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The Truth about The Crumbsnatchers, I think... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Knight   
Sunday, 08 June 2014 19:05

The Crumbsnatchers have secrets. Some so daring that putting pen to paper is simply too frightening to entertain. Those highway tales told quietly around a campfire, that echo and reverberate around a child's questioning mind, calling them from their dreams, those kind of tales. Hooks for hands and moonlight serenades from lover's lane, steamy windows and starlight screams, do not begin to scratch the surface. Shuddering beneath the covers, I waited for their call. At the sound of the phone's ring, I leapt from my skin. Nothing had prepared me for this mayhem, nothing.

“Hello”, I stammered, hoping to find a dial tone. Greeted with the laughter of not one, but three of them. Who can handle such madness? Was it three? Had I finally succumb to the voices in my head? Was this real? Only time would tell. “I'm with Phillip and Ryan,” said the voice of Guetts, the loudest of the three.

“Please tell me who is talking, as I won't know,” I pleaded.

Questions. It was time time for questions. What do I know about them? I once saw them floating on top of a large crowd of people in dresses. I know they have lots of energy. I know their shows are known for the wild, dance driven frenzies that erupt without warning.

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An Interview with Dave Barnes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Knight   
Sunday, 08 June 2014 18:56

 

Dave Barnes moved to Knoxville just before his junior year of High School back in 1994. Though not born here, we love to claim him just the same. His music has developed over his last eight albums and turned him into a nationally recognized singer/songwriter, garnering him a Grammy nod and a large, adoring fan base. His popularity and skill have grown exponentially over the last 20 years and it is due, in part, to his completely lovable personality and passionately fun lyrics. Recently we caught up with Dave to discuss his first times on stage, Sugar Ray, and of all things, Knoxville.

Shortly after graduating from college at MTSU Barnes hit the road and soon made Nashville home. As with any big city there are always the venues that an artist looks at and says, “If I can just play there, I will have made it.” Barnes elaborates on this in his song “Twenty Three” off of his newest album Golden Days. When talking about playing at the bar The Exit/In he said, “Feeling like it's my home crowd and just being able to say, I was able to finally book a show there. And all of the sudden, what we finally begin to see, which is what that second verse is about, people started to sniff it out. We had some cool other artist start showing up at shows and saying, this guy is legit enough that he is playing this room. The were so many emotions. The kind of excitement that just begets more excitement.”

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An Interview with Taylor Rice of Local Natives PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Knight   
Sunday, 06 April 2014 22:31

The Local Natives have been hitting it hard. Everywhere you look, they have already been. It's almost like tracking a famously elusive ghost. Their fans are wild and ready and quickly scoop up every ticket available and their festival stops have become something of legend. When not traipsing around the planet...wait, they are always doing that. Last years Hummingbird was released to a hail of wonderful press. The long awaited release has them currently on the road with Kings of Leon and shortly, on their way to Knoxville for a sold out show at The Bijou Theater on April 18, 2014. Recently we caught up with Taylor to discuss hair care, middle school and the ways of the road.

To look out across a sea of screaming fans, sold out show after sold out show, must be breath taking. For Local Natives, these moments can sometimes be harrowing, each day bringing a new twist.

Two thing come into my mind. Both are sort of negative experiences. We were playing a show in Hamburg, Germany where we barely fit our gear on stage. This one couple, who were so close that I could probably touch them, were making out so hard core and pornographically the whole show, that it was kind of jarring. It was like alright, they feel comfortable in this environment, somehow. It was a very striking thing to see from the stage. The second is a lot more recent. We just played in Mexico City, the last show of 2013, at the end of December. At the end of the set, I went into the audience for the last song. As I was coming back, to come over the barricade on to the stage, it felt like somebody had grabbed my foot. I thought they were just f***ing with me and were going to pull me back in to the audience. As I looked back, my boot was caught in this girls super frizzy hair. I had all these security guards hold it up and sort of cut her hair. It was during the most intense moment of the set. I asked if she was okay and she said, yeah I'm okay and smiled. Immediately after the show, I had someone go check on her but she was already gone.”

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An Interview with Brad Wilk of The Last Internationale (Rage Against the Machine & Audioslave) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Knight   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:58

 

 

Beginning with Rage Against the Machine, followed closely by Audioslave and now, blowing both audiences and critics away with The Last Internationale, Wilk has lead an eventful life. The formation of his newest project picks up, in content, where the former left off, but this time with a blissfully soulful female voice and a bluesy guitar riddled backdrop. With a debut album and tour starting, and in the opening slot for Weezer none the less, The Last Internationale is fast on their way to worldwide phenomenon. Recently we caught up with Wilk to discuss rubber bullets, seduction and crystal balls.

The Last Internationale is a different take on what has become a standard theme in Wilk's life and music. “What first drew me to them was a text message from my old bandmate (Tom Morello), asking what I was doing. His friends needed a drummer to go into the studio to record a couple of songs for their record. I got some of the songs that they were recording. That's really what drew me to the band, the music. It had nothing to do with the politics. I really wanted to do something different. It was really hard competing with both Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, for that matter. As far as I am concerned, those are two of the best singer/songwriter/performers. I just happened to be lucky enough to be in bands with both of those guys. When I first heard this music, it was such a breath of fresh air. I always wanted to be in a three piece and have an incredible female singer, like Delilah. When I got in the room with them, there was a chemistry forming right away. Originally, I was going to do two songs with them, but after a week they asked me to join their band and (laughing) who was I to say no? And so I didn't, I said okay. We wound up making a record in December, while everyone else was sitting at home by their fireplace and christmas tree. It felt really good. There was just something about it that felt good and right. Making this record, I felt like every song that we recorded was better than the last. I am really proud of the record we made, and am really excited to play it live.”

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An Interview with Mystery Skulls PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Knight   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:23

Photo by Frank Maddocks


Voodoo Music and Arts Festival is amazing. Halloween is a blur of the unexpected, but down here on the Bayou, people are dressed like every other day. Half naked, half crazy, the men are women and the women are creatures of the night. Our first interview of the weekend was with Luis Dubuc, the man behind Mystery Skulls, and we couldn't be more stoked. Dubuc was in Las Vegas prepping for his huge Halloween show before heading over to the Big Easy for day one of the debauchery.

“I decided to drive to Vegas, because I'm weird like that. (Laughing) I'm probably making harder on myself than it should be. I'm playing tonight at a place called “Insert Coins.” It's like a dance club, but it's also filled with old, vintage, arcade machines. (Laughing) It's definitely my kind of nightclub. They booked me to do a Halloween show and I was like “That's amazing.” I'm pretty excited about that.”

Red Bull is becoming more and more heavily involved with the world of music. They are constantly helping bands, through sponsorship and promotions, to get themselves out there. For Mystery Skulls, they are offering a festival day pass and backstage passes. This is a copy of the Tweet.

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