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An Interview with Senses Fail: A Decade Still Enfolding

An Interview with Senses Fail: A Decade Still Enfolding

In the fall of 2004, Senses Fail released their debut album, Let It Enfold You, which launched the Ridgewood, New Jersey-based quartet into mainstream success. At a time when New Jersey continued to shine as a recognizable home for underground music, Senses Fail became the next group to carry the torch for the Garden State with an angst-ridden and heartfelt post-hardcore entity to call their own.

Not only did this release immediately win over the hearts of many with iconic singles like “Buried A Lie,” “Rum Is For Drinking, Not For Burning” and “Bite To Break Skin,” Let It Enfold You became regarded over the years as an influential masterpiece that still stands the test of time to this day.

In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Senses Fail recently started a month-long tour, where they will be playing the album in its entirety. Before they embarked on this nostalgic journey, I spoke with the band’s founder and leading frontman, Buddy Nielsen, about the ways in which Let It Enfold You has shaped his life…

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An Interview with Tedeschi Trucks Band: Beacon Of The Blues

An Interview with Tedeschi Trucks Band: Beacon Of The Blues

When you see Tedeschi Trucks Band live, you quickly learn to expect the unexpected. Pretty much guaranteed is a varied setlist each night, scorching improv by the group’s 11 members, and a fusion of sounds culled from assorted eras and cultures. Not guaranteed? Being able to go a few minutes without witnessing someone in the band—or the band as a whole—doing something awesome/creative/soulful, usually all at once.

It’s been nearly five years since guitar wizard Derek Trucks (previously of the Derek Trucks Band and the Allman Brothers) and famed blues singer Susan Tedeschi—who are married—joined musical forces. Two studio albums, one live album, and a Grammy Award later, TTB has laboriously earned a reputation for its integrity as a live band. Fresh off the energy of their 2013 release, Made Up Mind, 2014 has been a big year for the crew: they’ve toured several continents, made their Bonnaroo debut, and are now preparing to host their fourth consecutive residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre.

At home in Jacksonville, Florida, on a quick break from…

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An Interview with Jason Mraz: Yes – The Mother Of All Positive Words

An Interview with Jason Mraz: Yes – The Mother Of All Positive Words

Jason Mraz has accomplished quite a bit since the release of his debut album in 2002, and he’s adding another unique credit in the form of the upcoming Five Boroughs tour, which will hit Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and culminate with two shows at Radio City Music Hall. The dates are part of a larger tour in support of his latest album, Yes! The only other artists who did a similar New York trek are David Bowie and the Beastie Boys.

“Well, this whole tour is about small theaters, smaller venues, and having a conversation each night with the crowd, and a commitment to sound quality,” Jason explains. “And we were looking at venues inNew York, and I just kind of threw the idea out there ofRadioCity, which is a theater, although not really small. A week later my manager fired back, ‘There’s some great venues, and we can get a large audience over a week instead of just one night’.”

New Yorkis a unique place, but to Jason the audiences are…

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An Interview with Knuckle Puck: Gold Can’t Rust

An Interview with Knuckle Puck: Gold Can’t Rust

(Photo by Emily Tantuccio)

With early origins deep rooted from the south suburbs of Chicago, the young and aspiring Midwestern quartet, Knuckle Puck, have been climbing up the ladder recently to make themselves known as a household name in the current pop punk scene today. Carrying the torch with an emotionally-driven and enthusiastic musical approach that will remind listeners of the glory days of bands like The Starting Line and The Movielife, Knuckle Puck’s fanbase quickly grew last year after the release of their highly-charged EP, The Weight That You Buried. After releasing a split with Neck Deep earlier in the year, along with finishing up their latest tour in support of Man Overboard and Transit, the band will be graced with the opportunity of a lifetime to share the stage with New Jersey post-hardcore icons Senses Fail on their upcoming 10-year anniversary tour for the album Let It Enfold You. Before they hit the road in the fall, I talked with guitarist Kevin Maida about his thoughts on the upcoming tour as well…

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Shoreworld: Audrey Kate Geiger – Rising To The Next Fathom Of Musical Stardom

Shoreworld: Audrey Kate Geiger – Rising To The Next Fathom Of Musical Stardom

The public has been fascinated with reality-based TV talents ever since things kicked off in the 1940s with shows such as Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour and Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts. To sit in your living room and take a look into the private persona of individuals that could fail miserably or become the next heralded champion, is the ultimate voyeuristic indulgence, and so far, it hasn’t slowed down.

But it took New Zealand producer Jonathan Dowling to reignite things in the late 1990s with the re-focused music-based show called Popstars. Popstars placed singing competitions back into the mainstay of commercial television. And from there it took off like a wildfire. Simon Fuller used the format to create his mega popular Pop Idol series, and it has continued to be utilized successfully for several other shows throughout the world.

And while I personally never followed any commercially clotted show that praises vocal talent over original composition, millions of Americans would tell me to go stuff it in my hat. Actually, a few already have.…

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Felder/Foreigner/Styx @ Susquehanna Bank Center

Felder/Foreigner/Styx

Susquehanna Bank Center

July 3, 2014

CAMDEN, NJ—If you’re looking for almost four hours of music and entertainment, then this tour is for you. Don Felder, once a driving force behind The Eagles and many of their hits, took the stage and wowed the audience with “Already Gone.”

The band and Don were “cool” and freewheeling out there strictly to entertain and not to show off. Some younger fans may have never heard the hit “One Of These Nights” or “Heavy Metal,” which was a soundtrack song from an animated movie back in 1981.

Some may remember the hit “Witchy Woman” from the series Seinfeld,…

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Slow Buildings: A Fresh Slice

Slow Buildings

A Fresh Slice

Independent

Transparency is always an appreciated quality in music. Being explicitly open and direct through your music helps the listener grasp what you’re attempting to convey. There is no need to sugarcoat things, and Slow Buildings seem to make this the belief statement of their new release.

The best part…

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