Interviews Archive

Interview with Lovisa Stahl (Sweden); New video for “Claustrophobia” out RIGHT NOW!

Malmo, Sweden native Lovisa Stahl is a wonderfully talented and beautiful woman who made the long trek from her home to be a part of CMJ’s annual music/booze-a-thon in NYC a few months back. Though I had no prior knowledge of her music, a chance encounter at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory during Culture Collide found us […]

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Interview with A.L.X. from Love Crushed Velvet; New EP DELUSIONS out NOW! @bigpicturenyc @lovevelvet

  NYC Rock band Love Crushed Velvet (great name!) recently released a new EP titled Delusions. With a focus on bringing back the spirit of Rock ‘N’ Roll, the group draws almost as many influences from some of the most well known bands out there as they will comparisons. I think we can all agree […]

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Interview with Dwid Hellion from INTEGRITY; Systems Overload remix available 11/29, with ’95 lineup reunion at A389 X Anniversary Bash

Cleveland, Ohio metalcore legends Integrity cannot be stopped. Dwid Hellion, the band’s dark creative force and sole original member, is one of the most elusive characters the underground has ever produced. As a kid going to shows in the 90’s, there were plenty of stories floating around about Integrity’s brutal performances, and the controversial nature […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer/Misery Index) @PIGDESTROYER @MISERYINDEX @ddrumusa

Hey, did you hear about the drummer who finished high school?
 Me neither. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine whether or not the band […]

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Interview with Eitch; New EP “Health” out NOW! @eitchmusic #altronipop

“Altronipop.” Good name! Hannah Smith a.k.a. Eitch (pronounced ‘H’) offers a unique take on all that we find intriguing and captivating about music, and puts her own spin on things to keep the music and vibe fresh. Eitch appears inspired by the curious nature of youth, but with the intelligence and forethought of a storied […]

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@CMJ Interview with Streets of Laredo; Debut EP out NOW! @streetslaredo @thesyndotcom #cmj2013

Brooklyn, NY (by way of Auckland, NZ) indie-folk act Streets Of Laredo helped kick off 2013’s edition of CMJ Music Marathon in fine form on October 15th. The quintet, currently supporting their just-released debut EP, hopes to make great strides so far away from home. But until then, as their social media says, they’re just […]

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@CMJ Interview with Black City Lights; Another Life out NOW! @BLKCTYLGHTS @THESYNDOTCOM

Wellington, New Zealand’s Black City Lights’ debut EP Parallels and current album, Another Life, on Stars and Letters Records, has already garnered the group critical acclaim, and put the group on stage with some of the most popular acts of the day (Grimes, anyone?) Their stellar output also saw them receiving (2) grants from the […]

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@CMJ Interview with Ghost Wave; Debut album AGES out now! @ghostwave @flyingnun @thesyndotcom

Auckland, New Zealand 5-piece Ghost Wave visited NYC to be a part of the glorious debacle that is CMJ Music Marathon. Touring in support of their debut LP, Ages, on Flying Nun Records, I caught up with the band prior to their performance at Le Poisson Rouge during New Zealand @ CMJ 2013 to discuss […]

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Full Band @CMJ Interview with City Riots; Latest album Sea Of Brights Lights out NOW @cityriots @thesyndotcom#CMJ2013

Seriously, these are some of the nicest dudes on Earth. Ever. Australian indie trio City Riots made the long ass trip to NYC for CMJ 2013. In addition to CMJ, the group will be playing 3 more shows around NYC the following week, as well as having a listening party for their latest album, Sea […]

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Interview with Brendon Flynn from Freya; Releasing Paragon of the Crucible this month! @freyaband

Syracuse, NY metal band Freya have had quite an interesting career for themselves thus far, one that has taken them across musical genres and found them experimenting with a wide range of sonic possibilities. Though the band has had a few lineup changes over the years, but none are stronger than this current incarnation, and […]

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Interview with Ryan Phillips from Story Of The Year; Page Avenue: Ten Years and Counting out now! @storyoftheyear

St. Louis’ favorite sons Story of The Year are celebrating the 10-year anniversary their landmark album, Page Avenue this year. Feel old, do ya? Well, I was 25 when it dropped, and I was sorta-kinda too old to like it even back then. But good tunes are just that, so why not just enjoy the […]

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Interview with Dennis Lyxzen from INVSN (Refused); On Tour NOW! @invsnmusic @razorandtie

Umea, Sweden’s INVSN (pronounced Invasion) is a 5-piece group consisting off some of the most influential and recognizable names in the Swedish music industry. Some of us over here in the states may recognize them as well? Ever heard of Refused? The Doughnuts? Lykke Li or The (International) Noise Conspiracy, perhaps? Regardless of the members’ […]

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Interview with Joel Grind from Toxic Holocaust; Chemistry of Consciousness out NOW @TOXICHOLOCAUST @RELAPSERECORDS

Portland, Oregon. While it probably reminds some of hi-end coffee shops, hippie-hipsters, and legal weed, my main interest in the state comes by way of a qualtity little trio called Toxic Holocaust. Consisting of Joel Grind, Nicholas T. Rage, and Phil Gnaast, these thrash-punk-metal warriors have been decimating audiences and eardrums since 1999 with so […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Gil Sharone (Stolen Babies/+44/Dillinger Escape Plan) @dwdrums @zildjiancompany @vaterdrumsticks

What’s the first thing a drummer says when he moves to LA?
 “Would you like fries with that, sir? Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T FUCKING EXIST!  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and […]

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Interview with Bruce Lamont from CORRECTIONS HOUSE; Debut album LAST CITY ZERO out TOMORROW (10/29/13)

“The girl with the lazy eye asked me if I heard that dog laugh. But I told her, and the dog, to shut the fuck up.” That’s the first line off of “Last City Zero,” the title track of Corrections House’s upcoming debut album, lyrics by Mike IX Williams. Sounds right. Comprised of the aforementioned […]

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Interview with BluRum13; New Album INVERTED out NOW! @BLURUM13 @CYBERPR #HIPHOP

Baltimore, MD. Free-Form Hip Hop artist BluRum13… How the hell did this guy fly under my radar? I don’t know of many other Hip Hop cats that can say they’ve shared stages with the likes of The Wu-Tang Clan and Herbie Hancock in the same sentence, so a performer like BluRum13 is definitely someone who’s […]

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Interview with JR and Blake from Pig Destroyer; Playing HOUSECORE HORROR FEST! @pigdestroyer @basilicafest

I don’t know about you, but I jumped for joy when I heard that  Pig Destroyer’s latest effort, Book Burner, charted on Billboard’s Top 200. I can’t say whether it was seeing such an extreme form of music garnering this type of attention, or thinking about the absolute horror a typical Pop music fan (Billboard’s […]

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@CMJ Interview with Happy Fangs; Self-Titled EP available NOW! @happyfangs @thesyndotcom

Comprised of Rebecca Gone Bad from My First Earthquake and Mr. Michael Cobra from King Loses Crown, San Francisco, California garage-pop duo Happy Fangs made their way to NYC to be a part of the grand spectacle that is CMJ. By all accounts, CMJ is self-destructive blend of everything the music industry is about: Half […]

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@CMJ Interview with P.O.S.; Free Remix Album (link) (WDELH/MDS/RMX) out TODAY 10/22/13 @yeahrightpos @doomtree

HERE’S THE LINK TO P.O.S.’ FREE REMIX ALBUM FT. MARIJUANA DEATHSQUADS. HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY to WE DON’T EVEN LIVE HERE! GO BUY IT at WWW.DOOMTREE.NET. “Gold all up in my…” SHUT THE FUCK UP! In my humble opinion, much of commercial rap these days is total garbage. Most of these guys have never sold drugs, lived […]

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@CMJ Interview with Courage My Love; New EP Becoming out NOW! @couragemylove #cmj2013

Kitchener, CANADA trio Courage My Love, prominently featuring twin sisters Mercedes and Phoenix Arn-Horn, along with bassist Brandon Lockwood, have a new EP currently available. Titled Becoming, on Homeskool Prom/Warner Records, the 3-piece has garnered lots of attention during their brief career, including a spot on AP’s “100 Bands You Need To Know” (which trumps […]

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Interview with Shannon Moore from Activator; New s/t album out NOW! @activatornyc @shannontmoore @thesyndotcom

NYC Hardcore band Activator just released their debut self-titled album and, if you dig the old school NYHC hardcore sound, this one is for you! Crunchy guitar riffs and solo, break-neck tempos, and pit-clearing breakdowns… This one has NYC written all over it! I spoke with vocalist (and EL-P’s hype-man) Shannon Moore on the phone […]

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Interview with PUSHA-T; My Name is My Name out TODAY 10/8/13 @PUSHA_T @DEFJAMRECORDS #MNIMN #KINGPUSH

Hip Hop is a tough game. You probably knew that already, but you should never, ever knock somebody’s hustle. With thousands of young, aggressive, and hungry MC’s and DJ’s vying for one of the most elusive crowns in the music industry, Hip Hop should not just be considered a cultural art form, but a veritable […]

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Interview with Matt Leslie from Southern Train Gypsy; Debut album out NOW! @southerntrain #texas

Ft. Worth, Texas’ Southern Train Gypsy represent some of the finest Southern Rock out there right now. Their self-produced and released debut album, Hallelujah In The Fire, is the perfect medicine for any of you long-haired sludgy types who are looking to cause a bit of ruckus on your way to stoke Satan’s fire. And […]

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Interview with Mike and Mr. Chark from THE VENETIA FAIR; On tour NOW! @thevenetiafair @switchbitchrecs

“Hide yo’ kids. Hide yo’ wife.” The Venetia Fair are back on tour. I wonder how long it’ll be before the Massachusetts quintet catches something, crashes something, or otherwise makes a mockery of all that us “normal” people find sacred. Only one day into tour, and I’ll betcha they’ve managed to get ousted from a […]

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Interview with Blake Allison from Devour The Day; Playing @Upstatehall518 TONIGHT! @devourtheday @fatladymusic

Memphis, Tennessee’s Devour The Day visited Syracuse, NY on August 4th as part of a large festival billing put on by long-standing rock station 95X. The duo of Blake Allison and Joey “Chicago” Walser have put together a blazing array of heaviness on their Fat Lady Music debut, Time and Pressure, an effort co-produced by the […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Tim Tintari from @HBSurroundSound & @thebluedevils #drummers #drumline

What is the difference between a drummer and a savings bond? 
 One will mature and make money. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine […]

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Interview with Andrew Kline from STRIFE; Witness A Rebirth in stores NOW! @strife_la

Los Angeles, California 5-piece hardcore band Strife is currently on the road. First here in Syracuse, NY (for the first time in a long time) to play the final show at Westcott Community, and they’ll be heading to Albany, NY tomorrow and Reading, PA to tear up the stage at this year’s installment of East Coast […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Gene Hoglan @genehoglan @pearldrumcorp @evansdrumheads @sabianvault

What did the drummer say to the band leader?
 “Do you want me to play too fast or too slow?” Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and […]

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Interview with Kayleigh Goldsworthy; New album BURROWER out 11/5/13!!! @kayleighgolds @catalystgrouppr

Brooklyn, NY (and Upstate NY native) Kayleigh Goldsworthy is a triple threat: Talented, Dedicated, and Beautiful. The songstress, well known for her previous band The Scarlett Ending, has loads of performance and studio experience, in addition to logging in thousand upon thousands of travel miles in the US and abroad. But Kayleigh seems no where […]

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Interview with Vinnie from Floodwood; On tour NOW and debut album coming soon! Tour dates below.

Upstate, NY Americana band Floodwood brings together some of the finest talent our great state of NY has to offer. Featuring Al and Vinnie from jam-band heavyweights moe., Jason Barody from Wooden Spoon from Taos, award winning banjo player Nick Piccinnini, and Hypnotic Clambake’s Zachery Fleitz on bass, you can bet that Floodwood isn’t playing […]

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Interview with Karl Denson of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe; Playing #Syracuse TONIGHT 9/17/13

Karl Denson is the real deal. No joke, his performance and recording roster reads like a Who’s Who of incredible experiences. Having played virtually every festival on Earth, sharing stages with the likes of James Brown, DMB, The Allman Brothers, and D’Angelo, and dropping a multitude of releases in several different genres, Karl Denson’s Tiny […]

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Interview with Josh Weaver from Royal Thunder; Touring with Baroness!

Atlanta, Georgia three-piece and Relapse Recording artist Royal Thunder are on tour right now supporting their 2012 full-length release, titled CVI. Though the group has been active since 2005, it wasn’t until 2012 that they got their lineup solidified and stated making some serious waves as a full-time touring band. Currently on the road providing […]

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Interview with Tim King from Soil; New album SOIL @soiltheband out NOW on Pavement Entertainment

2013 is looking to be a great year for Soil! Back with a new album, titled Whole, that dropped on August 16th via Pavement Entertainment, their latest prominently features the return of singer Ryan McCombs, who has returned to the band after spending some time in the one-time powerhouse rock group, Drowning Pool. For their 6th release, Soil […]

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Interview with Yesod Williams from PEPPER @pepperlive; New s/t album available in store right NOW!

There is something about the groove of Jamaican-influenced music, and Kailua Kona, Hawaii reggae/rock trio Pepper are the perfect band for warm weather fun. Think ice-cold drinks, girls wearing next to nothing, BBQ’s, and a laid back good time.… Can you dig it? All of these seem to flourish with a good soundtrack, and Pepper […]

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Drummer Spotlight with ROBB RIVERA from @NONPOINT @RobbRiveraNP @razorandtie @pearldrumcorp @sabianvault

What’s the biggest lie told to a drummer? 
 Hang on a minute and I’ll help you with your gear. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Ryland Steen from @ReelBigFish @dwdrums @sabianvault #drummers

What’s the difference between a drummer and a savings bond? One will mature and make money. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine whether or […]

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Interview with Dez Fafara from Devildriver @evilriver; New album WINTER KILLS out TOMORROW 8/27

Their description is quite simple, really… “Pure Fuckin’ Metal.” I’m sold. Opening up for the band at Rock and Shock in Worchester, Massachusetts many moons ago, I’m not ashamed to say that Santa Barbara, California 5-piece act Devildriver blew my group, and many others, off the stage without trying too hard. Gearing up to release […]

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Interview with DJ Freaky Flow; Playing in #PHILLY tonight 8/23! @djfreakyflow #DNB #EDM

As a freshman in college, I was introduced me to Drum and Bass by way of DJ Freaky Flow, a Toronto scratch-master, floor-shaker, and all-around brilliant track selector. His intro tape (long before tapes were again fashionable and in vogue) quite literally changed the way I listened to music, and it wasn’t long before I […]

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Interview with Oli Herbert from All That Remains @atrhq ; Played KROCKATHON @krockcny in #Syracuse @razorandtie

Boston, Massachusetts 5 piece metal group All That Remains has been steadily climbing the ranks of the music scene in recent years, no small feat given the vast ubiquity of heavy music across the national and international metal landscape. As an original member, guitarist Oli Herbert has been with All That Remains for 15 years […]

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Interview with Jake Bushnell from HB Surround Sound @hbsurroundsound

Huntington Beach, California quintet HB Surround Sound are currently on a run opening up for Sublime with Rome, Pennywise, The Descendents, and Julian Marley… Not a bad gig for a band that is only 2.5 years old! With a wide range of influences and a genre-bending style, the group fuse some of the finer elements […]

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Interview with Sam T. from Diamond Youth @dmndyouth; Playing #Rochester for @Scion Bonzai Fest 8/17/13

Baltimore, Maryland quartet Diamond Youth recently released a new EP on Topshelf Records. Titled Orange and released via Topshelf Records, the group most recently wrapped up a tour with Make Do and Mend and Cheap Girls… Definitely a quality showcase of talent you hopefully got a chance to check out! Fiercely DIY or Die, the […]

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Interview with All Else Fails (Joe Pesci Edition); Fucktropolis out NOW! @Allelsefailsca #fuck

Fuck. Every once in a while, you go into work with your Give-a-Fuck Meter on “0” and 8 hours left in the day. It’s not the most pleasant way to go about things, but it just happens. You just want to say “Fuck” a lot. Then, you get a fucking email from a very fucking […]

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Interview with The Drama State; Playing #Rochester TONIGHT (8/13) AT @BUGJARROCHESTER @thedramastate @streakerrecords

Gas City, Indiana 5-piece The Drama State are currently on the road and bringing their “Bro Big or Bro Home” tour (smh lol) to Upstate NY today. The pop-rock group will be performing TONIGHT, August 13th, at The Bug Jar in Rochester, NY, so if you can, go fill your gut with a garbage plate […]

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Interview with Phil from Taproot; Played Gift in its entirety 6/27; More touring to come! @followtaproot

Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Taproot, now entering their 16th year of existence (!), were recently out for a short run of tour dates, and the quartet will found themselves in a few East Coast cities, including a stop in Syracuse, NY on June 27th. Most widely recognized for their 2002 smash hit, “Poem,” Taproot have continued to […]

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Interview with Nadine Shah; Debut album Love Your Dum and Mad out NOW! @NADINESHAH

Whitburn, UK’s Nadine Shah is set to drop her debut full-length, Love Your Dum And Mad, on July 8th via Apollo/R&S. It’s fantastic. However, as I don’t expect anyone to take the words of one writer at all seriously, give yourself a few minutes to check out Nadine’s newest video for “To Be a Young […]

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Full band interview with Brooklyn’s GRANDFATHER; In Human Form drop 8/13! @thesyndotcom

FUCK YEAH!!! Brooklyn, NY 4-piece Grandfather fricking rule!!! Though I was just introduced to the group a few days ago via some random online posting somewhere, I was immediately impressed by the shear power these guys bring to the table. I wouldn’t call it Metal necessarily, but the sonic power these guys wield is something […]

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Drummer Spotlight w/ DANNY SCHULER from BIOHAZARD @biohazarddfl @Pearldrumcorp @sabian_vault @vaterdrumsticks

How can you tell when a drummer’s at the door? He doesn’t know when to come in Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine whether […]

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Interview with Zach from Rodeo Ruby Love; New album The Pits out NOW! @rodeorubylove

What’s going on, everybody? Once again, this is Greg Allis with Live High Five and we just made a pretty horrendous trip from Syracuse to Rochester, NY. Car accident after car accident, traffic after traffic, but we finally made it. And it’s somber just getting here, because this is going to be Streetlight Manifesto’s last […]

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Interview with Cauldron from @ORIONMUSICMORE @Cauldronmetal @earacherecords

Here’s one we did on the fly in Detroit during Orion Music and More. Canadian metal trio Cauldron tore through a great set of classic heavy metal on Day 2, and we are looking forward to catching these guys in the near future. Metalheads unite! What’s up everyone? Once again, this is Greg Allis with […]

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Interview with Ryan Weber from Eric and Magill; New Album Night Singers out TODAY (7/23) @ERICANDMAGILL

Though I suppose we can stop mentioning how “The internet changed and shrank the world,” the internet changed, and shrank, the world. 2-piece indie outfit Eric & Magill (Eric Osterman and Ryan Weber) are located in Kenya and Brooklyn, respectively, and if the creation of their music over such an incredible distance isn’t testament to […]

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