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Godsmack

Godsmack’s When Legends Rise

Godsmack's new album When Legends Rise review with drummer Shannon Larkin
by Tommy Rage
June 2018

Godsmack’s new album When Legends Rise review with drummer Shannon Larkin


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Old Soul Society

Old Soul Society

An interview with Singer/Songwriter Derek Ramnarace from Old Soul Society
by Mike Huberty
June 2018

Blending sincere Folk with energetic Americana, singer-songwriter Derek Ramnarace and OLD SOUL SOCIETY can easily remind you of COUNTING CROWS one minute and THE BAND the next. Flanked by Ben Rohde on drums, Andrew Steeno on bass, Mark Davini on keys, Joe Gantzer on guitar, and WHEELHOUSE’s badass Kenny Leiser on violin and guitar, Ramnarace has assembled a killer lineup for his Baraboo-based band. Derek has been putting together the Ragged Roots festival in Wisconsin Dells for years and he took the Between The Waves festival lead duties after the tragic passing of his friend, Luke Jourgensen. OLD SOUL SOCIETY will be performing at the Between The Waves music festival on June 16th at the High Noon Saloon outdoor stage at 6pm, and BTW founder Roy Elkins has even lauded them as “Gregg Allman playing with Eric Clapton”! We talked with Derek about the band and his involvement with the festival to preview the show and the big event.


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Festy Land 2018 - photo by David Michael Miller

Madcity Nights - June 2018

Previews for shows around Madison for June 2018
by Max Ink
June 2018

Previews for shows around Madison for June 2018


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Luke Jorgensen and Roy Elkins - photo by Teri Barr

Between The Waves 2018

by Teri Barr
June 2018

It started as a dream, and one I recall talking with Roy Elkins about over a sandwich at the Avenue Bar on East Washington Avenue in Madison a few years ago. Roy wanted to highlight the music scene in this area, and decided a weekend gathering of industry experts from across the world, along with showcases featuring the multitude of talent in and around the city, could be good for everyone involved.

Quickly jump forward to June 2018, and the planning for the 2nd Annual Between the Waves Madison Music Conference and Festival is all but complete.


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REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon

An interview with REO Speedwagon founding keyboardist Neal Doughty
by Tommy Rage
June 2018

An interview with REO Speedwagon founding keyboardist Neal Doughty about the band’s origins, REO Speedwagon’s history with Madison, and a song that made people throw their pot out of car windows.


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Scott Wilson at Bratfest 2018 - photo by Tricia Starr--TStarr Photography

Scott Wilson

Looking into the Future with Scott Wison
by Al Brzostowski
June 2018

Scott Wilson had left Tantric after a few years for many reasons. From recording deadline issues, to missed rehearsals, where a certain bandmate didn’t show, to complete chaos when the lead singer didn’t make shows they had scheduled. Scott, being the professional musician that he is, had to move on to keep forward progress. For the record, he has no negative feelings for Tantric leader Hugo Ferreira. He toured with Tantric on Make America Rock Again tour, and Saving Abel was on the bill.

Saving Abel reached out to him and asked him to join.  He describes Saving Abel as a southern rock band with a twist. The timing was perfect with the tour.
Before hitting the BratFest Main Stage last week, Scott had a moment to tell us what’s coming up for Saving Abel, and Scott himself.


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Dave Naruszewicz, Vyces - photo by Tricia Starr-- TStarr Photography

Vyces

Going "Nocturnal" with Dave and Russ
by Al Brzostowski
June 2018

Los Angeles based band VYCES started when Dave Naruszewicz was looking to form a new project. Reaching out to longtime friend and drummer, Russell Ray, Dave began flying to Los Angeles from Chicago to build this original, and undeniably heavy, VYCES. Shawn Patterson, formerly of Old Fashioned Beatdown, like Russ, the three began writing and building the foundation of VYCES.

Dave describes the soul of the songs as exploring the darker side of human emotion and behavior saying “It’s something everyone can relate to because everyone has experienced some form of hurt, betrayal, weakness, hate, addiction, and/or lack of acceptance. It’s also the fuel that drives us to become stronger, get better, and overcome the flaws we’ve built in our minds.” (VYCES Facebook quote)


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Robin Wilson - photo by TriciaStarr--TStarr Photography

Gin Blossoms

Talking Mixed Reality with Robin Wilson
by Al Brzostowski
May 2018

The band’s fusion musically spans so many genres it’s hard to classify them. In 2017 the band went back into the studio recording a new album, Mixed Reality. Mixed Reality is scheduled for release on Cleopatra Records on June 15, 2018.

Fans got a chance to taste of what’s to come at BratFest this today on the Grand Stage. Right before the show, Robin had a moment to explain what’s coming up for the Gin Blossoms, and his charity work.


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Marty McCoy of Bobaflex - photo by Tricia Starr--TStarr Photography

Bobaflex

Checking out the Eloquent Demons in Bobaflex
by Al Brzostowski
May 2018

Bobaflex is an odd brew; they’re a mix of heavy metal, eerie, spine tingling and alternately growling and soaring vocals. Moving forward like a freight train, Bobaflex is again writing for another album. Tour life, new guitarist, new music, they seem to always be evolving. On stage, there isn’t a moment where they pause; it’s always a constant.

Marty McCoy, one of the lead vocalists/guitarists, had a moment at BratFest to speak to MI.


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Eric Boatright of Shallow Side at Bratfest - photo by Tricia Starr TStarr Photography

Shallow Side

A Chat with Eric Boatright
by Al Brzostowski
May 2018

Alabama rockers Shallow Side, who have brought back their energy to Madison at BratFest this past Saturday, shows that rock isn’t dead. It’s very much alive in their stage presence and overall musicianship. Re-inventing the driven side of rock, these southern boys, (and one Midwesterner, Matt Daniels, the new kid playing the bass slot), Shallow Side hits it home hard with songs like “Can You Hear Me”,  and go to the soft side with “Crazy”.

Eric stands by the saying, “ Don’t be in that grey area”. And Shallow Side proves it every time they hit the stage.

I had a chance to talk to Eric Boatright, frontman for Shallow Side before they hit the stage Saturday at BratFest:


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