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An Interview with New Found Glory: The Resurrection Of…

An Interview with New Found Glory: The Resurrection Of…

For almost two decades, Florida-based pop punk heroes New Found Glory have been regarded as one of the most popular and highly established names in the underground scene to this day. Defining their nostalgic sound with catchy melodies while belting out simplistic hits like “My Friends Over You,” “All Down Hill From Here” and “Hit Or Miss,” the band has proven themselves as a timeless entity for a fanbase who still find themselves vicariously reliving their youth through these classic singles after all of these years.

However, within recent years, the band has gone through some dramatic transitional changes that made a huge impact on the band’s lineup. After their co-headlining tour with Alkaline Trio last fall, New Found Glory parted ways with longtime lyricist and guitarist Steve Klein in December, due to conflicting personal differences. Continuing forward into the new year without Kline, they persevered onward as a four-piece outlet and still remain stronger than ever.

This month, New Found Glory are back on the road for the Glamour Kills tour with the…

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An Interview with You Me At Six: The King’s Speech

An Interview with You Me At Six: The King’s Speech

Alternative rock outfit You Me At Six are a London-based quintet on a fast-paced ascent in popularity in the U.S. Having already mastered the industry within the UK, the group have set their sights on musical domination of the radio waves Stateside, beginning with a cross-country tour this fall. The band spent the summer performing throughout Europe for festival season and already have a Wembley Arena show under their belt.

The favorite and more recent single, “Room To Breathe,” off of 2014’s Cavalier Youth, has been doing just this, further solidifying their cause. Drawing upon rock inspiration of past and present day, You Me At Six reinforce their lively instrumental work with positive messages via lyrics on their latest album. This one being their fourth full-length release, the guys have taken their time allowing for proper maturity of their musical style. Thoroughly grounded band member and drummer Dan Flint took a moment to break things down for me as far as goings-on for You Me At Six. The following is what he had to…

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Interview with Mayday Parade: Gaining Creativity Through Consistency

Interview with Mayday Parade: Gaining Creativity Through Consistency

From their iconic debut, A Lesson In Romantics, to their latest album in 2013, Monsters In The Closet, and proceeding tours, Mayday Parade’s music has been a testament to their consistency, never relinquishing in its heart-on-its-sleeve personality and creative, but signature instrumentation.

            Consistency is a key ingredient in the success of the Tallahassee, Florida-based band, along with their knack for writing clever and emotive lyrics, playing melodic riffs and epic-sounding solos, and performing with an astute stage chemistry. Mayday Parade have all band members since the band began, minus Go Radio’s frontman Jason Lancaster, who left Mayday after their first album.

            For nearly a decade, Mayday Parade have been touring and recording, mending heartbreaks and inspiring young adults through their unique and harmonious blend of rock, pop and punk rock elements. Beginning in 2005 and releasing their first full-length in 2007, Mayday are no strangers to musical trends and changes, but remain a band easily recognized worldwide amidst the pop-punk rock genre.

            While time has passed, Mayday Parade retained and…

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An Interview with GWAR: Blurring Fact And Fiction

An Interview with GWAR: Blurring Fact And Fiction

It’s no secret the past few years have been tough for intergalactic rockstars GWAR. First they lost guitarist Cory Smoot, who had played Flattus Maximus since 2002, due to coronary artery thrombosis in 2011. Then earlier this year, the group suffered again when beloved frontman and lone remaining founding member Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, passed away from an accidental overdose.

GWAR have carved out their own personal niche in the metal community over the last three decades, by startling, intriguing and capturing audiences (quite literally, if you trust the warriors’ accounts) since the mid-’80s, incorporating bits of B-rated shock horror into every inch of their persona, music, and performance—from the elaborate latex costumes, intricate props and their tendency to shower eager fans who flock to see them in a rain of blood and guts, allowing themselves to become a part of the show. Besides the music, GWAR is an empire within itself, creating a slew of merchandise that would make KISS blush, ranging from action figures to barbecue sauce to future…

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Interview with Dads: I’ll Be The Tornado

Interview with Dads: I’ll Be The Tornado

With a dynamic esthetic that is derived from their innovative musicianship and passionate live performances, the indie rock duo Dads have come a long way since their humble beginnings in the Garden State. Now located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dads continue to deliver a progressively heartfelt sound that not only regarded them as torchbearers for the “emo revival,” but has also evolved since the release of their 2012 debut full-length, American Radass.

After touring as support for groups like Reggie And The Full Effect, Touché Amore and Tigers Jaw throughout the year, the band finally embarks on their first ever headlining tour this month alongside Tiny Moving Parts and Nai Harvest, just in time for the release of their sophomore LP, I’ll Be The Tornado.

While they were on the road for a brief tour with I Am The Avalanche following their weekend at Riot Fest in Chicago, I spoke with vocalist and drummer John Bradley about their headlining tour and also discussed the band’s personal and musical inspiration that made an influence on…

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Robert Hunter @ City Winery

Robert Hunter

City Winery

July 23, 2014

MANHATTAN, NY—On “Ripple,” Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter sang, “Let there be songs to fill the air,” and so he did at the City Winery where he added a creaky, folksy edge to a catalogue of tunes that have stood the test of time and weathered through the ages like fine wine. On the road again for the first time in a decade per a recent interview to help pay for his medical bills, Hunter seemed happy to be up there telling the stories behind the songs for an unplugged performance straight out of a coffee house.

Whimsical one-liners…

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In The Valley Below: The Belt

In The Valley Below

The Belt

Capitol

For L.A. duo In The Valley Below, getting emotional is not contradictory to a stylish and glamorous sound. In fact, the band combines the two vividly to formulate a record that is equal parts sentimental and danceable, and where neither obstructs the other, but rather flow together in the…

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