An Interview With Life Of Agony: Song For The Absurd

An Interview With Life Of Agony: Song For The Absurd

Since reuniting together for a second time back in 2014, Life Of Agony continues to play actively throughout Europe and the greater New York area. This time around, there’s no question that the band remains musically and personally stronger than ever, as they relentlessly feed off the positive energy of their devoted, hardcore fanbase. This month, the New York-based icons will be unveiling their fifth studio album, A Place Where There’s No More Pain, their first full-length effort in over a decade.
Staying true to their underground roots, A Place Where There’s No More Pain is a studio effort that embraces top-tier moments of Life Of Agony’s longevity, all while channeling a refreshing harmony within the band that is genuinely reflected by their sonic chemistry and the desire to create a bone-crushing blend of metal, alternative rock.

At the end of the month, Life Of Agony is set to play an anticipated headlining gig at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza to celebrate A Place Where There’s No More Pain’s official release. In addition, the band …

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An Interview With Colossal Street Jam: Colossal Street Jam Find Their Groove with ‘Living Free’

An Interview With Colossal Street Jam: Colossal Street Jam Find Their Groove with ‘Living Free’

In this competitive music scene of ours, certain criteria determine which bands will endure. One element is, of course, exceptional musical ability while another is a bit more nebulous, felt rather than seen or heard. Synergy—that symbiotic relationship between the band and the audience—is difficult to quantify. Some call it a “vibe”. Regardless, it is necessary for a band’s survival. If they don’t feel it, then we don’t feel it. If you’ve been around long enough to see the reappearance of certain bands from “back in the day”, you may have noticed their longevity can be attributed to their combination of these elements. And, they always seem to be having a damn good time. Colossal Street Jam is one of those bands. Currently tearing through the scene with renewed energy, a new sense of purpose, and a band of musicians that, together, have found their groove, Colossal Street Jam is back and better than ever. Their electrified new album embodies its name, Living Free, and offers up a satisfying variety of sounds and styles.…

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High Ticket Attractions: An Interview with The New Pornographers

High Ticket Attractions: An Interview with The New Pornographers

“It’s a weird day,” said Carl Newman when I reach him by phone on the morning The New Pornographers’s seventh album, Whiteout Conditions, was being released

Newman, the group’s leader and chief songwriter, expressed excitement that fans could hear his new music, but was distracted by concern about world affairs, as the U.S. had launched a military strike against a Syrian airbase the previous day.

It’s this same juxtaposition—upbeat sounds paired with lyrics laced with apprehension—that fuels the synth-heavy Whiteout Conditions, which finds The New Pornographers exploring a more new wave-centric style.

Aside from the sonic deviation, the latest album, released on April 7, marks other notable changes for the group.

It’s the band’s first release without longtime drummer Kurt Dahle and on a label other than Matador Records. And Dan Bejar, who wrote and sang several tunes on each of The New Pornographers’ previous records, bowed out of Whiteout Conditions due to recording commitments with his other band, Destroyer.

During our phone chat, Newman discussed his anxiety over a Trump-led America, …

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Shoreworld: D.B. Calla & The Forget-Me-Nots

Shoreworld: D.B. Calla & The Forget-Me-Nots

D.B. Calla hails from Toms River, NJ and is probably best known as a vocalist in the Toms River band EOS. She also served time in Blondsense and Ninth Infantry, two other Tri-State bands that have done quite well in the current decade. D.B. Calla has a sound reminiscent of the wall of sound made famous by Phil Spector in the 1960s and 1970s. Produced by the legendary Joe (Ciid) Birardi (Dirty Rats, EOS, River Monsters), D.B. Calla brings an old-school feel back to rock and roll along the lines of Martha and the Vandellas, early Blondie, Kim Carnes and Tina Turner. Guitar work by Joe Birardi is also a focal point here, and he supports her natural vocal ability quite well. I also wanted to mention that the folks lending a hand on background vocals are Deny and Marnie Carmella, both longtime members of Ninth Infantry as well as other bands and combos throughout their professional careers.

Hot off her New York debut with the band and the new record, D.B. sent me the …

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Queued Up: ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘The House That Screamed,’ House: Two Stories,’ And More

Queued Up: ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘The House That Screamed,’ House: Two Stories,’ And More

HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)

The set-up: As America falls behind the Russians in the Space Race of the early 1960s, three African-American women—genius human computer Katherine Goble (targeting trajectories for major flight missions), untitled but masterly computer supervisor Dorothy Vaughn, and smart aspiring engineer Mary Jackson—labor hard at NASA to assist the agency’s missions, including helping John Glenn to become the first American to orbit the Earth. On top of their intense number crunching, the women must also combat the racism and sexism that blocks their ascension up the ranks.

 

The breakdown: While these real-life events seemed like a slam dunk for Hollywood, it took decades for these stories to be discovered and turned into an insightful and moving film. Sure, it offers tailor made uplifting moments on screen, but director and co-screenwriter Theodore Melfi balances them with the unpleasant societal realities for black women at the time. His passion for these pioneers and their life stories shines through; he even turned down helming the next Spider-Man movie to make this. Stars Taraji P. Henson …

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Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Madison Square Garden

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Madison Square Garden

MANHATTAN, NY—After a short wait in a cove-looking area of the basement of Madison Square Garden, it was time to coalesce like a group of elites. The tiny and unique grooves in the white concrete walls decorated a stealthy walk past by family lounges and dressing rooms for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This is the “honor walk” during which photographers and writers are escorted into the area closest to the stage, where the amps align and the barricades are behind.

The lights dimmed; it went totally dark, and the smartphone flashes served as the limited source of light to …

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The Basment Sessions: The Basment Sessions Vol. 3 & 4

The Basment Sessions

The Basment Sessions Vol. 3 & 4

Capacitator Records

The Basment Sessions are a Seattle-based super group who record most Sundays during the summer after rotating members smoke a few trees, drink shots of tequila, and bond over barbecue. Perhaps intentionally misspelled after burning a few too many, the all-star outfit is organized and produced by drummer Johnny “G” …

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