Encore 141: Hobbies, Work, and Everything Between
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First time on Encore, the Chorus.fm podcast. Thomas can no longer commit to a steady podcasting schedule, so Jason has been asking some folks to fill in as guests. I was happy to oblige. via Encore: On this week’...

Inside Music 80 - The Death of a Music Blog (with Jacob Tender!)
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via Inside Music: On this episode of INSIDE MUSIC, host James Shotwell calls returning guest Jacob Tender to discuss the current state of music blogging, the rise of podcasts, and the need for change in the world. This is Jacob’...

Interview: Lydia talks 'Run Wild' on their headlining tour
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If there was a band that my girlfriend and I could describe as ours, it would be Lydia. They were the first band we saw together and we've seen them twice since. The latest show was in the same venue...

An interview with Lydia
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“I think I’m going to shotgun a Redbull. They don’t affect me like they used to,” said Lydia guitarist Justin Camacho as I walked into the green room of Musica, Akron’s coziest music venue. “Damn, you got...

31 Days Of Halloween: 'Alien 3'
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As is tradition, I lent my love of horror and science fiction to Under The Gun's 31 Days Of Halloween. My piece on Alien 3 was published this week. This year's series is dedicated to the memory of our late...

For The Love of Film: The Star Wars Holiday Special
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My late friend Justin Proper of Under The Gun Review had a running column for several years called “For The Love Of Film.” He once asked me to fill in for him when he was too sick. Our colleague Dane...

RIP Justin Proper
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My friend Justin was sick when I met him. He was sick as long as I knew him. It was his sickness that brought him to Ohio way too often, where I would visit him at the Cleveland Clinic not...

31 Days of Halloween: Aliens
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My second entry in the 31 Days series, a follow-up to last year's column on Ridley Scott's Alien. This was originally posted on Under The Gun Review. Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by...

Joining Substream Magazine
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In my last update, I informed you all that I had ceased employment with Ayzenberg Group and was looking for work elsewhere, ideally in music. Today I'd like to share with you that I've found such work with Substream Magazine....

An interview with Anthony Raneri
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This was a big one for me. As a long-time Bayside fan, getting to sit one-on-one with Anthony in the Grog Shop green room was really cool. We got coffee after. In December, I had a last-minute opportunity to interview...

Review: Mansions - 'Doom Loop'
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This review was originally published by Under The Gun Review. Artist: Mansions Album: Doom Loop Label: Clifton Motel Genre: Crunchy Alternative Rock When I love a record as much as I loved Mansions’ Dig Up The Dead, I feel it’...

An interview with Stages & Stereos
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This interview comes with a little background story. At the time, I had recently started talking to a girl who had a few mutual friends. She liked music, so I though it would be cool to take her to a...

31 Days of Halloween: You're Next
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This year, I wrote two entries for 31 Days of Halloween. In addition to my love letter to Alien, I also wrote about one of my favorite home invasion flicks, You're Next. Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single...

31 Days of Halloween: Alien
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This was my first entry in the 31 Days of Halloween canon. Because I didn't write anything for the series in 2012, I contributed a second piece on You're Next as well. Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single...

Review: The 1975 - 'The 1975'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: The 1975 Label: Dirty Hit/Polydor Records (UK) Vagrant Records (USA) Genre: Pop, Rock, Indie Talkhouse, Drive Like I Do, Bigsleep, The Slowdown, The 1975. Once a name finally...

Review: Parachute - 'Overnight'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: Parachute Album: Overnight Genre: Pop, Rock RIYL: The Cab, A Rocket To The Moon, The Summer Set In 2009, a band from Charlottesville, VA called Sparky’s Flaw changed...

Review: Late In The Playoffs - 'Alive And On Your Own'
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This review was originally published by Under The Gun Review. Artist: Late In The Playoffs Album: Alive and On Your Own Genre: Pop-punk Label: Unsigned Late In The Playoffs’ new album, Alive & On Your Own, is a huge step...

Review: John Mayer - 'Paper Doll'
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This review was originally published by Under The Gun Review. Today, John Mayer did an odd thing. That is to say, John Mayer did something I didn’t expect from him with a few elements that made it strange. See,...

An Interview with Will Pugh of Cartel
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I remember this as my first remote interview, recorded over a frightening array of wires from first iPhone to my 2004 Dell desktop running Audacity. This was also the first time I got the personal cell number of an artist...

Review: Fall Out Boy - 'Save Rock and Roll'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: Fall Out Boy Album: Save Rock and Roll Genre: Pop/Rock Label: Island/Decaydance “We’re definitely writing all the time, so we’re not going to try to...

Review: Coheed and Cambria - 'The Afterman: Descension'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: Coheed and Cambria Album: The Afterman: Descension Genre: Progressive Rock Label: Hundred Handed/Everything Evil It seems strange to write an album review for Coheed and Cambria so soon...

Review: Fall Out Boy - "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark"
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Yesterday, one of the most influential bands in my life made a huge return to music after a 4 year hiatus. Fall Out Boy came back, sending my Internet world...

An interview with Joe Flanders
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This was the first and only interview that I ever conducted twice. After having a really great conversation with Joe about his work, I realized that I had not properly set up Audio Hijack to record the Skype session. Luckily...

Review: Blaqk Audio - 'Bright Black Heaven'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: Blaqk Audio Album: Bright Black Heaven Genre: Electronic Label: Big Death / Superball Music It has been a long wait for a new Blaqk Audio record. The duo’s debut...

Review: Coheed and Cambria - 'The Afterman: Ascension'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: Coheed and Cambria Album: The Afterman: Ascension Genre: Progressive Rock Label: Hundred Handed/Everything Evil Sometimes bands don’t hit their notes quite right. While they may be masters...

Review: Go Radio - 'Close The Distance'
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This review was originally published by Under The Gun Review. Artist: Go Radio Album: Close The Distance Genre: Power-pop/piano rock Label: Fearless Records In 2007, I was introduced to the velvet voice of Jason Lancaster by way of A...

Review: Jason Mraz - 'Love Is A Four Letter Word'
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This review was originally published by Under The Gun Review. Artist: Jason Mraz Album: Love Is A Four Letter Word Genre: Pop/ Soft Rock Label: Atlantic Records It’s been 10 years since Mechanicsville native, Jason Mraz released his breakout...

The Cure To Growing Older – A Musical Retrospective
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I published this piece on my 19th birthday, just before my mom and best friend came down to my college campus to hang out and eat cake. It wasn't until later that evening that I logged on to check how...

Review: Fun. 'Some Nights'
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Artist: Fun. Album: Some Nights Genre: Pop/Indie Some bands are so unique, so distinct, that no amount of effort could ever be put forth to replicate the sound that...

Review: Daniel Rinaldi - 'Self Titled' EP
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This review was originally published by Under The Gun Review. Artist: Daniel Rinaldi Album: Self Titled EP Genre: Pop Label: Unsigned I’m a sucker for pop music. Those who know me well know that this is no secret. To...

Live Review: Panic! At The Disco
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photo: Aj SchweinhagenThis review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Date: 11/6/11 Venue: Bogart’s City: Cincinnati, OH Acts: Panic! at the Disco, Patrick Stump, Foxy Shazam In my younger days, the music of Fall Out...