “I know I’m no saint, but I know when something is good and when it ain’t,” he sings on the title track, mourning Venice’s fading allure while basking in its once-electric atmosphere. The album dances on the edge of a stark duality: the sun-drenched SoCal beach town’s demise and Freund’s own eventual growth arc. “Better start swimming toward the shore,” he urges on “Abandoning the Ship.”
Tom Freund on Radio Venice
Indi and The Vegas are a British pop/rock band formed in 2009 by Indi Forde, Joe Cripps and Matt Singleton. The 3 met in high school as avid musicians with similar music tastes, citing Queen, Michael Jackson and the Chilli Peppers as major influences in their choice in pursuing music as a career.
Their first EP, titled ‘Fair Fight’ was self released in 2011, and a follow up, self titled album in 2014. Tracks from the album were picked up by BBC Introducing and played on air, securing the band sets at many shows and festivals throughout the UK, and gaining House Band status at The Hermitage, Hitchin.
In October 2015 the band embarked on a trip to the US, playing such prestigious LA venues as The Whisky A Go-Go, The Federal and The Viper Lounge to great reception.
On a later trip to LA, 2016, they met Zaro Vega, an up and coming producer/artist and an ideal partner to develop their sound and tracks to international level quality.
Their first official single ‘Didn’t Catch Your Name’ was released in January 2019. Produced by Zaro Vega.
Indi and The Vegas on Radio Venice
Music has always been my passion. I’ve been playing since I was four or five years old. I started by playing the recorder then the harmonica and found myself drawn to church organs but rarely was given the opportunity to play one, and none ever materialized under the Christmas tree. Thanks a lot Santa!
One day I found a guitar that my mom had left behind and by the time I was thirteen I bought my first electric guitar. Soon after I formed my first band with three other kids from school, we called it Black Light Blues. It was fun while it lasted but when I turned fifteen I dropped everything I was doing, including the band and just played when I felt like it.
Without knowing why or how, my inspiration slowly drifted and started sounding more and more like classical music. I started playing on the Venice boardwalk and the first day I made, well … five bucks. That didn’t sound like much but it certainly was enough for a meal. I kept doing it each weekend and gradually made more and more each time. Eventually I took my act to Santa Monica’s 3rd street promenade. Although it wasn’t half as fun as Venice, there I found a very appreciative crowd. I eventually got to work and recorded my first CD. It took me three years but I did it!
Ever since I’ve been doing more professional work such as studio sessions, short movie soundtracks, private events and small concerts as a solo act and with other artists.