Earfull: We The Kings

Earfull: We The Kings

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We The Kings celebrate Spring Fest at Misericordia University

 

Misericordia University is throwing a concert during Spring Fest Weekend with the alternative rock band We The Kings headlining the show on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Sports and Health Center at the North Gate of campus.
The band is touring the country in support of its fourth album, Somewhere Somehow, which entered the Billboard Hot 200 at No. 44 — the highest debut in their career. The new album has also reached No. 5 and No. 6, respectively on the U.S. Alternative Rock and U.S. Rock charts.
The band will be joined on stage by two local opening acts — Subnotics and A Fire with Friends.
We asked Travis Clark (guitar, vocals) of We The Kings 10 tough questions and here’s what he had to say.

The band is looking at a pretty hefty summer tour. How does the band prepare for the trek, both physically and mentally?
In all honesty, these kinds of tours are natural to us now, so mentally it’s just about transitioning the home-life with the tour-life. Physically, we try to be as healthy as possible while at home so we don’t die on the road. (Laughs.)

Talk about the new record, Somewhere Somehow. What makes this different?
We used crowd-funding to make this new album, which is different than anything we’ve ever done. It created a stress-free environment while in the studio and really opened the door for us to be as creative and artistic as possible without having to answer to a label’s demands or timelines. I think music should be more like this.

When did you know that it was time to hit the studio and begin recording?
We never know. We just go into the studio when we have enough new songs to make an album. Usually we write while we are on the road, so just because we are on tour doesn’t mean we’re not “in the studio.”

How has the band grown throughout the years?
We’ve really grown closer together as friends, well, brothers really. We know everything about each other and I think that helps us stick together when other bands fall apart. Plus, when you are around the same people, you tend to grow together instead of growing apart and since we tour so much, it’s usually easy for us to come together.

What would are some goals you’d like to accomplish this year?
I think putting out our own album by ourselves with only the help of the fans is already a great accomplishment for this year, but it’s kind of like, “What do you give the person that already has everything?” We’ve been everywhere and done so much more than we ever imagined. But the answer is, seeing and meeting the fans and hearing them sing our lyrics to each new record we release is easily the biggest accomplishment we could achieve.

You’ll be back in northeastern Pa. in July with The Warped Tour. Talk about being involved in this year’s tour and who you’re looking forward to seeing perform?
We’ve got a lot of friends on the tour who we’re excited to join up with again and, at this point, we’re practically veterans of the Warped tour. It’s like a band summer camp. That’s really the best way to explain it. You have a festival that you get to play at every day and then at night the whole tour gets together for food, drinks and games. It’s really one of the best tours we’ve been a part of and that’s why we keep coming back to it.

What are some artists the band looks to as musical influences?
Jimmy Eat World, Coldplay and Foo Fighters are definitely some of the top bands, but The Beatles and Blink 182 (no matter how different they are from each other) are the real reason we started this band.

What are you currently listening to backstage before a show?
We listen to everything — and when I say everything — I mean EVERYTHING! Sometimes before a show we’ll listen to country music and sing along at the tops of our lungs. Other times, we’ll listen to house and electronic music to get pumped up. Then there are nights that we will listen to smooth jazz and instrumental music just to relax. The best however is the 90s sing-a-long pre-show mixes.

If the band has a day off, what do you do?
We usually try to go see a sporting event of some sort. It’s what makes us feel connected with the world in a weird way.

Are there any moments of the live show that are your absolute favorite or a certain song that’s a highlight?
Since the new album was released in December, I think our favorite moments are when we play a new song from the album and see people’s faces light up. We spend so much blood, sweat and tears on these songs and it means the world to us to see how the songs are received by our fans.

Where do you see the band in 10 years?
Hopefully still doing this —touring, recording, doing interviews, photoshoots, TV appearances, etc. Every aspect of this “job” is amazing and we would love nothing more than to do this for the rest of our lives!
— tom graham

Tickets are on sale at misericordia.edu/wethekings or the Misericordia University Student Activities Office in the Banks Student Life Center on the upper campus. Tickets for Misericordia University students with a valid ID are $20 and all other tickets for the general admission concert are $25. Misericordia students can only purchase one ticket each at the discount rate. For more information, please call (570) 674-8111 or e-mail Patrick McKamy, coordinator of student activities, at pmckamy@misericordia.edu.

 

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown
A closer look at acts coming to Cabinet’s Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival

 

EC24BREAKDOWN_2_WEBThe local-turned-national bluegrass outfit Cabinet is hosting the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival on Saturday, May 10 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Other performers include Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Marco Benevento, Floodwood, Terrapin Flyer featuring Melvin Seals and Mark Karan and many more. Here is a closer look at one of the many performing acts playing at #TheBreakdown.
Band Name: Terrapin Flyer
Band members and instruments: Melvin Seals (Hammond B3), Mark Karan (lead guitar), Dave Burlingame (bass), JP Nowak (drums), Doug Hagman (rhythm guitar)
Genre: Jamband
Year started: 1999
Releases: None
Hometown: Chicago, Ill., Lexington, Ky. and San Francisco, Calif
Website: terrapinflyer.net
Influences: Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band and Roots American Music
How would you describe your sound?
Taking the music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band and breathing new life into it.
What can audiences expect to see at a live show?
The searing, swirling sound that only former Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals can bring to a Hammond B3 with Leslie Speakers. The tasty tone of former lead guitarist for the Other Ones and Ratdog, Mark Karan. The solid bass groove of Cornmeal’s Wavy Dave Burlingame. The steady beats of former Cornmeal drummer JP Nowak and the vocal prowess of Doug Hagman.
What are you looking forward to most about The Susquehanna Breakdown?
Performing with the great talent that will be there.
What are your plans for the rest of 2014?
We will be performing in Colorado in May. June will see us headlining two festivals and performing in the Midwest. August we will be headlining two festivals in the Midwest and Mid-South.
If you had the opportunity to work with any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
An obvious choice for “the dead” catagory is Jerry Garcia. For alive, another fairly obvious choice would be Phil Lesh.
For fans of: Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band.

The Susquehanna Breakdown Festival takes place Saturday, May 10, at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Guests can arrive Friday, May 9, at 5 p.m. to camp on Montage Mountain and attend a performance by Cabinet and others that evening. Advance tickets are $20 for general admission, $55 for VIP and $20 for camping. Tickets on the day of the festival increase to $25 for general admission, $60 for VIP and $25 for camping. They are available at the box office and Ticketmaster outlets, over the phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Record Store Day 2014

Record Store Day 2014

Spin the Black Circle
Record Store Day 2014 is Here

Compact discs? MP3s? Satellite radio? Online streaming? The sound doesn’t even come close to comparing to the sultry warm feel of vinyl. Throughout our busy lives, most of us are guilty of listening to our music through the most convenient ways possible — taking the time to put the needle on the record to kick back and enjoy the aural ride is now far from the norm.
Record Store Day is Saturday, April 19, which means you’ll have the opportunity to purchase exclusive items from a new selection of rare edition releases, including many LPs, EPs, CDs and 7-inch vinyl discs. Even cooler, you’ll be able to visit your local independent music store and begin the adventurous task of searching through record upon record in search of hidden gems and rare releases.
PrintThe original idea for Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding more than 700 independently-owned record stores in the United States, as well as in international shops. Celebrated on the third Saturday of every April, it’s a day when all independently-owned record stores unite with artists to celebrate music. Special vinyl, CD releases and various promotional products are exclusively released and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.
It’s all about supporting the small record stores within the community, that are in turn offering their customers some seriously rare releases. These stores are all independent, have absolute say in what they stock and are not owned by corporations.
According to recordstoreday.com, a participating store is defined as “a stand-alone brick-and-mortar retailer whose main primary business focuses on a physical store location, whose product line consists of at least 50 percent music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70 percent located in the state of operation.”
The following local stores will celebrate Record Store Day 2014:

  • Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound (Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton/Dickson City,) opens at 9 a.m. and will have free giveaways and exclusive limited edition vinyl and CDs. There will be live music at the 186 Mundy St. location featuring various vinyl DJs throughout the day and appearances by Taking Back Sunday and The Used (meet-and-greet), Crobot (unplugged), Leroy Justice, Gentleman East, Abstract People’s and Three Imaginary Boys.
  • Embassy Vinyl (352 Adams Ave., Scranton) will have Record Store Day exclusive titles available,  plus they will be giving away two Stanton turntables and a bunch of other freebies. The day will also feature live performances by Cody Searl, Give Us Your Bones, Eye On Attraction and others.
  • Musical Energi (59 North Main St., Wilkes-Barre) opens at 9 a.m. and will offer sales, free promotional giveaways including bags, posters, pins and live performances by Dub Savage, Buckknife, Mock Sun and Kali Ma & the Garland of Arms, who will have their new record, Holy Drone, available for pre-sale. There’s also a gift-card giveaway and raffles. The store will also offer a large selection of record players for sale.
  • Main Street Jukebox (606 Main St., Stroudsburg) will have limited edition releases and live music by I.D.C., Brandon Flatley, P.O.W.W.O.W, Lenny Kaye, Blae Fleming of Time Up/Mars Volta, Disposable, Lorg and Edelweiss.
  • Wayne’s World Music (Dallas) and Wayne’s World of Used CD’s & More (Pittston) are also celebrating Record Store Day with live performances to be announced.

Please contact the individual stores for specific information regarding special releases for Record Store Day as each store will be offering a different selection of limited edition material. For a complete detailed list of available releases, visit recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases.
— tom graham

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown: Floodwood

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown: Floodwood

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown
A closer look at acts coming to Cabinet’s Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival

 

The local-turned-national bluegrass outfit Cabinet is hosting the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival on Saturday, May 10 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Other performers include Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Marco Benevento, Floodwood, Terrapin Flyer featuring Melvin Seals and Mark Karan and many more. Here is a closer look at one of the many performing acts playing at #TheBreakdown.

Band Name: Floodwood
Band members and instruments: Al Schnier (acoustic guitar), Vinnie Amico (drums), Jason Barady (mandolin), Nick Piccininni (banjo/fiddle) and Zachary Fleitz (acoustic and electric basses).
Genre: Progressive String Music
Year started: 2012
Releases: This is Life (studio 2013) and This is Live (live 2014)
Hometown: Utica, N.Y.
Website: floodwoodmusic.com
Influences: Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Bela Fleck, Old and In the Way and Grateful Dead
How would you describe your sound? Barn burnin’ bluegrass with a  modern twist.
What can audiences expect to see at a live show?
Audiences can expect a performance that features an even mix of songwriting, vocal harmonies, instrumental arraignments and spotlighted solos. Floodwood’s live show keeps everyone involved, especially the audience, from start to finish.
What are you looking forward to most about The Susquehanna Breakdown?
The venue itself is an attraction for artists and fans. We can’t wait to work with Cabinet again and perform on the stage that we shared with all the great artists at the Peach Festival last summer.
What are your plans for the rest of 2014?
We want to play as many shows as we can and possibly take another trip out to Colorado. We have a few more festivals on the calendar that we can’t wait to play!
For fans of: moe., Phish, Grateful Dead,
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wfX0p_kKhk&feature=youtu.be
Audio: http://www.floodwood.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-live

 

The Susquehanna Breakdown Festival takes place Saturday, May 10, at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Guests can arrive Friday, May 9, at 5 p.m. to camp on Montage Mountain and attend a performance by Cabinet and others that evening. Advance tickets are $20 for general admission, $55 for VIP and $20 for camping. Tickets on the day of the festival increase to $25 for general admission, $60 for and $25 for camping. They are available at the box office and Ticketmaster outlets, over the phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

 

 

The Bash is Back

The Bash is Back

The Bash is Back
Celebrate rock 107’s 34th birthday with Joan Jett and the blackhearts

Put 34 candles on the cake and blow the suckers out! Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are headlining the 34th annual Rock 107 Birthday Bash on Thursday, April 17 at The Woodlands Inn, 1073 Hwy. 315 Wilkes-Barre. The night features performances by local supporting acts Sucker, Flaxy Morgan, Infinity and Omnitial; a giant birthday cake; door prizes and refreshments. Doors for the show open at 7 p.m. To score tickets for the party, visit rock107.com for more information.
EC10ROCK107_8_WEBJett rose to fame as a member of the all-female rock group The Runaways (at age 15) before breaking out as a solo star with hits like “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987’s Light Of Day (co-starring Michael J. Fox) and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus and the Germs. A version of “I Hate Myself for Loving You” has been NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme for several seasons and she recently saw her story told in The Runaways, the feature film starring Kristen Stewart as Jett (Jett also served as an executive producer of the project).
Unvarnished, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts latest release, features several collaborators such as Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) who co-wrote the single “Any Weather.”
“I’ve had a blessed career,” Jett said in a recent statement. “I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way.” — tom graham

 

Welcome to 1980

Rock 107 launches Feb. 20, 1980.
The first song played was “Spirit of the Radio” by Rush.
The 1980 United States Census begins. There are 226,545,805 United States residents
Iron Maiden’s debut self-titled album Iron Maiden is released.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is rigged by six men including the host of the live TV drawing, Nick Perry.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released.
Pac-Man (the best-selling arcade game of all time) is released in Japan.
The first 24-hour news channel Cable News Network (CNN) is launched.
Comedian Richard Pryor is badly burned trying to freebase cocaine.
Former California governor and actor Ronald Reagan is nominated for U.S. president.
The album Back in Black is released by the Australian band AC/DC.
The Police release their third studio album, Zenyattà Mondatta.
World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals 4–2 in game 6.
A record number of viewers tune into the soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J. R. Ewing.
Paul McCartney is arrested in Tokyo for possession of a half-pound of marijuana. The remaining part of Wings’ tour has to be canceled and he is ejected from the country by Japanese authorities.
Pink Floyd’s The Wall tour opens at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
A member of the New Jersey state assembly introduces a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” the official state song.
Black Sabbath release Heaven and Hell, their first album to feature new vocalist Ronnie James Dio.
The Sony Walkman goes on sale in the United States.
KISS plays its first show with new drummer Eric Carr at the New York Palladium.
The Eagles end their tour with a show in Long Beach, Calif. They would not play together again until 1994.
Fans in Toronto stage a riot after Alice Cooper cancels because of illness.
The first Monsters of Rock festival is held at Donington Park in England. Rainbow headlines, and Judas Priest, Scorpions, April Wine, Saxon, Riot and Touch also perform.
John Bonham, drummer of Led Zeppelin, is found dead by bandmate John Paul Jones. Led Zeppelin disbands immediately.
Elton John plays a free concert for 400,000 people in New York’s Central Park. He performs the encore in a Donald Duck costume.
Mark David Chapman shoots and kills John Lennon outside his apartment building in New York City. Later, more then 100,000 mourners attend a public vigil for Lennon in Central Park.

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown: Driftwood

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown: Driftwood

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown
A closer look at acts coming to cabinet’s Susquehanna Breakdown music festival

The local-turned-national bluegrass outfit Cabinet is hosting the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival on Saturday, May 10 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Other performers include Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Marco Benevento, Floodwood, Terrapin Flyer featuring Melvin Seals and Mark Karan and many more. Here is a closer look at one of the many performing acts playing at #TheBreakdown.

Band Name: Driftwood
Band members and instruments: Dan Forsyth (acoustic guitar & vocals), Joe Kollar (banjo, vocals, kickbox), Joey Arcuri (upright bass, vocals), Claire Byrne (fiddle, vocals)
Genre: Americana
Year started: 2006
Releases: Rally Day (2009), A Rock and Roll Heart (2011), Driftwood (2013)
Hometown: Binghamton, N.Y.
Website: driftwoodtheband.com
Influences: Everything from Bach to Madonna, from The Beatles to Del McCoury.
How would you describe your sound? We focus on original songs with bluegrass instruments. Our music is rock n roll, folk and pop — all in one.
What can audiences expect to see at a live show? A high energy show with a lot of harmonies and dancing.
What are you looking forward to most about The Susquehanna Breakdown? Playing for the lovely people that come to get down!
What are your plans for the rest of 2014? 2014 will bring a lot of touring, writing new songs and beginning work on a new album.
If you had the opportunity to work with any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why? Jack White. We love how versatile he is as a musician and a producer.

For fans of: Alison Kraus, Del McCoury, The Shins, Belle & Sebastian

 

The Susquehanna Breakdown Festival takes place Saturday, May 10, at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Guests can arrive Friday, May 9, at 5 p.m. to camp on Montage Mountain and attend a performance by Cabinet and others that evening. Advance tickets are $20 for general admission, $55 for VIP and $20 for camping. Tickets on the day of the festival increase to $25 for general admission, $60 for and $25 for camping. They are available at the box office and Ticketmaster outlets, over the phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.