An Interview with Pop Evil: Taking It All

An Interview with Pop Evil: Taking It All

Having worked in rock and roll for a few years now, there a lot of bands that come and go. Whether you hear a song on the radio, or see them open for your favorite band, this industry in present day has a rough way of giving many talented musicians staying power. That being said, on the contrary, there is a band whose name has become somewhat household; whether you are turning on rock radio or attending a live concert, Pop Evil tends to always be around. With three consecutive number one radio hits, countless tours with huge musicians, and a new album, Pop Evil have found the perfect balance to push forward and experiment, while maintaining their true identities: rock and roll stars.

I recently had the chance to host a very in-depth interview with the lead singer of Pop Evil, Leigh Kakaty, about their current state as a band, new music, touring, and his overall experience as one of today’s most recognized voices in rock music. I have heard this new record played …

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Reunions Are Heavy: An Interview with L7

Reunions Are Heavy: An Interview with L7

One of the fiercest bands to come out of the grunge era, L7 combined punk-fueled anthems, razor-sharp wit, and feminist spirit into an imposing brew.

Early-’90s records like Smell The Magic, Bricks Are Heavy, and Hungry For Stink boasted chunky riffs along with bold lyrics that were a rallying cry for the disenfranchised.

Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch, and Dee Plakas set a male-dominated hard rock world on its ear, and almost certainly inspired legions of females to pick up an instrument.

With chip firmly planted on shoulder, L7 was never afraid to rail against things that pissed them off, and eventually maintained a routinely updated “shitlist” on its website.

L7 also helped found Rock For Choice, a series of benefit concerts that supported the pro-choice movement, which featured acts such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, and Rage Against The Machine.

But the road wasn’t always smooth for L7—Finch departed in 1996, the band was dropped from its major label, and the group’s final, self-released album received a tepid …

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An Interview with Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats: Creeping Over The Atlantic

An Interview with Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats: Creeping Over The Atlantic

We all remember the British Invasion—yeah. That glorious time when our friends from across the pond gave us the gift that keeps on giving: rock. But, we’re blessed with even more ambitious and talented bands as rock ‘n’ roll seeps to the underground scene, overshadowed by pop and hip hop. That’s right. Another British band is heading over to the States to provide another dose of heavy guitar chords, hardcore melodies, and catchy tunes. Granted, this band is more of a melting pot of metal, rock, and subdivisions of the two beloved genres, they’re just what the doctor has ordered.

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats have risen from rock ‘n’ roll’s premature burial and are out for vengeance as they make the trek around the U.S., Europe, and Australia in the next three months. And with their fifth album, The Night Creeper, out after their five-year anniversary, they’ve got a nice clutch on the rock/metal scenes across the globe. Kevin “Uncle Acid” Starrs (lead guitar/vocals/organ), Yotam Rubinger (guitar/backing vocals), and Itamar Rubinger (drums) are …

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Shoreworld: Keith Kenny – Live At John And Peter’s

Shoreworld: Keith Kenny – Live At John And Peter’s

Keith Kenny is back with nine songs recorded live at John And Peter’s in New Hope, PA. Distributed by Hit Play Records (a subsidiary of Sony Music), Keith takes the listener on a wild ride through stylistic and musically diverse selections of life. Kenny has quite the reputation as a soloist that makes huge sounds with an acoustic guitar and a few pedals. The New Jersey native can emulate the sound of a full rock band with his percussive fingerstyle approach to the acoustic guitar and an array of effects generators. Kenny even customized a vintage red suitcase to use as a kick drum that has appeared with him on stage for over a decade of live performances.

Keith Kenny has been a Shoreworld subject several times over the past decade, and it is with great pleasure that I continue that tradition with his latest live recording. During his most recent Big Red Suitcase tour, Kenny performed in over 50 U.S. cities from coast to coast and was invited to headline a series of benefits …

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Inked Out: South Vineland’s Firehouse Tattoo

Inked Out: South Vineland’s Firehouse Tattoo

Since I made the move down to the South Jersey region, I joined a band called BlackOcean, who was based out of Vineland, NJ. On my way home from rehearsals, I would drive by this old firehouse on South Main Road. It wasn’t until recently that I found out, this old firehouse was actually a tattoo shop! In fact, it’s called South Vineland’s Firehouse Tattoo. How cool and weird is that? It’s an old firehouse that was turned into a tattoo shop and I’ve been driving past it this whole time. From a marketing standpoint, what an amazing idea for shop! Only problem is unless you know the shop is there, you just think it’s a firehouse.

I had to see this place, so I drove over to the shop one day after work to take a look for myself. As you walk up the stairs, you really can’t believe that you’re walking into a real authentic firehouse. I walked into the waiting area, which was extremely open and equipped with a leather couch, …

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Faith No More @ Webster Hall

Faith No More

Webster Hall

MANHATTAN, NY—Faith No More picked up where it left off 18 years ago at Webster Hall on May 13. The band opened the sold-out show with “Motherfucker,” the new single from Sol Invictus (Ipecac), its first studio album since 1997’s Album Of The Year. And while the song itself might be about accountability, it made another statement: Faith No More is still wonderfully weird.

The band reunited in 2009 for The Second Coming Tour, but this year’s return gives Faith No More a chance to evolve beyond its hits. A new album is always hit or miss. And at …

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The Maine: American Candy

The Maine

American Candy

Eighty One Twenty Three/Big Picnic

Alternative rock band, The Maine, has been around the block for eight years now representing their hometown of, you guessed it: Tempe, Arizona. If you’ve been following this quintet comprised of John O’Callaghan (vocals), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), Pat Kirch (drums), Kennedy Brock (guitar/vocals), and Jared Monaco (guitar), then you should …

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