Catching Up With Pepper & Less Than Jake

Catching Up With Pepper & Less Than Jake

If you’re looking to check out a concert that will help you escape reality for a bit, Less Than Jake and Pepper are now on a tour sponsored by St. Pauli, the German football club that stands up against fascism, racism, sexism, and homophobia. I had a chance to chat with Yesod Williams from Pepper and Chris DeMakes from Less Than Jake ahead of their tour, which stops at the PlayStation Theater in New York City on Feb. 17, The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Feb. 18, and The Fillmore in Philadelphia on Feb. 19.

 

Yesod Williams/Pepper:

 

Ohana is an incredible album. What was the recording process like? 

The recording process was super organic. We wanted to take it back to the early days of being in a band where you get in a room with your friends and just jam. We didn’t want to piece the album together per se, we wanted to start from the beginning, work through it and finish at the end, (resulting) in a full body of work for …

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An Interview With Hailey Knox: Rising Star Has The Pop Scene Covered

An Interview With Hailey Knox: Rising Star Has The Pop Scene Covered

She is a young, blonde, internet singing sensation, yet somehow 18-year-old Hailey Knox has managed to separate herself from the hoards of teenage pop star wannabes. Despite her beauty and unrelenting charm it is Knox’s mesmerizing voice, which commands center stage. Her increasingly popular YouTube channel, which has racked up over two million views, first grabbed the attention of the music industry in 2014 with her captivating rendition of A Great Big World’s “Say Something.” After playing local gigs as one-half of The Knox Sisters, this New York native is now pursuing a solo career.

In June of 2016 Knox’s debut EP, A Little Awkward, was released through S-Curve Records. The playful pop album tastes like honey with five upbeat yet intimate songs including “My Worst Enemy,” “Awkward,” “Loopty Loop,” “Geeks,” and “Take It Or Leave It.” With an EP to her name, a tour underway and new songs in the works, 2017 is shaping up to be Hailey’s most exciting year yet. The artist took a few moments between shows to chat with …

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Timing Is Everything: An Interview With Sammy & Raquel – The Duo

Timing Is Everything: An Interview With Sammy & Raquel – The Duo

Personally, I have enjoyed Sammy & Raquel – The Duo during dinner while I was out to eat before, and they are something special. So good, I find myself searching them on Instagram to listen to small clips they post all the time. The Duo have given us some insight on what they have been up to, what they hope their music does for others, and what they have planned for the future.

Please list all members.

Sam Souza and Raquel McCabe.

Where are you from?

Nutley, New Jersey.

How long have you been a duo and how did you get started?

We have been a duo for over six years now. We have known each other since elementary school and didn’t discover each other’s love for music and performing until late high school where we started our duo group. Sammy is a self-taught musician. He learned how to play the guitar at the age of nine by watching his father play songs from the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, etc. I (Raquel) started taking singing …

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An Interview With This Year’s Comeback: Full Steam Ahead

An Interview With This Year’s Comeback: Full Steam Ahead

This Year’s Comeback filled us in on how they formed as a band, what their sound is like, and what they’ve been up to recently.

Please list all band members:

We’ve got Brian, Ryan, Nick, Ken and Justin.

Where are you from?

We’re from a place called Toms River, New Jersey. If you’ve ever seen that old MTV show, Jersey Shore, it’s pretty much the same town.

How long have you been a band and how did you get started?

To be entirely honest, we really don’t know, but we do know that we opened up our Facebook page on Nov. 12, 2014. For a few months, we really didn’t do much of anything other than get together every now and again, play covers and just hang out. It wasn’t until March of 2015 that we posted a video cover up on YouTube under the name “Rivers.” Then, for another few months, we didn’t do much again until December 2015, where we finally played our first show at a little coffee shop.

After this, …

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An Interview With Matty Carlock: Writing For Self-Redemption

An Interview With Matty Carlock: Writing For Self-Redemption

Matty Carlock is an unsigned artist from New Jersey who makes music as a therapeutic escape for himself, but has made something more of it. He filled us in on how he got started in music, his current projects, and what he hopes for in the future in his music career.

Where are you from?

Middletown, NJ.

How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?

I’ve been touring, creating, and releasing music properly for about 10 years now. I was in a hardcore band, called BACK AND FORTH, that has three public releases. I toured with that for a long time when we were more active. While I was on tour with them, I couldn’t ignore my roots, and I would write folk songs on the acoustic in the back of the van on long drives, and now being a solo artist is my main focus. It’s been about a year since my debut album, Loveless, came out.

I got started as a young kid after discovering old Bruce …

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Hendrix In Harlem @ The Apollo

Hendrix In Harlem

The Apollo

Johnny Allen Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington, but in 1946, Johnny’s parents changed his name to James Marshall Hendrix. By the late 1960s, however, the world came to know him as Jimi Hendrix, leader of Jimmy James & the Blue Flames, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band Of Gypsys, and also as the most influential guitarist is rock history.

Jimi Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. After a stint in the U.S. Army, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the “chitlin’ circuit,” playing in The Isley Brothers’ backing …

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NOFX: First Ditch Effort

NOFX

First Ditch Effort

Fat Wreck Chords

For the last 30 years, punk rock legends, NOFX, remained in the spotlight by pushing the boundaries of music and of the times. They were formed in 1983, but did not find much success until the release of their fifth studio album, Punk In Drublic, in 1994. The band …

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