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Spotlight Band: The Dusty 45s

October 15, 2010 by  
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The Dusty 45s are:
Jerry Battista – guitar/vocals
Billy Joe Huels – Lead vocals/trumpet/guitar
Kelly Van Camp:  Drums/harmonica/vocals
Jeff Gray:  Upright bass/vocals

By:  Sally Feller

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Spotlight Cover Band: Red Square

October 5, 2010 by  
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Red Square Is:
Renato Capobianco: Drums & Samples
Brian “Bam Bam” Burr: Bass & Vocals
Haril Pandya:  Guitar & Vocals
Jason Brandenburg:  Lead Vocals, Alto Sax & Trumpet

Interviewed by:  Dorise Gruber
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Spotlight Band: Key To The Midway

September 22, 2010 by  
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Key To The Midway Is:

Jesse Barnes – Vocals
Drew English – Guitar/Vocals
Corey Yoder – Guitar
Shane Barnes – Bass/Vocals
Ryan English – Drums

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette
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Spotlight Band: Since Forever

August 30, 2010 by  
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“Remember that time you liked that boy and all you could think about was what it would be like to kiss him and your friends told you that it wouldn’t work but you knew in your heart of hearts that it would be perfect. That is Since Forever.”

I recently had a chance to talk to the band (Zach Easterwood on lead vocals, Jason Friedman on drums, Brendan Johnson on guitar and vocals, Eric Woodie on bass and Taylor Easterwood on guitar and vocals) about how they met, their innovative ways of getting themselves out there and their new L.O.V.EP due out on October 19th.

Interviewed by:  Stacie Caddick-Dowty
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Spotlight Band: Rockets To Ruin

August 24, 2010 by  
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 After over a year long breakup the bad boys from Atlanta are back. Rockets to Ruin are known best for their in your face style of heavy rock, and explosive live shows. I got a chance to separate the toxic twins in the group Cleve Willis and Chris Taylor who both agree to disagree on many things, but music is the one thing that unites them. With an album coming out called Mutual Disrespect the guys talked about the new tunes, what inspires them, and the antics that the road brings. Everything from fights with roadies to groupies in bathrooms, this band is as rock n roll as they come.

Interviewed by:  Amanda Sixx
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Spotlight Band: Sunspot

July 19, 2010 by  
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Sunspot, with Mike Huberty on lead vocals and bass, Ben Jaeger manning the guitar, and Wendy Staats womanning the drums, has been cranking out quirky rock beats since they got together at the University of Wisconsin all the way back in 1996.  Don’t be fooled by their Midwest roots – Sunspot has not only received accolades locally, but has shared the stage with some pretty impressive national names over time, including Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Sponge, SevenMaryThree, Hot Hot Heat, and Sick Puppies. Even iconic Punker Milo Aukerman of Descendents fame has performed with Sunspot on live TV.  Nearly 15 years later and showing no signs of slowing down, the energetic trio has embarked on a new concept tour they’re calling “Major Arcana”.  I recently had a chat with frontman Mike Huberty to discuss band longevity, the fleeting nature of goatees, and Scott Bakula.

Interviewed by:  Dorise Gruber

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Spotlight Band: Your Best Friend

June 29, 2010 by  
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Now YOU have a friend in the music business!  This progressive rock quartet hails from Saginaw, MI.  Their music will make your ears happy, their hijinks will make you laugh, and should you ever have the misfortune of being stuck in a tree, they’ll be there to rescue you!  Meet YOUR BEST FRIEND.

Your Best Friend is:
John Bonham
Dale Brown
Nick Edler
Steve Colyer

Interviewed by:  Debie “Jinx” Patton
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Spotlight Band: Stealing Heather

May 25, 2010 by  
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On their debut album “Your Mistake” Stealing Heather (Joshua Aaron on lead vocals and guitar, Ian Koff on keys/synth, George Bohdan on bass, Jake Perry on lead guitar & David Beck on drums)  take fans on a musical journey of true love.  Masterfully combining the best elements of music from the 80s and 90s to produce their infectious pop-rock sound, Stealing Heather take us song by song through a modern day love story – bumps included. 

Main man Joshua Aaron took some time to fill is in on the band and their new album.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette

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Spotlight Band: MASS

It’s almost hard to fathom that MASS has been a New England music scene staple for over three decades now.  On April 23rd the band  will release their latest album “Sea of Black”.

I recently had a chat with frontman Louis St. August about the current state of MASS.

Interviewed by:  Roger Scales
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Spotlight Band: Shredding The Envelope

March 17, 2010 by  
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Shredding The Envelope
Featuring Guitarist Dave Reffett

Guitar virtuoso Dave Reffett and his collaborative partner Nancy Taylor make up the core base of Shredding The Envelope.  On their debut disc “The Call Of The Flames” Reffett combines his unrelenting guitar shredding  with Taylor’s prose resulting in firestorm of thrashing, in your face metal.

Reffett, the son of a coal miner who   grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in Eastern Kentucky started out as a jock, until his older sister turned him on to the power of music.  Joining the school band he played tuba until a chance meeting of his teacher’s Fender Stratocaster in a dusty closet; it was love at first sight. 
Shortly thereafter his grandmother bought him his first guitar and the rest, as they say, is history.

His path would lead him to Berklee College of Music in Boston and that’s where he started assembling his who’s who list of guest appearances on “The Call Of The Flames” including Joe Stump, Michal Angelio Batio and George Lynch.

We caught up with Dave to ask him about his latest project and how it all fell into place.
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