New TV series, based on Billy Joel’s “The Stranger,” announced

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Creative Commons] Universal Music Publishing Group and MGM Television are reportedly teaming up to turn singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s songs into a scripted “arc-thology” television series titled Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read more: Sharon Van Etten announces short film “Departure,” to be released on…

Setting the Stage: Reminiscing Athens’ Music from the 1970s and 1980s

By Emily DiAlbert, Staff Writer On March 9, almost 50 years after getting their start in music, J.D. Hutchison and the Realbilly Jive packed a crowd of Athens, Ohio residents into a local art gallery for a performance evoking pure Appalachian pride. On that night, the band’s audience was not just another crowd of strangers….