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Interview: Dan Briggs of Between The Buried And Me Promises It’s Only Going to Get More Complicated

June 17th, 2013

Dan Briggs, bass player in progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me, is a surprisingly talkative guy right after he plays a show, which is especially impressive given the complicated nature of his music. Just after getting off stage at their show with Coheed and Cambria at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, Briggs readily shared his insights on the deeper meanings behind the band’s ambitious concept album The Parallax II: Future Sequence, as well as the accompanying book, designed to ensure that people understand the concept. He has no qualms about the intricate nature of his band’s music or whether or not any of it is considered metal– plus, he’s adamant that they will always continue to push the limits of technical skill. And with great results; Parallax II made it to #3 on our Top 40 Albums of 2012 list!
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By Colette Claire Posted in Features

Russian Circles, Between the Buried and Me and Coheed and Cambria, Live at the Wiltern

June 6th, 2013

Between the Buried and Me and Coheed and Cambria might seem like a slightly incongruous combination of bands, but they are actually two bands who have never worried about critics– they make exactly the type of music they want to make. They are both unique and are damn talented musicians. So, it makes perfect sense. Truthfully, their tour did start as an accident when Coheed and Cambria had the original co-headliners pull out at the last minute, but it ended up becoming a happy accident.
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Stone Sour and Papa Roach Live at Club Nokia, Los Angeles

February 28th, 2013

Given the fact that Stone Sour and Papa Roach both have successful new albums out and are currently embarking on a co-headlining tour around the world could make you do a double take when you look at your calendar. Don’t worry, it is in fact 2013 and not 2003. At Club Nokia, in downtown Los Angeles on February 13, it was blatantly evident that great music is not limited by the fads and phases of popular culture no matter what the calendar says. Both these bands work hard, play well, write great music and have done so consistently for over ten years. Sometimes it seems that not enough attention is given to the bands that don’t burn out on drugs, have tantrums and break up.
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Interview: Hatebreed’s Frank Novinec on The Divinity of Purpose, Positivity and Pulverising Metal

February 26th, 2013

Just back from their European tour and currently embarking on the American leg, Hatebeed is super pumped. Not just because being angrily upbeat is what they do, but also because their latest album The Divinity of Purpose has just been released to very positive reviews from critics and fans. Hatebreed always puts 100% blood, sweat and tears into what they do, but this new effort really has the prefect balance of the brutality that people expect and the creative innovation that keeps it fresh. mxdwn’s Colette Claire caught up with guitarist Frank Novinec just as the US tour started to discuss the bands current success and what’s coming next.
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Interview: Dinah Cancer – Back from the 45 Grave

October 8th, 2012

45 Grave is known for being one of the innovators of goth-industrial, yet until very recently, the band’s catalog boasted of only one studio album and a couple of singles. Pick Your Poison was recently released by Dinah Cancer and a whole new lineup that’s she’s spent a lot of blood, sweat and tears putting together. She’s tried her best to pick up where 45 Grave left off, ignoring the 20-year lapse and enthusiastically moving forward. I had the opportunity during the recent Sunset Strip Music Festival to chat with her about it.

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Interview: Dead Sara’s Emily Armstrong on Success, Working With Courtney Love and More

September 24th, 2012

Earlier this year, Dead Sara came out of the wood work and took radio by storm with their single “Weatherman.” A gritty, catchy Blind Mellon meets Janis Joplin tune that exhibits the band’s energy and song writing skills beautifully. Just after Sunset Strip Music Festival I caught up with Dead Sara’s Emily Armstrong to talk about their “overnight” success a bit. Read more…

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Interview: Devin Townsend – Contemplating the Fate of Happy

September 13th, 2012

Devin Townsend just wrote possibly the most upbeat record of his career and he’s damn excited about it. Tossing aside any worries of being rejected from the “heavy metal chess club” as he calls it, Townsend did exactly what he does best: write whatever comes into his mind and do it to the fullest extent possible. This time though it wasn’t contemplating the existential fate of the world, it was contemplating that life isn’t always so bad, the universe is awesome, and maybe we should finally go mow that lawn.
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Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012 (Review, Photos and More)

September 6th, 2012

The Sunset Strip Music Festival, which started as a cluster of shows at the clubs on the strip in 2008, has grown by leaps and bounds into a full fledged, much anticipated yearly event like Bonnaroo or Coachella minus the camping. The 5th annual SSMF took place between August 16th and 18th and as in years past, it featured many different musical acts on various stages spanning different genres, including Marilyn Manson, Bad Religion, Offspring and Black Label Society. Each year the SSMF chooses a different icon of the strip to honor, and in one of its most appropriate choices yet, The Doors were picked as this year’s honorees. The Doors were the early pioneers of the whole Sunset Strip concert experience so this seemed long over due.
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Opeth, Mastodon and Ghost Heritage Hunter Tour Live at Gibson Amphitheatre 4/26/12

April 30th, 2012

Swedish band Ghost, the opener for this tour, has been generating a lot of buzz in the metal community, so much so that the venue was almost completely full when they played. Not only is this rare for an opening band, but the venue’s doors opened right before they hit the stage. So at a time when people are usually trickling in and getting situated, the crowd was already seated and watching with rapt attention. It’s no wonder since Ghost has so much mystery surrounding them and they write damn good songs. They practically came out of nowhere with a 3 track demo in 2010 and their first full length album, Opus Eponymous, in 2011. Read more…

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Reid Paley: Deep Sensitive Songwriter

October 18th, 2011

Black Francis, or Frank Black, or whatever you’d like to call the former Pixies front man, has been friends with singer/songwriter Reid Paley for a long time. Ever since the Pixies opened up for his band The Five back in the ’80s. After many years of touring together and the occasional songwriting collaboration, the two have finally decided to make an entire record together, simply titled Paley & Francis. With these two legendary songwriters playing guitar and swapping vocal duties, it would be hard to believe this album could disappoint. Reid Paley was cool enough to take sometime out of his day to tell us a bit about it. Read more…

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