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An Interview with Cymbals Eat Guitars: Avenues Clash

An Interview with Cymbals Eat Guitars: Avenues Clash

Bridging the gap between the sonic footprint of the Garden and Empire states is rock outfit Cymbals Eat Guitars. Melding progressive instruments with indie rock vibrations, the group has begun work more collaboratively to bring to listeners their latest full-length, LOSE. Currently signed to Barsuk Records, the band is on the brink of departing on a nationwide tour in support of their most recent effort. One of the primary singles released has been a track called “Jackson,” a cut paying homage to the elements of truth and lore that New Jersey offers its natives. The album, due out later this month, has allowed for the members of Cymbals Eat Guitars to deviate from the path they took for their last work, Lenses Alien, to travel down a more emotionally-driven musical route.

Amidst tour preparation, vocalist/guitarist Joseph D’Agostino sat down to share the facts of the matter on his band with me. Here are some of the more interesting points that the New Jersey native made:

The new LP is set for release in August.

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Interview with The Raskins: Shooting For The Stars

Interview with The Raskins: Shooting For The Stars

When you see a photograph of Logan and Roger Raskin, a few words might come to mind: tough, rough and leather. However, you may be surprised to learn there’s a lot more to The Raskins than meets the eye.

Here’s some things you wouldn’t get from a picture of the duo: they’re brothers from New York City who grew up with a jazz singer for a mother and Broadway performer for a father. They started composing and performing original music when they were seven years old. And though both brothers have been involved in television, movies and music for years, they only released their first self-titled album this past May. Two months later, The Raskins found themselves touring with rock legends Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper—a pretty remarkable feat for a band that’s been together for about three years.

You’d think that the sudden spike in popularity could easily go to the brothers’ heads, but one phone interview with Logan confirmed the complete opposite; in spite of their recent success, The Raskins are still down…

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An Interview with Earthless: Ready To Rumble

An Interview with Earthless: Ready To Rumble

Earthless are an instrumental band from San Diego, California, that plays psychedelic/blues rock. Along with many of their labelmates from Teepee Records, they bring back the sound of the 1960s and 1970s while still making their music unique and modern. Back in October, Earthless released the five-track double LP, From The Ages. It was their first studio record since Rhythms From A Cosmic Sky back in 2007. The band is also no stranger to putting out live records. They recently released In A Dutch Haze, a live performance with J. Mascis of Witch and Dinosaur Jr.

Not only is their music an original take on a classic sound, but the band knows how to write long, epic tracks. In A Dutch Haze is an impressive hour-long jam. The shortest song on From The Ages is the nearly six-minute “Equus October.” The title-track is the longest, which stands in at 30 minutes in length. As a fan and self-proclaimed music connoisseur, I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to converse with the band’s drummer…

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Interview with The Shrine: The Daily Grind

Interview with The Shrine: The Daily Grind

With the way technology and the music industry have changed, we have seen a burgeoning display of do-it-yourself culture in music. Bands are able to do a lot more on their own, in terms of managing their own careers, than ever before. Local and upcoming acts can do everything from book their own shows and tours, to make and sell their own merchandise. A good band to observe and learn from is the Venice, California, stoner rock band, The Shrine.

Growing up in Venice has exposed the band to a very DIY skateboarding culture. To start, they would have put their own board together by purchasing a deck. After assembling all of the parts, they then would be on the hunt for a place to let it ride. A few park benches, stairs, or even abandoned pools could help them create their very own skate park. All that was left was to pop a cassette tape in of a band that would help match their adrenaline. A couple bands that most influenced The Shrine…

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Shoreworld: Fuel At The Headliner; The Third Annual Liberty Music Festival

Shoreworld: Fuel At The Headliner; The Third Annual Liberty Music Festival

Free Fuel Heats Up The Jersey Shore – The Headliner – Aug. 22 – Special Guests End Of An Era And Planeside

We all know who they are, and we know the music that catapulted this Tennessee foursome to megastardom in the early 1990s. Songs like “Shimmer” made Fuel a household name. The band went on to record several other hits including “Bad Day” and “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” from Something Like Human, as well as “Falls On Me” from Natural Selection. They also had mega-success with hits “Jesus Or A Gun” and “Sunburn.”

But what most probably do not know is that this band got its start hacking away in the Harrisburg, PA club scene as the band Small The Joy. It was during this time frame that songwriter/guitarist Carl Bell would pen “Shimmer,” a song that would push this backwater band into the international spotlight. From that point on it was a whirlwind of success and activity.

And while the 2004-2007 periods saw major issues such as the exit of longtime drummer…

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Paramore/Fall Out Boy @ PNC Bank Arts Center

Paramore/Fall Out Boy

PNC Bank Arts Center

June 28, 2014

HOLMDEL, NJ—After an unexpected hiatus from Fall Out Boy and a near breakup from Paramore, the two punk rock bands came back to perform at New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center to promote their new albums as well as bring back some of their popular classics.

The opening act, New Politics, did a great job warming up the crowd by being fun and energetic. Lead singer David Boyd knew how to get the crowd’s attention by break dancing during some of the songs that people weren’t familiar with, which included surprising people with his head stands. Toward the end…

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Half-Handed Cloud: Flying Scroll Flight Control

Half-Handed Cloud

Flying Scroll Flight Control

Asthmatic Kitty

Sufjan Stevens collaborator John Ringhofer, the man behind Half-Handed Cloud, seemed to have dropped off the face of the planet after the 2010 release of album As Stowaways In Cabinets Of Surf, We Live-Out In Our Members A Kind Of Rebirth. Four years later, and it turns out he’s…

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