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Black Stone Cherry

Black Stone Cherry

Ben Wells talks about the new album Family Tree and playing Brat Fest
by Tommy Rage
May 2018

Black Stone Cherry’s Ben Wells talks about the new album Family Tree and playing Brat Fest on Sunday May 27th.


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Stone Sour

An interview with Josh Rand of Stone Sour
by Al Brzostowski
May 2018

Stone Sour, with April’s release of “Hydrograd Acoustic Sessions” is a vinyl EP of acoustic versions of STONE SOUR’s 2017 album, “Hydrograd”. The effort, made available on solid silver vinyl accompanied by digital download at select record stores, is just a prelude of the raw, diverse, in your face, musicianship that they carry to every show. The journeymen from Iowa infuses elements of punk and thrash metal, with frontman Corey Taylor often switching between his guttural screams and melody. Incorporating sarcasm into their music, “Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)”, they can also have a distinctly dark side.

Stone Sour will support Ozzy Osbourne on the initial North American leg of the legendary vocalist’s “No More Tours 2” tour, which kicks off August 30 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
At the show at the Orpheum Theater, I had a chance to talk to Josh Rand, Guitarist of Stone Sour:


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P.O.S.

P.O.S.

P.O.S. Brings Honest and Emotional Hip Hop to the High Noon, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
by Sal Serio
May 2018

Stefon Alexander, better known by his stage name P.O.S, is a founding member of the Minneapolis based seven-member indie hip hop music and performance collective Doomtree. As a collective, there are no egos in Doomtree, and it’s sound reflects the energy of many members with unique individual musical influences.

P.O.S., who has been rapping since the 5th grade, also has his own albums, and side project bands such as Marijuana Deathsquads. In January 2017, P.O.S released his fifth solo album, ‘Chill, Dummy’, on the Doomtree Records label. The critically acclaimed and genre-blurring ‘Chill, Dummy’ is produced by Lazerbeak, Makr, Cory Grindberg, Ryan Olson, and P.O.S himself. It also features contributions by Moncelas Boston, Rapper Hooks, Justin Vernon, Lady Midnight, Busdriver, Dwynell Roland, Gerald, Manchita, Open Mike Eagle, Angelenah, Allan Kingdom, Astronautalis, Eric Mayson, Hard_R (P.O.S.‘s teenaged son), Kathleen Hanna, Lizzo, Lydia Liza and Nicholas L. Perez.

The P.O.S. concert experience provides catharsis, as the artist has much love to give and inspires others with strength and sincerity in his words. P.O.S. can articulate emotion about political opinions without negativity and is constructive in his viewpoint, even when that emotion may be one of anger. The message of his raps is as much about an ideal life as what P.O.S. sees and experiences in real life.

Tuesday, May 15, the High Noon Saloon in Madison hosts P.O.S. with DJ Rowsheen, and also sets by Serengeti and CRASHprez.


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STRYPER

An interview with Michael Sweet
by Tommy Rage
May 2018

Stryper’s Michael Sweet discusses the new Stryper album God Damn Evil and playing Brat Fest on Sunday May 27th in Madison.


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Kirstie Kraus on the cover of Maximum Ink for May 2018

Kirstie Kraus

Madison to Nashville and Back
by Teri Barr
May 2018

She was singing before she could talk. And Kirstie Kraus is still singing,  but now, it is more than she talks. Music has become her passion, her love, and her life.

Kirstie threw herself into her career, full-time, two years ago. Two years before that, she started her own band, Thirsty Jones. The Madison-based group quickly gained a following, and earned accolades. Kirstie wants to replicate, and increase the success she’s already had as a musician here. So I asked, is taking her efforts to Nashville, where she has to work even harder to create her music-magic, worth it? We also discussed why her upcoming single release is going to be one we’ll all want to be a part of, and when we can see her in our area this summer…


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former UW Badgers Women's Hockey goalie allanah McCeady comes back to the Madcity!

Madcity Nights - May 2018

Show Previews around the Madcity
by Max Ink
May 2018

Show Previews around the Madcity for May 2018


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Hi/Jack

HI/JACK

An interview with Milwaukee Blues-Rock Duo
by Mike Huberty
May 2018

Featuring the drummer Ron “Hi” Terrell and guitarist/vocalist Maxwell “Jack” Liam, Milwaukee’s HI/JACK is an upbeat Blues-Rock duo in the vein of WHITE STRIPES and BLACK KEYS. It’s not easy to create a big sound with just two people, but HI/JACK makes it happen on their studio records Turn It To Ten and No Cover. Since forming in 2014, Ron and Max have been constantly writing, recording, and performing. With their high-energy stripped down no-frills rock and roll sound they can fit just as well into a smoky blues jam as a punk rock basement party. They’ll be bringing that live show to this year’s Maybash, a music and camping festival in Rio, Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend.


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Sanctus

Sanctus

Sanctus goes all in with Do or Die
by Tommy Rage
April 2018

SANCTUS goes all in at the 2018 Battle of the Bands for Brat Fest with their first release Do or Die.


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Royal Bliss

An Interview with Neal Middleton.
by Al Brzostowski
April 2018

Looking at a 20 Year Anniversary celebration, Royal Bliss, with Neal Middleton, Lead Vocals, Taylor Richards, Guitars, Jake Smith on Drums, Sean “Memphis” Hennesy - Guitars, Vocals, and Brian Hennesy on bass, has been making their mark the past 20 years. From Salt Lake City, Utah, Royal Bliss’ music speaks to the hearts of the common man.

Their recent song, “Devil With Angel Eyes”, with the accompanying music video on YouTube, is a gritty, hard driven southern rock song, that punches you in the throat with Neal’s deep and raspy voice.

Recently, I had a chance to talk “shop” with Neal at their acoustic show at Sidlelines in Janesville. And as always, a great story to tell.

MI: You have a new cut called “Devil With Angel Eyes” out now, with the accompanying music video. What can we expect next?


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Todd Rundgren's Utopia

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia

Kasim Sulton On The Road To Utopia
by Sal Serio
April 2018

In late February/early March, 2018, it was announced to the delight of music fans from coast-to-coast that Todd Rundgren’s Utopia would be reuniting for their first North American tour in 32 years! Originally the tour was slated to reunite all four Utopia members: Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox, and Ralph Schuckett, but soon it was determined that Schuckett had to bow out due to health issues, and is replaced on this tour by Gil Assayas on keyboards. The Utopia tour began on April 18th, and is scheduled for presentation in Milwaukee, Saturday May 12 at the Pabst Theater, and in Chicago at the Chicago Theater, Tuesday May 22. In late March, Maximum Ink field reporter Sal Serio had the opportunity to speak with bassist Kasim Sulton via telephone.


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