Interview with Jason Vena from Acceptance

Talks reunion, new album and upcoming LA show

February 22nd, 2017
Mary Bonney

Few albums had such a profound impact on the pop rock scene of the new millennium (and my personal music journey) as Acceptance‘s 2005 debut Phantoms. The band parted ways the next year but that record solidified itself as one of the most memorable of that era, holding up among records from bands that have continued touring until today, such Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday and Yellowcard.

The five members of Acceptane reunited in 2015 to create new music and this Friday, February 24th will finally add sophomore album Colliding By Design to their discography, more than a decade after their debut record’s release. I spoke with vocalist Jason Vena about the new EP, the band’s widened perspective and why the band is enjoying more freedom and creativity then ever before.

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Rapper Eric Biddines Talks The Local Cafe

Meet the South Florida rapper with “Sumn to Say”

February 9th, 2017
Kimberly Quitzon

Eric Biddines knew early on that music was what he wanted to do with his life. In South Florida, he grew up brewing coffee for his mom in the morning, and he took a liking to the local culture outside of drugs and violence. I got a chance to speak with Eric about his latest album, The Local Cafe, on which he invites listeners to join him for a cup of coffee and learn about his community.
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Tuki Carter Talks The Tuki Toker Tape

Meet the most underrated rapper in Taylor Gang

January 5th, 2017
Kimberly Quitzon

Tuki Carter is a man of many skills who specializes in music and tattoos with a touch of toking. The California-born rapper was highly influenced by Atlanta and brought both cultures together on his 2012 Atlantafornication album. After tattooing Rick Ross, he was introduced to Wiz Khalifa and found his family with Taylor Gang, eventually dropping TUKI Tape the following year. Recently, Carter dropped the Tuki Toker mixtape with features from Wiz Khalifa, Gangsta Boo, JR Donato, and JerZZ.
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LAmb Sessions: Adam Friedman

Beachy vibes just in time for winter

November 23rd, 2016
Lex Voight

Adam Friedman is irrepressible. The singer-songwriter brought his summery tunes and tight songwriting chops to LAmb Sessions, along with a near incessant stream of well-meaning, self-effacing, and aware jokes. He managed to turn everything into a song. Nothing from the (then a joke, now a horrible reality) candidacy of Donald Trump to his antics on tour to his friend and PR person were safe from having an incredibly catchy song being spontaneously created satirizing them.
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The Orwells Tour to Promote Terrible Human Beings

Playing the Resident Sunday before their UK run

November 18th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss

It’s rare for a pretty straight-forward indie rock band to achieve rapid success and then be able to maintain and grow it while still growing up themselves. In 2011, when the gritty, audacious teens of The Orwells landed their first record deal, on Justin Gage’s Autumn Tone records, they were still in their senior year of high school.
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Interview With Islands Frontman Nick Diamonds

Upcoming LA show at the Masonic Lodge on Dec. 2nd

November 14th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith

At 6:30 PM this past Tuesday, a few hours after grim signs of the apocalypse began to emerge, I called Nick Diamonds. I had pulled off the 101 South into a fast food parking lot, while Diamonds, frontman and founding member of Islands, was en route to a friend’s place in Los Feliz to, as he put it, “white-knuckle” the impending presidential election results.
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Don’t Miss Turkuaz at Teragram Ballroom Thursday!

Power-funk road warriors’ frontman talks LA

November 7th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith

For the uninitiated, Turkuaz is a super high energy, jam funk band that almost burned down The Mint back in May. Last week I caught up with Dave Brandwein, frontman of the power-funk road warriors, in advance of their return to LA this Thursday for a performance at The Teragram Ballroom with The New Mastersounds.
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Bruce Campbell Talks Evil Dead: Live in Concert

A reimagined score and a whole lot of camp

November 4th, 2016
Lex Voight

In cinema, there are nobodies and there are stars and there are legends and there are titans. In the (fabulous) world of B-movies, there are few true modern equivalents of the titans that inhabited the genre in its golden era — names like Hammer, Price, Lugosi, Lee, and Cushing. In fact, in this day and age there may only be one true heir to that lofty legacy: Campbell.
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