Interview with Rob Swire from Pendulum: Swinging Towards Protracted ‘Immersion’

After The Prodigy helped manufacture post-Nirvana rave culture for Britain’s underground masses, a swarm of inventive laptop musicians sprung up and found fame in England, hoisting Fatboy Slim and Chemical Brothers atop the next ‘big beat generation.’ Then Daft Punk absorbed these influences and gave a metallic sheen to the …

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Interview With Dylan Rau From Bear Hands: Ignite The ‘Burning Bush’

Arguably, the borough of Brooklyn is putting out more exciting alternative music than the rest of America put together. And now, there seems to be a pipeline going from Connecticut’s privileged Wesleyan University to the Kings County hotbed. First there was MGMT. Then came underclass pals, Bear Hands. While jointly …

by   |  01/26/2011  |  Comments (1)

Beer Trails: New Jersey Beer Company Lifts Off In North Bergen

Trying to open a viable brewery isn’t as easy as it seems. First, there are a number of antiquated state laws to abide by, some of which are too stupid to believe. Presently, in New Jersey, brewers who bottle and can are not allowed to use facilities as a brewpub …

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Interview with Pomegranates: Juice Up ‘One Of Us’

Now, more than ever, the technical advancements and innovative designs of music mastermind Brian Eno have transformed this generation’s finest post-adolescent underground rock modernists into the latest high profile trendsetters. Showing a tremendous capacity for injecting gauzy synthesizer affects, diffuse electronic manipulations, whirled Wall of Sound tremolo, and translucent feedback …

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Beer Trails: Shmaltz Celebrates Chanukah With Vertical Jewbelation & More

Just as Jesus Christ famously turned water into wine, facetiously-inclined entrepreneurial brewer Jeremy Cowan brought pomegranate juice to craft beer. A whimsical, Jewish Renaissance man emanating from San Francisco, Cowan’s first so-called ‘He-brew’ was an exalted potion few dared imitate. And it was totally sacrilecious.

Cowan, a former caterer/bartender, …

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Interview with Franz Nicolay: Luck And Courage To Hold Steady

Continuously pursuing unconventional artistic modes of expression, multifarious musician, Franz Nicolay, may’ve found underground popularity in topnotch indie rockers, Hold Steady, but he’s also spent ample time in a few interesting lower-profiled Balkan-styled acts. It was during his full time tenure in World/Inferno Friendship Society that Nicolay met rising Minneapolis …

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Chris Drew of Never Shout Never: Harmony (3 Million Screaming Girls Can’t Be Wrong)

Sometimes the door closes on one career choice when another one opens up for a completely different vocation. Such is the case for Joplin, Missouri native, Christofer Drew Ingle, a shaggy-haired, multi-tattooed, bracelet-wearing teen idol who adolescent girls can’t seem to get enough of. Groomed to be a professional tennis …

by   |  11/17/2010  |  Comments (3)

Beer Trails: Rock Shop’s Freaktoberfest Inaugurates NY Craft Beer Week

New York Craft Beer Week got off to a fast start at the Rock Shop’s Third Annual Freaktoberfest Boutique Beer & Music Fest in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, Sept. 24. A superb showcase for those seeking deeper appreciation for handcrafted microbrews, this dingy, indie rock-friendly sportsbar certainly satisfied its appreciative audience.…

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Interview with Sigur Rós Singer, Jónsi: On The ‘Go’

Able to reach wuthering heights with his majestic leggiero tenor, Jon Thor Birgisson, better known as Jónsi from established Icelandic post-rock band, Sigur Rós, is capable of leaving captivated admirers in a ravished hallucinatory state. Applying crooning whispers, frantic shrieks, siren shrills and arpeggiated trembles to predominantly symphonic material, his …

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Interview With Marc Bacino: ‘Queens English’ For Domesticated Souls

Two of the absolute best pure pop records from 2010 have been by ex-teeny bop princes Hanson, and little known Queens native Mark Bacino. The former, a hit at Bamboozle, continues to churn out spectacular under-appreciated albums such as Shout It Out while the latter has casually scattered a mere …

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