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A Big Picture Look: Vans Warped Tour 2014, Dallas, TX

June 30th, 2014
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Vans Warped Tour is a huge summer tour, usually consisting of about 50 bands, multiple stages and vendors of all sorts. The tour goes on for months and visits nearly all the major cities in the U.S., the lineup varying sometimes depending on the city. The Dallas stop was one of the first stops on the 2014 tour and it went off without a hitch. The day was sunny and hot but spirits were high as the doors opened. There were five stages plus an Acoustic Underground tent. Most noteworthy was a stand for free water, which was highly appreciated, and even a waterslide. The following is a small glimpse of the Dallas Warped Tour.
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Interview: Trevor de Brauw on The New Beginnings of Pelican

June 16th, 2014
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One four year hiatus and new guitarist later, Pelican is stronger than ever with their new album Forever Becoming receiving rave reviews, selling out shows and an upcoming tour just days away. mxdwn had the privilege to speak to the band’s co-founder, Trevor de Brauw, about the mortality of the band, its new beginnings and everlasting “groove.” Read more…

By Cristina Pimentel Posted in Features

mxdwn Best of SXSW 2014

June 1st, 2014
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For a change of pace in 2014, we decided to take a little time and to ponder on who our favorite acts at SXSW were. Generally, we run this piece no later than two days after the festival. This time, we wanted to truly ponder on how the acts we saw at this year’s festival measured up. For those keeping score, in 2013 we picked Haim as Best New Artist. In 2012 it was Santigold. In 2011 it was Odd Future. The Sleepy Sun took top honors in 2010. And going all the way back to 2009 Akron/Family were the knockdown favorite. Without further delay, here are the Top 5 Best New Artists and Top 5 Best Established Artists of SXSW 2014. Read more…

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Interview: Oh, Honey on Glee, Touring with James Blunt and a New Single

May 12th, 2014
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The dynamic duo of Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard of OH HONEY have taken the music industry by storm in in the past year. With a new record label (Atlantic) behind them, the pair is embarking on a national tour with James Blunt, the Fray and Barcelona, gaining more acclaim for their first EP, With Love and building a fanbase that they had once only dreamed of. To put it simply, in Mitchy’s very own words, they’re truly “living the dream.” Read more…

By Cristina Pimentel Posted in Features

Interview: The World According To OFF!

May 2nd, 2014
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It’s no surprise that punk supergroup OFF! are very opinionated. Members hail from boisterous acts across the genre’s spectrum, including Black Flag, Hot Snakes and Redd Cross. They’ve fought the power and garnered some seriously heavy-hitting fans. Though popular in their respective bands, OFF! itself has gained international acclaim and celebrity fans like RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis. Perhaps more surprising than their activism and ideals is exactly what those opinions happen to be about. Read more…

By April Siese Posted in Features

Coachella 2014: A Look Back in Photos.

April 24th, 2014
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This is the first year I’ve had the pleasure of photographing (or even going to) Coachella. Working the festival is far from the same experience as attending as a normal festival goer; I ended the weekend in the middle of Arcade Fire’s audience and as I was bouncing around and screaming out lyrics with the rest of the crowd. I looked around and thought, “So this is what everyone else’s weekend was like!” Read more…

By Sharon Alagna Posted in Features

Interview: NO on Echo Park, Inspiration and a New Album

April 7th, 2014
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The six piece band from Los Angeles formed at a local diner, where vocalist Bradley Hanon Carter and bassist Sean Danielle Stentz first met through mutual friends. The band’s debut full length El Prado was one of the most anticipated albums of 2014. The recognition comes as little surprise as the band has been buzzing since their 2011 EP release of Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Here Forever. The band quickly became local favorites and on everyone’s list of bands to look out for. The success continued into 2012, where the band toured along side Best Coast, Father John Misty, Smashing Pumpkins and The Naked and Famous. Their debut mixes heartbreak and optimism and continues to receive the highest of praises.

mxdwn had the chance to speak with bassist Sean Daniel Stentz about El Prado, Echo Park, and their upcoming tour with Yann Tierson. Read more…

By Vanessa Hernandez Posted in Features

Interview: Juliette Commagere on Musical Family Ties, Raucous Crowds and Tour Joys and Tribulations

March 31st, 2014
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Los Angeles concertgoers are frequently spoiled by amazing line-ups. Recently at The Echo, I caught a vision of neon light, LA native Juliette Commagere, who rocked out royally on keyboard and whose performance, supported by her legendary father-in-law Ry Cooder, lingered with me. Running home, I eagerly explored this former Hello Stranger lead singer’s discography, highlighted by her latest offering, Human.

Mxdwn spoke with Juliette recently, in the middle of rehearsal for a show she’ll perform on top of a Mexican pyramid with Maynard James Keegan’s (of Tool and A Perfect Circle) Puscifer. We had lots to chat about and touched upon topics which yielded some warm and revealing stories. Visit Juliette’s site and watch for a new EP coming out soon.
Juliette Commagere shot for mxdwn by Sharon Alagna
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Interview: The Belle Brigade on Childhood Memories, Music Surprises and Embarrassing Moments

March 25th, 2014
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LA based brother/sister pair The Belle Brigade (Barbara and Ethan Gruska) return this week with their anticipated sophomore release, Just Because. Growing up with a musical composer father and grandfather, the duo followed a clear path into music. But they blaze a new trail, with songs that blend delightful modern harmonies with ’70s and ’80s sensibilities. Receiving acclaim for their self-titled debut, their second album, led by its strong single “Ashes,” naturally reflects personal progression and further establishes their dual identities. Offering fans a preview of the album on YouTube prior to its release, it seems that their fans would agree.

mxdwn visited Barbara and Ethan during their LA residency (they are great live) recently to chat about their musical childhoods, the new album, RuPaul, shakuhachi music and food poisoning embarrassing stage moments. Visit The Belle Brigade’s site for more album info!
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By Carlita Howard Posted in Features

Interview with Bert McCracken of The Used on A New Record, Michael Jackson and That Guy in the Sky

March 20th, 2014
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After watching them crank out albums every few years, it has been no secret that The Used had a propensity to consistently create groundbreaking music. They gave us a taste of their new record with their latest single “Cry,” in January. It received over 700,000 plays within less than a week of its release. This was only a hint of the reckoning that new Used material would bring. So far, their impending tour sold out 18 dates, and they have not stopped there. Indeed, they had already made it a success. “You can inspire people because you took a chance and succeeded. You never know until you try.” These immortal words came from The Used’s lead singer Bert McCracken. The day before they set out on a co-headlining tour with Taking Back Sunday, we sat down with McCracken at SXSW to talk philosophy, life’s mysteries, and to get a feel for the new album Imaginary Enemy, out April 1st.

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