Purpose, Plus…: An Interview With Minus The Bear

Right from the get-go, Minus the Bear’s first-person narrative-driven math/prog/indie rock and seemingly random, idiosyncratic song titles (i.e. “Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister,” “Lemurs, Man, Lemurs,” “Spritz!!! Spritz!!!”) made them easy to spot on MySpace-era sharing platforms, even easier to skip to on your iPod shuffle (or, …

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Who We Are: An Interview With Underoath

When I speak to Chris Dudley, he is literally in the future—15 and a half hours ahead of New Jersey in Adelaide, Australia. In Adelaide, it’s 12 p.m. (“just turned noon!”), “sun-shiny and hot,” middle of summer. The guys were off yesterday (a couple dates in Melbourne, then Sydney, then …

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Feels Right: An Interview With Against Me!

When we talk about music, we often talk in labels. We give types of music labels in order connect on shared category preferences, split hairs over purist expertise, seek out tunes in our wheelhouse, create a narrative in music history, and allow the music industry to create a product for …

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An Interview With Deaf Havana: What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through the Fire

The challenge of striking a balance between making money and doing what you love is a unifying growing pain for Millennial talent. Consumers have more options and information available to them than ever before, and however modest or abstract their definition, workers and producers are presented with an often unpredictable …

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An Interview with Acceptance: Get Into It

Seattle-bred rock band Acceptance started out in the late ’90s the way a lot of young bands do: playing local shows and touring hard for little money as kids living at their parents’ house, valuing music over money. Contemporaries of The Juliana Theory, Finch, Further Seems Forever, and Anberlin, Acceptance …

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An Interview With The Devil Wears Prada: Existence Precedes Essence

When I reach lead singer Mike Hranica at his home in Chicago, we are 18 days out from kick-off for The Devil Wears Prada’s two-leg Rise Up Tour, co-headlined by Memphis May Fire with support from Like Moths To Flames, post-hardcore band Silverstein jumping on for a couple of the …

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Lifting The Curtain: An Interview With Coheed And Cambria

In high school, our creative writing teacher tasked the class with a writing assignment that called for taking a choice song lyric and creating a fictional narrative. Using the example of “Your hair is everywhere,” pulled from teen-heartthrob songwriter Chris Carrabba aka Dashboard Confessional’s breakout song “Screaming Infidelities” (showing my …

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Waste Not, Want Not: An Interview With Of Montreal

With their latest, swirling album Innocence Reaches, Of Montreal has a prolific 14-record catalog of psych pop-inspired ’60s paisley sound schemes and the music scene pegged on New York in the ’70s. The follow-up to 2015’s Aureate Gloom, which dealt with themes related to founder and frontman Kevin …

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An Interview With The Fall of Troy: Abstract Interplay

Let 2016 be known as the Year of the Reunion. Coming out of what had been thought to be permanent hiatus, genre-defining acts of our time have felt the pull of that had brought them together and answered to gravity. Like chemistry or a divine alchemy, the volatile particles of …

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An Interview with Marianas Trench: The Intimacy and the Ecstasy

It’s no coincidence that Canadian pop rock quartet Marianas Trench will soon be stopping by on their American SPF 80s tour just as the true Jersey heat is settling in. Founded in 2001 by the son of a vocal coach and recording studio owner, Josh Ramsey (lead vocals, rhythm guitar …

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