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An Interview with Rise Against: A Band Of Brothers

An Interview with Rise Against: A Band Of Brothers

Since rising to prominence with their mainstream debut, Siren Song Of The Counter Culture, in 2004, Rise Against have gained a reputation for using their music to pack a message, from animal rights to political stances. After taking a notable hiatus, the Chicago four-piece released their first record in three years, The Black Market, this past July. Guitarist Zach Blair, who joined the band in 2007, has been heavily involved in the scene since the ’90s, playing with a slew of Texas-based hardcore groups as well as taking on the role of Flattus Maximus in GWAR.

Before embarking on their fall North American tour, Blair took time to discuss the new album, the effect his father’s love of classic rock had on him, and the demise of major labels.

What was the process when it came to creating The Black Market?

We took a year off after our last record, which was [2011's] Endgame. Usually there is about six months between touring and another record, but this time everybody has kids except myself and…

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An Interview with Coheed And Cambria: No Secrets Here

An Interview with Coheed And Cambria: No Secrets Here

Coheed And Cambria are local favorites. The four-piece band that formed in Nyack, New York, is a sort of staple in our generation’s musical memory box. One of the more versatile acts of our time, the comic book rockers have shared the stages with bands ranging from Taking Back Sunday to Slipknot, and have brought concept albums to the masses with storyboard-based records and supporting artistic content.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Claudio Sanchez, guitarist Travis Stever, bassist Zach Cooper, and drummer/keyboardist Josh Eppard are marking the momentous reissue release of their second album, In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3, out Oct. 7. The guys are taking the record out on tour playing it in its entirety.

Released in 2003, the LP offered a glimpse into the band’s take on imaginative modern rock, and broke Coheed through to radio success with singles “A Favor House Atlantic” and “Blood Red Summer.” The album is even headed toward RIAA gold certification, having sold 500,000 in the U.S. and more than one million worldwide. Coheed’s die-hard fans excitedly embrace…

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Interview with Overkill: Another Day To Die

Interview with Overkill: Another Day To Die

Overkill are a five-piece thrash metal band that have been around since 1980, and are one of the most important heavy metal bands in the Tri-State Area. They formed when two groups of musicians contacted each other through the classified section from a copy of The Aquarian Weekly. Their current lineup has been stable since 2005, and the first album this lineup put out together was 2007’s Immortalis. This past July, they put out their 17th album, White Devil Armory.

Overkill singer Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth has quit smoking in the past two years, and in a recent interview with The Aquarian, spoke about how that has affected his live and studio performances. We also looked at the two music videos, “Bitter Pill” and “Armorist,” shot in promotion of White Devil Armory. In addition, Blitz spoke about recording demos for the album with a Tascam 8-track recorder as well as contributing a song and performing at the Rock Against Dystrophy event in support of muscular dystrophy research. The transcription of our interview is below:

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The Aquarian Weekly’s 2014 Fall Concert Guide

The Aquarian Weekly’s 2014 Fall Concert Guide

As the leaves turn colors and we reintroduce layers to our wardrobe, many of our favorite musicians get ready for a new touring season. Thanks to the New Jersey and New York area being an essential tour staple, we are guaranteed a phenomenal range of concerts to attend in Fall 2014. The Aquarian Weekly has gathered some of the best upcoming shows in the area for you to choose from:

 

The Black Keys

The duo that brought us the smash hit rock albums Brothers and El Camino recently released their eighth album in May titled Turning Blue. Singles off the record include “Fever” and title-track “Turn Blue.” In support of the release, they have announced a fall arena tour. See the duo live at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sept. 24.

 

Coheed And Cambria

Coheed And Cambria are releasing a remastered version of their second album, In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3. The rock quartet is known for their concept albums that depict the science fiction story written by lead…

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Shoreworld: Karen Mansfield – On Her Way To A Sunny Day Destiny

Shoreworld: Karen Mansfield – On Her Way To A Sunny Day Destiny

OK, I’m going to come out and say it: I am glad summer is over. I can now rejoice, safe in the knowledge that I will get a welcome break from Facebook posts crowing about how wonderful it feels to have unlimited free time to lounge on the beach as working class stiffs like yours truly simmer in stop-and-go traffic. I can kick back and breathe easy, delighted that the tourists have lost interest and scurried back to their overcrowded and noisy abodes in the Oranges, Rockaways and Palisades. Good riddance to the never-ending procession of lemmings that clog local waterholes and drive around in Escalades and CL550s, blasting rap and techno as I roll up my windows and fight my way down the block for the very last cup of available coffee.

Fall is the time I love. The air is filled with excitement and hope, and the convergence of life returns to the core community theme. And that settled sense of focus opens a new door on local music and the artists…

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Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Beacon Theatre

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Beacon Theatre

July 11, 2014

MANHATTAN, NY—David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash (CSN) combined forces for the last of a three-night stand at the Beacon as “they let their freak flag fly” and then some, taking on their storied catalog that has aged like fine wine.

They had a busy week in town appearing at the Paley Center For Media webcast as well as The Tonight Show, where they backed up Jimmy Fallon’s impersonation of Neil Young on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” It was an incredibly laughable testament to CSN&Y’s enduring legacy that also coincided with the recent release, 1974, that documents the legendary…

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Ruby Fray: Grackle

Ruby Fray

Grackle

K Records

The funniest part of Ruby Fray’s music is how Emily Beanblossom, the musician behind the project, responds when asked to describe her music. The sound has been given a range of descriptions: witchy chamber folk, psychedelic witch wave, witch ghost folk-pop-rock. Transitioning between farm life and city life multiple…

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