Cannibal Ox Return With the Sharp Blade of the Ronin

Categories: Hip-Hop, Interview

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Cannibal Ox
Cannibal Ox were born out of a need for honesty. For MCs Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, the truth is steeped in both the good and bad, and they view their music as maintaining the equilibrium between the two. "We come from a place of knowing that if we understand balance, there's triumph within the fact that we understand and accept that life is not vacant, it's an exchange of many dynamics," says Vordul. "We are always grateful for the light that we gain."

In that honesty and in that light, Can Ox have cultivated an aesthetic that can only be described as gritty and cryptic, an ode to their musical authenticity. And also an ode to New York.

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Dillon Francis Says His Wildly Popular Instagram Comedy Is Thanks to Jim Carrey

Categories: EDM, Interview

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Photo by Shane McCauley
Dillon Francis totes his In-N-Out, maybe wondering where he parked his car.
Have you ever just known you could be best friends with someone — if only you got the chance to meet them? Fans of 27-year-old dance music DJ Dillon Francis know the feeling well, thanks to an online persona that makes him approachable when fans run into him in real life.


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Why Tiësto Is Tired of All the Subgenre Labeling in Dance Music

Categories: Interview

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Rephlektor — Guy Aroch
DJ Tiësto
At this point, what else can be said of Tiësto? It seems like he's been "the dude" since EDM was simply called "dance music," back when it was still a taboo curiosity creeping along slowly from city to city.

The 45-year-old Dutchman is known to fans and fellow DJs alike as the "Godfather of EDM." He's been the highest-paid DJ in the world, and still cranks out hit tracks (as well as business ventures) with the regularity, and vigor, of someone twenty years his junior.

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DJ Carnage: Relatable? Yes. Divisive? Yes.

Categories: Interview

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Rephlektor
Carnage

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, DJs were people, too. The man on stage was the man in the booth was the man signing autographs was the man shopping for new boxers -- there was no difference within these changing contexts. But as the world of EDM grows into the behemoth it has lately become, DJs have become symbols instead of people, and have slowly started to lose what young'uns would call "realness." Enter DJ Carnage, born Diamante Blackmon, a young DJ/producer who is reclaiming what it means to be real in an ocean of confused and uninformed characters, be they DJs or audiences. Carnage has shown both the guys behind the scenes and fans of the EDM movement that he has his own way of doing things, and he's not afraid to shock a few people along the way (in a good way, we promise).


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

Categories: Interview, Metal

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Vulvatron's breasts that spray blood
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?

Categories: Interview

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Rephlektor
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

Categories: Interview

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Infamous PR
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

Categories: Interview

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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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