Recalling The Eternal Wave: A Brief Conversation With The Legendary Brian Wilson

Recalling The Eternal Wave: A Brief Conversation With The Legendary Brian Wilson

            You know the old showbiz axiom about luminaries needing no introduction? Okay, so here’s one of those.

            There is no need for anyone to wax poetic about Brian Wilson, musician, composer, arranger, producer, hit-maker, icon. For over half a century there has been Brian Wilson. In one way or the other he has influenced the cultural and artistic landscape of the American experience. He was the heart, soul and musical and philosophical engine of The Beach Boys. His songs created the great California myth of what I once called “the sun-drenched hymn to hedonism.” Pretty good resume. He has survived well-documented traumatic hardships from childhood to his years of fame and fortune and the inevitable 1960s cliché fallout of drugs and madness and breakdowns, both mentally and physically.

            Much of this is covered in the new biopic about Wilson, Love & Mercy. The film features two actors, Paul Dano and John Cusack, portraying Wilson as a young man at the height of his musical powers while unraveling from mental illness, and the middle-aged overly-medicated …

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An Interview with Barenaked Ladies: Get Back Up!

An Interview with Barenaked Ladies: Get Back Up!

It’s crazy to think that a band could have such major success for 27 years. That’s almost my whole life, when I break it down. Whether you love them for their countless hits, or you’re just jumping on the bandwagon now, Barenaked Ladies are a household name. Famous for tracks like “One Week,” you can’t sit here and say you haven’t sung one of their songs at some point in your life. Well, currently, they are still doing it harder than ever! With a brand new 14th studio album entitled Silverball, a killer tour with Violent Femmes and Colin Hay, and excitement in their veins, Barenaked Ladies are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Their new album is fresh and exciting, while still leaving you with the sense of comfort we all know and love.

I recently had the chance to chat with Tyler Stewart, drummer for Barenaked Ladies, about everything exciting that is happening with the band, including their new record, tour life, and so much more. To say he is …

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An Interview with Say Anything: Talk About Deja Vu

An Interview with Say Anything: Talk About Deja Vu

Around this time last year, Los Angeles, CA-based rock outlet Say Anything were in the middle of a North American tour, celebrating the release of their sixth studio album, Hebrews. This full-length introduced listeners to a 12-song masterpiece that traded the band’s core electric guitar elements with string quartet arrangements—proving to be one of the band’s riskiest, yet most unique release to date.

While Hebrews truly reflects a highly matured, and more honest lyrical approach of Max Bemis as a songwriter, this record also featured a fantastic variety of friends and colleagues like Chris Conley (Saves The Day), Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra), Brian Sella (The Front Bottoms), Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids) among many others, who have contributed guest vocal appearances throughout—almost in a similar direction of 2007’s In Defense Of The Genre.

Fast forward one year later, Say Anything are embarking on another Hebrews tour again; talk about déjà vu. However, this time around, not only did Say Anything invite Modern Baseball, Hard Girls and Cymbals Eat Guitars on the road, …

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An Interview with Ceremony: Life Of The L-Shaped Man

An Interview with Ceremony: Life Of The L-Shaped Man

There is no question that the musical direction of Ceremony’s sound has been the initial topic of many conversations throughout their long tenure as a band. After releasing critically acclaimed albums like Violence, Violence (2006) and Still Nothing Moves You (2008), the California-based punk quintet was praised for their intensified and furious trash-driven hardcore approach. While their third studio effort, Rohnert Park (2010), leaned more toward an ’80s punk rock avenue that walked in the similar footsteps of iconic influences like Negative Approach, Black Flag and The Circle Jerks.

Once the group singed to Matador Records in 2012, Ceremony embarked on a new interesting journey on their next record, Zoo, which turned a lot of heads in the hardcore community, as the band parted ways with their trashing delivery. Fast forward to the release of their fifth studio full-length, The L-Shaped Man, which not only premiered tracks like “The Separation,” “The Understanding” and “Your Life In France,” but also introduced listeners to a gripping post-punk delivery that critics and fans alike have drawn …

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Shoreworld: Griffin House – From Nashville’s Music Row To New Jersey’s City By The Sea

Shoreworld: Griffin House – From Nashville’s Music Row To New Jersey’s City By The Sea

Griffin House is a Nashville singer/songwriter quickly making his presence known on our eastern coastline. Raised by All-American parents in the quiet suburbs of Springfield, Ohio, House knew early on what he wanted to do and how he was going to make it happen. Beginning with his early days as a theatrical star to his time as a golf prodigy, Griffin House utilized a keen sense of passionate direction and used life situation and experience to guide himself into becoming a compositional contender.

From his early and attention grabbing 2003 release, Upland, to his high-profile 2008 release of Flying Upside Down, Griffin House has had some stellar career highlights. He has shared the stage with artists that run the gamut from John Mellencamp to The Cranberries. In an industry filled with disappointment and error, House has successfully maneuvered the obstacles and ended up with some fantastic and ongoing career results.

Griffin recently spent time over at Lakehouse Music working on tracks for his latest recording project, and he took a few moments to …

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Sixx:A.M./Apocalyptica

Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ—Back in October of last year, Sixx:A.M. announced that they would finally be touring for the first time since Cruefest in 2008. Three albums later, this tour was way overdue! For those living under a rock, Sixx:A.M. features Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, current Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba and singer James Michael, whom I interviewed a couple months ago. James, at the time, was super-excited about this tour, and after seeing the success of it, I can see why.

I arrived in the middle of Apocalyptica’s set. I’ve never seen them before, but they were simply outstanding! …

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Ohio Sky: The Big Distraction

Ohio Sky

The Big Distraction

Cellar Door

Ohio Sky, the four-piece progressive rock band, are standing strong following the recent release of their new album, The Big Distraction. Since their formation five years ago, the group has played with distinguished artists like Torche, Taking Back Sunday and Seether.

   The members—vocalist and guitarist Vinny DiFranco, bassist Michael …

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