Blues And Beyond: An Interview with Jonny Lang

Blues And Beyond: An Interview with Jonny Lang

Jonny Lang was a blues prodigy long before kids were showing off insular riffs via YouTube videos. In fact, his chops were learned and honed on stage with the likes of B.B. King. As the Grammy-winning guitarist/singer describes, it was “just in me.” Since his Telecaster met his fingers, it has been a part of him (except for when he switches to a Les Paul). After joining The Big Bang with a voice well beyond his years and a precocious playing style that emanated deep rhythm and blues tones, Lang cut his first album, Smokin’, at the age of 14 in 1995. By 16, Lang had two studio albums under his belt with Lie to Me solidifying his place in blues rock.

After six studio albums, a live album (Live at the Ryman) and a Grammy for “Turn Around”, Lang continues to earn respect as one of the youngest, yet, talented musicians in at least three genres. His new album, Signs, is an expansion of styles and range that he hadn’t …

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On Fire: An Interview with Reality Suite

On Fire: An Interview with Reality Suite

As part of Unsigned Band Week, we caught up with local drummer Brian King of melodic rockers Reality Suite to learn all about his band’s history, their latest full-length album, Skinn, and more. Learn all about Reality Suite in the interview below:

Where are you all from?

We all hail from North Jersey.

How long have you been a band and how did you get started?

Reality Suite evolved into a band in late 2008 although Antonio [Valenti, bass/vocals], Joe [Padula, guitars] and I had known each other since grammar school. We each had bands in the 2000s that were making traction—meeting A&R reps and flying around the country showcasing for record labels. After several opportunities fell through, each band dissolved.

Individually, we took a few years off to reevaluate why we were making music. Was it to “make it big,” or was it to fulfill our passions? Eventually, each of us became hungry to write and perform again. Kimmii [Heart, lead vocals] joined us in 2013, which finally established our definitive lineup.

What

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Metaphysical Exposure: An Interview With Pinstripe Loveseat

Metaphysical Exposure: An Interview With Pinstripe Loveseat

Brooklyn-based outfit, Pinstripe Loveseat, are releasing the second part of a trio of EPs, titled Small Serious Object. The ensemble, including members John Dinneny, Dan Vassallo, and Ron Nocek, have a long-standing history as a band, under various names. Taking inspiration from everything from funk to punk, the guitars and guttural essence of their message is a sonic journey. Their latest EP bleeds aggression in a refreshing way, harkening back to a more grassroots method of making music. With guitarist Dan on a cross-country trip of America, with his counterparts, Ron and John, back home in Brooklyn, the guys took some time to have a conversation about Pinstripe Loveseat with me. Here is what the group had to say:

Give us some insight into your latest EP. If you had to describe it to someone who has never heard any of it, what would you say?

Ron Nocek: Sexual and violent.

John Dinneny: My contribution would have to be that, yeah, it’s a palate cleanser…from what you’re used to hearing from us. Just like …

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An Interview with Spells And Curses: Hitting … Below The Belt?

An Interview with Spells And Curses: Hitting … Below The Belt?

As part of Unsigned Band Week, we caught up with local “hybrid rockers” Spells And Curses to learn all about their formation, their latest release, Sinful Things, and more. Learn all about Spells And Curses from “theRave” and “theProfessor” in the interview below:

Where are you all from?

theRave: We both hail from the most culturally diverse salad bowl on Earth: Queens, New York.

How long have you been a band and how did you get started?

theProfessor: This band was started by theRave in his bedroom. He basically did the entire first album, Suadade, on his own, and it unexpectedly got some critical praise, so he got a bass player, and asked me to join as the drummer, so we could take the album out on the road.

theRave: Yeah, I suppose that’s pretty much how it went (laughs). I just was at a low point in my life, made music to sort my feelings out about it, showed some friends, and they dug it enough to encourage me to release …

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An Interview with The Big Easy: Start Spreading The News

An Interview with The Big Easy: Start Spreading The News

As part of Unsigned Band Week, we caught up with local artist Stephen Berthomieux of The Big Easy to learn all about his band’s formation, their new single, “Lipstick Covered Beers,” and more. Learn all about The Big Easy in the interview below:

Where are you all from? 

Originally from Jersey but now I’m located in Brooklyn. So at this point we’re all kind of from all over.

How long have you been a band and how did you get started?

So I started playing under The Big Easy about four years ago. It all started when my previous band broke up and I decided to keep on writing on my own. At first I was just playing under my own name, Stephen Berthomieux, but by the second show we decided on The Big Easy.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?

That’s tough, everyone has their own view as to what we (or whoever) sounds like. I’d say it’s indie rock primarily but there’s definitely some punk, …

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ Sherman Theater

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Sherman Theater

June 15, 2017

STROUDSBURG, PA—Troy Andrews, 31, better known as Trombone Shorty, brought his power-packed show to the Poconos and blew everyone away with a dramatic combination of soul-man strut, jazz-man chops, hard rock vengeance and the kind of inundating light show that dazzled, dizzied and drenched the dancing crowd in a veritable rainbow of color. You couldn’t take your eyes off the stage. Every member of his exquisite sextet was a character-on-parade with choreographed sequences that approximated the essence of Mardi Gras in their New Orleans hometown.

They’ve picked up some new fans opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers this year. …

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Paul Weller: A Kind Revolution

Paul Weller

A Kind Revolution

Parlophone

 

Only Paul Weller could create an album like A Kind Revolution—so stylistically rich and diverse, yet still be able to pull it off. Though, if you think about it, there shouldn’t be much surprise at all—style is what the man they call “The Modfather” does best, ever since …

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