Interview with The Rocket Summer: This Is It, Japanese Exchange Student

New York City is dreary and drizzling today, somewhat normal for late February on the Northeast. I’m reveling in the fact that myself and my friend Sara, who used to intern in this very building, are finally inside the Island/Def Jam offices and have just landed on the 27th floor, …

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Interview with Daughtry: No Surprise

Spring is finally approaching, and Chris Daughtry is back home in North Carolina taking advantage of the last few days he has left in town before getting ready to hit the road once again on a headlining tour with friends Lifehouse and Cavo. Today, after asking permission to put me …

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Butch Walker And The Black Widows: I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart

I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart shows Georgia-born singer, songwriter, musician, and A-list producer Butch Walker’s innate ability to—much like an early Ray Davies—create an album of storytelling with lyrics that overlap wit with earnestness and exhibit coinciding love and sadness. Examples include the lovesick “Pretty Melody,” …

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The Swell Season: Strict Joy

What do you get when you combine a gentle classically trained Czech female pianist with a gritty-yet-melodic brooding Irishman? Although it sounds like a joke waiting for a witty punchline, it’s anything but.

The “punchline” is The Swell Season: A sublime combination of two profoundly talented artists, who are the …

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Collective Soul: Welcome All Again

“Coming from a small southern town [in Georgia] and being given the opportunity to travel the world opened my eyes. So many different countries and cultures were great for me at that time in my life,” Dean Roland explains. Although currently 36, the Collective Soul rhythm guitarist and baby brother …

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Jeff Beck @ Irving Plaza

NEW YORK, NY—Few guitar players can flow from heavy and thunderous shredding to soft and sweet sliding within seconds, using the utmost level of melody and never letting it diminish. There is absolutely nothing that Jeff Beck cannot play on his loyal Fender Stratocaster. You think Jimmy Page is a …

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Ray LaMontagne @ Wellmont Theatre

MONTCLAIR,NJ—On record, Ray LaMontagne’s music is filled with melody and raw passion, and a poetic, soothing voice unlike any other. He has a unique approach to the folk genre, writing hauntingly beautiful songs that touch the soul, but it doesn’t seem he’s yet mastered the art of portraying them live …

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A Twisted Christmas On Broadway @ Nokia Theatre

NEW YORK, NY—For the past three holiday seasons, Twisted Sister has illuminated the tri-state area with their own brand of Christmas cheer. First it was displayed at Starland Ballroom in 2006 after they released their very own Christmas album, then Irving Plaza in 2007, and this year they were bumped …

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Interview with David Cook: Raising The Roof

It’s a warm afternoon in late July, almost one month into the American Idols Live! Tour 2008, and David Cook is seated diagonally across from me at a rectangular folding table in the backstage area of Newark, New Jersey’s newly built Prudential Center, just hours before show time. Next to …

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Collective Soul, Live, & Blues Traveler @ Capitol One Theatre at Westbury

WESTBURY, NY—Long Island’s Capital One Bank Theater at Westbury doesn’t have a bad seat in the house, and it’s certainly at the top of my list of venues to see anyone. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, it was Collective Soul, opened by Blues Traveler and closed by Live.

Though Blues Traveler …

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