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An Interview with Counting Crows: Snapshots From Under Wonderland

An Interview with Counting Crows: Snapshots From Under Wonderland

“I think this is one of the best records the band’s made, if not the best,” Adam Duritz proudly concludes, sitting in his hotel room in Redman, Washington, preparing for one of the final American shows before heading to Europe for the rest of the summer. The quiet confidence in his tone is palpable. And why not? Somewhere Under Wonderland, the first collection of new original music from Counting Crows, is two weeks from release and has been successfully debuted live for weeks, much of it can be seen on YouTube, bootlegged by eager fans, something the band enthusiastically supports.

“By the time we got together to write and record this material we were on fire as a live band,” Duritz continues. “I grabbed three of the guys in the band, Immer [Dave Immerglück], Dan [Vickrey] and Millard [Powers] and got together for six days in New York and started excavating these pieces of songs that I had and wrote five songs in six days, which is insane! There’s no way that should be…

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Interview with The Rentals: A Triumphant Comeback

Interview with The Rentals: A Triumphant Comeback

It was 1999 when Matt Sharp and his band, The Rentals, released their last full-length album, Seven More Minutes, packed with cheerful Moog synth lines and distorted guitar riff rock that reminded audiences of his influence on the heralded Blue Album and Pinkerton during his time as Weezer’s bassist in the early ‘90s.

It’s been 15 years for Sharp and his audiences, years that saw The Rentals disband and regroup, releasing small EPs and harboring a multimedia project in 2009 full of photos and short films, including sporadic tours and performances sprinkled in the midst of the long absence of a new record.

As a group that features a new lineup each time they come together for an album or tour, The Rentals are Sharp’s brainchild that features a lineup of superstars and musical stalwarts, highlighted by drummer Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, for their latest effort, Lost In Alphaville, due out Aug. 26 on Polyvinyl Records.

Through spontaneous musical bliss and retrospective lyrics, Lost

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An Interview with Wesley Snipes: ‘The Expendables 3′ Interview

An Interview with Wesley Snipes: ‘The Expendables 3′ Interview

Wesley T. Snipes is a globally celebrated actor, film producer, master in various martial arts, and a loving father and husband. Born in Orlando, Florida, on July 31, 1962, he spent his childhood between Orlando and Bronx, New York, while attending the High School of Performing Arts in NYC, and graduated from Jones High School in Florida.

While attending the High School for Performing Arts, Wesley started appearing in Off-Broadway productions where he started to fine-tune his craft as a drama and musical theater artist. He later founded with friends a bus-n-truck street troupe called “Struttin’ Street Stuff” which took him into Central Park, dinner theaters, and regional productions around Florida before his college years at the State University of New York at Purchase.

Wesley’s work on stage and in TV commercials soon caught the attention of Joe Roth, who cast him as an Olympic boxing hopeful in Streets Of Gold. He was then handpicked by Martin Scorsese and Quincy Jones to play the gang leader in Michael Jackson’s Bad music video. And he…

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Interview with John Gold: Sailing By The Stars

Interview with John Gold: Sailing By The Stars

John Gold has been making music since 2004, and the lack of representation never stopped him. For years he’s been heralded as the king of DIY, and with good reason. His previous independent works have achieved some mainstream success on shows like Weeds and films like Mean Creek and The First Time. Now signed with Vagrant Records, his label debut and third LP, A Flower In Your Head (2011), has finally been followed up with the latest EP, You Only Live Forever, an intimate examination of the infinite that is created in our actions, with subtle nuances alluding to environmental activism and our place in the world we’re destroying. Naturally, we decided to sit down with John and talk about the EP, and discuss his feelings about the long journey that is becoming a musician and reaching your audience as an artist with a message.

What did you do, if anything, to try and set this EP apart from the abundance of work you’ve created over the years?

I remember the night before we…

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Shoreworld: Little Big Toe – Blind Sober

Shoreworld: Little Big Toe – Blind Sober

One of the more common traits of the songwriter, no matter what degree of success they have achieved within their band unit, is to push ahead and show the world what they can do on their own. This trend isn’t a bad thing, or an ego thing, but a form of communication that demonstrates to the public that while the band is strong as a unit, the individual writer feels that, in their way, they still have something vital to communicate to the world at large.

This is the case of Jimmy Cutrera. Cutrera is the cornerstone of popular indie-psyche folk favorites, Accidental Seabirds. The band has been covered here, as well as nationwide, and continues to grow musically and geographically, leaving impressions on longtime music lovers and musicians alike. But Cutrera is a restless composer, a writer that moves like a shark, never stopping as he pens song after intricate song on his journey to the next musical trading post.

Cutrera’s latest release is called Blind Sober, and it follows the 2013 release…

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Say Anything @ Starland Ballroom

Say Anything

Starland Ballroom

June 27, 2014

SAYREVILLE, NJ—10 years after the release of the cult favorite …Is A Real Boy, Say Anything are captivating listeners and creating relevant and engaging music. The group premiered their latest LP, Hebrews, in June, marking their sixth full-length album over the course of their 14-year career. In support of the new record, the band kicked off an expansive North American tour in the middle of June with Brooklyn-based rockers The So So Glos, pop punk act You Blew It!, and indie folk duo The Front Bottoms joining them on the road.

Frontman Max Bemis is currently the only original…

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Bombadil: Tarpits And Canyonlands

Bombadil

Tarpits And Canyonlands

Ramseur

The re-release of Bombadil’s first full-length album, Tarpits And Canyonlands, is a variety of indie folk rock tracks, with both worldly and minimal instrumentation that delve into a variety of relatable issues and intuitions. From the opening track “I Am,” the band’s vocal versatility and harmonizing ability is a…

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