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Safetysuit

June 14, 2009 by  
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ss1For pop rockers Safetysuit (Doug Brown on vocals, Dave Garofolo on guitar, Jeremy Henshaw on bass and Tate Cunningham on drums) the last year has been a whirlwind. They released their debut album “Life Left to Go” on Universal Records about a year ago and have been on fast forward ever since. Constant touring has allowed them to introduce their music to many new fans throughout the country and rather than fading away after a year “Life Left to Go” seems to be living up to its own name and only gaining momentum. Their latest single “Stay” may be their most successful to date with the video for the song blazing up the VH1 Top 20 list on a quest for the top spot.

While the guys are constantly on the road, there’s one thing you can always count on when you talk to them and that’s a lot of laughs. They don’t take themselves too seriously, they make everything fun, and the only serious subject matter you’ll find in their presence is their dedication to their music. With an emphasis on music with a message each song on the album is an anthem for one cause or another whether it be suicide prevention, self-empowerment or just finding your own inner beauty. Delivering these messages in the best way they can –  in the form of addictive, catchy pop-rock songs.


Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | June  2009

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Geoff Tate of Queensryche

June 10, 2009 by  
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queensryche21Queensryche, the quintessential kings of concept albums, return with their latest work of art – American Soldier. The album takes you on a rollercoaster ride of the up close and personal and sometimes gut-wrenching perspectives of our American heroes, the veterans of war.

From the opening track “Sliver,” which starts out where a lot of soldiers do, boot camp, to “At 30,000 Ft,” a song fittingly about a pilot’s experience from the air, the album resonates throughout and takes the listener through a broad range of emotions from sadness to pride to overwhelming gratitude. On one of the more touching tracks, “Home Again,” Tate shares lead vocal duties with his ten year old daughter on a song inspired by a soldier’s letters to those back home while he was at war.

The album is dedicated to the soldiers from start to finish including some special guest appearances from a few of them.

Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate took some time to talk to us about the personal nature of the album, what he hopes people will take for it and how it has affected him personally.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette |  2009
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Eric McNeely of Fallbrooke

June 7, 2009 by  
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fallbrookemainForming in 2005, it took a few revisions for Fallbrooke to get their line-up right but once they did, they realized that what they had was something special.  With everyone in the band knowing that their number one mission in life was to create and perform music they headed to L.A. to write and record their debut album.  The results?  A dynamic album that boasts amazingly enduring tracks from start to finish, from melodic rock based anthems to pop infused catchy beats the album offers up a little bit of everything for the music enthusiast in all of us but stays true to its rock roots throughout.

The band (Eric McNeely on vocals and guitar, Kevin Schwarz on drums, Augusto Vega on Bass and Chris Gustin on guitar) cut their teeth in the music business by coming up through the local scene in Florida and releasing their own EP and touring the East Coast before RMR Music Group took notice.  Bringing them to L.A. to work with producers/songwriters Tim James and Antonina Amato the band honed their skills and pulled together a collection of songs that they can truly be proud of.

Now it’s time for the rest of the music world to take notice, this is a band that should be on your radar.  Their songs have been spinning relentlessly in my world since the first note that I heard and I suspect it won’t be long before others catch on too.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | June 2009

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The Bangles – Touring again!

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The Calvin Theater – Northampton, MA
May 29, 2009

Rating: ★★★★★ 


Reviewed by:  Mary Ouellette

When I was a little girl, all I wanted to be was Susanna Hoffs. Now that I’m in my 30s, all I want to be is Susanna Hoffs. Hoffs and the sisters ala Peterson (Debbi and Vicki), collectively known as The Bangles have scheduled some east coast tour dates with the promise of more in the future . Hitting up both Boston, MA and Northampton, MA the band is covering all of the bases in the bay state.

The Bangles, if you recall, ceremoniously “Walked like an Egyptian” right into our hearts in the early eighties. But while the big hits STILL get stuck in one’s head (seriously, can I tell you how many times THIS year alone “Manic Monday” pops into my head on the start of any given work week?) it is for their amazing musicianship, songwriting, and beautifully blended harmonies that they will forever be remembered. Of course, a band full of hot chicks that kick ass certainly doesn’t hurt…but they’ve got the chops to back it up.

Susanna Hoffs

Susanna Hoffs

Playing 90 minute sets to an intimate yet loyal gathering, The Bangles haven’t missed a beat. The show had a little bit of everything including Vicki on lead vocals for “Single by Choice” and Debbi stepping out from behind her kit to sing lead on a few songs as well. The set was well rounded from start to finish covering all of the hits that fans wanted to hear from “In Your Room” to their cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade of Winter.”

After a decade long break-up the The Bangles joined forces again to release their 2003 album Doll Revolution. If you were at one of the shows and wondered where you could find the songs “Here Right Now,” “Ride the Ride,” or “Single by Choice” you should pick up this album!

Are these tour dates a sign that we may be hearing new things from The Bangles in the near future? According to the band “We’re so grateful to be a band that still enjoys playing music together, we have a great time performing, there are more songs left to be written and recorded, and we’re just putting one foot in front of the other and making choices for the next year in terms of what we can accomplish.” With a goal of “to keep going” it sounds like we may be in for some new material from The Bangles but this time it will be on their terms…and as one of the most successful all-female bands of our time, how can you argue with that?


Click on the photo below to view the full gallery of live photos taken by Dave Barnum on May 29th at The Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA

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For more information on The Bangles and upcoming tour dates please visit their website.

Fid of The Veer Union

June 1, 2009 by  
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theveerunionThe Veer Union started coming together as a band when long time friends Crispin Earl and Eric Schraeder found themselves living out of their rehearsal spaces in Canada and teaming up to write some music.  After realizing how cohesive their styles were they set out to find the missing pieces.  Enter Marc “Roots” Roots and James “Fid” Fiddler soon followed by Neil Beaton.

Choosing the name The Veer Union in honor of their musical brotherhood and the path they would travel together the band wrote and toured their hearts out for a few years before they were signed by Universal Motown Records.  With their first major label release, Against the Grain, the band strived to write hearty rock songs full of hope that would easily relate to their fan base – mission accomplished.

Gearing up for a tour with Halestorm and Burn Halo, guitarist Fid took some time to fill us in on the band, the album and how things all fell into place.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | May 2009

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TWRY Band of the Week – Fallbrooke

May 31, 2009 by  
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FallbrookeFallbrooke is:
Eric McNeely – Vocals/guitar
Kevin Schwarz – Drums/vocals
Augusto Vega – Bass/vocals
Chris Gustin – Guitar/vocals

Please meet music’s best kept secret – Fallbrooke.  With their Twitter account sending subliminal messages to music fans touting them as “Your new favorite band”, they just might be!  Signed to RMR Music group their debut self-titled album hasn’t left my ‘pod since I received it.  It’s been awhile since I’ve been turned on to a great melodic rock band with the ability to pull off four part harmonies, the diversity to give me a little bit of everything on their album, and doing it in a way that keeps me coming back for more, so thanks Fallbrooke!

Stay tuned later this week for a recent interview we did with lead singer Eric but until then take a moment to check them out – they won’t disappoint.

Check out their video for their song “Losin It” (Paying homage to finding love on the internet!)
“Losin’ It” Official Video from Fallbrooke

Fallbrooke on MySpace
Fallbrooke Official Website
Fallbrooke on Facebook
Follow Fallbrook on Twitter

Purchase their album on iTunes:

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Rancid Stream New Album

May 26, 2009 by  
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Rancid is currently streamining their new album on their MySpace page.  The album, Let The Dominoes Fall, will be released on June 2nd. You can check it out here.

Jack’s Mannequin Encourage Fans To Submit Artwork For New Video

May 22, 2009 by  
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Jack’s Mannequin are creating a special music video for their powerful single “Swim.”  The lyrics, music and video are about keeping hope alive and growing in the difficult times that the world is now facing.  The video is designed to inspire strength, courage and perseverance in the face of all obstacles.

The band will be shooting a music video for “Swim” in June and want fans’ artwork in the video. Within the context of the song, the word Swim is used as a metaphor  for hope, perseverance, courage, determination and strength.  Andrew McMahon and the band are asking members of the fan community to create pieces of artwork that feature the word  “Swim” and illustrate, in any way chosen, the meaning behind the word.  They can be represented in an abstract or representational manner – any way the artist sees fit, in any medium the artist chooses!

Head over to JacksMannequin.com to find out all the submission details.  Deadline for all artwork is May 29th.

Dave Matthews Band deliver the first ever live concert on Hulu

May 21, 2009 by  
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On June 1st, Dave Matthews Band will perform at New York City’s 2,800-seat Beacon Theatre – and Hulu will be bringing this intimate show to fans for free via a live stream at http://www.hulu.com/ beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST. The concert comes on the eve of the release of Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, Dave Matthews Band’s first studio album in four years. Following the exclusive live stream, Hulu will offer on-demand access of the show, which is Hulu’s first live music concert.

Proceeds from Dave Matthews Band’s June 1st Beacon Theatre show, presented by Madison Square Garden’s national music network Fuse and MSG Entertainment, will benefit Dave Matthews Band’s Bama Works Fund, which supports charitable programs for disadvantaged youth, the disabled, the environment and the arts and humanities.

Pete Yorn’s “Dont Wanna Cry” video premiere

May 20, 2009 by  
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Pete Yorn recently wrapped filming of the video for “Don’t Wanna Cry” the lead single from his forthcoming album ‘Back And Fourth” (Columbia Records, June 23). The video, set to premiere today on Myspace, was shot in Los Angeles by respected music video director Emmett Malloy of The Malloys (Foo Fighters, N*E*R*D, The White Stripes…). Check out the video here.

Yorn is currently in the midst of a national tour opening for Coldplay. See the links below for tour dates and stay tuned for headlining dates to be announced soon.

http://www.peteyorn.com
http://www.myspace.com/peteyorn

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