An Interview with Stone Temple Pilots: Same On The Inside

An Interview with Stone Temple Pilots: Same On The Inside

The past two years have been a whirlwind for Stone Temple Pilots following original singer, Scott Weiland’s, departure from the band in 2013. Since then the remaining members—guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz—have just recently won the right to continue using the name without Weiland. Fans can rejoice as they are back to making music with the help of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington as their new lead vocalist. The release of their last EP, High Rise, has proven that time and a lineup change can’t take away their talent and draw. As they head out on tour, Dean takes the time to discuss working with Chester, upcoming shows and family life on the road.

Stone Temple Pilots have already released an EP with Chester and have performed with him, but what are you guys anticipating most about your upcoming tour together?

We’re gonna do a couple things that we’ve done in the past that we haven’t done in a long time and I think it’s out of necessity. Chester sustained …

by   |  04/22/2015  |  Comments (1)

 

An Interview with Atreyu: Back At It

An Interview with Atreyu: Back At It

In 2011, the immensely popular metal group Atreyu announced they were going on a hiatus. It was a much-needed break for the band. As their success heightened, they were accompanied by business professionals in the studio, and took every show they could. What started out as a passion, a love for playing music, slowly became a chore, a job. The band knew they needed to take time off and regroup.

Almost five years later, and the band is back. The mission is to start out like they did when they were younger. Keep it fun, relaxed, and make their passion the main focus. And what a better way to get things going than paying a tribute to what piqued their interest in playing music in the first place? Like the hardcore/punk bands the guys in Atreyu looked up to, they put out their very own 7’’ single. This Record Store Day exclusive features a brand new song and is the band’s first 7’’ release.

I had the opportunity to chat with the band’s drummer, Brandon …

by   |  04/22/2015  |  Comments (0)

 

We Walk The Line: An Interview with Agnostic Front

We Walk The Line: An Interview with Agnostic Front

Still stronger than ever after igniting the torch for the New York hardcore scene for three decades, Agnostic Front return with the release of their 11th full-length studio album, The American Dream Died, this month.

Sticking true to their roots, The American Dream Died is a heavy-hitting effort that reconnects Agnostic Front fans both young and old, with an old-school sound that frontman Roger Merit said will “directly bring you back to 1981.” Lyrically addressing many issues that are lingering in the shadows of American society today, The American Dream Died is a record that is relevant to the times—covering a wide range of topics, from the economy to police brutality and war.

As the band geared up to hit the road for a small run of East Coast tour dates back in March, I had the opportunity to talk with Merit about the lyrical themes that come into play throughout The American Dream Died, as well as their upcoming record release shows at The Bowery Electric in Manhattan.

We’re not too far

by   |  04/22/2015  |  Comments (0)

 

An Interview with Speedy Ortiz: Full Acceleration

An Interview with Speedy Ortiz: Full Acceleration

If there was an award given out for hardest working band, Speedy Ortiz would certainly be a contender.

Since 2012, the Massachusetts-based group has released two EPs and two full-length albums, while maintaining a relentless tour schedule.

Led by singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, also a poet and visual artist, Speedy Ortiz’s sound is steeped in ’90s alternative rock influences and framed by Dupuis’ dense and sardonic lyrics.

Debut album Major Arcana (2013) received glowing reviews and came across as the love child of Veruca Salt and Pavement. The band’s latest record, Foil Deer, released on April 21, builds on that promise with improved production and even adds some electronic nuances.

Intense touring has fostered a relentless buzz for Speedy Ortiz, which was evident in the group’s high profile at the South by Southwest music conference in March.

As the group prepared to launch another U.S. tour, I chatted with Dupuis about Foil Deer and other topics.

Sadie, tell me about your recent experience at South By Southwest. Whenever I saw reports from the conference, it seemed

by   |  04/22/2015  |  Comments (0)

 

Interview with Dan Bern: Transitions

Interview with Dan Bern: Transitions

New Record Hoody And Tour Marks Uncharted Territory For Singer-Songwriter

 

It was winter and it was late and Dan Bern was on the phone, calling from somewhere south of El Paso, Texas, in his van heading to another gig. This one would be about 400 miles away. He had a few boxes of his new CD, Hoody, bounding around in the back and a new Bluetooth unit installed in the old girl, and I am sure there was some coffee involved. He was in the mood to talk.

These late-night chats are nothing new for us. Sometimes they come earlier. Sometimes we’re actually in the same vicinity, the same city, and even amazingly in the same room, but it’s the late-night ones from the road where he gets contemplative and digs deep into his songwriting and his plans and shares tales from these never-ending tours, blessedly separated by occasional spurts at home with the family.

We talked about the new record and his upcoming shows this spring—one of which will take place in …

by   |  04/22/2015  |  Comments (0)

 

The Collector’s Cabinet @ Morbid Anatomy Museum

The Collector’s Cabinet

Morbid Anatomy Museum

January 23, 2015

BROOKLYN, NY—A wine and cheese party was held at this uniquely eccentric Brooklyn museum to celebrate the opening of a new, mind-boggling exhibition, called The Collector’s Cabinet, the second at this institution since its opening last June.

The festivities began when curator and co-founder Joanna Ebenstein introduced the exhibitors, each a collector of oddly interesting items, and invited them to expound upon the items in their own display assemblage. Antique dealers, eccentrics and hoarders of unusual artworks plus a few medical professionals made up the list of contributors.

The range of things on display was eclectic to say the least, …

by   |  03/11/2015  |  Comments Off

D’Angelo: Black Messiah

D’Angelo

Black Messiah

RCA

“Dude, don’t go around telling everybody, but that’s where D’Angelo lives…”

The house, set back from a quiet street in a nondescript micro-neighborhood in the newly developed forestland southwest of Richmond, VA, was built in the vaulted exurban style. Not quite a McMansion, but big enough to prevent any comparison …

by   |  04/22/2015  |  Comments (1)


Site designed by Subjective Designs | Powered by WordPress | Content © 1969-2015 Arts Weekly, Inc. All Rights Reserved.