Pierce The Veil – Kings of Misadventures

Pierce The Veil – Kings of Misadventures

In 2006, Vic and Mike Fuentes, two brothers from San Diego, formed the iconic punk band, Pierce The Veil. Along with members Tony Perry and Jamie Preciado, the foursome has released four studio albums and toured worldwide over the last 10 years. In 2011, the group signed with Fearless Records and in 2012 released their third album, Collide With The Sky. This album released the hit single, “King For A Day,” a duet with Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens. This track peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs and put the band on the map.

On May 13, 2016, the band released their most recent album, Misadventures. This fall, the guys will be going on tour with band Rise Against. I had the pleasure of speaking with Vic about what the guys have been up to and what is to come.

So your latest single is a cover of Green Day’s “Coming Clean.” What’s been the feedback you’ve been getting on that so far?

It was pretty cool. …

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Shoreworld – Examining Noordzo And The “Shark Funeral Songbook”

Shoreworld – Examining Noordzo And The “Shark Funeral Songbook”

Noordzo – Shark Funeral Songbook

When you hear about Mike Noordzy, many different musical textures come to mind. While he has been featured on many rock records, he has always mixed things up and kept his options open. Some of the current or recent projects he’s been part of include El Noordzo, a bizarre combination of an Afro-Cuban jazz band that interprets music by Nirvana, The Misfits, Talking Heads, The Pixies, The Beatles, Radiohead. He is also half of the jazz duo, Fly Me to the Moon, which features guitarist Chris Welcome. He is featured with The High Standards trio, a group that focuses on early jazz and swing from 1900s to 1930s. He is also part of Mothguts; The Fuzz Pops, The Wright Trio and many other recording and live productions.

Mike Noordzy is an NJ-based musician and educator. He plays upright and electric bass in a variety of styles. He teaches privately at Rutgers University, Hudson Music Studios and Speak Music Conservatory. Mike also composes music for film and runs the experimental music …

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Ray West And His Weapons Of Anew

Ray West And His Weapons Of Anew

I finally got to sit down with my old singer and brother, Ray West, who used to sing for MCA recording artists, Spread Eagle and our old band Hostel Inc. In the past year I’ve been writing much about Ray’s new band, Weapons of Anew, in my column, North Jersey Notes, not only because Ray was in the band, but WOA also features my old Smoke Star drummer, Chris Manfre. This all-star band of sorts doesn’t just stop there, because it also features Havoc Hate guitarist, Freddy Ordine, and bassist, Stefan “Reno” Cutrupi, as well as the recent addition of guitarist, Kris Norris, from the band Darkest Hour.

Weapons of Anew didn’t start out small like most local bands coming out of the gate. They came out swinging with a support slot opening for Alter Bridge and Non-Point back in Mar. This month is a big one for the band as they embark on a U.S. tour with ‘80s icons, Tesla. But the biggest accomplishment for Weapons of Anew this month is the long-awaited release …

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Manhattan Beat – Venom Inc., Eugene Hutz & Gogol Bordello, P.O.D. And More!

Manhattan Beat – Venom Inc., Eugene Hutz & Gogol Bordello, P.O.D. And More!

Venom Inc/The Gramercy Theatre/September 2, 2017

Formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Venom became one of the darkest bands in thrash and speed metal. The band has split and reformed several times, and presently consists of one original member, bassist/vocalistm Conrad “Cronos” Lant. In 2010, original Venom guitaristm Jeffrey “Mantas” Dunn, teamed with later Venom bassist, Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan, to form a band called Prime Evil, later changed to M:PIRE of EVIL. In 2015, Demolition Man contacted original Venom drummer, Anthony “Abaddon” Bray, about playing some Venom songs with M:PIRE of EVIL at a festival; the three musicians had played together in Venom from 1989 to 1992, but Mantas and Abaddon had not spoken in two decades. They wound up becoming Venom Inc., initially to revive the older Venom catalog. Venom Inc. eventually wrote new music and released a debut album, Avé, on Aug. 11, 2017.

Headlining at the Gramercy Theatre, Venom Inc. performed 12 Venom songs and four Venom Inc. songs. That …

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Philip Ng – Martial Arts Master Expounds On Playing Playing The Legendary Bruce Lee

Philip Ng – Martial Arts Master Expounds On Playing Playing The Legendary Bruce Lee

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Based in Hong Kong, Philip Ng is a martial arts master who works in film and television as an actor, action director and fight choreographer. Trained in Ving Tsun kung fu (Wing Chun), he is a sixth generation disciple of Choy Li Fut kung fu. Among his previous film credits are Wild City, Zombie Fight Club, Sifu vs. Vampire, The Man from Macau, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai, Young and Dangerous: Reloaded and Naked Soldier.

Ng immigrated to the United States from his native Hong Kong at the age of seven, beginning his martial arts training under the supervision of his father, sifu (teacher) Sam Ng (a fifth generation practitioner of the Choy Li Fut system). Later, to further his martial arts education, he traveled back to Hong Kong and became a student of sifu Wong Shun Leung, who trained him in Ving Tsun kung fu tirelessly until his untimely passing in 1997.

Returning to the U.S, Ng earned his Master’s degree at the University of Illinois …

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Northside Festival 2017 @ Brooklyn

Northside Festival 2017

Brooklyn

Northside returned to Brooklyn for its ninth year on June 7-11, 2017. Miguel, Thursday, Dirty Projectors, and Kamasi Washington headlined concerts in McCarren Park. Craig Leon & Martin Rev, Downtown Boys, Elvis Depressedly, Girlpool, Happyness, Hoops, The Hotelier, Jay Som, Lætitia Sadier, Lower Dens, Mary Timony, Mirah, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and PUP also performed. The festival also included nearly 300 lesser-known bands from around the world.

Northside Festival featured both innovation and music tracks, so conference attendees could attend panels during the day and concerts at night. Northside Innovation featured over 150 speakers leading panel discussions …

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Paul Weller: A Kind Revolution

Paul Weller

A Kind Revolution

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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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