The Gaslight Anthem
Hailing from New Jersey, The Gaslight Anthem’s leader Brian Fallon draws a comparison to his local legend Bruce Springsteen, but takes a unique spin blending Social Distortion-like punk and roots rock. In the mid-2000s, after 200 plus shows, the band gained momentum opening for bands like Against Me! which garnered the attention of Southern California record label Side One Dummy who released their third album American Slang. A year later, the band moved to Mercury Records and worked on their fourth full length titled Handwritten. After 2015, the band went on an indefinite hiatus and Brian Fallon released his solo record Painkillers. The Gaslight Anthem reunited in 2018 to promote their release of The 59′ Sound Sessions, a nine-track record that has unreleased material from their early work in 2008.
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Alternative Rock group Don Broco from Bedford, England have been full-force attacking the scene since 2009, playing shows all around Europe and landing gigs like the Download Festival. The band’s sound flourished with their debut full length titled Priorities, showcasing their ability to blend Funk, New Wave, and Dance. In 2013, Don Broco released their single “You Wanna Know” which reached the Top 40 UK Charts. Their 2015 release saw the band working with Grammy producer Jason Perry to deliver a fresh unboxed style for their record Automatic. Don Broco’s newest release, Technology, doesn’t let up from head-banging and dance tracks that are guaranteed to get stuck in your head, with the musicianship to impress most. Take a look at some footage from their tour this year above.
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West coasters Iration are not just your average reggae group blending alternative and pop to their songwriting. Originally meeting in Hawaii but reconnecting in Santa Barbara, California (with the exception of Micah Brown who joined the band in 2014), the band does an amazing job of bringing the sound of the island and presenting it in a smooth original fashion to bigger festivals such as Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, and Hangout. Their latest self-titled record showcases 17 tracks of just how comfortable the band has become with their sound, while still challenging themselves to take on some rock influenced structures. Watch the video for “All For You,” the last song on the album.
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Being a musician means often having to be diverse, but even as listeners, we sometimes forget we are listening to music when we hear the intro to our favorite TV shows, video games, or commercials. They instantly bring us a sense of joy and we couldn’t imagine those forms of entertainment without that song. A music teacher by day at The Piano Workshop at Bergen County in Ridgewood, NJ, and shredder by night, John Kiernan lives to teach and to shred. Kiernan teamed up with Tommy Tallarico for a song you may very well know, creating a unique record where he re-records famous video game music with an orchestra and new players. John recorded all of the guitars and solos for the Pokémon theme with him and the original singer. Check it out in the video above.
“It was an exciting experience to work with Tommy Tallarico, who is truly legendary in the video game music world”
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In late September, Welsh Pop Punkers Neck Deep released a cover of Natalie Imbruglia’s smash hit “Torn.” They also performed the tune live while wrapping up a busy 2018 run of shows in promotion of their well-received album, The Peace and The Panic. The new album racked up over 20 million streams and was produced by Mike Green (Pierce The Veil, Paramore). The band has taken a quick breather before heading out on a full European tour with fellow Ernie Ballers, Don Broco in February. Take a listen and watch their colorful music video to their latest single, “In Bloom.”
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