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An Interview with Marilyn Manson: The Emperor's New Groove

An Interview with Marilyn Manson: The Emperor's New Groove

In music there’s a plethora of ways to earn your stripes to be established as a credible artist. Few can be aptly classified as “shock rockers," particularly in today’s sugary, saturated environment. Perhaps the most iconic of the sort, Marilyn Manson (AKA Brian Warner), is no stranger to public praise and scrutiny.

From his moniker—an exploratory homage of equal parts beauty and evil—to the countless rumors centered on sexuality, darkness, and egocentric fantasies (the latter of which one may find to be the most untrue after speaking with him), Marilyn Manson is not exactly the “character” we all thought we knew. So shall we put the rumors to rest?

So he’s sort of eccentric, and it seems to be a concerted conversation, most of the time. Manson is self-admittedly fascinated by strange and weird items, concepts, and imagery (personal possessions like poisonous gas Hitler used to exterminate Jews, or a clown painting done by rapist and serial killer John Wayne Gacy, come to mind). This begs the question: What about these things draw him…

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An Interview with Reel Big Fish: Still Cruisin'

An Interview with Reel Big Fish: Still Cruisin'

When I think of ska bands, two in particular come to mind: Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish. To me, they are synonymous with the ‘90s culture that I grew up in. The first time I heard Reel Big Fish was when a friend of mine showed me BASEketball, the sports film written by the guys of South Park. The band had a couple of songs on the soundtrack, one of which was their cover of A-ha’s “Take On Me.” They are an incredibly hard-working group of guys that have been creating new music and taking it with them on the road for over 20 years. It just so happens that Reel Big Fish will be joined by Less Than Jake, as they tour the country and kick off the new year.

I had the opportunity to chat with Aaron Barrett, the lead singer of Reel Big Fish, where we discussed what it has been like making music consistently since the ‘90s. We also talked about the band’s latest holiday EP, Happy Skalidays.…

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MEDIOxCORE: So Let's Give It Up For The New Year...

Ah yes, it’s that time again. A brand new year, a brand new beginning. Some of us make half-assed resolutions at 11:53 on December 31st, already drunk, and then forget come morning. But some of us make our resolutions because we are in dire need of change. For some of us, it is make or break. This can be incredibly stressful and anxiety inducing. Some of us are losing hair, sleep, and weight. I feel as though 2015 is an important, pivotal year for creative types. So I rustled up some New Year’s Resolutions from some musicians I know, because a lot of you probably have similar things going on in your head spaces and need to know you’re not alone.

So you can stop crying in the shower and get to work, now. Go on, get.

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“Our resolution is to simply embrace our vast love of all that music has to offer. Who's to say a band can't switch between playing free jazz, to playing an Ernest Tubb cover? We must simply keep…

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An Interview with Comeback Kid: Don't Even Mind

An Interview with Comeback Kid: Don't Even Mind

It goes without saying that Canada’s heavy-hitting quintet, Comeback Kid, are considered to be one of the most iconic household names in hardcore for over the last decade. While fans and supporters would always find themselves nostalgically turning back to their first two full-length efforts, Turn It Around and Wake The Dead, the band still continues to stay consistent after all these years. This past summer, Comeback Kid put out their fifth studio album, Die Knowing, which is their first studio release since 2010’s Symptoms + Cures. Staying true to their fiercely energetic and melodically-driven hardcore sound, Die Knowing further exemplifies that the band hasn’t slowed down at all, despite the huge gap in between their last album release.

From traveling across the world and playing as many shows as possible, no matter how big or small, Comeback Kid continue to embrace every single opportunity that comes their way. Fresh off of the overwhelmingly positive response from this eccentric release, Comeback Kid recently started off the new year on the road in support with…

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Shoreworld: Exploring The World Of Foxanne

Shoreworld: Exploring The World Of Foxanne

According to both Native American and Druidic belief, the fox represents deep interactions of adaptability, cunning, observation, integration, diplomacy and swiftness of thought and action. New Jersey’s aptly named Foxanne is the explosive equivalent of that definitive description.

What I immediately noticed in the rudimentary performance of lead singer Chelsea Gohd and her band is a giddy, unbridled writing and performance style. Flying far outside the commercial zones, Gohd’s magical voice swipes wide brush strokes of original flair along the lines of Francis Quinlan (Hop Along) and the most often used descriptive of Laura Stevenson. Her band pays little attention to tried and true commercial guidelines or industry no-nos as they drift and float through sophisticated, open-aired passages of avant-garde countryside, and it makes for some fresh harmonic design.

Formerly of the group Cherry Sea, Gohd uses this recording group to downshift into clear and present directions of colorful and imaginative sound. She recently sent me her latest demos, and I immediately noticed the discerning use of voice and wise instrumentation. Utilizing organic bass,…

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Celebrating Don Hill @ The Hills NYC

Celebrating Don Hill

The Hills NYC

December 7. 2014

MANHATTAN, NY—After many years as the greeter at a popular mainstream rock music club, Kenny's Castaways, Don Hill started booking shows at the short-lived Cat Club in 1984. By 1993 he was ready to open his own club, Don Hill's, in Greenwich Village and later in SoHo, with a hit formula—create a hot nightclub that would attract both trendy rockers and drag queens. Hill died suddenly in 2011, and the club closed a few weeks later.

Squeezebox was among several weekly theme nights at Don Hill's. At these drag events, composer Stephen Trask and artist John Cameron Mitchell developed…

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These Are They: At The Feast Of Seven Funerals

These Are They

At The Feast Of Seven Funerals

Unruly Sounds

Born from the legendary Novembers Doom, These Are They formed in 2008 when vocalist Paul Kuhr and ex-guitarist Steve Nicholson got together to jam. They added Earthen guitarist and bassist Michael LeGros and Wiley Wells, respectively, and drummer Evan Berry, who would later be replaced by Tony Bettenhausen. At

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