Prince Rogers Nelson – 1958-2016

Prince Rogers Nelson – 1958-2016

(Photo by Mark Weiss/www.weissguygallery.com)

I do not want to write this shit.

Not now. Not ever.

This is personal.

But it’s either this or continue sitting around enduring this sick feeling of inertia on the edge of a loathsome face-off with mortality.

So…whew…here goes…

During the most prolific musical period of my life, my early twenties, when I wrote and played music for a living, more or less, there was only one artist that mattered: Prince Rogers Nelson.

This was a dark time of transition for me from the late ‘70s Punk movement into New Wave and then a lot of stuff I did not relate to on any level beyond a strange imbalance of apathy and abhorrence. There was U2, the Violent Femmes, a little later, Jane’s Addiction, REM, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, but mostly, I was lost. But one thing that could always be counted on was a new Prince album that would snap me back into coherence and make me love new music again, as I …

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An Interview with Sevendust: There’s No Killing This Flaw

An Interview with Sevendust: There’s No Killing This Flaw

The last time I talked to Lajon Witherspoon, voice of the mighty Sevendust, he and the boys were about to release their eleventh studio CD Kill The Flaw. Since then, Sevendust toured with Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, and Shinedown before heading Down Under to perform in Australia and New Zealand for the first time in six years. Then their song “Thank You” was nominated for Best Metal Performance at this year’s Grammy Awards, which Ghost ended up winning. Sevendust also performed at the inaugural Rock Carnival in Clark, NJ this past September.

This week, Sevendust kicks off their headlining tour with Trivium, Like A Storm and the newly added Westfield Massacre opening. The tour stops at NYC’s newly named PlayStation Theater on May 3, at Reverb in Reading, PA on May 21 and Rock ‘N’ Derby in Schaghticoke, NY on May 22. I finally got to hang with Lajon at the Rock Carnival and made him promise to call me before he headed out on this headlining tour. Well, he kept his promise and here’s …

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Interview with Basement: Dive Into Me

Interview with Basement: Dive Into Me

Starting off the new year on a strong note, Basement released their highly-anticipated studio effort, Promise Everything, in January. Since reuniting in 2014 after a two-year long hiatus, the newly refreshed U.K.-based pop punk quintet picked up right where they left off—with a clear perspective, and thriving aspirations to continue forward as a full-time touring band. At the start of their reunion tour that fateful summer, Basement released their EP, Further Sky, with the intentions for a third full-length record to soon follow.

Considering how much time has passed since Basement unveiled Colourmeinkindness before going on their hiatus in 2012, it’s evident that Promise Everything was expected to be a huge studio success. Delivering many standalone tracks throughout, including the mesmerizing number “Aquasun,” along with their energetic title track, “Promise Everything,” there’s no doubt that Basement surpassed many expectations by presenting fans with a blissfully progressive direction that is reminiscent to alternative rock icons like Jimmy Eat World and Failure. Making their return to the United States since their run with The Story …

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An Interview with When Thieves Are About

An Interview with When Thieves Are About

Start At The End is back again this month at NYC’s oldest rock club The Bitter End in New York on April 27. The bands chosen to play are local ones that deserve a chance at creating more buzz and getting their names out there. This month’s lineup is made up of Modern Chemistry, American Lions, Semiotics and When Thieves Are About. This week, we caught up with When Thieves Are About to talk about their background, sound, latest release, and more! Check it out below.

How long have you been a band and how did you get started?

Well, Ryan and I (Alfredo) have been playing together since 2002 with other friends that we went to high school with. We started out in a band called Bio-Feedback in high school, which was a hardcore punk band at the time. When Ryan and I first met, Ryan saw my guitars in my room one afternoon and said he wanted to learn how to play an instrument. He really wanted to learn something, especially if it …

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Shoreworld: Kevin John Allen – Colours

Shoreworld: Kevin John Allen – Colours

Kevin John Allen has been in this column before. Allen is a prolific writer that has written over 200 songs, including several that have been placed in movies and on television shows. He’s been slugging it out in small clubs from New Jersey to Nashville, Texas to Virginia, and all points in between the only way he knows how—straight from the heart.

Each live show is like a carnival ride through life’s wins and losses. It is music that will make you laugh and love; reflect on hopes and dreams; and grab a beer while remembering old friends.

I have said in the past that Allen writes songs with “down home countrified Americana delivery and honesty… Deep, dark and custom made for telling tales, he takes his time as he lays his complex, compositional madness in a crooked row.” And that feeling remains with his next release.

Raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, and currently living down at the Jersey Shore, Allen’s musical influences range from The Beatles and Bob Dylan to Guy Clark and Rodgers …

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Anti-Valentine’s Vampire Ball @ Slake

Anti-Valentine’s Vampire Ball

Slake

February 14, 2016

NEW YORK, NY—A spectacular event—the last of its kind—was hosted by impresario and fangmaster Fr. Sebastiaan on Sunday, Valentine’s Day, at Slake (formerly Downtime at the Batcave) calling itself the 20th anniversary of the annual “Anti-Valentine’s Vampire Ball”—up to now a regular, recurring event.

Gatekeeper Victor Magnus, prolific writer on various dark subjects, and celebrity co-host greeted the 400 or so revelers who attended the occasion—newcomers as well as habitual, perennial attendees. Impresario Fr. Sebastiaan van Houten has been hosting Goth and vampire-themed events going back to 1997, at which time they were termed “Long Black Veil” nights, and originated …

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Hemming: Hemming

Hemming

Hemming

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New acoustic singer/songwriter, Hemming, has broken through the barrier between basement band and sensational songstress. Formerly known as Candice Martello, the Philadelphia native has faced her fair share of struggles in the music world, but her single “Vitamins” catapulted the Drexel graduate into a record deal and overnight success. The …

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