An Interview with Brandon Boyd of Incubus: Not Skipping A Beat / Undefeated

An Interview with Brandon Boyd of Incubus: Not Skipping A Beat / Undefeated

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Let me start by asking you a question: Have you ever dreamt about what you would say to your favorite band if you had the chance to speak with them? Naturally, we all have. As a journalist, sometimes these opportunities get to come to life, no longer figments of our imaginations. For me, that is Incubus, just a few alt rockers from California. They are more than a band to me; they are true artists (in more forms than one), inspirations, and a gleam of light in an industry that can be murky and stagnant. I have had the chance to chat with the lovely and talented Jose Pasillas about the band and life behind the kit. This time around, I got to chitchat casually (yet freaking out on the inside, naturally) with Brandon Boyd, frontman of Incubus.

As many of you may know, the follow-up to their 2011 release, If Not Now, When?, was released on April 21. The album, appropriately titled 8, was co-produced by the lovely and gifted …

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Baring It All – An Interview with Bebe Buell – Live From Joe’s Pub In New York City – April 5, 2017

Baring It All – An Interview with Bebe Buell – Live From Joe’s Pub In New York City – April 5, 2017

When it comes to describing Bebe Buell, there’s not much standard information that can be given that hasn’t been printed before. Yes, she was a very lucky young Southern girl who was hired by the Ford Modeling Agency in New York, and yes, she was a Playboy centerfold in the 1970s, but she was also so much more. Buell may be known for dating rock idols, but she also wanted to be one in her clear way since she first showed up.

When she wasn’t busy jet-setting all over the world with one-time beaus such as Todd Rundgren, Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart or Jack Nicholson, the former school choir singer was honing her songwriting craft and putting her career as a singer and band leader together. Her very first real song success was in 1981 when she recorded a four-song EP with producers Rick Ocasek (The Cars) and Rick Derringer at the helm. The band, The Cars, served as her band on two of the tracks.

Then-boyfriend John Taylor (Duran Duran) got some friends together …

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Shoreworld: Little Big Toe – Is This What You Hear In Your Head?

Shoreworld: Little Big Toe – Is This What You Hear In Your Head?

Little Big Toe recently released its third installment entitled Is This What You Hear In Your Head? The album was recorded in Edison, NJ in Jimmy James Cutrera’s apartment, and includes 14 tracks, mostly performed by James himself—with a few cameo appearances from friends.

This project was inspired by many personal trials and tribulations, including a soul-sucking job, injuries and many other hellish moments that are best forgotten. The recording process itself was the most effortless of the three LBT releases with a more relaxed, honest and fun recording approach, as opposed to the typical head beating against the wall/over-analyzing/stressful approach. It was a real outlet to escape the drudgeries of everyday life, but also an expression of newfound love and appreciation for friends/family/life.

Cutrera is currently on musical hiatus out in Texas with a new job but plans on starting some more recording when the season is over. Little Big Toe has been featured on WBJB 90.5 the Night, as well Lazlo’s Blow Up Radio and has played throughout the Tri-State Area. Cutrera is …

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Rant’n’Roll: Korean Jazz, Human Horn, Soul Man, Two Legends, Beatle Blues, Heavy Metal & Swamp Pop

Rant’n’Roll: Korean Jazz, Human Horn, Soul Man, Two Legends, Beatle Blues, Heavy Metal & Swamp Pop

Ee-Ya-Gi (Mama Records) by the Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra is a flower in early spring yearning to bloom. Hong is from Seoul, South Korea, but has been living and working in New York City for the last 15 years, gathering up the musicians who inhabit her 18-piece orchestra. It’s a delightful debut, filled with swing, classical flourishes, post-bop and, most enticingly of all, traditional Korean folk melodies, especially the instantly-likeable 7:14 opener “Harvest Dance.” Outstanding solos from two guests—saxophonist Rich Perry and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen—add drama, as does a native Korean “Chang” vocal by Subin Park on “Boat Song,” which approximates the rolling waves of the ocean. Hong even uses a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale as the basis of “Disappearing Into Foam” about a weeping mermaid wherein a gorgeous piano cadenza by Broc Hempel is helped by a sweeping orchestral arrangement by Hong who wrote all seven elongated compositions.

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Could there be a more perfect jazz name than Jazzmeia Horn? A Social Call (Prestige/Concord) is the 26-year-old Dallas interpretive vocalist’s impressive debut. …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: The Zips, Raúl Malo, Quicksilver Daydream, and More

Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: The Zips, Raúl Malo, Quicksilver Daydream, and More

The Zips/Otto’s Shrunken Head/June 11, 2017

After the 1977 demise of Road Angel, a pub rock band in Glasgow, Scotland, John McNeill (later to be known as John Zip) formed a punk rock quartet called The Zips in 1978. The band caught the tail end of the original punk rock movement, playing all the local punk venues and releasing a few singles and EPs. As history would have it, MTV and the 1980s killed punk in favor of the more commercial new wave movement and with nowhere left to play, The Zips pogoed into the sunset in 1981. Time has a way of turning failure into success, and Zips tracks later appeared on compilation albums and the original singles fetched up to $427 on eBay. John Zip reformed The Zips in 2001 and in 2006 released a debut album, 27 years after the debut single. The Zips’ third and most recent album is 2015’s Down with The Zips.

Backed by a trio of local musicians (guitarist Brian Morgan of The Carvels NYC, bassist Sean …

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National Concert Day @ Irving Plaza

National Concert Day

Irving Plaza

MANHATTAN, NY—Live Nation, one of the largest concert promoters in the world, celebrated the beginning of the Summer 2017 concert season with a self-declared National Concert Day on May 1, 2017. On this day, Live Nation launched its “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion.” For one week, Live Nation made 1,000,000 tickets to over 1,000 concerts available for a flat $20. To promote the event, Live Nation hosted a concert at Irving Plaza featuring mini-sets by The Roots (with guest Nelly), Prince Royce, Nickelback (with guest Chris Daughtry), Foreigner (with guest Jason Bonham) and Jason Aldean. The National Concert Day event …

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The Birthday Massacre: Under Your Spell

The Birthday Massacre

Under Your Spell

Metropolis Records

This 11-track CD represents The Birthday Massacre’s seventh full-length album, and explores the moody ambiguities of romantic relationships. Chibi’s delicate, almost fragile vocals are bracketed between thunderous guitar and drum crashes in The Birthday Massacre’s signature style. Minor key melodies captivate the listener and emphasize the introspective and poetic narratives …

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