Monday, July 28, 2014

10 of the Best-Branded Bands and Musicians

The savviest musicians know that they’re not just presenting their art for the world to ingest; they’re selling a hot-ticket product. The most successful music campaigns are the ones that stand out and stick in people’s memories—for the right reasons. (Robin Thicke’s rebranding as a repentant sad sack is how not to run a winning project.) We chose 10 outstanding bands and artists that have delivered the full package this year: vibrant stage presence, off-kilter merchandise and covetously viral marketing. A little eccentricity went a long way.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Interview - Royston Langdon of Spacehog

Image courtesy Spacehog
Being part of the celebrated Summerland tour with Everclear, Eve 6 and Soul Asylum is like coming home for Royston Langdon of Spacehog. His glam-rock band, best known for the mid-'90s hit “In the Meantime,” supported Everclear on an earlier incarnation of the cross-country caravan in 1996. Nearly 20 years later, the friendly chap is relishing in the warm welcome that audiences continue to give.

“We’re still working our ways back up through the ranks,” he says over the phone during a recent Southeast tour stop. “We’re working very hard, you know? We’re all pulling together as a team, which means we’re doing exactly as I say (laughs).”


Friday, July 11, 2014

2014 Emmy-Nominated Costumes Fit for a Queen (or a Mob Boss)

So pleased to announce that my first article for Paste Magazine, one of my all-time favorite publications, is now online! I am so grateful for this opportunity to work with such a beloved site!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Interview - Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum

The electricity was palpable on the Summerland tour— so much so that it threatened the life of Soul Asylum front man Dave Pirner.

“In the first few days of the tour, there was so much rain in Florida that I learned a new expression, which I did not see that one coming after doing this for this long,” he recalled over the phone with “It’s called hot ground, and there was so much electricity from the stage and so much water on the ground, I wasn’t allowed to get off the bus and walk through the grass because I might get electrocuted.”

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Concert Review - Veruca Salt

There was something magical about the way guitar goddesses Nina Gordon and Louise Post exchanged secrets onstage at the Roxy in Hollywood. They seemed frozen in time, with only the occasional flash of light revealing that, yes, 20 years had actually passed since the effervescent duo rose to fame with the catchy and snarling “Seether.” But there they were, in their Sapphic embrace as the twin “Volcano Girls” they once were.

The impressive reunion was a long time coming. Veruca Salt lived up to their petulant Roald Dahl namesake back in 1998, when the group split under intense pressure. Gordon pursued a solo career that veered into adult contemporary (her 2000 song “Tonight and the Rest of My Life” became a favorite film trailer promo tune); Post – much to the chagrin of her fellow Salts – retained the VS moniker, releasing two brasher albums and an EP that never quite compared to the sisterhood songs she penned with Gordon. The team have referred to that incarnation in interviews as “Veruca Starship,” after the veritable punchline that became of Jefferson Airplane in the 1980s.

So to see Gordon and Post back in business together was an absolute delight.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Interview - Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket

Photo by Rob Shanahan

If there’s anything that Glen Phillips has learned in his decades-long music career, it’s to laugh whenever he can. When we spoke on the phone with the Toad the Wet Sprocket singer, his band’s bus had begun spewing oil all over a Louisiana highway. He and his fellow Sprockets – bassist Dean Dinning, guitarist Todd Nichols and drummer Randy Guss – had piled into a rental car, racing against time to get to L’Auberge Casino Resort, where they were to open for Counting Crows.

And then, amid talking about Toad’s pop-culture nods on “Parks and Recreation” and “Bob’s Burgers,” Phillips paused.

“Are they stopping traffic?” he asked incredulously. Then, with a chuckle, he muttered: “That’s just what we need right now.”

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Monday, June 23, 2014

10 To See at Glastonbury

Glastonbury 2011. Photo by Melissa Bobbitt

America’s outburst of summer festivals owes so much to the granddaddy of them all, England’s Glastonbury. The OG, five-day extravaganza pops up (nearly) every June on an unassuming farmland, welcoming fans of all walks of life to get muddy, get giddy and get saved by the power of rock ‘n’ roll (and blues, and jazz, and world music, and EDM, and… you get the picture).

There is literally something for everyone at this massive outpouring of music, whether it’s Jarvis Cocker DJing at Stonebridge Bar midnight- 5 a.m. Friday or circus performers spitting fire. Mind the muck and enjoy our 10 recommended artists to catch at Glastonbury, June 25-29.

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