Exclusive: An Interview with Les Claypool of The Lennon Claypool Delirium

Exclusive: An Interview with Les Claypool of The Lennon Claypool Delirium

Primus bassist/composer Les Claypool and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sean Lennon have teamed up in The Claypool Lennon Delirium, whose Monolith of Phobos debut (ATO Records) is one of the most surprisingly refreshing and entertaining rock albums of the year. You can classify it as Instant Classic Alt-Rock. Or not. Their tour will take them to New York City and Philadelphia at the end of the month. I spoke to Les (and told him to give Sean my phone number) and he sounded truly enervated and excited about this unlikely project.

Really looking forward to you coming to town. How do your live shows stack up against what I hear on this terrific debut?

There’s more furry men standing before you.

Besides the visuals.

Now that I’m thinking about it, we are one furry fucking band.

A lot of hair there?

Yeah, there’s a lotta hair goin’ on. I never even realized it until I just made that statement. There’s a whole load of head hair, facial hair and, uh, well, I’m gonna stop right there.

We’re a

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In Memoriam: Tom Searle of Architects

In Memoriam: Tom Searle of Architects

I wasn’t sure how to write this. Despite the fact I offered to write this, once I started I found myself in a cycle of typing and deleting, worried I wouldn’t be able to do it the justice deserved. So I’ll just start.

I didn’t know Tom Searle. Though I know his music as a part of Architects, even including their 2014 Lost Forever//Lost Together in my list of Top 10 Albums of 2014 list for this very paper, I never had the privilege of speaking with Tom and discussing it. But hearing about his passing at the young age of 28 hurt.

Maybe it’s because of the way that whenever you hear the word cancer, no matter who you are chances are people come to mind: my best friend’s mom who beat breast cancer, my 14-year-old cousin who is currently fighting leukemia, and now Tom who passed after battling it relentlessly for three years.

Though his battle was not publicized, its implications were there. Details of his struggles with the disease and its impact …

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An Interview With Prophets Of Rage: Taking The Power Back

An Interview With Prophets Of Rage: Taking The Power Back

In the wake of one of the most rollercoaster, volatile presidential elections, members of some of the most popular political music groups in recent memory have come together to fill the dearth of anti-establishment bands. Starting with Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, the “supergroup,” Prophets Of Rage, features Rage’s Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk alongside Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord and B-Real of Cypress Hill.

Taking its name from a song off of Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, the new group has made headlines for its staunch dissent from the current political climate and election cycle. Highlighting this was a protest performance at the Republican National Convention. However, the group is not solely speaking out against the Republicans, but rather the entire political process. According to B-Real, the group wanted to play at the Democratic convention as well, but scheduling conflicts arose.

I spoke with B-Real about the formation of the group, the advantages of social media and the creation of the new EP …

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An Interview With Darlene Love: Returning to Asbury Park August 27

An Interview With Darlene Love: Returning to Asbury Park August 27

Darlene Love returns to the historic Paramount Theater on Saturday, Aug. 27. Love’s summer performance in Asbury Park is quickly becoming a yearly tradition. Last year’s show celebrating the release of her new CD, which had Love performing alongside the album’s producer, Steven Van Zandt, was one for the music history books. Love’s relationship with Asbury Park led her to film a video that featured her cruising around town with Joan Jett & Paul Shaffer, cumulating with a performance of “Forbidden Nights” on the sand with a beach full of fans.

Since the early ’60s, as part of Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” hit factory, this great lady has done it all…from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease. She even starred as herself in Leader of the Pack, credited as Broadway’s first “jukebox musical.” Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs, running the gamut from her weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on the PBS special entitled Women Who

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An Interview With Seth Rogen: The Sausage Party Interview

An Interview With Seth Rogen: The Sausage Party Interview

Seth Rogen has established himself as a prominent actor, writer, producer and director, a Renaissance man with the talent to generate, launch and star in his own projects. In 2011, Rogen, along with lifelong friend and writing partner, Evan Goldberg, founded Point Grey Pictures, the production company behind such movies as The Interview, Neighbors, This Is The End and 50/50.

Earlier this year, Seth produced and starred in the sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority. Point Grey’s first TV show, Preacher, based on Garth Ennis’ graphic novel, airs on AMC and has recently been renewed for another season. Here, he talks about his new film, Sausage Party, a raunchy animated comedy co-starring James Franco, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd and Danny McBride.

Hi Seth, thanks for the interview. I’m honored to have this opportunity to speak with you. I’ve enjoyed so much of your work over the years, from Superbad right up to the present.

That’s so nice of you, Kam. Thank …

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Firefly Music Festival @ The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway

Firefly Music Festival

The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway

DOVER, DE—Firefly Music Festival is the ultimate summer getaway. You are camping there for five days (if you had Wednesday Premiere) with all your friends and some of the greatest bands around. This year’s installment was as close to paradise as you could get, especially because this one was a step up from past years. There were new stages, new art features, and new food vendors—including everyone’s favorite, Chipotle. The new art served as a unique landmark to find your friends after getting lost during someone’s set. The Beercade and Dogfish Head Brewery made an appearance again, providing air conditioning, …

Peter Vitalone: The Side Of The Dirt

Peter Vitalone

The Side Of The Dirt

Independent

Upon first listen, about 35 seconds into “Into Me I See,” the first track on Peter Vitalone’s latest album, This Side Of The Dirt¸ I thought to myself, “This is something my parents would enjoy.” And though, to some, that could be construed as a bit of an insult, …

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