An Interview With The Lumineers: Wesley Schultz Unveils The Stories Behind The Band’s Intimate Lyrics And Irresistible Sing-A-Long Songs

An Interview With The Lumineers: Wesley Schultz Unveils The Stories Behind The Band’s Intimate Lyrics And Irresistible Sing-A-Long Songs

Folk rock band The Lumineers exploded onto the scene in 2012 with a refreshing alternative to the chart dominating electronic music of the time and quickly built up an enormous following. Since then fans have been ravenous for a follow up to The Lumineers’ wildly successful, self-titled debut album.

On April 8, 2016, four years and five days after their first album dropped, The Lumineers—comprised of Wesley Schultz (songwriter/vocals/guitar), Jeremiah Fraites (songwriter/drums/piano), and Neyla Pekarek (cellist/backing vocals)—released their stellar second studio album. Cleopatra overflows with thought-provoking lyrics and clean, mesmerizing melodies.

I caught up with Schultz before the band departed for the European leg of their tour to discuss the writing and recording process of Cleopatra as well as the inspiration behind The Lumineers’ captivating songs.

Before we start I have to tell you, my husband and I were married last June and my father walked me onto our beach ceremony to “Dead Sea,” which I think is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.

Wow. That’s really cool!

Then in a

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Views From The Road – The Adam Duritz Interview: Counting Crows Frontman Reveals The Band’s Unique Performing Secrets, His Love Of Creative Spontaneity, And Remembers David Bowie And Prince

Views From The Road – The Adam Duritz Interview: Counting Crows Frontman Reveals The Band’s Unique Performing Secrets, His Love Of Creative Spontaneity, And Remembers David Bowie And Prince

Over the past eight years now Adam Duritz and I have spent some quality time just talking; much of it has ended up in this paper. Each time Counting Crows comes into town, which is quite a bit, we chat. And each time it is engaging, informative, intimate, and analytical. In all my years doing this I have rarely found a more insightfully honest subject.

This time is no different, as the band readies another swing around the U.S. this summer; a perfect opportunity for Duritz to share his views on his organically emotional live performances, playing with Springsteen, the passing of David Bowie and Prince, and “normal” life versus that of “the road”.

A Counting Crows show always features unique versions of your songs, as the band often follows your lead on stage, which always appears to be extemporaneous. You get into an emotional state and you take a song into different directions, which is remarkable when considering how many musicians you work with.

Oh, yeah. That’s exactly how it happens. The first time …

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An Interview With Jon Bellion: The Secrets He Tells Us, We’ll Take To The Grave

An Interview With Jon Bellion: The Secrets He Tells Us, We’ll Take To The Grave

One day in the spring of 2015, my friend told me to listen to the song “Luxury” by Jon Bellion. Even though I’ve never heard of this artist before, I listened and became so fascinated with his style that I immediately continued to listen to all of his albums, The Definition, The Separation, and Translations Through Speakers. I listened to them on repeat so much that I think I learned the words to every song in less than a week. He was my new obsession. Then just when I thought this random artist I’ve never heard of before was done amazing me with his music alone, I found his YouTube channel. On his channel, he posts behind the scenes videos of him working on each song and how they all came together.

Jon Bellion, a Long Island native, creates and produces every single one of his songs on a beatpad himself. It’s not just the fact that everything is 100 percent his own ideas that amazed me so much, although watching him in …

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Shoreworld: Ken Sharp – New Mourning

Shoreworld: Ken Sharp – New Mourning

            Aquarian friend Ken Sharp is a New York Times best-selling writer who has authored or co-authored more than 18 music books. He also contributes to a variety of national music magazines, works on music documentaries and has done liner notes for releases by Elvis Presley, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Small Faces, Santana, Cheap Trick and others. But Ken is also a musician and songwriter, marking his career with this, his fourth album called New Mourning.

Ken Sharp also brings many exciting players on board for this latest record, including Rick Springfield (“Burn & Crash,” “Satellite”), guitarist Wally Stocker of the Babys (“Dynamite and Kerosene,” “Loser”) bassist Prescott Niles of the Knack (“Mr. Know It All,” “Dynamite and Kerosene”) and keyboardist Jimmy Waldo of New England (“Satellite”) alongside the team of Perdomo and gifted musicians Rob Bonfiglio (Wanderlust/Wilson Phillips) and Ritchie Rubini (the Caulfields).

When it comes to the feel of this record, Sharp has this to say: “My co-producer Fernando Perdomo has described the record as ‘the feel-bad album of the …

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Maria’s Local Radar: Public Access T.V.

Maria’s Local Radar: Public Access T.V.

Summer is halfway over, is this real thing? My time has been occupied with work and I haven’t been getting out to as many shows as I would like, and that changes starting now! I have a few on my radar including Brick + Mortar at House Of Independents August 13, Blink-182 and All Time Low at PNC Bank Arts Center August 14, and of course, the sold-out Motion City Soundtrack August 6 at Starland Ballroom. So there you have it, making up for lost time.

That being said, I recently discovered a band that I am really into that I wanted to share with the world (or, to our readers). The band actually grabbed my attention by their name, which is Public Access T.V. Yes, this is seriously their name, and it’s awesome. They hail from New York City; a garage rock band that has “drawn comparisons to The Strokes and The Replacements.” Yes, we agree, those two bands are completely different, but at the same time, that description had me just as intrigued …

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Generation Axe @ Tower Theater

Generation Axe

Tower Theater

PHILADELPHIA, PA—In a world filled with Auto-Tune and vapid pop lyrics, Generation Axe is a breath of fresh air. Some will say “rock is dead.” But it’s been said before over and over again and then you see a show like this with five guitar virtuosos and it reminds you what’s great about the genre.

The five opened up together playing the Boston hit “Foreplay/Long Time.” They all traded solos but Steve Vai was front and center, playing fast and clear and tossing picks at will.

Tosin Abasi, of Animals As Leaders fame, was very precise on the song …

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Peter Vitalone: The Side Of The Dirt

Peter Vitalone

The Side Of The Dirt

Independent

Upon first listen, about 35 seconds into “Into Me I See,” the first track on Peter Vitalone’s latest album, This Side Of The Dirt¸ I thought to myself, “This is something my parents would enjoy.” And though, to some, that could be construed as a bit of an insult, …

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