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THE SPEED INTERVIEW: Jack Antonoff Of Bleachers Discusses His Strange Desires (Or Does He ?)


It’s pretty cool when a musician can jump from one successful project to another and have hits with both of them. That’s where unlikely pop star Jack Antonoff finds himself after taking time off from his gig in fun. to release a solo album under the Bleachers moniker, whose bouncy alt pop hit “I Wanna Get Better” is one of the summer’s most infectious singles. The erstwhile boyfriend of Girls’ Lena Dunham caught up with VH1 News recently to discuss his debut album Strange Desires, not to mention his true strange desires (well actually, he wasn’t exactly forthcoming about them but watch the interview anyway).  Read more…

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Smooth Operator: Sade Guitarist Stuart Matthewman Debuts New Band Twin Danger


What’s your second musical act when your first record is one of the most successful debut albums of all time? Very few musicians get to ask themselves this question but such is the quandary of Grammy winning songwriter and musician Stuart Matthewman of famed UK pop soul world beat wonders Sade. His new musical venture Twin Danger has just been signed to Decca Records/Universal Music Classics and is performing tonight at New York’s Marquee, in a special showcase hosted by neo-soul heartthrob Maxwell. Read more…

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INTERVIEW: That Metal Show‘s Don Jamieson Gets Hell Bent For Laughter!

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Don Jamieson is one of a select few people in this world who you can honestly say is living the dream. The wiseass heavy metal fanatic from New Jersey is a successful comic whose live records top the comedy album charts and when not on tour doing stand-up he interviews his idols on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show with DJ Eddie Trunk and fellow comedian Jim Florentine. For Jamieson, his love of metal and his love of comedy go hand in hand. His latest album Hell Bent For Laughter, the title and packaging a nod to Judas Priest’s 1978 metal opus Hell Bent For Leather, came out in March on famed inde label Metal Bade Records and was an instant hit on iTunes comedy charts. The life of a professional comic is one of constant work and Don was kind enough to talk to us about the new album, his favorite comedians and how he got his start. Read more…

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Fall Out Boy Break Down The Young Blood Chronicles: Watch Patrick Stump And Pete Wentz’ Complete Video Commentary


Last night Fall Out Boy premiered the final two chapters in The Young Blood Chronicles with the music videos “Miss Missing You” and “Save Rock and Roll.” The series tells the story of a famous rock band who go to literally Hell and back in search of rock and roll redemption over the course of 11 music videos for songs from their album Save Rock and Roll. But what is it they’re really trying to say about the perils of being in a band and what was it like filming them all? Lead singer Patrick Stump and bassist Pete Wentz were kind enough to sit down in front of the cameras and watch the entire series, giving song by song commentary for each video. Read more…

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She Comes In Colors Everywhere: St. Vincent Talks About Having Synesthesia


It’s been quite a year so far for Annie Clark, better known by her stage name of St. Vincent. First she set the indie world afire with her latest self-titled album, her fourth overall, before being asked to be one of the stand-ins for fallen alt rock icon Kurt Cobain at Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction performance and this past weekend rocked the stage at Saturday Night Live season finale. One of music’s most fascinating artists, Annie recently sat down with VH1 News and talked about how her music is influenced from her having “a mild case of Synesthesia,” a rare sensory disorder in which the senses merge and comingle. In her case, when she hears or writes music she sees also sees corresponding colors, giving a whole new meaning to singing the blues. Find out why she sees her new album as red and what colors she sees when she hears other songs off the new album.

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Fall Out Boys To Men: Patrick Stump And Pete Wentz Discuss Their Past, Present And Future


Since emerging from the humble origins of the greater Chicago punk scene, Fall Out Boy have ridden the roller coaster of mainstream success and all that comes with it. Hit records, underground backlashes, celebrity status, gossip page appearances, personal drama, band drama and so on and so forth. After almost breaking up in 2010 the band went on hiatus before reconvening to start work on what would become their fifth album, 2013’s Save Rock and Roll. Read more…

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Judas Priest Interview: Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton And Richie Faulkner Tell How They Let The Metal Roar On New Album Redeemer Of Souls

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Black Sabbath may be the genre’s Godfathers, but in many ways fellow Birminghamers Judas Priest are the first true “Heavy Metal” band. Sonically, lyrically and stylistically they codified the style and proudly waved the heavy metal banner, influencing nearly all metal bands that came in their wake. They grafted the heaviness of Sabbath onto the sleek high-speed engine of Deep Purple’s design and delivered it with the bombast and grandeur of Led Zeppelin. Now 40 years on from the release of their first record, Rocka Rolla, the band is poised to release their 17th studio record, Redeemer of Souls. Read more…

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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Talks About His New Jaco Pastorius Documentary And The Bassist’s Influence On His Music

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People tend to think that if you play in one of the hardest and heaviest heavy metal bands of all time you must only listen to music that sounds similar to your own. However, most great musicians will tell you they draw inspiration from a wide variety of influences across the musical spectrum, regardless of genre. Such is the case with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. He first came to prominence playing with skate punks Suicidal Tendencies, then played funk metal in the spinoff group Infectious Grooves before landing a gig with Ozzy Osbourne and eventually taking over the 4-string in the biggest heavy metal band in the world. And his greatest influence is a jazz fusion bassist who is best known for his guest apperences on other artists’ albums and only released two proper solo albums before his tragic death at the age of 35. Read more…

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Experiencing Nirvana: Bruce Pavitt’s New Photo Book Chronicles Groundbreaking ’89 Tour

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As he is quick to point out, Bruce Pavitt had a front row seat to one of rock’s most exciting periods. In 1986 the Chicago native formed the influential indie label Sub Pop Records to chronicle the louder than love sounds of his adopted hometown of Seattle, Washington. Along with partner Jonathan Poneman they released seminal recordings from such groups as Soundgarden (whose lead guitarist Kim Thayil is a childhood friend), Mudhoney and most famously Nirvana, whom Pavitt is said to have personally signed. The latter two bands are the subjects of Pavitt’s new book, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, available now from Bazillion Points Books. The book chronicles in photos and text Nirvana’s 1989 tour of Europe with label mates Tad, leading up to their career making appearance at the Lame Fest Sub Pop UK Showcase in London with headliners Mudhoney. Bruce Pavitt spoke to us about grunge’s golden era and the groundbreaking record label he left in 1996 but still maintains close ties to. Read more…

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Katy Perry Talks Evangelism, Jimi Hendrix And Drug Dealing On Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People

If you weren’t already in love with Katy Perry, then you should definitely watch her interview on Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People. Katy is honest and endearing, revealing just enough but still playing her cards close to her chest, giving a sense of total control, poise and grace. Katy is articulate and warm, and gosh darn it, we just want to be friends with the girl! Of the past year, Katy says it’s “been very intense. Just kind of holding onto the rocket for dear life, hoping I don’t get bucked off.” Katy also talks about her evangelical upbringing, her parents’ past life as hippies (during which time her mother dated Jimi Hendrix and her father was a drug dealer) and her decision to follow her dreams. She also talks about her marriage to Russell Brand and her desire to have children, cutely adding that at the moment, there’s nothing in her belly but Taco Bell.

Video: Katy Perry Talks Childhood, Marriage In ‘Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People’ Interview [Neon Limelight]

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