An Interview with Pixies: Adding To Their Legacy

An Interview with Pixies: Adding To Their Legacy

I’ll never forget watching the final scene of Fight Club for the first time and loving every bit of it. As buildings collapsed and the screen faded to black, music was playing that seemed to fit the movie so perfectly. The song, of course, was one of Pixies’ most popular tracks, “Where Is My Mind?” That was the first time that I had ever heard the tune. A few thousand plays later leads me to the last time I heard the song during the “Lightning In A Bottle” commercial from Acura. Now this version is a bit different than any other one you would typically hear on the radio. It was actually reworked to be played on a few orchestral instruments by Pixies’ lead guitarist, Joey Santiago.

Santiago is no stranger to composition and scoring. He began working on various different film and television projects since the mid-1990s. His newest work has led him to team up with Paz Lenchantin, the current bassist for Pixies, and veteran of A Perfect Circle and The Entrance Band. …

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An Interview with Falling In Reverse: All The World’s A Stage:

An Interview with Falling In Reverse: All The World’s A Stage:

Soon after wrapping up a short touring run overseas and releasing their third studio album, Just Like You, on Epitaph Records, Falling In Reverse revealed plans to set out on their latest venture: Ronnie Radke’s Three Ring Circus. A show will consist of three “acts”: the first being electronica openers Ghost Town, followed by the headliners performing Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, the 2006 debut from Escape The Fate (and frontman Radke’s former band) it its entirety before returning to the stage with their own material as the grand finale. Capitalizing on the nostalgia factor, this gives fans of old-school Escape The Fate the chance to hear the record with Radke on vocals for a second time.

During a quiet moment on the road, drummer Ryan Seaman took the chance to talk about what sparked the idea to create this “circus,” the new album, and the importance of making yourself happy first.

How has the tour been going so far?

We’re about three weeks into the tour now and it’s just been really, …

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The Sonic Sorcerer: An Interview with Steven Wilson

The Sonic Sorcerer: An Interview with Steven Wilson

“I’ve always liked records that surprise you in some way.”

Steven Wilson was on the phone describing his musical listening tastes, but he might also have been summing up his career ethos.

Long known for his work as leader of progressive metal titans Porcupine Tree, Wilson has now released four solo albums that both challenge and reward listeners.

Wilson’s 2013 release, The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), each song based on tales of the supernatural, received universal critical acclaim. His newest offering, Hand. Cannot. Erase., is inspired by the true story of Joyce Vincent, a woman who died alone in her London bedsit, her remains not discovered for over two years.

The man is a true visionary, and one of the few artists keeping the spirit of the concept album alive—a rare exercise in an era where consumers are obsessed with downloading individual singles for their shuffled playlists.

It seems that Wilson’s brain operates on a different level than many of his contemporaries, fusing influences from cinema and literature to …

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Shoreworld: Tony Appleseed – Metanoia

Shoreworld: Tony Appleseed – Metanoia

If you don’t know the name Tony Appleseed, let me bring you up to speed. Tony Appleseed may seem to be a strange relative of the 1700s American pioneer, but the truth be told, he has more cognitive powers in the way of distributional seed. Anthony DeFabritus III is the actual man behind the branch-filled curtain of the spheroid, and he has many ripened and intricate movements of fruition when it comes to dropping rooted new ideas throughout the land. DeFabritus is the proverbial nurseryman and four-string ploughman behind bands such as Accidental Seabirds, Little Big Toe and part-time resident of Jason Sales’ dark and glittering Moon Motel.

Those loam rich bands have all been covered here thoroughly and have been some of the premier conversational pieces of my journeyed career at the Aquarian. But the one trait they all have in common is like that of the original planter. The qualities of anonymity and wallflower modesty walk hand in hand as they sift their artistic ideals of brilliance throughout their plot of original …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: The Ruen Brothers, Agnostic Front, The Fleshtones and More

Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: The Ruen Brothers, Agnostic Front, The Fleshtones and More

The Ruen Brothers/Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom/April 22, 2015

By the ages of 11 and 12, brothers Henry Stansall (lead vocals/acoustic guitar) and Rupert Stansall (lead guitar/harmonica/backing vocals) were on stage at pubs in their native Scunthorpe, England, performing songs by American music artists from the 1950s and 1960s. Following college, they relocated to London hoping to establish a music career. They conflated their first names to create a new name, The Ruen Brothers, and released a debut EP, Point Dume, on March 15, 2015.

Opening for George Ezra at Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom, The Ruen Brothers modernized an old sound and bridged eras. Looking like the Everly Brothers and sounding like early Glimmer Twins, the youthful Ruen Brothers mined early rock and roll and rockabilly but then added a robust dose of cuteness. The band balanced Elvis Presley-styled crooning and Buddy Holly-style rumbling but updated the music to the age of Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. The Ruen Brothers may still be in the process of refining a sound, however; the cover of …

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Strand Of Oaks/Felice Brothers @ Cannon’s Blackthorn

Strand Of Oaks/Felice Brothers

Cannon’s Blackthorn

February 7, 2015

(Photo by Casey M. Rosen)

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY—On Feb. 7, 2015, Strand Of Oaks, Timothy Showalter’s biography as rock ‘n’ roll band, played to a sold-out audience at Cannon’s Blackthorn in Rockville Centre, NY. Opening with “Heal,” a mid-tempo Tom Petty-esque rocker about youthful pain, Showalter and co. worked their way to the buoyant closer, a cover of The Replacements’ “Alex Chilton.” On their new album, HEAL, the songs are imbued with a lo-fi, somewhat homespun sound, a move made in effort to invoke the ideas of memory and nostalgia present within the lyrics. Live, stripped of such aesthetics, …

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Dinosaur Eyelids: Bypass To Nowhere

Dinosaur Eyelids

Bypass To Nowhere

Servis Road

There’s an old saying that goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and this is especially true for Bypass To Nowhere, Dinosaur Eyelids’ new album. The front cover shows a black-and-white burning dystopia, highlighted by a man in makeshift riot gear. His shield sports the album’s title in …

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