About Benjamin Griffin

Benjamin resides in Austin, Texas and divides his time between listening to all the music his brain can handle, reading all the comic books his wallet allows, and contemplating all the Divine his soul can behold.

The Mastodon In The Room: A Conversation with Mastodon About Art, Disease, and Their New Record “Emperor of Sand”

There is sacredness in suffering. As cruel as this truth may be, we can find comfort in community, holiness of comradery. With the help of others, suffering can not only be overcome but transformed into something beautiful. For artists, inspiration can lead to healing no matter how dire the situation. At SXSW, I got to sit down with members of Georgia metal outfit Mastodon to talk about their new record Emperor of Sand and the catharsis they found in creating art during times of suffering. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: Music Festival Day 5

Look, there are simply far too many bands at SXSW for one man to cover but damned if I didn’t try.  It’s been said that Austin is uniquely situated to host a festival like SX and it shows – it’s a sprawling sonic smorgasbord of musical delights where every nook and cranny of the town becomes a stage. I’ve seen a lot of bands throughout this week but here are a handful of the standout artists that truly rocked my soul. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: Music Festival Day 4

Look, there are simply far too many bands at SXSW for one man to cover but damned if I didn’t try.  It’s been said that Austin is uniquely situated to host a festival like SX and it shows – it’s a sprawling sonic smorgasbord of musical delights where every nook and cranny of the town becomes a stage. I’ve seen a lot of bands throughout this week but here are a handful of the standout artists that truly rocked my soul. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: Music Festival Day 3

Look, there are simply far too many bands at SXSW for one man to cover but damned if I didn’t try.  It’s been said that Austin is uniquely situated to host a festival like SX and it shows – it’s a sprawling sonic smorgasbord of musical delights where every nook and cranny of the town becomes a stage. I’ve seen a lot of bands throughout this week but here are a handful of the standout artists that truly rocked my soul. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: Music Festival Day 2

Look, there are simply far too many bands at SXSW for one man to cover but damned if I didn’t try.  It’s been said that Austin is uniquely situated to host a festival like SX and it shows – it’s a sprawling sonic smorgasbord of musical delights where every nook and cranny of the town becomes a stage. I’ve seen a lot of bands throughout this week but here are a handful of the standout artists that truly rocked my soul. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: Music Festival Day 1

Look, there are simply far too many bands at SXSW for one man to cover but damned if I didn’t try.  It’s been said that Austin is uniquely situated to host a festival like SX and it shows – it’s a sprawling sonic smorgasbord of musical delights where every nook and cranny of the town becomes a stage. I’ve seen a lot of bands throughout this week but here are a handful of the standout artists that truly rocked my soul. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers are an emotional band - but they are neither saccharine nor maudlin. They do not write songs to feign sentimentality or play at the role of troubadour. They are emotional in the sense of confession, in the sense of honesty, in the sense of moral duty - if not for the ones they love then at least for themselves. They are deeply personal without being obscure or confessional while remaining ever universal. In directors Michael Bonfiglio and Judd Apatow’s new documentary, May It L … [Read more...]

At SXSW 2017: G-FUNK

Premiering at SXSW, G-Funk is a documentary chronicling the creation of the West Coast hip-hop style known for its smooth melodies, heavy bass, and party vibes. Told from the perspective of the genre’s innovators, including film co-writer and rap legend Warren G, it is an intimate look into the creation of a style that captivated the whole country and defined a decade. I got the chance to meet with Warren G and director Karam Gill to talk about the film and the lasting legacy of G-Funk – here are … [Read more...]