Thursday, April 2, 2015

Magic’s in the Makeup – Inside the Lives of Tribute Bands

There is an alternate universe to our own, where Metallica’s James Hetfield moshes along with No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani at a Green Day concert. Where Bradley Nowell of Sublime still performs with beach-bum gusto and Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell rocks out like it’s 1999.

Welcome to the world of tribute bands. It’s a fantastical community where mega-fans and seasoned music veterans can slip on the robes of beloved performers and let loose. Each concert (and there are a ton of them) is a celebration of songs that energized past generations and continue to enrapture youths.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

A Track-by-Track Review of Madeon’s 'Adventure'

French EDM wunderkind Madeon has been electrifying the dance circuit since he could barely see over a bar top. Already a headliner at major fests like Electric Daisy Carnival and a support act for Lady Gaga, 20-year-old Hugo Pierre Leclercq now lays down his official debut album, Adventure. And what an adventure it is, featuring Dan Smith of Bastille, Passion Pit and other electronically minded rock artists. Below, we break down each track on the standard version to get the full scope of the work.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

11 Celtic Bands to Soundtrack Your St. Paddy’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t all about green beverages and pinching the humbugs. Here’s a few great artists out there keeping the spirit of Celtic punk alive all the year through. Check out our favorites and get your jig on in the pit!

Read more at Alternative Press

Friday, March 13, 2015

'Advanced Style': Getting More Fabulous, Not Just Getting Older

Having one or two grandmothers is lovely, but what if you had seven? Could you imagine the wisdom and wit they could impart on you—the stories and the lessons, the heirlooms and grace? Lina Plioplyte has found her own army of “grandmothers” in the stars of Advanced Style, the film she directed that was inspired by a popular blog and photography book of the same name.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Interview - Sarah McLachlan Shines On

Photo by Kharen Hill

Five years ago, Sarah McLachlan was feeling lost. She released the album Laws of Illusion to heal after a divorce. The revival of her groundbreaking celebration of women in music, Lilith Fair, was in the red. The ethereal mezzosoprano behind “Building a Mystery,” “Possession” and “I Will Remember You” felt a bit… forgotten.

Flash forward to today. She’s on the second leg of a nearly sold-out theater tour promoting her 2014 record, Shine On. She’s in a loving, exciting relationship with former NHL player Geoff Courtnall. And, as she marvels, feminism is becoming less of a “dirty word” to the general populace.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Monkeying Around with PPL MVR

Check out the new issue of Alternative Press, with my interview with the One and Only PPL MVR! I think that one wins for strangest interview I've ever conducted... and I've had Evan Dando serenade me in a Bob Dylan voice before...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About Noel Gallagher’s New Album

“I try to hang on to myself/Don’t believe in no one else,” mutters Noel Gallagher on the Church-like “The Girl With the X-Ray Eyes.” It’s a sentiment that rings loudly throughout his second High Flying Birds release, Chasing Yesterday (Kobalt). As one-half of the terrific twosome that led Britpop quasar Oasis, he had other creative minds to consider. Noel’s lead vocals were few and far between compared to that of younger brother Liam’s, with a notable exception in the flag-waving ballad “Don’t Look Back in Anger.”

Now that the elder Gallagher is back in the saddle, he’s also square at the helm of Chasing Yesterday. Here are 10 things you need to know about this High Flying Birds collection.