Worship Anthrax: An Interview with Charlie Benante

Worship Anthrax: An Interview with Charlie Benante

One of my favorite metal bands of all time as a young boy growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey was always Anthrax. They always ran alongside Metallica for me and the fact that these guys were local always left a spot in my heart for them. Anyway, a couple of years ago, I was tasked with interviewing bassist Frank Bello to promote Anthrax’s cover CD, Anthems, and that was a little nerve-racking since Frank had been one of my favorite bass players of all time. Without blowing up Anthrax’s image, what a nice guy he was! I ended running into him again at Comic Con in NYC later that year and he remembered our chat about Star Wars and still answers my text messages to this day.

Last year, I was given the opportunity to interview guitarist Scott Ian about his spoken-word show, which is amazing for any metal fan to see! If Scott ever does this again, I highly recommend it! It’s a laugh a minute. I’ve also read his book …

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The Aquarian Weekly’s 2015 Summer Concert Guide

The Aquarian Weekly’s 2015 Summer Concert Guide

Summer has the unique ability to be dubbed “concert season.” When longer days, warmer temperatures, and summer vacations from school happen all at the same time, it makes for a great opportunity for musical acts to hit the road and for festivals to pop up all over. Summer 2015 will be no different than the past, so The Aquarian Weekly has put together some of the hottest upcoming shows for you to enjoy:

 

Crawfish Fest

 

For 26 years, Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest has brought the best of NOLA to New Jersey in a celebration of music and food from the region. The festival spans three days and takes place on campgrounds, prompting attendees to spend the night. Bands included on this year’s lineup are Marc Broussard, Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds, Raw Oyster Cult, Gas House Gorillas, and more. This year’s event takes place on the Sussex County Fair Grounds in Augusta, NJ from May 29 – May 31.

 

The Who and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts

 

Rock legends The Who

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Shoreworld: Bruce Tunkel – We’ll Make It Up As We Go

Shoreworld: Bruce Tunkel – We’ll Make It Up As We Go

The ’80s were one of the key periods for New Jersey music. With visible bands such as The Smithereens, the Misfits and Skid Row covering wide ground, the myriad of underlings that came so close was astounding. Everyone I know has a story of “almost.” From signing toothless contracts to losing key label mentors, the “Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda” list is vast. The real winners from that crazy time are the individuals that see the writing on the wall and make chess-like moves to guarantee some continuity for their career future.

One of those grounded visionaries is Bruce Tunkel. Tunkel got his start with the Jersey Shore jangle of The Red House. The Red House was a popular blue collar/alternative band during the late ’80s, and they got extremely close to the dream. So close as to, in fact, commence working with Mark Opitz (INXS, the Divinyls, and Hoodoo Gurus) in spring of 1990 for the band’s self-titled SBK Records release.

The Red House looked to be the premier launching pad for this Jersey unit but …

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An Interview with Volbeat: Nonstop For These Gentlemen

An Interview with Volbeat: Nonstop For These Gentlemen

With their distinctive vocals and melodies, Volbeat is one band that’s hard to ignore. The Danish heavy metal band has been around for over a decade and has the fanbase to show for it. They’ve spent years on the road touring with bands including Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer.

Their fifth studio album, Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies, brought their success over to the States. Former Anthrax guitarist, Rob Caggiano, helped produce the album and became their newest member shortly after. Find out what he had to tell The Aquarian about the writing process, touring and more.

Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies came in the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. Were you surprised with the record’s success?

            I wouldn’t say I’m surprised. We’re definitely very proud of the record and we put a lot of heart into making it. Like I said, I think it’s something we’re all really proud of. It’s not like we, you know, as an artist … you can’t really write songs and work on album with success in mind …

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An Interview with Zoe Kravitz: The ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Good Kill’ Interview

An Interview with Zoe Kravitz: The ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Good Kill’ Interview

Born December 1, 1988, Zoë Isabella Kravitz is the daughter of five-time Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz and Emmy-nominated actress Lisa Bonet (for The Cosby Show). The versatile entertainer has followed in the footsteps of both of her parents, between fronting the bands Elevator Fight and Lolawolf and an acting career that has enjoyed a meteoric rise as of late.

This spring alone, Zoë has a half-dozen films released in theaters, including the blockbusters Insurgent and Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as Good Kill, The Road Within, Dope and Treading Water. Here, she talks about life and about her latest movies.

Hi Zoë, thanks for the interview. I’m honored to have this opportunity.

No worries, Kam. How are you?

Great, thanks. I don’t know whether you’re aware that I’ve interviewed both your mom and your dad.

No, I wasn’t aware. Cool!

How do you explain your career taking off this year? You’re in a half-dozen new movies this spring: Insurgent, Treading Water, The Road Within, Good

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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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