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mxdwn’s Top 40 Songs of 2014

December 17th, 2014
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What’s in a song? From three minute pop singles to acoustic ballads clocking in over eight minutes, there are innumerable criteria to making a good tune, and an even vaster multitude of paths available to any artist to convey their message through music. Here we recognize those who got it right in 2014. Read more…

By Connor McInerney Posted in Features ,

mxdwn’s Top 40 Albums of 2014

December 17th, 2014
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Across all genres, 2014 was a stupendous year for music, and there are a handful of albums worthy of recognition. Here we present them to you; this is mxdwn’s top 40 albums of 2014. Read more…

By Connor McInerney Posted in Features ,

Best New Artist 2014: The Mystery and Intrigue of Cross My Heart Hope to Die

December 10th, 2014
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Cross My Heart Hope to Die has earned its own place as one of the more brilliant outfits of 2014. Not many bands create and patent their own music boxes that they then release and distribute throughout the world, released a new EP and curate an art exhibition at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects to accompany it all in just a few short months. Undeniably one of the most refreshingly creative groups on the scene in years, Cross My Heart Hope To Die blends the realms of art and music with a fluidity representative of the distinct trajectories of each of the member’s artistic careers fully culminated in a year’s time. 2014 found each member of the supergroup at the brink of innovation as the quartet embarked on an uniquely seasoned, futuristic sound that formed under the direction of DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill fame, Los Angeles “jazz baby” songstress with a “hip hop head” Brevi, former guitarist of Strife Andrew Kline and ex-curator and social media expert Sean Bonner. Like other artists selected by mxdwn in the past few years (such as 2013’s SISU and 2012’s TEEN), the group maintains certain excitingly enigmatic quality that sets them apart from all other breakthrough artists. Cross My Heart Hope to Die is mxdwn’s Best New Artist for 2014. Read more…

By Cristina Pimentel Posted in Features

Interview: Whitechapel’s Phil Bozeman on Tennessee Pride, New Tunes and Tough Moments

July 31st, 2014
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Returning recently to the death metalcore scene with Our Endless War, rock sextet Whitechapel’s fifth album reflects maturity and production evolution. Achieving a rare feat of garnering respect from the mainstream while retaining cred from the rabid underground, the band’s got nothing left to prove. They’ve toured the globe with metal legends and proudly claim Knoxville as their home base. Read more…

By Carlita Howard Posted in Features ,

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…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Features , ,

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