An Interview with Mike Love of The Beach Boys: Catchin’ A Wave

An Interview with Mike Love of The Beach Boys: Catchin’ A Wave

Vintage cars, California girls, and happenin’ beaches—sounds like a pretty sweet dream, right? Throw in some catchy melodies and complex harmonies and you’ve got yourself some great tracks to rock out to when driving to your summer vacation destination. However, these songs aren’t anything new. In fact, these works of art graced music lovers’ ears before the British Invasion, brought to many generations by rock legends: The Beach Boys.

These music gods have been crafting music and performing for over 50 years, but the musicians and their tunes still manage to make their way into the hearts of their young fans. The mix of their beautiful melodies and fun lyrics can win over any beach-ready kid and instill sweet nostalgia in the older Beach Boy followers. Good music can form an unspoken bond between not only the artist and fan, but between generation gaps and relatives, which has become apparent among the growing Beach Boy fan base.

So, with the start of summer, The Beach Boys are heading out to celebrate the warmth of the …

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The Former Self-Proclaimed, “Garage Band King” Andrew McMahon Has Found His Greatest Success “In The Wilderness”

The Former Self-Proclaimed, “Garage Band King” Andrew McMahon Has Found His Greatest Success “In The Wilderness”

Many of us in the dawn of our thirties are still proud to call Andrew McMahon our Garage Band King. Fourteen years ago when Something Corporate hit the scene McMahon belted the words, which echoed in the anxious hearts of skinny jean wearing “Babies of the ’80s” who “just didn’t fit in.” In turn, we poured into smoky venues, faces smeared with eyeliner and expectation that for a few hours we “could feel complete.”

At just 22 years old McMahon was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia. Everything In Transit, the debut album from McMahon’s next band, Jack’s Mannequin, was released the same day he received a stem cell transplant from his sister in 2005. Eight years, three albums, and one thriving charity The Dear Jack Foundation later, the ever-evolving, never complacent McMahon released a solo album, The Pop Underground.

In 2014 McMahon debuted a self-titled album written and recorded under a new band name, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. His new project pairs a fresh sound with the same unmistakably honest lyrics we …

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An Interview with Sublime With Rome: You Gon’ Hear Them Like A Siren

An Interview with Sublime With Rome: You Gon’ Hear Them Like A Siren

If you have ever been a fan of Sublime, you know the unspoken conflict of whether or not you prefer ‘Sublime with Bradley’ versus ‘Sublime with Rome’. If you love music with no bias, then you probably love the band either way. Regardless, you must know that Rome Ramirez—lead singer of the ‘new’ version of Sublime, alongside of original Sublime bassist Eric Wilson and Josh Freese of The Vandals—is the person responsible for restoring a fresh vibe into Sublime with his upbeat demeanor and undeniable musical talents. Even though most would find the task daunting, Rome has excelled in his ability to show respect to the original lineup—while contributing in his own way to the legacy of Sublime.

We recently caught up with Rome Ramirez to discuss his background, playing on the East Coast, the Sublime name and more. Check it out below:

What first inspired you to get involved in music?

It was the only thing that was really fun for me. I didn’t mind the homework process of it, the trying-to-get-good process. As …

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An Interview with Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell of Dirty Heads: Rolling Deep

An Interview with Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell of Dirty Heads: Rolling Deep

Last year, at Firefly Music Festival, was the last time I saw Dirty Heads live. Besides the undeniable manifest of sweat, jive, and beer bottles—love and musical lustiness also commenced the first lyric heard. The whole set stood on stage, in front of synched waves of fingertips that were stretched to the sky. Since then, Dirty Heads has been writing, recording, and getting ready to tour with Sublime With Rome, TRIBAL SEEDS, and Bleeker. The awesome matchup comes as no surprise, as the dudes are friends with Sublime With Rome—even have released some songs together.

Dirty Heads released the first single off their new self-titled album (to be released July 15), “That’s All I Need,” in May. While spreading visions of black Lincoln Continentals with suicide doors, and palm trees whisking the skyline, the band taped the video with tons of their hometown fans. Now, we are in one of the most densely populated areas in the country. Other than Newark Airport’s traffic constantly shooting jet fuel into our air, and the crumbling of our …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Southside Johnny’s On The Phone

Rant ‘N’ Roll: Southside Johnny’s On The Phone

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes will perform Sunday, July 3, 5:30 p.m. in Asbury Park at the Stone Pony Summer Stage on Ocean Avenue. The phone rings. When Southside calls, you answer.

Aquarian Weekly: Hold on, I gotta get this new-fangled digital thing going. I miss my old Radio Shack tape recorder from the 1980s.

Southside Johnny: Tom Waits had one that I coveted.

AW: I dug your all-Tom Waits CD that you did Sinatra-style with The La Bamba Big Band [Grapefruit Moon, 2008].

SJ: It was a wonderful experience but expensive! When it was finally finished, I’m listening and it just seemed so, uh, adult. I still don’t feel myself very adult…or mature. If you spend your life in rock ‘n’ roll, I don’t think you ever really grow up. Except when you try and run upstairs to the gig and realize you can’t make it to the top without slowing down.

AW: Dude, I’m 65. You’re 67. You’re a friggin’ athlete the way you gig so much. It’s got to

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One-Eyed Doll @ Webster Hall

One-Eyed Doll

Webster Hall

New York, NY—Webster Hall’s doors swung open and a pack of excited fans descended the cold, cement steps. At first, the room was a mass of darkness, our eyes struggling to adjust to the cave-like studio. The floor swelled with young adults sporting funky hairstyles topped with vibrant colors, which contrasted their all-black garb. However dark the venue was, there was a welcoming warmth in the air—it drew us closer to the stage.

The background music faded as One-Eyed Doll’s singer/guitarist, Kimberly Freeman, stalked onto the stage, her Tregan guitar strapped to her slim frame. Behind her, the band’s drummer, …

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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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