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Catching up with Paul Shortino of King Kobra

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Catching Up With Paul Shortino of King Kobra
Interviewed by: Roger Scales

Following the self-titled King Kobra album from 2011 does King Kobra II pick up right you left off as a band?
Yes.  I’m certain that’s why Carmine wanted to call the record King Kobra II.  I thought initially we might have called the record Have a Good Time because the attitude in that song pretty much describes life here in Las Vegas and how we all felt making this record.  The majority of the record was done right here in the Vegas area.  We did the video for that track at a place called Vamp’d which is one of, if not the only rock club in Las Vegas. Danny “The Count” Koker who has a show on the History Channel called Counting Cars owns the club and he let us shoot there.  That’s where we go even when we are not playing just to hang out.  They have some great acts come though and play there recently like Y & T, Michael Schenker Group and I think Saxon is coming sometime in August.  Read more

Concert Gallery: Ice Cube at Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA

July 30, 2013 by  
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Ice Cube
June 19, 2013
Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Concert Review + Photos: Ghost & Skeletonwitch at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT

main1Ghost and Skeletonwitch
July 2, 2013
Webster Theater
Hartford, CT
Reviewed by: Brian Cross
Photos by: Diana Guay

Ghost and Skeletonwitch couldn’t sound more different, but metalheads far and wide love them both in spite of (or perhaps because of) their differences. As such, that made them a perfect pairing for a short but sweet US tour. Read more

Richie Sambora Premieres New Track “Come Back as Me”

July 29, 2013 by  
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As Richie Sambora’s time away from Bon Jovi continues and speculation runs rampant, the guitarist is doing what he does best and focusing on music. Sambora is offering up a new track to fans called “Come Back As Me”.

Listen to it below and let us know what you think:

Hopefully there is more to come! Viva la Richie!

Concert Gallery: Hillbilly Herald at House of Blues in Boston, MA

July 29, 2013 by  
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Hillbilly Herald
July 17, 2013
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Concert Gallery: Flyleaf at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

July 29, 2013 by  
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Flyleaf
July 23, 2013
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Matt Lambert

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Warped Tour Interview: RDGLDGRN

July 28, 2013 by  
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Warped Tour newcomers D.C’s RDGLDGRN (pronounced Red Gold Green) are playing the whole 2013 tour. I got to chat with Red, Gold and Green, about their experiences so far as a band; highlights of the tour so far and when their new length album will be out.

Interviewed by: Matt Lambert

 

For someone that has never heard of RDGLDGRN please describe your style and what you sound like.
Gold: It’s like indie rock and hip hop music, very simply.
Green: [agrees] It’s the simplest way.

You guys have an EP, and have already worked with artists like Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams? How did that relationship come about?
Gold: Our producer new Dave, and Dave was filming sound city, so they connected he shared our music and he liked it and agreed to drum on the record. He was also cool with Pharrell’s manager so he set that up as well, so props to our producer Kevin Augunas.

Are there other artists that you’d love to work with?
Gold: Andre 3000, Q-Tip, John Lennon.
Green: Andre 3000
Red: Paul McCartney

Have you been enjoying Warped Tour so far, it’s your first time, right?
Red: It’s been good, Warped Tour is great. Well Gold’s been to and played Warped Tour before a long time ago. But this is myself and Green’s first time at Warped tour, and it’s really great for many reasons.

Do you have any highlights of the tour so far?
Green: D.C.
Red: Yesterday’s show.
Gold: Yeah, definitely, our hometown show was definitely the most exciting people were jumping up and down lots of love, crazy photos, and singing along.
Green: Also the first time they played our new song, “Lootin’ in London,” on the radio and it beat Muse in a cage match. Sorry to Muse, we like them.
Red: Shout out to D.C. 101.

Talking about your new song “Lootin’ in London” where did the inspiration for the song & music video come from?
Green: We love football and we love D.C. and that’s why that song was made. The song is homage to both football and D.C.

So it has the football vibe, also explain the vuvuzela’s that you brought with you on tour at your merch tent.
Green: Same thing, in no way are we ambassadors of football, that’s David Beckham, but we represent football to the fullest. No way we are ambassadors to D.C., that’s Wale, but we represent both to the fullest.

 

Being the new guys playing the Warped tour as a group, has any veteran band given you any advice/guidance?
Red: We sat down with Motion City Soundtrack, and one of the guys from Reel Big Fish we had lunch with him like the 2nd or third day. They were just telling us about showers, bathrooms, and important stuff like the way food is now versus what it used to be like 10 or so years ago.
Green: How being cool with the bands work and stuff like that.

The guitar player from the Starting Line, Matt Watts is your general manager, what has it been like working with him, were you all fans of his band?
Gold: I actually hated the Starting Line, and it was funny having a conversation with Watts and let him know I couldn’t stand his band. But then my band mates liked them a lot so it’s funny.
Green: I was very ignorant to the whole pop punk scene.
Gold: We gave him a nickname; we call him Buzz Watts because he looks like Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story. We got him a giant Buzz Lightyear toy that we sent to him for a Christmas present.

When can we expect a full length from RDGLDGRN?
Red: The end of August, early September, is when we’re hoping it should be out.

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Review + Photos: Warped Tour Diary at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA

July 26, 2013 by  
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IMG_2868Warped Tour
July 11, 2013

Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA

Words + Photos: Mike Alexander

It should have all been a disaster. A 32 year old who has never been to Warped Tour, who was only able to find 14 bands I cared about seeing at all (out of a list that seemed to grow every time I looked) who hates big crowds, who has only experienced a multi-stage show once (with a whopping 2 stages), who generally hates any amount of standing for long periods of time, who burns easily in the sun, who instantly turns into a grumpy old man who hates everything at the mere presence of 5 consecutive teenagers in a row… “Man, this is going to suck” I thought to myself as we drove in and parked in the seemingly miles long parking lot. “How did I get myself into this?”

The short version is that I’m really trying to be open and experience new things, and I’ve known about Warped Tour for 2/3rds of my life and I’ve never gone. I guess I needed to see if maybe Warped Tour really is the “best day ever” that it’s promoted as. Read more

Concert Review: Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside at Great Scott in Allston, MA

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July 21, 2013
Great Scott – Allston, MA

Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber

Listen up greasers and paper shakers, quit toolin’ around in your hopped up wheels and check it: this band out of Portland is boss, and I’m wiggin’ out over their new album!  I’m gonna play their record at the soda shoppe on my next shift.  My candyass boss is gonna flip his lid!  Hey man, don’t be such a square – if you don’t love ‘em, look – I’ll let you gimme a wet willie.

With Sallie Ford decked in a vintage blue dress, polka-dot keds, flashy cat-eye specs, and a mint chocolate chip Fender, her style and knee-swivels were certainly consistent with her sound – a modernized 60’s doo-wop/rockabilly/surf-pop blend with vocals that crossed somewhere between a less quirky Regina Spektor and a less deranged Karen O.  That’s not to say that Ford is just a neutered version of these two women – she’s not without her own eccentricities – a mix of flirty, grungy, and hip that oozes Portland.  What could easily become kitchy or ingenuine never crosses that line – she’ll toy with country ballads like in “Paris,” give tongue-in-cheek nods to 60s bubblegum like in “Do Me Right,” make you swoon with sultry tracks like “They Told Me” and “Shivers,” or just give some good ol’ fashioned in-your-face tough-chick badassness like in their single “Party Kids.”  If Ford were straight-up copy-catting the sound of half a century ago it’d be easy to balk, but she rarely lets her voice get too saccharin or cloyingly cutesy, instead rasping at the ends of most phrasing.  She mixes in just the right amount of fuzz and filth to elevate it from gimmicky to fleshy, and in that repurposing she proves herself a true Portland starlet. Read more

Warped Tour Interview: David McWane of Big D and the Kids Table

July 24, 2013 by  
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IMG_3311-MTWRY had the opportunity to catch up with Big D and the Kids Table’s David McWane at the Warped Tour stop in Mansfield, MA – the state where the band first formed.

McWane chatted about successfully being in a band for nearly 17 years, Big D and the Kids Table’s new albums Stomp and Stroll that came out in June 2013, and collaborating with friends.

Interviewed by: Matt Lambert Read more

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