Posts tagged rock
FEST Feature Friday: Mike Llerena & The Nerve

If you’re a fan of punk rock and rock and roll, then you definitely don’t want to sleep on Mike Llerena & The Nerve. Hailing from Gainesville, this Florida three piece are part of FEST 18’s lineup for this November, and they’re sure to pack a punch. Continue reading to check out our interview with Mike where we talk about the band’s latest album, the FEST community, and more!

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Feature Friday: Silver Relics

Alex Sepassi and Justin Alvis combine forces to form Silver Relics and to create an infectious brand of indie rock. With heavy influences spanning from the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, and ‘80’s, the pair recently released their debut album, generic., followed by a run of shows in the UK and Ireland.

Originally from Austin, TX, Silver Relics are now based out of NYC, which is the perfect place for a duo with such high art-rock energy. I recently chatted with Alex and Justin about finding balance when writing together, touring overseas, setting yourself apart in the city that never sleeps, and more. Continue reading down below to learn more about Silver Relics, and to give their new album, generic., a spin!

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Rebel Kicks // Interview

Stepping down into the lower level of Bowery Electric, I was impressed with how many fans filled the space. People chatted in groups eager to hear the band, as t-shirts were handed out. This was the band’s first performance under their new name, Rebel Kicks.

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Grant Duncan // Feature Friday

Singer songwriter Grant Duncan has been playing music since his high school days, and has fronted the indie rock/experimental band Pavement Candy since 2005. In addition to Pavement Candy, Grant also releases music as a solo artist and records at his home studio in Inagi, Tokyo. 

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Cloudmouth // Feature Friday

Dark Energy is the latest release from dark folk trio Cloudmouth. The album was released in May of this year, and features vocalist / guitarist Kyle Numann delivering delightfully ominous lyrics, Amoretta Taylor on drums + percussion while providing gentle backing vocals, and Chris Wilson lending a hand to cello, bass, and synth.

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Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers // Feature Friday

Having spent six years being carefully crafted by songwriter + producer Sam Cooper, Apophenian was released earlier this year. This 11 track album takes its time and pays attention to detail as the robust piano and rich instrumentals mix with Cooper's smooth vocals to stir up a mixture of both beautiful and haunting melodies that draw you into the most ethereal of fever dreams.

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FELICITY // Feature Friday

FELICITY hit the Florida scene in 2013 and have continued to deliver well crafted melodic pop punk jams while pushing their limits and perfecting their signature style ever since. Continue reading to learn about their latest releases, watch FELICITY's music video for "The City Beautiful" and to read an interview with vocalist Damien below where we talk about their upcoming EP, making it in DIY, and more! 

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Pumpkinseed // Interview

With Pumpkinseed's new album release approaching (it drops on June 15th, ya'll!), I had the opportunity to chat with vocalist / guitarist Daniel Gardner about how the album came together, influential artists, tour plans, and more! 

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Young Rising Sons // Interview

Young Rising Sons, an alternative indie rock trio from New Jersey, have stepped back into the spot light after their hiatus. Comprised of vocalist / guitarist Andy Tongren, bassist Julian Dimagiba, and drummer Steve Patrick, the band has recently released two new songs, "Noise" and "Whiskey," with the promise of an EP in the very near future.

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Milo Duhn // Feature Friday

Incongruity, the full length album from upstate NY based acoustic emo artist Milo Duhn is a ten track trip through the ups, downs, and in-betweens of growing up, growing apart, and learning that it's all a part of the process.

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High Fidelity // Feature Friday

Pop-punk inspired trio High Fidelity take on more than just soaring choruses and angst infused lyrics with their end of 2017 release, Stay True To Yourself. If you haven't heard of them before, it's likely because they're from Madrid...but that's okay, because you're learning about them now, and the saying goes "better late than never," right?

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Zach Leon // Feature Friday

Sailawayheart, a 13 track album from Nashville based indie pop artist Zach Leon, was released this towards the end of 2017. While each track has its own unique sound, the entire album flows together to create a varied offering of Zach Leon's musical capabilities.

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SILENCIO NO // FEATURE FRIDAY

Silencio No, an Argentina-based pop punk band, pens uplifting lyrics that are paired with equally feel-good melodies to create the perfect summer anthems. This energetic three piece released a self titled 11 track album back in August 2017, and are gearing up to bring their music to people near and far. Click to continue after the jump to check out a review of their latest release, as well as an interview with vocalist / guitarist, Juan, where we talk the groups formation, future touring plans, and favorite genres! 

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Rebuilder // FEST Feature Friday

There are only 28 days left until FEST, and we are so incredibly excited for this years lineup! This week, our featured artist is Boston based punk rock band Rebuilder. This energetic five piece recently released an EP titled Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike which is jam packed with classic punk rock rhythms, steady vocals with a hint of edge, and choruses that are bound to be stuck on "repeat" in your head. Read on to see our thoughts on the album and to check out an interview with Rebuilder's bassist, Daniel! 

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Spanish Love Songs // FEST Feature Friday

California-- somewhere that I have yet to be, but hope to go. The pull of the west coast is backed by it's music scene-- seemingly constant shows, talented artists waiting to be discovered, and the fact that I am from the east coast has me curious about how the two compare. For our sixth installment of our weekly FEST Feature, we're showcasing a group who resides in Los Angeles. 

Spanish Love Songs, a five piece punk rock band from Los Angeles, CA, are making their way down to Gainesville, FL this October to perform at FEST 16. Their 2015 debut album...

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Kid You Not // FEST Feature Friday

Did you know that there are only 45 days left until FEST? That is, if you're reading this on September 11, 2017. It's getting close!

With that being said, we're excited to introduce you to yet another FEST band who we hope that you'll enjoy. Meet Kid You Not, a four piece band from St. Augustine, FL. With having just recently signed to Deep Elm Records (joining Latterman, The Appleseed Cast, and more), they have a brand new album coming out on September 29th.

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Bong Mountain // FEST Feature Friday

Michigan has gifted us with a variety of different creations over the years-- traffic lanes, Faygo soda, breakfast cereal...the list goes on. More recently, Bong Mountain emerged from Michigan with pop punk rock jams and a five track EP that will draw you in time and time again.

With Bong Mountain playing FEST this year, now is as good of a time as any to give them a listen if you haven't done so before. Read on to learn about their music, check out an interview with their drummer, Matt, and see some photos from Nick Zimmer Photography

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The Handsome Scoundrels // FEST Feature Friday

For our second installment of Fest Features (only 10 more Fridays to go in case you were counting) we are happy to introduce you to The Handsome Scoundrels. This three piece pop punk group formed in Alabama back in 2010. They released a new EP this morning though OutLoud! Records, titled Thick Cuts which you can listen to right here

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Divided Heaven // Feature Friday

Generally solo, sometimes full band, always genuine, and never lacking, Divided Heaven is the result of Jeff Berman's passion for creating raw, heartfelt music without losing the authentic, true-to-yourself sound that laid the groundwork for Divided Heaven's first release in 2011. Originally from Southern Pennsylvania, Jeff now resides in Los Angeles, although much of his time is spent on the road. Having been involved in various bands, such as Protagonist (currently) and VPR (previously), Jeff certainly knows his way around composition and delivery. 

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