Interview With A/J Jackson Of Saint Motel!

(PCM)Fantastic LA indie rockers Saint Motel have recently premiered their new music video for “Benny Goodman” and the video is definitely on its’ way to becoming a viral sensation!  The video directed by lead singer and one time film student A/J JACKSON and features two viral sensations combining creative forces: Miles “Baby Boogaloo” Brown and Derrick Tuggle.

The video now has over 38,000 views and is steady climbing! The band has also decided to join in the giving spirit of the holidays with a free download of “Benny Goodman” now here: http://soundcloud.com/saintmotel/saint-motel-benny-goodman. The song is off their debut full-length album VOYEUR, released earlier this year.

Kristyn Clarke recently had a chance to catch up with Saint Motel vocalist A/J Jackson to discuss the “Benny Goodman” video, upcoming touring plans, why the band’s music is providing listeners with a lesson in good times and more…listen below:

Listen to PCM’s Interview With A/J of Saint Motel Here!
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Concrete Blonde Concert Review And Interview With Johnette Napolitano!

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(PCM) I recently had the extreme pleasure of attending Concrete Blonde’s  show at World Cafe in Philadelphia, PA and as a loyal fan of the band, I could not have asked for a better show. The band played a nearly two-hour set that consisted of a little bit of everything any fan could wish to hear with hits such as “Joey”, “Take Me Home”, and “Mexican Moon” played early on along with amazing covers of “Beds Are Burning” from Midnight Oil and “Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen.

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From the very moment that vocalist/bassist Johnette Napolitano began singing the hauntingly beautiful new song “Rosalie” to start the show the audience was taken on a journey through Concrete Blonde’s extensive catalog  and transported to the days when music was able to evoke emotions within the listener making us feel happiness, sorrow, vulnerability and empowerment flawlessly with each and every song. Napolitano has one of the strongest and most recognizable voices within the musical landscape and paired with the amazing guitar work of James Mankey and solid percussion from Gabriel Ramirez their performance was absolutely hypnotic.

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Set highlights: Three of my personal favorite Concrete Blonde tracks “Happy Birthday”, “Ghost Of A Texas Ladies Man” and “Blood-letting (The Vampire Song)”. I also thoroughly enjoyed the fast almost spoken word “I See The Ghost” and the gorgeous ballad “Tomorrow Wendy” to close out the show.

In what has probably been one of my favorite interviews of all time, I had a chance to catch up with vocalist/bassist Johnette Napolitano prior to the show to discuss Concrete Blonde’s new double-side vinyl release of “Rosalie” and “I See The Ghost”, the challenges that go into putting together the band’s set-list, the importance of album artwork and liner notes, and much more!  Watch our outrageously fun interview below:

Words and interview by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography: Mike Sievila

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Orion Music + More Festival Is Back!!

(PCM) We are thrilled to share this bit of good news! The fabulous Orion Music + More Festival will be making a return in 2013!  The location for this year’s festival will be in Detroit, Michigan on June 8th and 9th, so be sure to keep those dates free!!

We had the pleasure of attending last year’s Orion Music + More Festival…check out our live coverage here!

More news and updates will be announced in 2013, so stay tuned!

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Concert Review: Matisyahu And Danny Zamir Band At The Electric Factory In Philadelphia, PA

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(PCM) It is said that the date 12/12/12 is divinely linked, has mystical meanings and for one blogger represents a Krispy Kreme dozen. For me, this special date meant that Matisyahu would be bringing his “Festival of Light Tour” to the famous Electric Factory in Philadelphia. Opening the evening was the Danny Zamir Band. Not knowing who would be support for the night’s performance, I was happy when Danny came to the stage with his band and played 35 minutes of very clean and tight jazz music. Not getting the chance to see a lot of live jazz it was a relief so hear the soft jazz sounds coming off the stage.


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If you get a chance to listen to this artist please do! He is an amazing musician and his band completes the package. After an approximately 15 minute break came Matisyahu. I was very interested at what the turnout would be for this artist. I was very excited when I saw a packed house of fans ready to welcome Matisyahu to the stage. With an audience of all ages witch also included some young children I could feel the excitement in the air.

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With the giant backdrop of his new album cover “Spark Seeker” and a large dreidel disco ball hanging over the crowd, Matisyahu took the stage in old school high top sneakers, black trench coat, knit hat and sunglasses. Opening the show with new music from “Spark Seeker” he took command of the stage and the audience as well!

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With each song he revealed a little bit more of the new Matisyahu. After each song he removed a piece or two of clothing and after 3 songs, we were left with the new baby faced Matisyahu in jeans and a t-shirt. Most known for his religious beliefs and his orthodox style of dress, this new artist was clean shaven, and youthfully dressed dancing across the stage like a kid performing at his first show. I noticed the huge smile he had and his interaction with his fans immediately and was happy to see him go through many of his new songs. With a mixture of old and new the packed house seemed very appreciative of Matisyahu.

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Highlights from the set included Matisyahu performing “Happy Hanukkah” where all download proceeds have been donated to victims of Hurricane Sandy. He finished up the night with an encore version of “King Without a Crown” and an extended version of “One Day,” where Matisyahu invited the crowd to climb on stage and share the stage with him. The night ended with a packed stage and a satisfied audience I recommend picking up “Spark Seeker” and checking out Matisyahu live.

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Words and photography by: Keith Lovett

 

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Concert Review: All Time Low In Towson, MD

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(PCM) Catching Maryland rockers All Time Low at their very intimate concert at the Recher Theater in Towson, MD was certainly a treat. Despite the fact that the audience was packed into the venue at near capacity, the audience in attendance appeared to be in great spirits and everyone was more than excited to witness the band in such an intimate environment.

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It always seems to me that no matter if I am seeing All Time Low perform in front of thousands during the Vans Warped Tour or in a smaller club atmosphere like the Recher they give it all they have making each and every performance a truly memorable one for all those in attendance. After having the opportunity to check out the band live several times now, they always seem to be growing as musicians and their performance gets better and better every time.

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All Time Low have a fantastic chemistry with one another while performing on stage. Their hilarious antics and quips back and forth with one another between songs was a riot and definitely had us laughing out loud more than a few times during their set. Performance highlights included “Shameless”, “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t), “For Baltimore”, “Time Bomb”, and “Dear Maria, Count Me In”.

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The band are touring behind their recently released new album “Don’t Panic”, and after they finished up the “Rock Show At The End Of The World” tour, they will be playing a string of co-headlining U.S. and Canadian dates with Yellowcard.

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 To keep up-to-date with All Time Low, please visit: http://www.alltimelow.com/

 

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Voodoo Pre-Sale Begins Now! What Better Holiday Gift For The Music Lover In Your Life!

(PCM) Just as we are finally winding down from the excitement from Voodoo Experience 2012 (see our full coverage here) we are thrilled to share the news that dates for Voodoo Experience 2013 have been announced (Nov. 1-3 2013)  and as a fantastic holiday bonus an early VOODOO Holiday pre-sale, for both entry to VOODOO and on-site camping, begins today at www.thevoodooexperience.com. The 15th anniversary VOODOO celebration will mark debut of new permanent home in historic City Park.

This special VOODOO Holiday pre-sale–of a limited number of weekend passes and special camping rates–kicks off today (Monday, December 17). VOODOO holiday prices are as follows: Weekend credentials: $99; Loa credentials (VIP): $300; Loa (VIP) credentials with parking: $350. Camping options include: Weekend Camping for (2) two persons (including Weekend Credentials for VOODOO) for $248. This option allows campers to arrive to their 12×12 site with their own tent. Amenities include: 24-hour security, medical assistance, showers, AM and PM food trucks and other activities. Loa Camping (luxury camping) for two (2) persons (including artist credentials for the special behind the fences access and Loa privileges) for $2,500. These ready-to-go, pre-built safari tents include beds, linens, furniture, carpet, electricity, premium showers, bathrooms, 24-hour security and medical assistance, breakfast, late night snacks and more.

“Fifteen years ago we started an experiment dubbed ‘worship the music,’ a project designed to follow and celebrate the drumbeat first heard in Congo Square and the evolution into what many would consider today’s modern music,” says Stephen Rehage, the founder/producer of VOODOO. “Out of those efforts came the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, a musical experiment dedicated to people who love great music of all kinds. Voodoo’s a place where you see Preservation Hall Jazz Band playing ‘St James Infirmary,’ while just across the field 73,000 people are singing along to Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name Of,’ or the spontaneous pairing of something like the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing a 12-minute unrehearsed version of ‘Clap Your Hand Say Yeah’ with the Original Meters. What started as an experiment is, now fifteen years later, something we are proud to share.”

VOODOO is distinguished as the final musical celebration of the annual U.S. music festival season, and the 2013 VOODOO 15th anniversary weekend line-up will feature top-tier and innovative artists from a variety of musical genres, plus reflect the multitude of cultures that define this historic and beloved American city. Once again, concert-goers will worship the music at VOODOO’s six unique performance areas, each of which is enhanced by the use of interactive art.

For more information, check out the following sites:

http://thevoodooexperience.com/

https://www.facebook.com/voodooexperience

https://twitter.com/VoodooNola

More details about the credential options and the most up-to-date information on VOODOO 2013 can be found at www.thevoodooexperience.com. 2013 VOODOO partners include: Toyota and Bud Light. More information about the 2012 VOODOO can also be found at www.thevoodooexperience.com. The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is a Rehage Entertainment Event.

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Interview With Steven Adler And Lonny Paul Of ADLER

(PCM) ADLER is the absolute must-hear new band formed and fronted by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler along with vocalist Jacob Bunton, guitarist Lonny Paul and bassist Johnny Martin.  They have recently unleashed their amazing debut album “Back From The Dead” that features the killer singles “The One That You Hated” and “Good To Be Bad” the latter which features guest guitar work from John 5. It should also be noted that Steven’s former Guns N’ Rose bandmate Slash also makes an appearance on the record lending guitar work to the track “Just Don’t Ask”.

Kristyn Clarke recently had a chance to chat with both Steven Adler and Lonny Paul about the new album, upcoming touring plans, and more!  Listen to the interview below:

Listen to PCM’s Interview With ADLER Here!
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We can certainly hope to see some touring from ADLER into 2013 and definitely be sure to pick up a copy of the band’s stellar debut album, trust us, as rock fans your won’t regret it!

For more information, check out the band’s website:
www.adlerrocks.com

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Concert Review: The Smashing Pumpkins Radiate The Stage!

(PCM) As Billy Corgan stepped out on stage, the giant orb came to life with images of the sea and fields, and so began the Oceania Tour’s stop in Camden New Jersey. With a new album fueling the fire, the fans at the Susquehanna Bank Center were in for a treat. Playing Oceania in it’s entirety and closing the show with classic Pumpkins tracks such as “X.Y.U”, “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”, “Ava Adore”, “Cherub Rock” and “Zero”.

The Smashing Pumpkins have truly outdone themselves with the visual elements presented on this tour. The Oceania portion of the show was like taking a psychedelic journey as it was very easy to lose yourself and just surrender to the sights and sounds that were pouring forth from the stage. Front-man Billy Corgan and the band’s current line-up consisting of guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Nicole Fiorentino and drummer Mike Byrne acted as fabulously hypnotic ringleaders leading the music journey to places we never thought possible.  Towards the end of the set the band performed two completely new tracks titled “The Dream Machine” and “Hummer” and if those two tracks are any preview as to what is to come, then we are certainly lined up to receive another incredible album from the band (hopefully soon)!

My only complaint is wishing that more old-school Pumpkins fans would be accepting to the newer material from the band. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of people who were enjoying the new material, but many seemed to be only waiting for the band’s tried and true hits before really letting loose and rocking out. Billy Corgan may have made a better choice to sprinkle in some of the band’s older cuts earlier on in the set, so as not to lose the momentum of the crowd, however to me, Oceania is a brilliant album and very deserving of its time in the spotlight.

Favorite moment: The band’s fantastic hard-rocking rendition of David Bowie’s  “Space Oddity” as a segway between the Oceania set to the classic Pumpkins material.

For more of our amazing images from the show, please visit PCM Music on Facebook!

Words by: Kristyn Clarke and Ken Schuler
Photography by: Ken Schuler

 

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Concert Review: The Birthday Massacre Electrify The Stage!

(PCM) I have had the pleasure to seeing The Birthday Massacre live several times and it seems to be that this band just gets better and better each and every time! The band recently played to a packed house at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA and even though vocalist Chibi was suffering from a nasty knee injury, the band was rocking as hard as ever. There was an electrifying energy that ran throughout the room as soon as the band hit the stage.

The Birthday Massacre are currently touring behind their latest album release “Hide And Seek” and their set list consisted of a solid mix of songs off the new album such as my personal favorite “Down” and “Leaving Tonight”, along with fan favorites such as “Control”, “In The Dark”, “Happy Birthday”, and “Blue”.  Being a big horror fan, I had to take note of the band’s awesome entrance/into music, put together by Rainbow as a little homage to John Carpenter, it was great! When witnessing The Birthday Massacre in the live environment you can truly get a sense for just how much this band cares about their fans and the sentiments are certainly reciprocated. Seeing Chibi dance around on stage with a stuffed bunny on her head that one fan tossed on stage was one of the most adorable moments of the night.

I had a chance to catch up with Rainbow of The Birthday Massacre just prior to their performance!  Check out our chat below:

To keep up with all things The Birthday Massacre please visit: http://www.thebirthdaymassacre.com/

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Words and interview by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler

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Asher Monroe's Why Worry Video Premiere and Interview with PCM!

(PCM) Buzzing pop singer and dancer Asher Monroe has just premiered the official video for “Why Worry” exclusively on MTV Buzzworthy. Amidst the growing success of his current dance floor popping single, “Here With You,” the star has decided to show a softer side for the holidays and cover Dire Strait’s bittersweet 80s ballad. “Getcho tissues out ASAP,” says MTV. “The sweet sound of Asher’s falsetto is not to be underestimated.”

Asher also recently stopped by The Insider for an ‘Artist You Should Know‘ exclusive, in which he talked about his entertainment career, his upcoming album (featuring Ryan Tedder, Chris Brown, and Sean Kingston), and his current Billboard Magazine December cover story.

For all of the latest on Asher, visit his official websiteat ashermonroe.com. “Here With You” is available now on iTunes, and Asher’s debut album is coming soon.

PCM’s Kristyn Clarke spoke with Asher Monroe back in early fall after the release of his delightfully catchy first single “Here With You” to discuss plans for the upcoming album, his creative process, and music as a universal language..listen below:

Listento PCM’s Interview With Asher Monroe Here!
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