An Interview with Marina And The Diamonds: Ripe For The Picking

An Interview with Marina And The Diamonds: Ripe For The Picking

FROOT is the third full-length compilation from Welsh singer-songwriter, and more recently producer, Marina And The Diamonds. The vocalist, with her distinct, throaty sound at the helm, has taken the sonic journey with this album down a more focused route without losing any of its whimsy. Abandoning her electronic-pop signature that brought 2012’s Electra Heart its notoriety, Marina’s singles from the latest album, recorded in London, “FROOT” and “Immortal,” are more captivating than ever. This time around, the work of Marina And The Diamonds was unadulterated almost completely as she wrote the record herself as well as taking the initiative to co-produce.

This spring, the solo artist will play a select few shows in the States amidst press engagements, including two New York tour stops. She is also set to play American festivals this summer like Coachella, SXSW, and Governor’s Ball. Fans who cannot attend these performances can look forward to a headlining tour cycle this fall. Marina’s new material is circulating on a mainstream level as her presence in the U.S. continues to grow. …

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At Ease: An Interview with Foo Fighters Bassist Nate Mendel On His New Project, Lieutenant

At Ease: An Interview with Foo Fighters Bassist Nate Mendel On His New Project, Lieutenant

I’m sure everyone knows of the Foo Fighters. Whether it be their classic songs, their back catalog, or even their newest full-length, Sonic Highways, it is hard to miss out on what seems to be the most popular rock band going. In 2014, the band accompanied their LP with an HBO series. This documentary follows the band as they traveled across major cities in the U.S., wrote a song inspired by the culture and history of each area, and recorded each track. This process brought about a five-day workweek for the band, as they worked tirelessly to pay tribute to each city.

When the weekends approached, the band’s bassist, Nate Mendel, was hitting the studio to finish up work on his first solo album. If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week was released on March 10 under the name, Lieutenant. This project has Mendel trading in his bass for guitar and vocal duty and features Sunny Day Real Estate bandmate Jeremy Enigk, Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, …

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An Interview with Pennywise: Keeping It Balanced

An Interview with Pennywise: Keeping It Balanced

 

Since their incarnation in 1988, Pennywise has earned the title as punk legends in their own right. Getting their start in Hermosa Beach, California, the group still remains true to their roots, even recording their 11th full-length album, Yesterdays, which came out last year and consists of a redone collection of songs from the very early beginnings of the band, in their home city. Though founding member and longtime lead vocalist Jim Lindberg left in 2009 and was briefly replaced with Zoli Téglás of Ignite, he soon returned three years later. Before hitting the road with Teenage Bottlerocket and A Wilhelm Scream for a headlining tour, the frontman took the time to discuss the process behind Yesterdays, his new side project, and what advice he would give to his younger self.

What sparked the initial idea to re-record old material for Yesterdays?

First we had wanted to do a box set, where we would record some old songs we made back when we first started that we had always wanted to …

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Interview with This Wild Life: Looking Back And Moving Forward

Interview with This Wild Life: Looking Back And Moving Forward

In the five years since their formation, This Wild Life have undergone some crucial changes and made a name for themselves in the process. Originally a pop-punk band, the remaining two members—vocalist and guitarist Kevin Jordan, and guitarist Anthony Del Grosso—announced in 2013 they would be making the jump and continuing as an acoustic duo due to the popularity of their acoustic songs.

Since then their following has increased dramatically, with This Wild Life making memorable appearances at music festivals like Vans Warped Tour and Australia’s Soundwave. The twosome’s 2014 album, Clouded, drew listeners in with the detailed nature on the tracks and appealing melodies. As they embark on a tour with New Found Glory, Kevin took the time to discuss the band’s progression and what they take away from each performance and growing fanbase.

Jumping from one tour to another can be exhausting, and This Wild Life has three different ones from now through the summer. How do you keep up with the demands of it?

Sometimes it can be a little intimidating, …

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An Interview with Pup: One With The Underdogs

An Interview with Pup: One With The Underdogs

Last year, Toronto, Ontario-based punkers Pup definitely made a lasting impression after opening for The Menzingers on their Rented World tour over the summer. With an explosive and highly eccentric self-titled debut, out now on SideOneDummy Records, Pup’s charisma and intensified energy on stage truly shines bright through vibrant hits like “Reservoir,” “Guilt Trip” and “Yukon.” From the second that you first listen to this record, you can tell that Pup is always down to party and are ready to rock from the get-go.

            When the band finally made their way back home after spending most of the winter in Australia with The Smith Street Band, I had the chance to catch up with guitarist Steve Sladkowski, and talked about their time adventuring in the “Land Down Under,” as well as their triumphant return to Asbury Park on an upcoming support tour with The Get Up Kids and Restorations

So you just got back from an extensive tour in Australia with The Smith Street Band. How was the tour? What was it like out there

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The Collector’s Cabinet @ Morbid Anatomy Museum

The Collector’s Cabinet

Morbid Anatomy Museum

January 23, 2015

BROOKLYN, NY—A wine and cheese party was held at this uniquely eccentric Brooklyn museum to celebrate the opening of a new, mind-boggling exhibition, called The Collector’s Cabinet, the second at this institution since its opening last June.

The festivities began when curator and co-founder Joanna Ebenstein introduced the exhibitors, each a collector of oddly interesting items, and invited them to expound upon the items in their own display assemblage. Antique dealers, eccentrics and hoarders of unusual artworks plus a few medical professionals made up the list of contributors.

The range of things on display was eclectic to say the least, …

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A Skylit Drive: Rise Ascension

A Skylit Drive

Rise Ascension

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California rock band A Skylit Drive have recently released their latest album, Rise: Ascension. The group previously released four successful records and decided to make the fifth entirely acoustic. Rise: Ascension contains the same songs from their last release, Rise, dropping their post-hardcore sound. While their more extreme …

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