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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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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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Josh Rand of Stone Sour - photo by Tricia Starr - Tstarr Photography

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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