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Madcity Nights - September 2018

Previews of shows around Madison and surrounding areas
by Max Ink
September 2018

Madcity Nights for September features show picks and previews by Maximum Ink staff writers. This month: Willy Street Fair and many more!


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Madcity's Mackenzie Moore

Mackenzie Moore

Girl’s Rock Camper Steps Out
by Teri Barr
September 2018

It’s hard to believe she’s just starting her senior year of high school. But Mackenzie Moore has an old soul, and it comes out in her music. The Roxbury/Sauk City native has been writing her own songs for a while, and recently released her first album, “Veins,” with the support of some local musicians she met when she attended Girls Rock Camp Madison. But Mackenzie is just getting started, and she talked with me about her inspiration, what to expect when you go to one of her shows, and why her goal really isn’t that far out of reach.

Maximum Ink: You started playing guitar more than 10 years ago. What inspired you to pick up a guitar? 
Mackenzie Moore:
I initially got into music by listening to classic rock radio, and my parents’ C.D.’s. My mom played guitar for a while when she was in elementary and middle school, so when I started at 7, I used her same classical guitar from the early 70’s.


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Fiona Grey on the cover of Maximum Ink for September 2018

Fiona Grey

An interview with Dark Pop singer/songwriter, Fiona Grey
by Mike Huberty
September 2018

Fiona Grey is modern Top 40-ready Pop with a million dollar voice. Passionate and powerful, this Chicagoland native went west to LA to find her muse and has found success on a national tour with the band KITTEN (opening for huge artists like CHARLI XCX). Striking out on her own with her EP, Belladona, she’s following it up with a new EP Cult Classic coming out September 14th as well as a full North American tour. Her and her band are stopping by the Wisco on Sunday September 9th to play a show in Madison (this might be the only time that you get to see a mainstream-style Pop band at the Wisco, so it’s definitely gonna be something different for that place!) We talked to her about what everyone can expect for a Sunday night party on Willy Street.


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Revolution-X  - photo by Brenda Daniels

Revolution-X

Revolution-X talks about their new release R-Evolution
by Tommy Rage
August 2018

Revolution-X talks about their new release: R-Evolution and the out-of-body experience of playing Taste of Madison. Catch Revolution-X in September on the 14th at the Back Bar in Janesville with Bobaflex and the 29th at the Red Zone/Annex with Ultrea.


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The Dead Daisies new album Burn It Down

The Dead Daisies

An interview with John Corabi
by Tommy Rage
August 2018

John Corabi talks about the new Dead Daisies album Burn It Down and recording his Mötley Crüe album live in its entirety.


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The Guess Who's new album The Future IS What It Used To Be

The Guess Who

An interview with The Guess Who's drummer Garry Peterson
by Tommy Rage
August 2018

The Guess Who drummer Garry Peterson discuss the new album and preforming with Lenny Kravitz.


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Dan Baird

Dan Baird and Homemade Sin

An interview with Singer/Songerwriter Dan Baird
by Tina Ayres
August 2018

Formed by Dan Baird of The Georgia Satellites and solo artist who brought the world the album Love Songs for the Hearing Impaired, Dan Baird & Homemade Sin offer up authentic classic rock sounds in a way seldom seen in today’s music industry. The newest album Screamer is slated for release October 10, 2018.

Maximum Ink: What was it like growing up in Georgia when you did? How do you think your early days helped shape you into the man you are today?
Dan Baird: Well, I never thought about it while it was happening, or really since, as everybody has to grow up somewhere. I was born at the end of 1953, so I’m sure I wasn’t too much different than anybody else.I grew up in Sandy Springs which wasn’t as wealthy as it would become. Pre 285 it was the sticks I guess. It’s all I knew. Our past cannot help but shape us, for good and ill. I’m not so circumspect as to divine what individual things helped me in becoming myself. It just happened all by itself.


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The Jeff Carlson Band

The Jeff Carlson Band

An interview with Singer/Songwriter Jeff Carlson
by Tina Ayres
August 2018

Potomac Records newest artist The Jeff Carlson Band recently released their newest single, the power ballad Never Be Another You. Deeply influenced by the so-called glam and hair metal bands of the 1980’s the band likes to deliver up power ballads in the same tradition.

Maximum Ink: Can you tell us a little about what first peaked your interest in music?
Jeff Carlson
: What peaked my first initial interest in music was my mother took me to see Kiss in 1975, as well as Black Oak Arkansas-and I got to meet Jim Dandy Mangrum- the singer. He was the guy that David Lee Roth took everything from as far as looks and stage moves go. That made a HUGE impact on me as a kid! Kiss made a HUGE impact on me as well…they were just the coolest!
MI: Who were some of your influences?
JC: My influences…let’s see…


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The Mascot Theory

The Mascot Theory

An Interview with Band Founder Erik Kjelland
by Teri Barr
August 2018

We are sitting at Erik Kjelland’s kitchen table in Madison, and it is pretty obvious; there is an album release show just around the corner. Boxes of re-branded merchandise for his band, The Mascot Theory (TMT), along with specially roasted coffee, cups, and posters featuring the band’s new, official line-up are piled in any used-to-be empty spots around the house. But most important, so are copies of the band’s new, freshly pressed CD.

As Erik and I talk, we are also listening to some songs off the disc he just-picked-up


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Rich Meyer - photo by Tricia Starr--TStarr Photography

Rich Meyer

An Interview with Grammy Nominated Highly Suspect's Rich Meyer
by Al Brzostowski
August 2018

Highly Suspect’s deep roots in blues progressions, crunchy guitars and aggressive drums are all packed into an eclectic form of rock and roll. With Johnny’s lyrics, you feel transported to a smoke filled room in a blues club, singing about heartbreak, politics and humanity.

The stage is backed with the letters “MCID,” which stands for “My Crew Is Dope.” The crew refers to both the audience and the revolving cast of friends that have a guest role such as DJ Redbees and Matt Kofos, along with members of the bands that open for them.

Each member is given their chance to shine during the set, and drummer, and twin brother to Rich….Ryan Meyer has a huge chunk of time blocked out for him to rock out, alone on stage. Then, like a magic act, Matt comes in to parallel Ryan’s beats, and takeover for a few. Nonetheless, an amazing experience to see in raw musicianship.

Ryan, has a moment to show more talent other than just backing vocals and bass. “Round and Round”, another sexy, blues inspired song, takes you on a journey, almost hypnoticatically.

Rich had a few moments after sound check to check in with us.


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