Nov 6, 2013

Australia's Strange Talk chat debut album, Rolling Stone Australia praise

{Photo via Strange Talk Official Facebook}

If you haven't yet been introduced to Melbourne, Australia's Strange Talk, chances are you will be soon enough. With just a few years under their belts, the quartet has already opened for Foster The People, Marina and The Diamonds, Neon Indian, and the Rapture; begun their take-over of the US with buzz-worthy live performances; recorded their debut album Cast Away {self-produced, and set to release in early 2014}; and received a four out of five star review from Rolling Stone {Australia} describing Cast Away as 'Equal parts Cut Copy and Daft Punk with pinches of Eighties pop, Strange Talk's album is a fizzy cocktail of synths, breathy vocals and tinny drums.' Not too shabby for a band founded in 2010. 

Currently winding up their North American Tour, Gerard Sidhu {bass, keys} was awesome enough to take time out of his rock star schedule to chat live shows, the secret life of songs, and comparisons to some of the heaviest-hitters in the scene {ahem...Phoenix}.

Oct 30, 2013

Daytona & The Blueside Rockers fuse blues, classic rock 'n' roll

{Photo via Daytona & The BlueSide Rockers Official Facebook}

As the metaphor goes, "don't judge a book by it's cover"; but in some instances it's fully appropriate. Case in point, Southern California's Daytona & The BlueSide Rockers. If you were to judge the trio based on their moniker alone, you'd be able to pinpoint exactly what type of listening experience to expect - exactly what was intended.

"I wanted people to know that we are not your traditional blues band," says Daytona, songwriter / lead vocals / lead guitar. "We are not your traditional rock band either. We are an original blend of blues and rock 'n' roll. When I tried to define the style, I would say 'it's like the blue side of rock'. So the name BlueSide Rockers seemed to sum that up for me."

Oct 18, 2013

Friday Five: Anays Torres of My Iron Lung

{Photo: Joe Calixto via theshutterhappyjose - Panda Studios in Fremont,CA}
Truth: Anays Torres is one of those cool girls you can't help but want to hangout with. She meshes with the guys, cliques with the girls, and has killer taste in music {listen to the 5 Songs she currently has on Constant Rotation at the end of this post}. Also pertinent...she doesn't just listen - she plays.

At 14 she took up guitar; started performing live at 15; and at 16, began playing the drums. Today she's the permanent guitarist for My Iron Lung {fun fact: she filled in on drums for My Iron Lung for a year before clinching the guitarist spot}, and moonlights as drummer for Only the Infinite Survive. Next week she'll begin a cross-country tour with the former; but before she hits the road, she sat down to dish on recording her first full-length, and the future of females in the punk / hardcore scene.

Oct 13, 2013

Life's a party: The Andrew W.K. philosophy

{Photo: Gino DePinto via Andrew W.K. Official Facebook}
Multifaceted is one of the most appropriate words to describe the genius that is Andrew W.K. Since his 2001 debut I Get Wet, the undisputed Party King has added motivational speaker, nightclub owner {he opened Manhattan's The Santos Party House with friends in 2008}, and Guinness World Record holder for Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store to his resume. Currently he's starring as the frontman of Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg; but come October 18th he'll hit the stage solo at Temecula's The Vault as part of The Party Messiah Tour.

Last week I spent 20 minutes on the phone with the Party Ambassador himself, chatting about his upcoming book, Marky Ramone's awesomeness, positivity, and, you guessed it...partying. Get your October 18th tickets here; then gear up for the big event by reading on.

Oct 8, 2013

Treble Down guitarist organizes October 18th benefit show at Bratts

Royal 'Gonzo' Gonzalez is your typical, football-loving 7-year-old boy. He's also battling Burkett's Lymphoma Stage 4 Cancer; while his family battles the medical bills. Think that's the end of the story? Wrong. Enter Murrieta musician Tyler-James Anderson - guitarist for Treble Down, bassist for Last Anniversary, and the organizer behind the October 18th Royal Gonzalez Benefit Show at Bratts Tapas and Cocktails in Temecula.

"I found out about Royal's condition through my sister Melissa Salas, who is also the singer of my band Treble Down," says Anderson. "Her daughter, McKenna Salas, is in Royal's class and was very concerned for him so we decided to try and help in the only way we knew how." 

Sep 30, 2013

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Sep 29, 2013