‘You're Living All Over Me: J Mascis On The Rise Of Dinosaur Jr.

By 1984, the basements of America still swelled with angst and teemed with dizzying congregations of sweaty, shirtless teenage boys, bobbing and thrashing to anarchic sheets of white noise and speed. Hardcore punk had slowly homogenized into a monotonous formula, employing similar conformity it so maliciously denounced. Out of this desperation, a Massachusetts trio by the name of Dinosaur Jr formed; J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph. While maintaining hardcore’s ferocious edge, colossal pop hooks provided...

Interview with Mötley Crüe Frontman Vince Neil

Mötley Crüe were one of the biggest and most prominent hair metal bands to come out of the ‘80s, churning out hit after hit of rebellious, freewheeling bliss. Now, over 30 years later, the guys are still kicking it, selling out arenas and touring with other heavyweights, like Kiss. When lead singer Vince Neil isn’t rocking it with the Crüe, he hits the road with his solo band and gives fans a good, ol’ fashioned, stripped-down rock show. We caught up with Neil before one of his recent solo gigs to talk about his background...

Joe Perry on the New “Joe Perry 1959 Les Paul”

Some guitars are unforgettable — even for Joe Perry, who’s had more six-strings pass through his hands than most of us will ever play in our lifetime. His 1959 tobacco sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard is such an instrument. The guitar, the “Joe Perry 1959 Les Paul” is the newest historic instrument produced in a limited run by the Gibson Custom Shop. The original accompanied Aerosmith’s musical kingpin into the studio and on tour throughout the late 1970s, appearing on the classic albums Rocks, Draw the Line and Live! Bootleg, and...

A Conversation With John Driskell Hopkins And Acoustic Performance - Part 1

Recently, singer/songwriter and artist John Driskell Hopkins sat down with Cristina deVallescar and talked about his new album, "Daylight," with Balsam Range. Hopkins, also a long-time member of the Zac Brown Band, talked about life on the road, family, the differences between being in a band with Zac Brown and his new ventures, and more. After the interview, Hokins performed an acoustic version of ...
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A Conversation With The Delta Saints

Recently, Nashville-based Bayou-Rock/Americana band The Delta Saints made a stop in Atlanta and took time out of their schedule to talk with Cristina deVallescar of Music News Nashville about life, music and much more. After the interview, they performed an acoustic version of the title track from their new album, "Death Letter Jubilee". The Delta Saints have been gaining recognition through their touring and building a strong fan base around the country. For more about the band, visit

A Conversation With Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn and her Bloody Crumpets brought their unique, theatrical "Fight Like A Girl" tour to The Loft in downtown Atlanta, GA. Performing songs from her new album of the same name as the tour, Autumn and her Bloody Crumpets enthralled the costumed crowd with their blend of burlesque, alt-pop and off-Broadway theatrics. Fans came dressed to impress, with their Emilie Autumn-styled outfits and off-the-wall looks. While there, Emilie had a conversation with MNN's Cristina deVallescar that ranged from costumes and makeup to ...

Mike Watt On Pedro, Punk Rock and Playing Bass

Relentlessly ethical, frighteningly intelligent, and consistently original. These are just a few words that apply to Mike Watt. Since 1980, he has managed to turn out adventurous and politically charged music, as both a solo artist and a member of the seminal bands the Minutemen and fiREHOSE. Watt shows no signs of mellowing with age, continuing to tour, release albums and even play bass for the Stooges. 2012 also ...

Shadowside's Dani Nolden Talks Brazilian Metal Scene, Helloween, Gamma Ray and More

Metal Shock Finland's Chief Editor, Mohsen Fayyazi has recently conducted an interview with Brazilian metaller Dani Nolden of SHADOWSIDE in his Burning Crown show. Some excerpts can be read below: When asked about the Brazilian Metal Scene, she answered with the following: “Lots of bands here started getting more professional, SEPULTURA of course are the biggest example, they ...

Between The Liner Notes: George Gilbert Part 2 – How the Deals Go Down

Stepping away from radio promotion to attend law school, George Gilbert began a record label with the intent of licensing out-of-print R&B titles from Atlantic Records. When financing fell through, George began working on the musical reunion of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman that would eventually result in the release of the multi-platinum ‘Bat Out of Hell 2′. Listen to part two of Gilbert’s interview as he explains how he convinced label executives that despite having four consecutive flops, Meat Loaf was still as popular as ever. He also tells...

Ralphie May Interviews Trace Adkins on "The Perfect 10"

“The Perfect 10,” a top-10 iTunes podcast starring comedians, as well as husband and wife Ralphie May and Lahna Turner, is featuring an exclusive two-part interview with country music star Trace Adkins. The show, released this past Wednesday, Jan. 9, showcased the first half of the two-parter. In it, Trace and Ralphie discuss the music business and Trace getting shot in the chest, among an array of other topics. This interview is near and dear to Ralphie and Lahna, since they are good friends with the musician and live in Nashville themselves.

Scott Gorham Introduces Black Star Riders

Thin Lizzy’s Scott Gorham recently talked to about the legendary band’s final U.K. tour. Although Thin Lizzy as a band and brand will continue for a while, Gorham is prepping a new three-guitar group. In a press statement in October 2012, Gorham said: “Out of respect to Phil [Lynott, Thin Lizzy bassist/singer and primary songwriter] and the legacy he created, we have decided we should not release a new album under the Thin Lizzy name. “It was a very difficult decision as we put a lot of time and effort into rebuilding the brand over...

The World According To Iggy Pop

Carrying the “Godfather of Punk” torch can be a heavy burden, but Iggy Pop has proved up to the task for 40-plus years. Whether delivering an iron-fisted, metallic k.o. of a show with The Stooges, or offering up unpredictably eclectic solo albums (witness his 2009 “near-jazz” release, Preliminaires), the 64-year-old icon always has marched to a beat indecipherable to anyone but himself. In interviews, Pop has never shied from tough questions, especially when they pertain to his life and his music. In the quotes below, he waxes philosophical ...
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Asking Alexandria Talk About Life, Their Careers And More With Cristina deVallescar

U.K. metal rockers Asking Alexandria, on the road with the Monster Outbreak Tour, made a recent stop at The Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta. While there, they sat down with Music News Nashville's Christina deVallescar and talked about their stop in the southern capital, life on the road, careers, girlfriends and more. After the interview, the band headlined the evening and performed for a ...

Peter Frampton “Comes Alive” Again! Part 2

Peter Frampton’s FCA!35 album and DVD/Blu-ray is in stores now. InPart 1 of Peter Frampton’s exclusive interview with he talked of recording the live discs. In Part 2, we delve deeper into his life as a guitar player and the story of his special Gibson Les Paul. FCA!35 – 1976’s Frampton Comes Alive! revisited, reworked and replayed with extras – shows English guitar legend Peter Frampton to still be on top of his game. His golden locks may be gone, but his guitar chops remain. And his playing is arguably better than ever…
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Drew Holcomb Photos, Interview and Acoustic Performance

Americana/Roots rockers Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors brought their 6th annual "Neighborly Christmas" show to The Buckhead Theater in downtown Atlanta, GA., where they performed seasonal favorites as well as their hits and new material for the sold-out crowd. Before the show, Drew sat down with Dan Harr and talked about life on the road, his new baby girl, the new album coming out in the spring and more. After the interview, Drew and Nathan Duggar performed an acoustic version of the new single, "Tennessee."
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