Northside Festival Weekend Highlights


The first band of the weekend I caught was Caged Animals at Cameo. This is the project of singer/guitarist Vincent Cacchione, along with his sister Talya on bass, Patrick Curry on drums, and Magali Francoise on synth and awkward dance moves. Together they make fun psych surf pop rock about young love and the New

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CMJ Music Marathon Day 3 Preview


As of now, it looks like the number of artists performing at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon is exceeding 1.200. It seems that the folks at CMJ and Music Plus have anticipated some possible head explosions, and created CMJ Discover – a search tool that helps you find the best artists to check out based

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Northside Festival Highlights


The dust has settled from the 4-day whirlwind of music that was Northside Festival, but what an amazing whirlwind it was. There was music just about everywhere, spilling into the street from bars, some people literally playing on a street corner (not part of Northside, but street bands always pop up during festivals), and some

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Focusing in on Deleted Scenes


Before their show at The Rock Shop a couple weeks ago (that I reviewed here), I sat down with three of the guys from Deleted Scenes and picked their brains on what they think makes a good song, possible interpretations, and what the whole process is like for them. This is an intelligent group of

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