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Sound Check's Blog – May 2011 Archive (4)

INTERVIEW: Graveshift, A Family Affair

I had the pleasure to speak with Graveshift, a young band from the Bronx. It’s a family band that consists of four unique siblings. The eldest is the bassist, Erica (21), then the lead guitarist Alexis (18), the drummer Joshua (15) and Jonas the lead vocalist (14). Starting out six years ago, the band’s name stems from the family last name, Grave, melded with the term “graveyard shift” because on their first gig, they were the very last act to go on, and the last shift of the work… Continue

Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2011 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Public Enemy: The Forgotten Innovators of Post-Hardcore

Flavor Flav's entire career has walked the line between deserved legend and self-parody. As the comedic yin to Chuck D's deadly serious yang, he was the sugar needed to swallow Chuck D's bitter medicine. These days Chuck D's ferocious political rhymes are most often credited for Public Enemy's success, with Flav's entire career having been essentially retconned by his current stint as a pandering reality TV star. It…

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Added by Sound Check on May 18, 2011 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Rockstar In Training: Can You Feel A Brand New Day?!

Hell yeah, you guys! I got some concrete things done for my Rockstar career this month! After writhing around on the floor moaning, “Woe is me, the tortured artist!” last month, I was able to stock up the energy to really get to work! I joined a couple of professional music industry organizations and made some of my newest songs mine, legally. I played a gig where I inspired a new musician and played a couple of my new songs out for the first time! I even made a little rough… Continue

Added by Sound Check on May 16, 2011 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Bitches Brew - Miles Davis' Ultimate Statement of Defiance

There's an eternal battle nearly every underground artist fights. In theory, achieving mainstream cultural acceptance and ubiquity for the art you create without having to change a note of it should be a major victory. But the taste is often bittersweet. You can't help but wonder what you've lost in becoming successful. Think of that little emocore trio from Seattle who's second album went on to become one of the most significant albums (and best selling) of all time despite being… Continue

Added by Sound Check on May 11, 2011 at 2:55pm — 9 Comments

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