Mary Grace McKernan


Everyone's favorite synth-pop artist Lights talks about upcoming album, goals, fan base and being a role model. We caught up with the Canadian singer-songstress Lights at the Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle, WA opening up for the Mowglis.

LIGHTS at the 18th annual Snow Cap Party at Pyramid Alehouse, Seattle 12/5/15

Lights is original and talented and a woman we are not going to be able to keep in a box. She sings about dilemmas and performs with a ton of energy and raw talent. Lights knows how to connect with her audience and between songs accepts cool artwork from her fans. Without knowing her music, her charm and skills will win over even the most strict music enthusiast.

Imagine Dragons’ Smoke + Mirrors Tour at Tacoma Dome 7/31/15

Imagine Dragons performance at the Tacoma Dome on Friday July 31st was a show stopping musical performance at it very best. The group began their show with the very catchy, "Shots" and Dan Reynolds high-energy performance was intoxicating and indeed, the audience appreciated every second of it. "Shots" seems to be all over the airwaves right now and to start the show off with that song is very brave. Where do you go from there? Right into "Trouble" and the timeless teenage anthem, "It's Time".

METRIC at Tacoma Dome 7/31/15

Metric played the Tacoma Dome on Friday, July 31st and for being in the indie-music business for 15 years their experience and performance sure did leave everyone in the audience only wanting more. Seattle has always been good to Metric, as Emily Haines said, radio satiations like 107.7 The End, have been big supporters of Metric since the beginning. Emily Haines vocals were astounding and her dancing and positive vibes were endearing and most of all contagious. They love performing, "Stadium Love" proved it and the audience responded with singing and hanging on every word the lead singer spoke between songs.

Penguin Prison at Neumos 7/21

Penguin Prison came all the way from New York City and delivered a performance at Neumos in Seattle Tuesday night that got everyone dancing to their indie-electronica sound. What’s indie-electronica, you ask? It sounds like disco from the 70’s, mixed with dance beats from the 80’s and topped off with a pop music from the 90’s. It’s hard to define but it will most definitely put you in a good mood.

HEART at The Greek Theatre “Kicking and Dreaming – A Story of Heart, Soul, And Rock & Roll”

The music industry is a tough business. The music industry is especially tough on female performers. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact and I can prove it. In the 1950’s we lost Billie Holiday, in the 1960’s we lost Janis Joplin and then came the 1970’s and we were blessed with the vocal talent of Ann Wilson and the premier guitar playing skills (and voice) of her younger sister, Nancy Wilson. Three and a half decades later, we are still listening to Heart and in their book, “Kicking and Dreaming – A Story of Heart, Soul, And Rock & Roll” it masterfully describes how they survived the debauchery of the 1980’s and kept their sense of humor and are still giving five-star performances today. This review will be a mash-up of their recent shows at The Greek in Los Angeles on August 22, 2013 and at The Santa Barbara Bowl on August 27, 2013.

Ellenwood Interview with Mother Falcon recently caught up with Mother Falcon, an exceptional group of musicians from the beautiful city of Austin, Texas. We caught up with them upon their first few days of residency in Los Angeles, California and to say Mother Falcon is unique is an absolute understatement. Here is a group of classically trained musicians, pushing the envelope and absorbing and then interpreting modern/alternative rock n' roll through traditional woodwind, brass and stringed instruments. Their energy is nothing short of amazing…with at least fourteen musicians onstage collaborating is a phenomenon to watch (and in my case, interview)….they dress alike and when on tour they live together – this makes the whole musical experience almost sublime. Their most recent album, “You Knew” is brilliant. If you get to see them live ….you will be absolutely stunned. There are no words to describe their musical talent.

Ellenwood Interview with Dave Stewart [Lucky Numbers]

Dave Stewart is a 21st Century Renaissance Man...when he's not collaborating on a documentary with Stevie Nicks, he's working on a graphic novel and after that he's developing an animated feature film to coincide with the release of his album, "Lucky Numbers" this fall. Oh-wait, we're not done. There's a Broadway show being developed and he recently produced Orianthi's latest album, "Heaven In This Hell". At the end of the day he relaxes and meets up with his friends for dinner. They just happen to be Paul McCartney and Ringo Star and he still finds time to go check out clubs in fashionable Silverlake where his friends, the Rolling Stones are playing and happen to be doing a warm up gig for their 50 and Counting tour.

Ellenwood Interview with LIGHTS [SIBERIA ACOUSTIC]

LIGHTS ON at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Lights played her acoustic album Siberia to a sold out crowd and there's no doubt she brought her best game to the city of Angels. In my mind, Lights can do it all. She has the talent and the patience to take an album full of synths and dubstep and weave it into an acoustic force majeure.

Ellenwood Interview with Emma Louise

Ellenwood caught up with Australian Emma Louise before she kicked off her US tour at Hotel Café last Friday night. We talked about her new debut album "Head vs Heart" (which will be released in the USA on May 21st, 2013) and her song writing process and inspirations.

Ellenwood Interview with LIGHTS

Fans lined up in front of the Fonda Theater at 8am in the morning on Sunday October 28th , 2012. And it wasn't to get tickets to see her — they already had them. They wanted to make sure they were in the front row. At about 2:00pm in the afternoon, Lights showed up in the tour bus and spent about an hour in the front of the theater, signing autographs and talking to her loyal fans. They appreciated it and when she took to the stage at a little after 9pm that evening, she didn't disappoint. According to those fans who waited 12 hours to see her perform up close and personal -- it was all worth it. Lights' voice was solid all through the night and her energy and enthusiasm got everyone in the room dancing and singing.

Ellenwood Interview with Gold Motel [Greta Morgan]

Greta Morgan, the lead singer of Gold Motel and also plays keyboards sat down with Ellenwood and had lunch at Tony's Mexican Grill in North Hollywood to talk about the bands new album and their East coast tour. On July 3, 2012 Gold Motel releases their second self-titled album, "Gold Motel". Greta will head back to Chicago (the bands hometown) where Gold Motel will do an in-store performance at Saki then go on tour where they'll be playing everywhere from St. Louis to New York City.
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The Teddybears at the Echoplex

The Teddybears took over the Echoplex on Thursday headlining Check Yo Ponytail 2’s latest event. Formerly Teddybears STHLM, this Swedish band has been rocking stages across the world for almost 17 years! Teddybears STHLM started out as a grindcore group but over time began mixing pop, rock, electro

Mary Grace McKernan

Editor | Music Journalist | Photographer

[Ellenwood Seattle, WA] Editor | Music Journalist | Photographer