An Interview with Counting Crows: Next Stop, America

An Interview with Counting Crows: Next Stop, America

Lead Singer Adam Duritz Talks Evolution Of Live Performance, Spotify, Bands Assholes Like, And The Inspiration of R.E.M and RUN-D.M.C.

 

The current Counting Crows tour, which appears to move seamlessly from the last Counting Crows tour, and the one before that, has been promoting the band’s last record, the ethereal and infections, Somewhere Under Wonderland, for nearly a year through Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Europe, finally beginning the leg of its U.S. jaunt late summer into autumn…and on and on. More than most, the Counting Crows is a touring band. It caravans entire families and friends across thousands of miles in order to make each night a special occasion. Its lead singer and principle songwriter, Adam Duritz, calls it an economic necessity, but in the same breath believes it to be vital to the creative process. “Truthfully, I think a lot of my creativity is satisfied by playing every night,” he tells me. “I don’t necessarily feel the need to write.” With each performance, the songs take on new meaning and subtle …

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An Interview with The Doobie Brothers: A Country Rock Invasion

An Interview with The Doobie Brothers: A Country Rock Invasion

Immortality clearly exists—just take a look at the ever-lasting, four-time Grammy winners, the Doobie Brothers. From their self-titled first album released in ‘71, these indestructible, mustachioed musicians have continued to pour their hearts and souls into their music, unleashing a hearty 14 studio albums—not to mention their live albums and several compilations made throughout the ages. Along the decades, these guys have gathered quite the following. Yet, it continues to grow steadily through younger generations. Of course, you wouldn’t expect anything less from these super heroes of songs. Who wouldn’t be rescued from a day of stress and tension by their melodic harmonies and utopian lyrics?

Founded in 1969 by Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston, the group continues to grow and produce with vim and vigor. Their most recent album, Southbound, brings their audiences new material with a twist—rather than sticking to their usual rock and R&B sound, these guys have taken to the country rock groove. Tom Johnston explained why when we spoke about the Doobie Brothers, their success, and current tour.

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Interview with Kylesa: Rocking And Rebuilding

Interview with Kylesa: Rocking And Rebuilding

Part heavy metal, part psychedelic—Kylesa has always been a pleasing enigma during its 14 years together. While their sound is always changing, their new album, Exhausting Fire, sounds a little like a mix between Breaking Benjamin and Pink Floyd. And while fans will have to wait until October to hear the new album, they can still catch them on their tour, which starts in September.

Below, vocalist and guitarist Phillip Cope discusses the band’s newest work, their own record label, and the special influence of their hometown, Savannah.

Are you guys excited about the tour kicking off at the Gramercy Theatre?

Oh yeah, we’re definitely excited. We actually haven’t toured in over a year, so we’re itching to get back out.

And you also have Exhausting Fire approaching soon. What can we expect from you guys as that comes? What are you hoping listeners get out of it?

Well, we hope the people dig it! I mean, we put a lot of work into it, a lot of time into it. The best success …

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An Interview with The Good Life: Everybody’s Coming Down

An Interview with The Good Life: Everybody’s Coming Down

What started as a solo endeavor brought to life by Cursive frontman Tim Kasher, The Good Life soon became an established group in the early 2000s that leaned more toward an introspective, yet serene esthetic in comparison to Cursive’s raw and avant-garde Midwestern emo delivery.

With the release of studio albums like Album Of The Year and Help Wanted Nights, The Good Life’s wholesome sound is truly reflected through the chemistry of its members. There is no question that The Good Life’s entire catalog is an essential staple to the Omaha-based label, Saddle Creek Records, who have also released work for groups like Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, Hop Along, as well as Kasher’s long-running group, Cursive.

A few months after Cursive finished a run of spring dates celebrating the re-release of their acclaimed record, The Ugly Organ, it was also announced that Kasher re-activated The Good Life with the intentions of putting out their first studio full-length in eight years, Everybody’s Coming Down, along with bringing the group back together for a supporting …

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Shoreworld: The Grip Weeds – How I Won The War

Shoreworld: The Grip Weeds – How I Won The War

If the title of The Grip Weeds’ new record seems oddly familiar, it’s because some of us crazies know about the 1967 John Lennon movie of the very same name. What it doesn’t tell you is that when it comes to identity, the band’s bizarre moniker pays acute homage to the movie, the man, and the timeframe. The Grip Weeds’ name is derived from Lennon’s character in the 1967 Richard Lester production of How I Won The War. In that film, Lennon plays Musketeer Gripweed, a parody-driven member of the 3rd Troop, the 4th Musketeers (a fictional regiment reminiscent of the Royal Fusiliers) and their misadventures in the Second World War.

How I Won The War marks the sixth studio-based record for The Grip Weeds. The group launched their public persona with the memorable 1994 release of House Of Vibes, and they haven’t looked back since. But it has been the last few years that have been the busiest for The Grip Weeds. After releasing their groundbreaking double album Strange Change Machine in …

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The Who/Joan Jett @ Wells Fargo Center

The Who/Joan Jett

Wells Fargo Center

May 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Joan Jett opened up for The Who at the Wells Fargo Center. They had worked together many times before and the first lady of guitar legends didn’t disappoint. She opened up with “Bad Reputation” and that fired up the crowd.

“Cherry Bomb” was up next bringing back memories of her first band, The Runaways. A few songs later she really hit a chord with the audience with a newer song, “Fragile.” She then got a huge buzz with “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” and “Crimson And Clover” that featured some great red mood lighting. She motioned to her heart …

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The Maine: American Candy

The Maine

American Candy

Eighty One Twenty Three/Big Picnic

Alternative rock band, The Maine, has been around the block for eight years now representing their hometown of, you guessed it: Tempe, Arizona. If you’ve been following this quintet comprised of John O’Callaghan (vocals), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), Pat Kirch (drums), Kennedy Brock (guitar/vocals), and Jared Monaco (guitar), then you should …

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