Catching Up With Wild Cub At Firefly Music Festival

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(PCM) We recently caught up with Nashville-based band Wild Cub while out at the recent Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE last month.

After their amazing performance at Firefly, Wild Cub embarked on their own headlining tour throughout the U.S. that will wrap up on August 7th in San Francisco, CA.

Wild Cub are currently out on the road in support of their debut album “Youth” and their recently released iTunes exclusive EP “Letters Home From Far Away: Cover, Outtakes and Live Recordings”.  The band’s awesome cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” can be found on the new EP and well as hit tracks such as “Wishing Well” and “Thunder Clatter”.

You can watch our interview below:

 

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Interview with JOHNNYSWIM At Firefly Music Festival 2014

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(PCM) We were able to catch up with amazing husband and wife duo JOHNNYSWIM while out at the Firefly Music Festival, which took place at the Woodlands in Dover, DE last month.

The group have been making a ton of festival appearances this summer, just recently appearing at the Forcastle Festival in Louisville, KY and will also be performing at Lollapalooza this August in Chicago, IL.

The duo were also featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and made a recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

JOHNNYSWIM are currently touring behind their debut full-length album “Diamonds” which was produced by JOHNNYSWIM’s own Abner Ramirez in Nashville, TN.

We absolutely adored the group while out at Firefly and they are without a doubt a band that needs to be on your radar right now!

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Catching Up With The Tontons At Firefly Festival 2014

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(PCM) One band that was generating a huge amount of buzz at this year’s Firefly Music Festival was The Tontons.

The band were one of the choices to play the Red Bull Sound Select Stages at this year’s festival and are currently touring behind their latest album release “Make Out King And Other Stories”.

We were able to catch up with the band while hanging out in the Red Bull Artist Lounge backstage…check it out below:

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Dan Croll Talks Festival Life, Latest Album And More!

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(PCM) We were recently out at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE and caught up with British singer/songwriter Dan Croll.

Croll’s set on the Firefly Main Stage was sweet music to our ears and we enjoyed being able to chat after the set about topics such as festival life, the music industry, and of course his latest album release “Sweet Disarray”.

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Catching Up With The Wild Feathers At Firefly 2014

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(PCM) What I adore so much about The Wild Feather’s is their ability to put a unique and fresh spin on the genre of southern rock n’ roll. The band gives it their own flavor and fans across the country are eating it up.

We were able to catch The Wild Feather’s performing at this year’s Firefly Music Festival and they were definitely one of our highlights throughout the entire weekend.

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The band is currently touring in support of their self-titled debut album and their current single “Left My Woman Behind” is continuing to pick up more and more steam.

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PCM’s Kristyn Clarke had a chance to catch up with The Wild Feathers at Firefly to discuss changes in the music industry, the importance of touring, upcoming plans and more. You can check out the full interview below:

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Catching Up With Kongos At Firefly Festival

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(PCM) South African rockers, Kongos, put on an incredible performance during their recent appearance at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE.

The band, which consists of four brothers Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Daniel Kongos, fill the stage with a true sense of passion and intoxicating energy. Despite their early set time, kicking off the Firefly Main Stage, they were the ideal wake-up call to shake things up and get everyone moving at the festival.

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The band’s single “Come With Me Now’ is blowing up at radio and is surely becoming one of biggest hits of the summer. The track comes from the band’s latest album release “Lunatic” which is available now!

I had a chance to catch up with both Jesse and Johnny of Kongos backstage at Firefly!  Check out our interview below:

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New Politics Talk Firefly Festival, MoumentTour And More!

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(PCM) PCM’s Kristyn Clarke recently had the opportunity to catch up with New Politics while out at the Firefly Music Festival which recently took place at The Woodlands in Dover, DE.

New Politics hail from Copenhagen, Denmark and are certainly creating quite a bit of buzz throughout the musical realm. The band brings so many various elements to their sound that it is incredibly difficult to box them into one particular genre or another, but we can say one thing for sure….a New Politics performance is always a good time!

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The band tore up the stage at Firefly and even treated us to a little impromptu Justin Timberlake cover towards the end of their set!  Be sure to catch the band out on the road this summer with both Fall Out Boy and Paramore as part of the epic MonumentTour!

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Spend Some Time With Unlikely Candidates And Learn About DJ iPod!

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(PCM) One of the most buzzed about bands at Firefly Music Festival 2014 was Unlikely Candidates. Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas the band has been on a steady rise and have generated a ton of positive feedback especially from their track “Follow My Feet”.

I spent some time asking Firefly attendees who some of their top acts and performances were throughout the weekend and nearly all of the mentioned catching the set from Unlikely Candidates and just how much they enjoyed it.

I was able to catch up with the band backstage at Firefly Festival to discuss the band’s performance, upcoming festival appearances, the craziness that is DJ iPod in the campgrounds and more!

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Rock On The Range Day Three Breakdown

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(PCM) With three full days of rock at this year’s completely sold out Rock On The Range which took place at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH, we have decided to break down our coverage to our highlights from each day, along with exclusive interviews!

Day three of Rock On The Range featured performances by Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Alterbridge, Mastodon,Wolfmother (interview here) , Adelitas Way (interview here), Trivium (interview here), Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Of Mice And Men, Miss May I (interview here), We Are Harlot, Heaven’s Basement (interview here),Gemini Syndrome (interview here), Righteous Vendetta, Gojira, Kvelertak, Jim Bruer Band (interview here), Twelve Foot Ninja (interview here), Monster Truck and Sleepwave (interview here).

I have to note that day three of Rock On The Range had amazing weather. It was the perfect day full of sunshine, but not overly hot! The day three line-up featured the perfect blend of performances that were both chill and laid back and aggressive and in-your-face. It was definitely the most diverse of the three day festival!

Things We Loved Day Three Of Rock On The Range

1. I was pleasantly surprised by the early afternoon performance from Sleepwave. The band is fronted by ex-Underoath vocalist Spencer Chamberlain and their new single “Rock and Roll Is Dead And So Am I” has been generating quite a bit of positive buzz. I adore a band whose music actually says something and I have the feeling that Sleepwave have a lot to say. Be on the lookout for more from this band throughout 2014.

2. I always knew that comedian Jim Breuer could sing, however I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed the set from the full Jim Breuer Band at Rock On The Range. Breuer takes his rock/metal fandom to a whole new level and had me cracking up throughout his entire set. I am definitely digging the trend of blending comedy and metal and hope to see more comedians on next year’s Rock On The Range bill.

3. It is always wonderful to watch a band rise up the ranks and thanks to the success of the band’s debut album “Filthy Empire”, Heaven’s Basement has done just that! I was thrilled to see the band get a higher billing placement at this year’s Rock On The Range and was able to witness first hand the sheer amount of fans in the audience who were belting out each and every word to their favorite songs. I am certainly looking forward to Heaven’s Basement doing a more extensive tour here in The States this fall.

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4.  The performance from Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience was one in which I believe I saw everyone in the crowd young and old singing along to each and every song. It just proves the mass appeal of Led Zeppelin’s extensive catalog of hits. Opening their set with “Immigrant Song” and plowing straight through the classic Led Zeppelin catalog, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience was definitely a set  you did not want to miss. Jason Bonham is the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and several times throughout the set Bonham took time to reflect upon his father’s legacy and it was truly an incredibly touching tribute for a man that contributed so much to rock music as we know it today.

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5. It is no wonder at all that Trivium had to cancel a few tour dates after their amazing Rock On The Range performance. The band was truly giving it all they had and apparently vocalist Matt Heafy gave a little too much and “blew out” his voice. His doctor called for two weeks of vocal rest after the performance. Let’s hope all is well before the band’s upcoming stint on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival set to begin later this summer.

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6. I feel like Adelitas Way were missing from the festival scene for a little while, however they have made their return and are sounding better than ever. What I love is that vocalist Rick DeJesus is completely fearless when it comes to getting up close and personal with fans. Watching DeJesus leap off the stage and take part in some crowd-surfing action was delightful! Stay tuned for the band’s new album “Stuck” to be released later this summer!

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7. Having never had the chance to see Wolfmother live, I was absolutely ecstatic to learn that they were playing Rock On The Range. Several times throughout the set vocalist Andrew Stockdale graciously thanked the crowd and dedicated their hit single “Woman” to all the ladies in attendance and believe me, we loved it! The band sounded amazing and it was definitely one of my favorite performances of the afternoon.

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8. Beautiful chaos is probably the best phrase I could use to describe the intense performance from Five Finger Death Punch. There was not a single person on the floor who was not moving around in some way or another, although majority were crowd-surfing their way across the sea of fans that packed the main stage area. Vocalist Ivan Moody commented several times about putting security to work and of course explaining mosh pit etiquette, although I’m not really sure how well anyone was listening.

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9. A stellar performance from Kid Rock was the perfect way to end Rock On The Range 2014.  Kid Rock is an amazing performer and held the audience at full attention throughout his entire performance. I will never tire of rocking out to “You Never Met A Mother F**ker Quite Like Me” as well as Kid Rock’s other hits including “All Summer Long” and “Cowboy”. Kid Rock has the amazing ability to blend together the perfect balance of hard rocking hits and slower emotional ballads with perfect timing throughout the set. One of my favorite moments of the set came when he performed “Only God Knows Why”.

Rock On The Range Day Three Photo Gallery
All photos credit: Ken Schuler for PopCultureMadness.com

Check out our highlights from Rock On The Range Day One and Day Two!

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Corey Taylor’s Roast On The Range Was A Hysterical Hit!

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(PCM) You never know what can happen when you gather together a group of hilarious comedians and amazing musicians to both honor and ridicule Slipknot and Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor, but you had better believe it was going to be memorable.

The Monster Energy Roast On The Range with Corey Taylor was the ideal way to kick off the massive Rock On The Range weekend in Columbus, OH. The event was held on Thursday, May 15th at the LC Pavilion and was the third annual event in Revolver & Guitar World’s Rock & Roll Roast Comedy Series. The Monster Energy Roast On The Range with Corey Taylor drew a massive crowd and while looking around everyone appeared to be having a fantastic time and most importantly laughing their asses off!

Former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach served as Roastmaster for the event and celebrities in attendance to get their digs on Corey Taylor included Brian Posehn, Craig Gass, Finesse Mitchell, Don Jamieson, Jim Florentine, M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Jamey Jasta, Scott Ian and Pearl Aday. The event was DJ’d and emceed by SiriusXM/Headbanger’s Ball host Jose Mangin.

A portion of the proceeds from the Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor went to a fantastic cause which was MusiCares®, a nonprofit organization founded by The Recording Academy to provide a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need, including emergency financial and medical assistance, addiction recovery services, and more.

“Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor” will air exclusively on Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM channel Howard 101, through the SiriusXM Internet radio app on smartphones and other connected devices, and online at www.siriusxm.com, on Friday, May 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The show will replay later on May 23 and 24 (times to be determined). 

We caught up with the man of the hour himself, Corey Taylor, as well as, Roastmaster Sebastian Bach on the red carpet prior to the Roast. We also spoke with Brian Posehn, Scott Ian, Don Jamieson and more! See our full red carpet coverage below:

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