Gwar Love New York City, Still Want to Kill All the Humans

Categories: Interview, Metal

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Earlier this year, the death of David Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus, shook the rock world and left fans of Gwar wondering who would fill his large, claw-toed shoes.

Enter Vulvatron.

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So, You Think You Know Hardwell?

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Hardwell
You may know every word to every track by Hardwell. You may know he's been named the No. 1 DJ in the world two years running. You may know he's one of the biggest stars to emerge out of a new EDM scene, and that he produces songs that go on to become festival anthems across the globe. But how well do you know Hardwell, the man? How well do you know Robbert van de Corput?

See also: Where EDM Is...and Where It's Going

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Hot Since 82 Isn't Cooling Down Anytime Soon

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Daley Padley a/k/a Hot Since 82

Daley Padley, better known as Hot Since 82, stands tall in a sea of over-saturated and stagnated EDM tracks, DJs, and producers. He's a U.K.-born self-proclaimed "joker" who comes from humble beginnings, but has been rocking the EDM community with his genuine creativity since 2011. This weekend he kicked off the American leg of his Knee Deep in Sound Tour, coming to Output this Saturday, November 1, to promote the album of the same name. We talked to him about the show, the album, and the time he kidnapped some fans.

See also: Where EDM Is...and Where It's Going


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Jordan Knight and Nick Carter: The Ultimate Boy Band Bromance

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It's not every day a couple of boy band-ers join forces to start a man band, but New Kids on the Block's Jordan Knight and the Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter are a couple of above average boys from the bands. After rising to international stardom as teens in their respective groups and in their respective decades, both Nick and Knight forayed into solo music careers (both their most recent solo albums were released in May of 2011) and reality television. Though there were minor hiatuses and interludes for independent exploration, both NKOTB and BSB always come back for more and even formed a supergroup for a tour and compilation album, all under the title NKOTBSB.

Clearly Jordan and Nick found the right stuff with one another, having since created the duo Nick & Knight. They released their debut album this year, a fun adult-pop romp through decades of r&b and pop rock influences, and are currently on a tour across North America. The Knight of the pair took some time out of their schedule to discuss New Kids, his friendship with Nick and what to expect from a Nick & Knight show. Spoiler alert: the answer is a good time.

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OG Feminist Rockers Frightwig Still Blazing a Trail

Categories: DIY, Interview

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Frightwig today: Deanna Ashley Mitchell, Cecilia Kuhn, Mia d'Bruzzi, and Eric Drew Feldman
Unless you were into very underground punk in the early '80s, you probably don't know Frightwig--but you should. They were perhaps the first all-female DIY punk band, and they blazed a trail from San Francisco across the U.S. in the name of feminist rock 'n' roll. Along the way, they influenced younger musicians like Courtney Love and Bikini Kill, planting an early seed for the riot grrrl movement that followed in the '90s.

The chemistry of Frightwig has changed a bit with Eric Drew Feldman on keys, but singer and bass player Deanna Ashley Mitchell, who turns 56 Tuesday, remains an outspoken fighter for women's rights. She's leading Frightwig in an East Coast crusade that kicks off Monday, Sept. 8, at The Knitting Factory (with Jane Lee Hooker also performing) and culminates in the We Are Women Constitution Day Rally next weekend in Washington, D.C. We spoke to Deanna about women in music, women's rights in America, and male strippers.

See also: How Not To Write About Female Musicians: A Handy Guide

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Anthony Cumia Was "Getting Tired of SiriusXM's Bullshit" Anyway

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"Within pretty much a month, I was fired and now I'm up and running again."
By now you've surely heard the story about radio jock Anthony Cumia getting fired by SiriusXM, so we're not going to get into it. Whether you stand by Ant or not, life moves on. And so too does Cumia, when his new HD video podcast show, the aptly titled The Anthony Cumia Show, hits the web on August 4th and the lines of dialogue open up. And make no mistake, those lines will be very open.

On the new show, broadcast on his own, there will be no rules, no restrictions, and no bosses to tell him what to do. You only thought you were offended before. We talked with Cumia about the now-infamous end of his relationship with Sirius, and what's in store for fans starting next week.

See also: 10 Awesome Musical Performances from The Jon Stewart Show

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Eula Walk the Fine Line Between Chaos and Order

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Brooklyn-by-way-of-Connecticut post-punk outfit EULA is a force of nature. Incorporating shades of Wire, Bikini Kill, X-Ray Spex, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gang of Four, and Blonde Redhead, singer/guitarist Alyse Lamb, bassist Jeff Maleri, and drummer Nate Rose make an awful lot of noise for three people as they walk the fine line between chaos and order, melody and dissonance, negative space and sensory overload for a result that's as visceral as it is catchy. On their self-released debut full-length Maurice Narcisse (2011)--and even more so in their crackling live shows--frontwoman Lamb swings wildly between animal wails, percussive chants, and delicate vocalizations that are all the more anxiety-inducing for their sweetness, as if she's teetering on the edge of violent breakdown. In advance of the release party for their new "Orderly"/"Meadows" 7" (out now on Bloodmoss Records, show details following interview), we spoke with Lamb about her classical training, her production collective, and her love of riding her bike around Bushwick.

See also: NYC's Top 10 Rising Female-Fronted Bands

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The Brown Bag Allstars' J57 and Koncept Present a Hip-Hop Baseball Playlist

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J57 and Koncept via Intagram
This evening, July 17, J57 and Koncept from New York City's Brown Bag Allstars troupe will be taking to the field down in Coney Island to perform the opening song ahead of the Brooklyn Cyclones showdown with the Jamestown Jammers. The track of choice will be a rendition of "Take a Day," which features the vocal trilling of ATR and is slated to head-up the duo's sample-free debut album Flight, which will drop next year.

Of their own baseball credentials, J57 says, "Koncept played baseball growing up in Queens and was in the same league as Action Bronson, although I sucked at baseball growing up. But honestly, I could throw better than 50 Cent."

In honor of the hometown heroes strutting their stuff ahead of the Cyclones game then, here's J57 and Koncept's guide to curating the ideal hip-hop-based baseball playlist. Consider it a must for all fanatics of the b-word.

See also: Brown Bag AllStars' J57 Has a Dog Named Suri, Is the King of Finding Vinyl on the Street

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Brooklyn's Jay Stolar Explores the Power of Sex in New Single "Just an Animal"

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New York's tempo may slow during the hot and sweaty summer, but the pace is only picking up for Jay Stolar. The Brooklyn poly-genre multi-instrumentalist has made a name for himself as a one-man musical enterprise, producing, playing, and songwriting for television and other artists in addition to composing his own music. A contempo brew of soulful pop-rock, his harmony-laden solo debut, More Than We Think, was released last year, unveiling a style and craftsmanship that earned him comparisons to Darryl Hall, Bruno Mars, and... Adele. More recently, he wrote and recorded "Just an Animal," one of several new songs-turned-music videos inspired by a fortuitous collaboration and a resulting session at Flux Studios, a "brilliant recording studio on 2nd St. and 2nd Ave. in Manhattan." In the midst of his summer-long residency at Rockwood Music Hall, Jay recently spoke with us about the story behind this hard-hitting R&B banger and life as a New York musician.

See also: Exclusive: It's "All Love" for Daytona and Harry Fraud

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Devo's Jerry Casale Looks to the Past for the Future

Categories: Interview, Live

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Eric Blum
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Long before guys like Steve Jobs and Neil deGrasse Tyson helped geeks get their shine, Devo were flaunting their bookish background and turning the world's idea of what rock stars look and sound like on its head. For the last 40 years cofounding bassist Jerry Casale shared the stage with his brother and Devo guitarist, Bob Casale (Bob 2), who suddenly passed from heart failure this past winter. The shocking loss has left Bob's family in financial straits. Still reeling from their loss and looking to help how they can, the band is pulling out their earliest never-before-performed primordial synth material as a fundraiser for Bob's family on Thursday June 19th at Best Buy Theater. We spoke with Jerry about losing his brother and bandmate Bob, being introduced on stage by David Bowie at Max's Kansas City, making wine and looking to the past for the future.

See also: Oh, Yes, It's Devo

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