(Image courtesy Sonic Unyon)In Ringo Deathstarr's video for "Rip," the band members indulge in bowls full of hallucinogenic Starrdust, which founder Elliott Frazier says taste just like Fruity Pebbles. "I kept one and I ended up eating it in a couple of days because I was like, stoned or something," he tells me before a gig at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium. "I was just gonna keep it for a keepsake, but I ended up eating it."By the time I caught up with the Austin-based noise rockers, they'd toured...Read Full Story
(Via Snowmine's Bandcamp)"We don't really bring the party, we're not the party band," Snowmine frontman Grayson Sanders tells me over iced teas. He's in the process of explaining Colorbeast, the app he and his bandmate Jay created while searching for ways to integrate live multimedia into their stage performances. "It was the beginning of a long set of ideas that we have on ways to interactively bring people into our music in more of a multi-aesthetic way."The app, which allows users to...Read Full Story
(Courtesy Total Assault)Chances are you already love "Heartbeat," the blissfully bittersweet single from Los Angeles-based quintet JJAMZ. The song, which juxtaposes an ebullient, summertime sound with wistful, vulnerable lyrics, went viral in the second half of 2012 thanks to prime placement in a video for the new MySpace. "It's so funny. We so had no idea what a big thing that was. I remember sort of being asked, 'Hey, do you want your song in some MySpace thing,' and we were like 'Sure...Read Full Story
(Facebook)Punctuated band names can be a frightfully obnoxious thing, but London-based quintet Citizens! has earned its exclamation mark — because for them, it's not arbitrary. There's nothing reserved about Here We Are, the band's Alex Kapranos-produced debut: It's a warm, open invitation to something delicious, a cause for excitement."When we made the album we had to wear retro Michael Jordan Adidas pumps," keyboardist and guitarist Lawrence Diamond joked. "You know the ones you can pump up...Read Full Story
(Image via Big Hassle)There was a time when Chris Porterfield believed his career in music was over. "I sold all my stuff and I moved to Milwaukee and started a career and I'm married and I have a dog and a mortgage and a white picket fence, and yeah, I was ready to just have that chapter close, and just grow up," he explains.
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Porterfield came to that premature conclusion after...Read Full Story
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