An Interview With Third Eye Blind: How’s It Going To Be: 20 Years Later

An Interview With Third Eye Blind: How’s It Going To Be: 20 Years Later

Twenty years after the release of their debut, Third Eye Blind is celebrating their self-titled record with a summer tour that will feature the entire album played front-to-back. Profoundly poetic lyrics with an equal balance of catchy, radio-ready hooks culminate in a record that is cherished and revered by casual and serious music fans alike. And that is perhaps the most impressive legacy of Third Eye Blind. It is a record with enough singles to make it a staple of popular culture, but also so nuanced and “punk” that it is also a necessity for those with more selective tastes.

It’s probably near impossible to find someone who is unfamiliar with at least two to three songs from the record. The most popular, “Semi-Charmed Life,” combines sickly sweet pop with an irresistible refrain that has saturated Thursday karaoke nights. Anti-authoritarian rock anthem “Graduate” and the heartfelt “Jumper” are also some of the most popular songs.

And while the adoration of these hits is more than justifiable, it is the deeper cuts—the painful and visceral …

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Rock Reads: A Summer Guide For The Rock & Roll Literate

Rock Reads: A Summer Guide For The Rock & Roll Literate

Looking for a celebration of music in words to while away your lazy summer days?

 

Testimony – Robbie Robertson (2016)

The story of The Band is arguably the most mysterious and incomplete of any rock group from the golden era. This is mainly due to two contributing factors; during its time The Band did very little press, lived, recorded and mostly maneuvered outside of the capitals of the entertainment business, and in the convening years many of its members painted conflicting histories and then subsequently three of the five members died.

Into this quixotic history comes the much-anticipated memoir of its titular head and main songwriter, Robbie Robertson, who not only co-founded the group and composed the bulk of its songs but ultimately splintered it.

Testimony is aptly titled. Robertson writes as conversation, a homespun storyteller putting you in the room, on the stage, and inside the action; all the while unfurling his version of how things went down from a unique perspective. From his neophyte days as a teenager getting a fast-track rock and …

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Shoreworld: Kristy Chmura – Stained, Glass Heart

Shoreworld: Kristy Chmura – Stained, Glass Heart

Kristy Chmura combines indie, folk-pop, and alternative influences to create emotionally driven music that has captivated many listeners spanning generations. Kristy’s voice has its own original qualities, but listeners have compared her voice to popular recording artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, and Amy Lee of Evanescence. Kristy’s newest release, Stained, Glass Heart, features eight original tracks written, produced, and performed by Kristy, along with co-producer Damien Musto. Kristy’s musical influences span across a wide variety of genres and artists which contribute to her eclectic style of songwriting.

Kristy Chmura is a full-time professional, freelance harpist, vocalist, and songwriter, performing at many weddings, events, concerts, hospitals, recitals and more. Classically trained, Kristy has been playing and studying the harp for over 20 years. Kristy began studying the harp with Merynda Adams and continues to study with André Tarantiles. Kristy earned a Bachelor’s of Music in harp performance from The College of New Jersey and had also earned credits towards her Masters of Music Performance from Montclair State University at the John J. Cali …

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New Dark Age: Svmmon, Tribute Night, Ward 6, and More

New Dark Age: Svmmon, Tribute Night, Ward 6, and More

Nights Out

 

Svmmon

Talon Bar

Brooklyn

May 12, 2017

A new dance night, Svmmon, self-described as a “decadent, dark experience,” opened at the downstairs space of the Talon Bar in Brooklyn’s Bushwick section on Friday, May 12. And, no, it is not misspelled. Host deejays Joe Hart, Andi Harriman and Hi-Fi Hillary filled the air with new and classic goth, darkwave deathrock dance music. Heard during the night were such prime movers as “Poison Door” by Sisters of Mercy, “Stranger” by Clan of Xymox and “The Calling” by Death in June. A rather repetitive video loop showed silently on a brick wall in the passageway between the bar and dance floor. The bar was well stocked and the friendly barista a most adept and accommodating mixologist. There was seating along the walls for those who needed a rest from hoofing it.

An early highlight and photo-op occurred when gorgeous ecdysiast Casandra Rosebeetle took to the dance floor in black, fetish-inspired attire and—to musical accompaniment—removed her garments right down to and past an attractive …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Horizontal Jazz, Mystery Man, Electronica, Dixieland, Bobby Darin & A Solo Bangle

Rant ‘N’ Roll: Horizontal Jazz, Mystery Man, Electronica, Dixieland, Bobby Darin & A Solo Bangle

Pianist/Composer David Feldman, 40, adds guitarist Toninho Horta and trombonist Raul De Souza to his working trio and his third CD comes out as Horizonte (DFM). Born in Rio de Janeiro, Feldman moved to New York City to seriously study jazz, join Slide Hampton’s band and jam with the Mingus Big Band before returning to Brazil where he is still based. Taking samba as his foundation, he writes a waltz (”Adeus”), a sumptuous ballad (“Tete”), numerous samba jazzers and covers such Rio staples as Johnny Alf (“Ceu e Mar”), guitarist Horta’s “Soccer Ball” (the only quintet track) and Oscar Castro-Neves’s “Chora Tua Tristeza.” Highly recommended.

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Some guys are just cooler than other guys. May I introduce you to Gentleman Jake? The Black Sheep is all original, self-released and sounds pretty much like nothing you’ve heard recently. Who is this guy? He came out of the CBGB punk scene but soon was spotted in corporate board rooms at major labels. They say he’s lived in 11 of the world’s greatest cities. His music …

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Fest For Beatle Fans @ Hyatt Regency

Fest For Beatle Fans

Hyatt Regency

JERSEY CITY, NJ—At this year’s Fest For Beatle Fans, performers and fans all gathered to tell the tales, sing the songs and relive the Fab Four’s unique place in the hearts and minds of the faithful. Beatle castoffs like George’s sis Louise Harrison shared the stage with DJ Ken Dashow of Q104.3 FM as she spun the tales about the so-called “quiet Beatle” who really wasn’t so quiet after all. Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland talked about seeing the Beatles in the Cavern in Liverpool where they played “loud and in your face.” Dealers sold museum quality memorabilia as Beatles karaoke, …

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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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