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An Interview with Vinnie Paul from Hellyeah: Transcendent Groove

An Interview with Vinnie Paul from Hellyeah: Transcendent Groove

Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood) is the current release from the groove metal supergroup Hellyeah. The ensemble’s fourth full-length will have listeners knee-deep in the vibes of Southern-inspired guitars with aggressive accents. Lyrically and musically, the material on the album has become more refined, but has not lost its authentic and wild flavor. The band comprises of known musicians within the genre including Chad Gray of Mudvayne on vocals, guitarist Tom Maxwell of Nothingface, Bloodsimple bassist Kyle Sanders, and the legendary Vinnie Paul on the drum kit.

Grounded originally in Dallas, TX, the guys of Hellyeah are on the road not only in support of their album, but opening for Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat. Hellyeah continue to make waves with their sound and gain a larger following while remaining a subtle, yet influential outfit.

The guys continue to perform live despite the struggles bands face in the contemporary industry and are currently hitting the road nationwide. In the middle of the cross-country journey, Hellyeah drummer and metal pioneer Vinnie Paul took…

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Interview with Balance And Composure: Swimming In A Daydream

Interview with Balance And Composure: Swimming In A Daydream

Around this time last year, Doylestown, Pennsylvania’s heavy-hitting post-hardcore outlet Balance And Composure received an overwhelming response of support and feedback from their highly anticipated sophomore full-length, The Things We Think We’re Missing. With a progressively innovative and emotionally intensified sound that was exemplified through standalone singles like “Reflection,” “Notice Me,” “Lost Your Name” and “Tiny Raindrop,” this record truly reflected the musical direction of the band moving forward since their acclaimed 2011 debut, Separation.

After touring extensively this past summer as support for Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine and La Dispute, as well as sharing the stage with the likes of The Strokes, Built To Spill, Slowdive and Blood Orange at FYF Fest, Balance And Composure started their latest U.S. headlining tour in September alongside Seahaven, who will also be joining them overseas for several shows in Europe.

While the band was on the road for the first week of their tour, I briefly spoke with guitarist and vocalist Jon Simmons about these particular shows, as well as the general reception of The Things

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Interview with Stryper: Michael Sweet Unleashes The Yellow And Black Attack … Again!

Interview with Stryper: Michael Sweet Unleashes The Yellow And Black Attack … Again!

When I think about the band Stryper, I think about high school for some reason. I’m not sure why since I typically listened to bands like Mötley Crüe, Metallica and Skid Row, but for some reason I still always liked Stryper. It could be that one of my best friends growing up labeled them as his favorite band and they were all we listened to when we hung out. Regardless, I always had a respect for Stryper because they were doing something different. Yes, they used to look like bumblebees playing hard rock music, but they were pioneers. They were the first ever Christian heavy metal band to hit the mainstream music world. They became the anti-Iron Maiden and the anti-Slayer, who used to promote the numbers “666” as the number of Satan. Stryper would trademark the “777” symbol, which became popular among the Christian metalheads.

Stryper saw much of their success in the mid-’80s when their third CD, To Hell With The Devil, hit the top of the charts with songs like “Calling…

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An Interview with A Great Big Pile Of Leaves: Gonna Have A Good Time

An Interview with A Great Big Pile Of Leaves: Gonna Have A Good Time

Delivering an eccentric and lively sound that would immediately fill your head with blissful thoughts of warm sweaters and breezy autumn afternoons, the Brooklyn-based indie rock quartet A Great Big Pile Of Leaves have spent this past year touring in support with the likes of Braid, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and Into It. Over It. Gaining a devoted fanbase over the years from their delightful and enthusiastic live performances, the band finally embarked on their first headlining tour in over two years in September. Sponsored by the their label, Topshelf Records, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves also had the chance to bring out their label mates Diamond Youth and Field Mouse on the road with them as support.

After the first night of their tour, I spoke with drummer Tyler Soucy about their collaboration with Topshelf Records on this tour, their summer on the road with Braid and also their upcoming plans to write and record a follow-up to their sophomore LP, You’re

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Shoreworld: Kevin John Allen And Friends – The Long Road Of Life

Shoreworld: Kevin John Allen And Friends – The Long Road Of Life

New Jersey songwriter Kevin John Allen continues his musical journey with the release of The Long Road Of Life. Out on the highway, playing bars, theaters, state fairs and just about any other venue that will have him, Allen has always kept one true goal in mind, and that goal is to initiate music lovers so that they tag along on his carnival ride through real-time storytelling. From Maine to Texas, Allen is keenly focused when it comes to spreading the word about the very road he travels.

Kevin John Allen is definitely no stranger to that open highway, and for a writer that has logged well over 200 published works, he shows no signs making detours or slowing down. His songs are actively featured in television, movies, commercials and they have been covered by several other artists.

He’s been the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions that herald his standout brand of songwriting style, but at the end of the day, Allen’s passionate reason for writing remains unwavering. He’s a storyteller who revels…

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Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Beacon Theatre

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Beacon Theatre

July 11, 2014

MANHATTAN, NY—David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash (CSN) combined forces for the last of a three-night stand at the Beacon as “they let their freak flag fly” and then some, taking on their storied catalog that has aged like fine wine.

They had a busy week in town appearing at the Paley Center For Media webcast as well as The Tonight Show, where they backed up Jimmy Fallon’s impersonation of Neil Young on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” It was an incredibly laughable testament to CSN&Y’s enduring legacy that also coincided with the recent release, 1974, that documents the legendary…

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Ruby Fray: Grackle

Ruby Fray

Grackle

K Records

The funniest part of Ruby Fray’s music is how Emily Beanblossom, the musician behind the project, responds when asked to describe her music. The sound has been given a range of descriptions: witchy chamber folk, psychedelic witch wave, witch ghost folk-pop-rock. Transitioning between farm life and city life multiple…

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