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Track By Track: Pridelands Reveal the Messages Behind Each Song on Their Debut Album ‘Light Bends’ 

By: Jessica Nakamoto – Building a foundation, setting the stage, and making oneself heard. A debut album is a chance for a young band to deliver a knockout statement. For breakout Australian metal outfit Pridelands however, it was impossible to be satisfied with just one. Challenging themselves to take a multi-faceted approach to their first full-length … Continue reading

Interview: Mastodon Talk “Hushed and Grim”, Their 2021 U.S. Tour, & Collabing With Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil

By: Jessica Nakamoto – Over the course of an esteemed and perpetually growing career that has seen them catapult up the ranks and become one of hard rock and metal’s most iconic names, Mastodon’s Troy Sanders (bass/vocals), Brent Hinds (guitar/vocals), Bill Kelliher (guitar), and Brann Dailor (drums/vocals), have accomplished both tremendous musical feats and found the … Continue reading

Photos: We Came As Romans @ House of Blues San Diego

Photos by: Jessica Nakamoto – Metalcore band We Came As Romans, who released their newest album, Cold Like War, on October 20th, 2017, and who released their newest single “Black Hole” (feat. Caleb Shomo from Beartooth) in 2021, performed at House of Blues San Diego in San Diego on October 17th.

Festival Preview: 5 Must-See Artists at Shaky Knees 2021

By: Jessica Nakamoto – Once again returning to Central Park in Atlanta, GA, Shaky Knees festival is the place to be this October 22-24. Described by organizers as “a rock-lover’s dream,” the three-day event will include a roster of over 60 bands, and feature performances by acclaimed acts such as Foo Fighters, Run The Jewels, Alice … Continue reading

Festival Preview: 5 Must-See Artists at Music Midtown 2021

By: Jessica Nakamoto – A hot spot for music lovers since its formation in 1994, Music Midtown has cemented its place as one of Atlanta’s premier festivals and the perfect destination for a weekend of local eats and top-tier music talent. Returning to Piedmont Park this September 18-19, this year’s event will include over 30 artists, … Continue reading

Interview: Hail The Sun Talks “New Age Filth”, Vinyl, & Working With Kris Crummett

By: Jessica Nakamoto – Once again corralling explosive power, complex technical instrumentation, and emotive lyricism around a vibrant post-hardcore center, Hail The Sun have returned with their most impressive and diverse offering to date. Titled New Age Filth, the band’s fifth studio album (out now via Equal Vision Records) mixes pop elements with some of the … Continue reading

Interview: Manchester Orchestra Talks “The Million Masks of God”, & Celebrating Life

By: Jessica Nakamoto – “There’s a decision we’re faced with when experiencing loss and the inevitable grief that follows”, frontman Andy Hull observed as he addressed a recurring theme through music and life. “Do we let it sink us? Try to ignore it and pretend it’s not there? Or do we search and dig until we … Continue reading

Concert Review: Waterparks “Anti-Tour” Livestream

By: Jessica Nakamoto – Whether music is your pastime or your entire personality (no judgement, we understand!), artist livestreams have been an absolute lifeline this past year and a half. Yet, with the recent surge in online shows, comes the inevitable reality that viewers have been exposed to everything from small acoustic sets on the patio, … Continue reading

Interview: Holding Absence Talk “The Greatest Mistake Of My Life”, Reddit Inspired Poetry, and the Story Behind “In Circles”

By: Jessica Nakamoto – With an elegant reflection on a lifetime of love and regret, an almost forgotten classic is born anew in Holding Absence’s most profound offering to date. Out April 16 via SharpTone Records, The Greatest Mistake Of My Life encapsulates a bold new statement from the Cardiff-based outfit. Yet, the inspiration behind the … Continue reading

Interview: Han Soto Talks “Cobra Kai”, Connecting with Fans, and The Power of Ubuntu

By: Jessica Nakamoto – Will Miguel recover? Will Johnny reclaim his dojo? Is the next generation of students doomed to repeat the same mistakes as their senseis before them? Following the shocking cliffhanger that left fans on the edge of their seats, hit Netflix dramedy Cobra Kai is back and ready to answer these burning questions … Continue reading

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