Sleep Deprived Music Review: I’m With Her


Are you a sucker for musicians that can harmonize? What if you add a violin and an acoustic guitar? If you’re like me, then you’re sold. Done. You want to say, “Here!! Take my money!”

I’m usually a little skeptical of listening to the new release section of Spotify because it’s like wading through the muck. Today, I was rewarded for listening to the muck. After skipping many, many songs, “Game to Lose” by I’m With Her played and I was sold in the first ten seconds.

I’m With Her has a new album, See You Around, available on Spotify and iTunes. The group members include Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan.

It’s difficult to pick a favorite song. They are all excellent.

Their music has a hint of country, pop and bluegrass. These are not the genres that I usually listen to on a regular basis. Good music is good music.

I won’t pretend that I’m not listening to I’m With Her when their video playing on my YouTube station. My kids have already caught me listening to Chris Stapleton. What’s one more countryish band?

Things that I love about See you Around:

  1. It reminds me a little bit of Joni Mitchell.
  2. Everything is simple and complex.
  3. Harmony. Harmony. Harmony. So much better than 5th Harmony – in my opinion.

Not so great things:

  1. It has to end eventually. Unless you put it on repeat . . .




See You Around album


I’m With Her on YouTube

I’m With Her on Twitter

I’m With Her website


Interview with . . . Discrepancies



St. Louis natives, Discrepancies, have a lot to be excited about this year. They’ve been signed to a record label. They have a new album, The Awakening, coming out on March 23. It’s a dream come true for ATG Metcalf, Garrett Weakley, Addison Bracher and Phatbeatz Steve.

Surely, a tour and world domination won’t be far behind.

My cat, Manny Pacquimeow, has also become a fan of the band. When Discrepancies is playing, he is in beast mode. Manny is ready for the mosh pit.

Garrett Weakley, the bassist for Discrepancies, answered some questions about the band because bassists are awesome. Obviously.


Who did the artwork for the cover?

Delta Options

Do you guys listen to podcasts? If so, any favorites?

The Adventure Zone, Rock Paper Podcast, Joe Rogan are some favorites!

I read that you all like different genres of music. How do you make the different influences work in your music?

We really found our rhythm for writing pretty quickly. Addison and Garrett write a lot of the riffs and music, then Steve adds in some samples and drums. Essentially we craft a “beat” that we send to ATG to work with. ATG is a rapper at heart, so it can hard for him to really get into some of the demos if we don’t develop them fully first. This allows everyone to add their elements and influences in different stages.

Where’s the best place for BBQ in St. Louis?

Sugarfire BBQ

Where was your first show?

The Mad Magician in St. Louis (Now Closed)

What is your main goal as a band this year?

70+ Dates out of town and releasing The Awakening Deluxe!

Did you have a songwriting process? If so, was it different or the same for the latest album?

I kind of explained this above, but we are throwing around some new ideas and concepts for writing. We strive really hard to make writing natural. When we started writing The Awakening we kind of made mentions like “Oh, we should have a song like this, or of that genre. Maybe we should do this other sound!” And ultimately we felt it really put us in a box for writing. We ended up basically scrapping a lot of those demos and allowing it to be more free.

What was the 1st concert that you attended as a fan?

The first concert I (Garrett) ever attended was Breaking Benjamin as a fan!

Do you like making videos?

Absolutely, it’s a ton of fun. ATG (Antonio) is extremely created visually and he works directly with a lot of our video directors.

What do you want people to know about Discrepancies?

We love music, lyrics, and memes.


Discrepancies website

Discrepancies on Instagram

Discrepancies on Twitter

Deja Vu: #bookreview


Deja Vu on Amazon

What if you could live your life over from the age of 16? I ask myself this question all of the time, so I was curious to see what the main character of Deja Vu would do. Deja Vu was written by Israeli author, Michal Hartstein.

At the age of 16, Rose is in an accident and has amnesia. She cannot remember anything that happened before the accident. Her family and friends are supportive. Rose has a decent life but she wants what her friends have – money, seemingly perfect husbands and children. Her jealousy consumes her daily thoughts.

When she is 32, she wakes up in the hospital again. Could she really be 16 again?

Things that I liked about Deja Vu:

  • The concept of the story was really interesting. Would you redo things? I know that I would.
  • Rose is honest about her feelings. She struggles with motherhood. It’s not something that comes naturally, which is hard to admit. I think her honesty is what makes it easy to relate to her.


There was only one thing that was confusing. When I started reading the book, I didn’t know that the characters were living in Israel. So I didn’t know why they were all in the army. Now I know thanks to Google. Almost all Israeli citizens have to serve in the army.

If you want to know more about the author, Michal Hartstein, visit the following links.

Michal Hartstein on Twitter

Michal Hartstein website


Sleep Deprived Music Review: People Who Stare


People Who Stare describes themselves as an alternative/blues/rock band. They came out with their album, In Case You Care, in July 2017. So if you’re into alt-blues-rock music, check out the album.

I was going to write this review awhile ago but the post got lost in the draft section. This band deserves better than getting lost in the shuffle.

Three  good things about People Who Stare:

  1. They write their own music
  2. They alternate between male and female vocals.
  3. They aren’t on Twitter. Maybe they’re focusing on the music, right?!


Three good things about In Case You Care.

  1. The song, Medusa.
  2. The name rhymes with the band name.
  3. You get the sense that they are committed to music.

To find out more about this band, click on the links below.




People Who Stare

Band Members:
J-Hei Taylor (vocalist/auxiliary), Zechariah Robbins (bass/auxiliary), Kolbe Hockel (drums), Cameron MacCabe (guitar), and Adrian Boctor (keyboard).

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Bumpin Uglies



Once you get past the name, you will probably enjoy this album. There was a description that said you might like this band if you like Slightly Stoopid, Sublime and Pepper. It’s a pretty accurate description. At first, I thought that they sounded more like Sublime with Rome than the original Sublime.

Their Twitter profile says that they are “Lyrically driven Ska/Punk/Reggae from the east coast.” Ska/Punk/Reggae are some of my favorite things in life.

Apparently, my cat Manny Pacquimeow agrees. He’s been trying for a few minutes to find the band. If you would also like to find the band, here on some tour dates.


Things that I liked about the album:

  1. The lead singers voice.
  2. The band has a lot of energy. I like bands with horn sections. It’s not for everyone I guess.
  3. They have a sense of humor and potty mouths. Manny and I will have to listen to it when the kids go to school.

My favorite songs on the album are Optimism in F and All in Stride. Manny liked Bud Tender.


P.S. You’ll never stop giggling at the name.

The Funny Beaver. I can’t make this stuff up.

Bumpin Uglies Music

Bumpin Uglies on Twitter

Bumpin Uglies on Instagram