Bombay Bicycle Club Thinks You Seem Underdressed at Festivals

Categories: Q&A, Up on the Sun

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Bombay Bicycle Club has noticed your clothes, or lack thereof.
Those who follow the music charts across the pond were surprised when Bombay Bicycle Club's fourth album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, debuted at the top. For purveyors of fine indie music, the band's first No. 1 album didn't seem like a shock at all. The young eclectic quartet, who got their start winning a British music competition in 2006 when most of the members were 16, released their finest collection of songs yet.

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UFest: Radio Rock Band Devour the Day's Joey Walser Talks Tacos and the Pressure for Perfection

Categories: Metal!, Q&A

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Daniel Mandell
Devour the Day rose from the ashes of Egypt Central.

Devour the Day might sound like a morbid name for a band; but that's because the members were going through some pretty dark times. The group was born out of another band's demise, and the uncertainty that followed.

When American rock band Egypt Central disintegrated in 2012, bassist Joey Walser and drummer Blake Allison decided to form Devour the Day and share guitar and vocal duties. In just two short years, the hard rock duo (touring lineup also consists of guitarist David Hoffman and drummer Ronnie Farris) has toured with Sevendust, Theory of a Dead Man, In This Moment, Sick Puppies and other well-known bands -- they've even shared the stage with Aerosmith. In 2013, their debut album Time & Pressure was released, and then was re-released in 2014 as a remixed and remastered format.


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Gemini Syndrome's Aaron Nordstrom: "We Try to Run on All Cylinders If We Can"

Categories: Metal!, Q&A

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Gemini Syndrome is scheduled to perform on Saturday, April 12, at KUPD's UFest.
The five musicians of L.A.-based band Gemini Syndrome create such an electric reaction among themselves, it might be construed as too many primal forces colliding. However, it just happens to work out beautifully in their music.

As their live set kicks off, the first thing you notice is guitarist Rich Juzwick's and Mike Salerno's brilliant string work. That's followed up by the thumping rhythms of Italian bassist Alessandro "A.P." Paveri. And the finishing touch is when animated dramatic beats come in, compliments of drummer Brian Steele Medina and the resonating, melodic vocals of singer Aaron Nordstrom (formerly of OTEP) that can power through any crowd, whether it's 50 people or 15,000, like when they perform at KUPD's Ufest this Saturday in Mesa.

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Mad Caddies Bring Ska-Punk to Tempe, Talk Dirty Rice, Fat Mike and More

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The Mad Caddies will be performing on Sunday, April 13, at Club Red in Tempe.

When the Mad Caddies take the stage on Sunday, April 13, at Club Red in Tempe, it will be the first time the ska-punk-reggae musicians have played for their Arizona fans in seven years. What can an audience expect after all this time? Well, the Mad Caddies performance they have grown to love will be in full effect, but they will also find that their beloved band is touring with a rejuvenated drive and purpose behind their music after the lengthy hiatus.

"I think that helped us get stronger and better than we ever have been," says singer Chuck Robertson on the Mad Caddies' time away from the spotlight. "And we're stoked to put out a new record."

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Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss: "Everytime We Get Onstage, I See It As a Fight We Have to Win"

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Alexis Krauss (left) and Derek E. Miller of Sleigh Bells.
Sleigh Bells is long overdue for a Phoenix show. It's been more than three years since the noise pop duo rocked a sold-out show at the now-defunct Clubhouse with a wall of Marshall amps and lots of screaming. Since then, frontwoman Alexis Krauss says the band has developed significantly thanks to the addition of a live drummer and a second guitarist, and has gained more experience as a band.

"I felt kind of guilty making people pay to see us play for 25 minutes, but that was because we were restricted by our very limited repertoire at the time," Krauss says, "We've been playing shows now for almost five years...it's done wonders for our confidence and our efficacy on stage."

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Death's Bobby Hackney: "We Never Thought We Would See This Kind of Appreciation"

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Death is scheduled to perform on Saturday, April 5, at The Pressroom.
If you hadn't heard of Death before 2012, don't feel bad. Until recently (read: within the last couple years), few rock 'n' roll fans were familiar with the Detroit garage rockers/proto-punks, who were, at best, a minor footnote in rock history.

Then, a little documentary by filmmakers Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett called A Band Called Death debuted in L.A. around two years ago. And everyone became familiar with siblings Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney, and David Hackney.


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Metalachi's Maximilian Sanchez on Embracing Metal's "Cocaine Insane Egotistical Over-The-Top Drugs and Alcohol and Sex Image"

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Metalachi is scheduled to perform on Sunday, April 6, at Rhythm Room.
Those able to picture Axl Rose adorned in an ornate, oversized sombrero, or a bandanna-wearing Bret Michaels strumming a fat guitarrĂ³n, or Motley Crue wearing rivet-edged chaps, vests and pointy toed boots among the eyeliner, then it's also possible envision the spectacle that is Metalachi.

Made up of five half-brothers, Metalachi combines the force and at times over-the-top exuberance of heavy metal with the stoic and storied history and tradition of Mexican mariachi music.

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Sammy Hagar on Acoustic Music, Booze, Charity, Van Halen, and Alien Abductions

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Sammy Hagar is scheduled to perform on Saturday, April 5, during Phoenix Bikefest at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

The Red Rocker is alive and well. Better yet, he's thriving within his own realm, which could appropriately be dubbed Sammyland. The thing about Sammyland is that it's not a standalone entity. Instead, it's sort of like a community outreach program filled with charitable efforts, loyal followers, and musical roots spiraling deep into the annals of rock and roll and heavy metal history dating back to when Tricky Dick still held the presidential office. And that's exactly the way Sammy Hagar likes to have it.

When the solo recording juggernaut and former Van Halen front-man is not up to his eyeballs in his own brand of Sammy's Beach Bar Rum or jamming out with his party band, The Waboritas, Hagar keeps himself occupied by many different endeavors -- some of which stretch outside the realm of music.

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Mustard Plug's Dave Kirchgessner: "Ska Is Still Kicking"

Categories: Q&A, Ska

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Mustard Plug is scheduled to perform Thursday, April 3, at Crescent Ballroom.

Not many bands have attained popularity and commercial success outside the mainstream music industry box the way that Mustard Plug has done. While they can't claim to be most famous ska-punk band in existence, the septet have amassed a sizable cult following, as well as radio-friendly songs and music videos, like "You" and "Everything Girl."

After forming in 1991 and, a year later, releasing a full-length tape on Dashiki Clout, Skapocalypse Now!, Mustard Plug released the popular Evildoers Beware! in 1997 via punk label Hopeless Records. This was the beginning of their zenith, coinciding with the mid-'90s ska craze, which would continue for roughly five years until their breakup in 2002.


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Charlie Musselwhite on Ben Harper: "Every Time We Play Is Like Playing for the First Time"

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Michael Weintrob
Charlie Musselwhite is scheduled to perform with Ben Harper during McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2014 on Sunday, March 30, at Margaret T. Hance Park.
Charlie Musselwhite is no stranger to the blues. In fact, that's where the harmonica master spent most of his career, from Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago to Northern California, where he makes his home -- Musselwhite's career in the blues has spanned 50 years. Along the way, however, he's also performed with a who's who of musicians, including Tom Waits and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.

More recently, Musselwhite joined forces with guitarist Ben Harper. The two had collaborated on and off for more than a decade, and after years spent trying to find enough time in busy schedules to record together, the inspired duo churned out Get Up! in just a couple days.

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