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An Interview with Taking Back Sunday: Happiness Is ... The Holidays

An Interview with Taking Back Sunday: Happiness Is ... The Holidays

With Taking Back Sunday’s rich and nostalgic history still resonating within today’s music scene through the impact they’ve made from timeless anthems like “You’re So Last Summer,” “MakeDamnSure” and “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team),” the band enjoyed another eventful year that consisted of traveling across the country and around the globe, the release of their sixth studio effort, Happiness Is…, on Hopeless Records, and sharing the stage with many influential musical icons at Riot Fest, including the likes of Weezer, The Cure, The Replacements and The Descendents.

By the time the band finishes their UK and European headlining tour, Taking Back Sunday will be coming back home to the States, just in time for the holidays. In celebration of another successful year, the band will be playing their first annual Holiday Spectacular shows that will be taking place at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, a longtime Garden State “home away from home” for these Long Island natives. After immediately selling out the first day, which will be featuring support from The…

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An Interview with Gov't Mule: 20 Years Mighty

An Interview with Gov't Mule: 20 Years Mighty

Gov’t Mule has a specialty for every season. In spring and summer you’ll find them headlining festivals everywhere—including an annual appearance at the Mountain Jam Festival that frontman Warren Haynes helped found. Come fall and winter, Mule fans clamor for tickets to the band’s musically-costumed Halloween and New Year’s Eve shows. Haynes also organizes the epic “Xmas Jam” with other musicians each December in his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, to fundraise for Habitat for Humanity.

The ambitious singer/guitarist/songwriter has led one of rock’s most dynamic and hardworking live acts for two decades. Though Haynes is exceedingly humble, he has every reason to be proud of Gov’t Mule’s legacy: what started as a side project of the former full-time Allman Brothers guitarist blossomed into a relentless touring force beloved for constant setlist surprises, frequent collaborations, and expert improvisation.

Prior to heading to Madison Square Garden to play the national anthem at that night’s Knicks game—and in the midst of preparations for his huge holiday shows—Haynes graciously found time to chat with The Aquarian.

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Interview with Torche: Lighting The Way

Interview with Torche: Lighting The Way

I was browsing the metal selection at my local record store when I first discovered Torche. Their latest full-length, Harmonicraft, had just been released and was sitting on display. The bright pink gatefold featured creatures spitting out rainbows, candy, and bubbles. Very few albums have piqued my interest more, based on the artwork alone. At that time, I had heard of the band, but never gave them an honest listen. I continued browsing the store, but I wondered what that album could sound like. So what did I do when I got home? I logged into Spotify, pulled up the record, and pressed play.

I was immediately impressed by what I had heard. Not only was the packaging and appearance unique, but the band had such a distinct sound. I have been following the band ever since, and was excited when I found out that they were welcoming a follow-up to their 2012 release. Torche teamed up with Santos, the same illustrator as Harmonicraft, for their newest work, Restarter. I had the opportunity to…

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CMJ Music Marathon 2014

CMJ Music Marathon 2014

When popular music tastes developed past Top 40 to album-oriented radio stations in the late 1960s, the music industry began courting campus radio like never before. College radio stations trained future radio personnel, whose free-wheeling playlists provided an alternative to commercial broadcasting. College disc jockeys introduced many new artists by broadcasting records that otherwise might never have been played on the radio.

A young entrepreneur, Robert Haber, envisioned a universal way to collect and circulate data and resources that would be helpful to independent campus radio programmers. He started College Media Journal, a biweekly trade magazine aimed at college radio programmers, in 1978. It became the CMJ New Music Report in 1982, publishing Top 30 lists collected from campus radio stations which subscribed at a cost of a few hundred dollars a year. The publication also featured interviews, reviews, and special reports, and included a CD of 15–24 songs by well-established bands and indie bands. The success of this venture led to the annual CMJ Music Marathon, a convention that from the beginning attracted…

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CMJ Music Marathon 2014: Taking It All In For The First Time

CMJ Music Marathon 2014: Taking It All In For The First Time

Still running strong for the last 34 years, College Music Journal’s (CMJ) annual Music Marathon brings together thousands of aspiring musicians, fans, press and industry figures alike to the greater Manhattan and Brooklyn area in October for a weeklong run of extravagant festivities—including a variety of stimulating panels and eccentric live musical shows that were uniquely scattered throughout the city.

Considering that this year marked my first time venturing off into New York City for CMJ Music Marathon, it was an experience that I honestly did not know what to expect beforehand. From championing the art of navigating my way up-and-down Manhattan through the use of public transportation to articulately planning out my schedule throughout the week based on the timing of each panel and showcase, there was definitely a lot to take in during my time here for CMJ.

Not too far from Manhattan’s Washington Square Park, there were many panels that took place at NYU’s Rosenthal Pavilion throughout the day that incited stimulating debates and conversations on prospectively unique topics, while others…

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Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters @ Brooklyn Academy Of Music

Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters

Brooklyn Academy Of Music

September 27, 2014

BROOKLYN, NY—Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is someone who could certainly rest on his laurels at this point in his career. One of the most influential musicians to ever pick up an instrument, Plant is by many accounts the greatest singer in rock history. But despite his success—which includes selling more than 100 million albums with the almighty Zeppelin—Plant has continued to march forward, and on Sept. 27, he made a trip to the Brooklyn Academy Of Music with his band, the Sensational Space Shifters, for the first of a two-night stay in support of his new album, Lullaby

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Radio Riddler: Purple Reggae

Radio Riddler

Purple Reggae

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In a show of tribute to Prince and the 30th anniversary of his critically acclaimed album Purple Rain, English reggae duo Radio Riddler have released an album, entitled Purple Reggae. This album not only features a track-for-track cover of Purple Rain, but also contains several collaborations with well-known musicians,…

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