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Interview: Hunters' Izzy Almeida on Leaving New York, Dating in a Band and A Tentative Second Album

Oct 2014 16:44PM EDT

When most people think of nostalgia for the '90s, images of Spice Girls and Pokemon dance in their head... not so much for the sludgy grunge music of the hard alternative rock scene. But, that's exactly what indie band Hunters brings to mind. Blending together the sensibility of riot grrrl punk with thrashing metal guitars, this Philadelphia via Brooklyn band recalls and era gone by.READ MORE

Caleb Nott & Georgia Nott

Broods Co-Founder Caleb Nott Talks New Zealand, Lorde And Getting Along With His Talented Sister, Georgia [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 15:37PM EDT

Caleb and his sister, Georgia Nott, share producer Joel Little with fellow New Zealand star Lorde, and their dark pop sound is reminiscient of the "Royals" songstress.READ MORE

The Strumbellas

Juno Award Winners The Strumbellas Talk 'We Still Move On Dance Floors,' Perform "Run" and "Ride On" [WATCH]

Oct 2014 17:34PM EDT

Canadian folk band The Strumbellas celebrated the U.S. release of their sophomore album We Still Move On Dance Floors last month. The effort won them the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year and was also nominated for the 2014 Polaris Prize. The band stopped by the Music Times offices before their show in NYC to talk about the album, their upcoming plans and what it felt like to win a Juno.READ MORE

Shayna Leigh

Shayna Leigh Talks New EP 'Hey Shayna Leigh,' Performs Debut Single "Drive" Ahead of CMJ Showcase [WATCH]

Oct 2014 15:35PM EDT

New York City-based singer-songwriter Shayna Leigh is fresh of the release of her latest EP, Hey Shayna Leigh. She sat down with Music Times on "Studio Sessions" to talk about how she got her start in music, the inspiration behind her EP, and what she has planned for the future, among other topics.READ MORE

Joan Jett

Little Kids Rock Benefit NYC 2014: Founder David Wish Explains Why Music Education Is Vital To The Future

Oct 2014 18:43PM EDT

This Thursday (Oct. 23), Little Kids Rock will bring together Alice Cooper, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill) with Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz (Beastie Boys), Darlene Love, Glen Hansard, Mike Ness (Social Distortion), Jesse Malin, Brody Dalle and Jake Clemons (E Street Band) to pay tribute to Joan Jett, who is being honored as "Rocker of the Year," at their sixth annual Little Kids Rock Benefit. The event takes place at New York's iconic Hammerstein Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. and will also honor Guitar Center CEO Mike Pratt for his support as well as Jake Clemons, who will receive the "Big Man of the Year" Award, a prize originally named for his uncle and former E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons.READ MORE

Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids Frontman Nathan Willett Talks New Album 'Hold My Home,' Tour Plans, PledgeMusic Campaign And More Prior To CMJ Show

Oct 2014 18:17PM EDT

Cold War Kids drop their fifth studio album, Hold My Home, tomorrow (Oct. 21). Serving as the follow-up to 2013's Dear Miss Lonely Hearts, the album explores the notion of "home" and features production from guitarist Dan Gallucci and frequent collaborator Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, Matt & Kim). We chatted with frontman Nathan Willett about the inspiration behind the new effort, how the band has evolved, their tour plans, and the special memorabilia available to fans on their PledgeMusic campaign.READ MORE

Shonen Knife rocks on, more than 30 years later.

Shonen Knife's Naoko Yamano Reflects on New Album 'Overdrive,' Being a Favorite of Kurt Cobain and Being "Very Lazy"

Oct 2014 12:41PM EDT

Shonen Knife has more than 30 years of music under its belt, along with the allegiances of alternative rock icons Nirvana and Sonic Youth. What more could a band ask for?READ MORE

Gustavo Santaolalla exclusive interview

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 'The Book Of Life' Composer Gustavo Santaolalla Talks Scoring New Animated Movie & More!

Oct 2014 16:40PM EDT

Gustavo Santaolalla is a world-renowned recording artist that just happened to become an acclaimed film composer due to reputation. After winning multiple Grammy awards (both Latin and Anglo), the man who put the ronroco on the map made his way into the world of scoring movies and took home two Academy Awards for Best Original Score two years in a row (Brokeback Mountain and Babel). Gustavo's even made name for himself in the video game realm, composing the music to 2013's best title The Last of Us. Moving right along into the animated movie genre, Santaolalla's newest project, The Book of Life, just hit theaters this weekend.READ MORE

'Fury' Score Composer Steven Price

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 'Fury' Composer Steven Price Talks Scoring Brad Pitt World War II Action Movie & More

Oct 2014 11:15AM EDT

Film and television composer Steven Price last year won the Academy Award for Best Original Score thanks to his tremendous Gravity composition. Relatively new to the game and having mainly worked other odd jobs in the music departments on films, finally reaching one of the top prizes in the field; how does one follow up the prestige? For Price, David Ayer’s World War II drama Fury, starring Brad Pitt, was the next step, with early Oscar speculation already buzzing ahead of the movie’s release date.READ MORE

Eliot Lipp

Eliot Lipp Talks New Album 'Watch The Shadows,' Classical Music, Brooklyn Labels, The Pretty Lights Keepin' It Crew Tour, And More [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 14:40PM EDT

Eliot Lipp, a Brooklyn-based DJ/producer who is on the Pretty Lights Music label, dropped his latest album, Watch The Shadows, today (Oct. 14). With more than a decade making electronic music, this latest effort shows Lipp bringing a more "human" element to his sound while trying out new genres and styles. Music Times chatted with Lipp about the process behind making Watch The Shadows, the role classical music played, the influence Brooklyn has had on his evolving sound, and the story behind the Pretty Lights Keeping It Crew Tour, which features Lipp and labelmates Michal Menert, SuperVision, and Paul Basic collaborating on stage together. Watch The Shadows is available now as a free download and on iTunes.READ MORE


OK Go Bassist Tim Nordwind Talks New Album 'Hungry Ghosts,' Unreleased Music Video, And Running An Independent Label [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 11:31AM EDT

You probably know OK Go as the band from the treadmill video, or the Rube Goldberg machine video, or the anamorphic video. Thanks to the group's tendency to make amazing music videos, they've racked up hundreds of millions of YouTube hits in the past decade. But how do they make sure to give that same attention their actual songs? And what's the trick to surviving on their own independent label? Between touring and promotion for the group's new album — Hungry Ghosts, out today (Oct. 14) — bassist Tim Nordwind took time out to answer those questions and several others.READ MORE


Meiko Returns With Dark, Electro-Tinged Third Album, 'Dear You,' [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 18:04PM EDT

Alt-pop singer-songwriter Meiko returns with her highly anticipated third album, Dear You, tomorrow (Oct. 14) via Fantasy/Concord Records. You may recognize her voice from a variety of TV and film projects including Grey's Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars. Dear You is the follow-up to 2012's The Bright Side, but trades in Meiko's cheerful pop for something darker and electro-tinged. Ahead of its release, we chatted with Meiko about the inspiration behind the album, what she has planned for her tour, defining moments in her career, and which TV show she'd love to feature her music.READ MORE

John Digweed, Nick Muir

John Digweed Talks New Album 'The Traveler,' Working With Author John Twelve Hawks, The Next Generation Of DJs And More [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 09:12AM EDT

John Digweed and his longtime collaborator Nick Muir teamed up with bestselling science fiction author John Twelve Hawks on a new album called The Traveler. The album is named after the first book in Hawks' The Fourth Realm trilogy.READ MORE

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams Discusses New Album 'Tracks Of My Years,' Miley Cyrus And Two Forgotten Decades

Sep 2014 12:01PM EDT

We caught up with the 54-year-old to talk about the new disc, the few things he can still recall from his heyday and Miley Cyrus, among other topics.READ MORE

Harry Gregson-Williams

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 'The Equalizer' Composer Harry Gregson-Williams

Sep 2014 11:24AM EDT

Harry Gregson-Williams is easily one of the most influential and sought after composers for film, TV, and video games. His music is as recognizable as the projects themselves, adding that needed layer of orchestration that helps tell the stories for which he’s composing. His latest project, director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, just hit theaters this week and Harry couldn’t be more excited to have been involved in the thriller.READ MORE

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