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An Interview with Bryan Adams: More Of A Good Thing

An Interview with Bryan Adams: More Of A Good Thing

Marking the release of a new album and the 30th anniversary of his studio classic, Reckless, Bryan Adams’ career is one any artist would envy and any fan would appreciate. On his latest studio work, Tracks Of My Years, Adams is in new territory as he interprets classics such as “Sunny,” “Rock And Roll Music,” and “God Only Knows.” The album’s original track, “She Knows Me,” showcases (yet again) the unparalleled collaboration shared between Adams and longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance. For more on Adams’ music, tour plans, and award-winning, spectacular photography visit bryanadams.com or bryanadamsphotography.com.

There are so many things we can talk about, from awards to photography and of course your music career. Where would you like to start?

Let’s talk about the new album. That’s a good start.

OK. So what can you tell me about the song selection process for Tracks Of My Years and why were those songs so influential for a young Bryan?

I knew you were going to ask me that. OK, well, look at…

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An Interview with Arch Enemy: A New Revolution Begins

An Interview with Arch Enemy: A New Revolution Begins

Arch Enemy has always been a funny band to me. Not ha-ha funny, just you know, funny. When you think of the stereotypes of metal, you may think the music is all very heavy and very extreme. And despite what some older generations might say, metal isn’t “just noise,” it can also be melodic. And that is what has always intrigued me about Arch Enemy. Not only could they produce some of the heaviest riffs, but they could also create some of the most beautiful melodies. Another stereotype is the one where metal bands are composed of a bunch of big, burly, bearded men. Since the departure of Johan Liiva in 2000, this Swedish metal band has been fronted by the incredibly talented Angela Gossow.

When Gossow decided to part ways with the band earlier this year, she passed the torch to her friend, The Agonist’s Alissa White-Gluz. Guitarist Michael Amott and the rest of the band welcomed their new singer as they recorded their 10th album, War Eternal. Instead of letting the pressure…

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Interview with Pallbearer: Slow Riffs On The Fast Track

Interview with Pallbearer: Slow Riffs On The Fast Track

Ah, doom metal. First brought on by Black Sabbath, and continued by bands like Candlemass and Saint Vitus. This subgenre is one that pays tribute to the slow, heavy riff, down-tuned guitars, and a hint of despair. Pallbearer erupted with their 2010 demo which would go on to form their critically acclaimed debut, Sorrow And Extinction, in 2012. Consisting of five tracks that total just under 49 minutes, this was a monster of a debut, and it really put the band on the grid. The music was heavy, the lyrics were smart, and the clean vocals were epic.

In May of 2013, I had the opportunity of attending Baroness’ first show back in the States since their August 2012 bus accident. The opening bands that night just so happened to be Brooklyn’s Tombs and Little Rock’s Pallbearer. When Pallbearer took the stage and started playing, I watched everyone around me perk their heads up and slowly nod their heads to the music. Not only was the band lost in the music, but the fans…

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Shoreworld: Exploring Wide-Open Space With New Jersey’s Own Deal Casino

Shoreworld: Exploring Wide-Open Space With New Jersey’s Own Deal Casino

Out on a recent birthday celebration over at The Wonder Bar, I had the distinct pleasure of conversing with Christine Feola. Feola is the hottest up-and-coming go-to girl when it comes to locating and promoting fresh events and unconventionally great bands. One of the acts that Christine suggested I come see was Sparta, New Jersey, transplants Deal Casino. Yes, I know they’ve been covered extensively in the area, but for whatever the reason, I’ve never had a chance to usher them into Shoreworld territory, until now.

Named after the famed beach community that boasted membership from guys like movie theater king Walter Reed and Genovese crime family underboss Willie Moretti, Deal Casino are as streamlined and mysterious as their name implies.

The band recorded two EPs at various times last year, including Cocaine Love and The Runaways EP. Mixing raw, confessional lyrics with the spirit of space-rock tradition, Deal Casino compose vast and picturesque music along the lines of bands such as Arcade Fire and Klaxons. They utilize stark, carefully chosen arrangements to convey…

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: September 24 – September 30

Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: September 24 – September 30

Unlocking The Truth/The Studio At Webster Hall/September 24, 2014 

                Brooklyn-based vocalist/guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12, began jamming as children in the Brickhouse family’s basement in 2007, imitating the heavy metal sounds they heard in Japanese anime and wrestling videos. Sensing the need to add more sound, they taught their friend, Alec Atkins, now 13, to play bass in 2012. Unlocking The Truth at The Studio At Webster Hall performed original, genuine metal jams that recalled the early days of speed and thrash metal. They bounced wildly to the grooves onstage propelled by the music. Whereas in the past the band’s set was comprised of rocket-fueled guitar-crazy instrumentals, Brickhouse sang enough chorus and verse to call each jam a song. By the end of the night, there was only one question to ask: How did musicians this young learn to play so well that they could embarrass veteran musicians five times their age?

 

GBH/Gramercy Theatre/September 26, 2014

GBH formed as a street punk band in 1978 in Birmingham,…

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KISS @ Susquehanna Bank Center

KISS

Susquehanna Bank Center

August 3, 2014

CAMDEN, NJ—KISS, newly inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this past April, played the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Aug. 3. This was the third of three dates in New Jersey over two weeks and the second of a South Jersey back-to-back double-shot, having played a rare appearance in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall the previous night. As part of a joint summer tour with Def Leppard, this is also the 40th anniversary tour for KISS celebrating the history of the band. From the makeup days of the ’70s, to the unmasked days of the ’80s…

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ODESZA: In Return

ODESZA

In Return

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Production duo ODESZA have made a stir in the electronic music scene. The duo consists of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, who go by CatacombKid and BeachesBeaches, respectively. They’re no strangers to the music festival circuit, even ending their spring tour this year by playing Coachella.

If I were…

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