Thursday, July 20, 2017

Interview with Alternative Rock Duo: Ruen Brothers

By Contributing Writer and Photographer Jackie Cular

Henry and Rupert Stansall are the Ruen Brothers, the alternative rock duo from England that is about to break through to the mainstream. The pair has already written tunes with The Weeknd, brainstormed with Lana Del Rey, and teamed up with famed producer Rick Rubin. The Ruen Brother recently released a new single, “Genevieve, Come Out Tonight,” which features Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the drums. (Smith played with the duo on this track at Bonnaroo to the surprise of many.) During this Bonnaroo interview, the duo talks about its residency at the McKittrick Hotel in NYC, the art of collaboration, and much more. Follow this band’s trajectory for so much more.

"Genevieve, Come Out Tonight"

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Interview with Amsterdam Band Hitting the Music Festival Across the United States this Summer: Klangstof

By Contributing Writer and Photographer
Jackie Cular

Klangstof is an indie rock four piece from Amsterdam that is making itself known at musical festivals across the US this summer. They have already played Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, and Firefly; they are touring through the US until early July. Members of Klangstof are self-taught musicians who move through multiple instruments through each set. During this Bonnaroo interview, the band chats about what influences them, utilizing technology, and prepping for festival stages.

Interview with Klagstof

"We Are Your Receiver" 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Interview with Indie Rap Artist Jack Harlow

By Contributing Writer and Photographer Jackie Cular

Indie rap artist Jack Harlow is bringing his Louisville, Kentucky swagger to a festival stage near you. After creating major buzz at SXSW in the spring, “Handsome Harlow” landed the Club Stage at Bonnaroo. Prior to his performance he chatted about what inspired his song “Routine,” the role of music streaming sites, and much more.

Interview with Jack Harlow

"Got Me Thinking"

Monday, July 17, 2017

Up Close and Personal with Mariel Loveland of Best Ex

By contributing writer/photographer: Song River

Many times our success is heavily dependent upon our willingness to be brave and take a leap of faith. Never an easy task to step out of our comfort zone and create new patterns. 

So, the new pattern has been put into motion for Mariel Loveland with her new band, new band name, and new sound as it all fits neatly it is befitting to the name 'Best Ex' along with the album title ICE CREAM ANTI-SOCIAL.

Currently out on tour with Promise of Redemption through July, the new fit... fits! Although, one who might have been a fan of the former band Candy Hearts might say they still see the true soulful songwriting heart of their beloved artist Mariel Loveland. And that is certainly okay after all ice cream is best eaten alone and adding a new flavor every now and again makes the process even sweeter.

Song River: Change is a part of living. Can an artist truly be an artist in their soul if they are not challenging themselves to evolve? 

Mariel Loveland: I don't think you necessarily need to change to be an artist, but I do think you need to grow and learn to be a good human. I can't imagine my life without switching up my art, but if some people want to create the same thing over and over again, I get it.

Song River: Would you say the move from pop-punk to more indie-pop was expected by others who know you? Was there an internal or external struggle- or did this go off without a hitch?

Mariel Loveland: It was completely expected by everyone who knows me. They know that's the kind of music I tend to identify more with, even though I really do like playing pop punk. I think I always have some sort of an internal struggle when I want to change anything. I'm not very good with change.

Song River: Were you surprised when you came to this conclusion yourself or was it more of an "it's time to change clothes to my age and maturity?"

Mariel Loveland: I was pretty surprised I actually followed through with it. I'm typically way too afraid to do stuff like that that I think it got to a point where I really, really just couldn't continue as I was going. I reached a breaking point and it was like either quit or reinvent you.

Song River: Moving from one genre to another is good as it shows an artist's diversity, much like David Bowie did all through his career. Not that we are saying Mariel has to live up to those same standards but do you see yourself as more of a progression than a stalwart standing puddle?

Mariel Loveland: I definitely see myself continue to reinvent our sound over and over again. I like so many different kinds of music, I can't see not incorporating all those things or growing with my tastes. 

Song River: You latest EP Ice Cream Anti-Social a bit of a play on words there... talk about the title and the songs you have included on this release.

Mariel Loveland: I really liked the title. It just came to me one day when I was eating ice cream, as I do most days. I spent a whole lot of time alone when I'm at home, and I think the theme fit the songs. 

The songs to me seemed really introspective like I was sitting around watching things happen to myself and others and then writing about it when everything was quiet and settled down. I think the songs are pretty diverse, too and I'm excited to have a record that shows so many parts of myself.


Song River: Where do you sense this gift for creativity came from? Parents? Friends? 

Mariel Loveland: I think it was something I was born with. I've always been the type of person I am, so I guess it's genetics or a higher power or both.

Song River: What do you fancy Mariel when you are developing your song lyrics? Any certain types of bits that have to be in order so that the free flow of thought sails smoothly?

Mariel Loveland: I can't be really sad when I write. I have to be in a pretty okay, relaxed mood. Sometimes things will just come to me, but I know a lot of artists say they write great stuff when they're sad, but for me, it's just a wall where I can't do much of anything, much less create. As long as I'm in an okay mood, if I'm ever stuck, a walk around the block seems to help!

Song River: When you write/sing/perform, who is it for, to begin with (self, a person in particular?) and as it develops does it open itself up to take in multiple parts of inclusion?

Mariel Loveland: I think it's different every time! Sometimes I write a song for myself, sometimes I write for people I think may like it. Sometimes I want to write about a certain event for another person (even though I'd never say that to them out loud). 

Song River: In songwriting for you personally Mariel what has to be found in the lyrics or melody somewhere?

Mariel Loveland: I think lyrics are the most important to me. It has to tell a good story and make me look at things from a different perspective. I like bands who focus on every day, specific stuff in their lyrics vs. generalized things. I like lyrics to paint really great stories which is why I love The Weakerthans and Bright Eyes. Sometimes though, a fun pop song with a good melody does the trick, but I always, always go back to stuff with deep meaning.

Song River: Are you one of those types of songwriters that have a favorite pen/pencil/cell phone/ magic crayon that they have to use?

Mariel Loveland: Nope! I'll write wherever whenever. I usually need to save stuff into my phone though so I don't lose it!

Song River: When you envision the path you are creating, what do you see?

Mariel Loveland: When I write a song, I tend to hear it all at once. Not necessarily the lyrics, but the music. It's like a full picture. Like you opened a door and just walked right into a fully furnished room.

Song River: Your influences are wide and varied- yet they all have compared you from Taylor Swift and her pop to The Lemonheads. You seem to have a punk heart still beating in there, even a Lemonhead t-shirt. If we were allowed a day to spend hanging out what adventures might be included?

Mariel Loveland: I hate to say I'm quite boring. I rarely have adventures. We'd probably spend 2 hours trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix before we choose wrong and have to spend 2 more hours picking out something brand new to watch instead.

Song River: Aside from the music you love and share, what are some of the outside music pleasures you seek out and enjoy?

Mariel Loveland: I like to write. I really like makeup. I love experimenting with new eyeshadow and lip looks. I also feel like I'm one of the few adults still playing Pokemon Go all the time! I can't help it. I just love Pokemon.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Interview with Indie Artist Goody Grace

By Jackie Cular

Goody Grace is an indie artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba who is starting to really cause a scene. The singer-songwriter produces his own work; he’s self-taught. Grace has already collaborated with A$AP Ant, gnash, and The Neighborhood. Somewhere between hip-hop and emo, is Goody Grace.
With the help of indie Svengali, Cisco Adler, Grace is about to break through in a major way.

Grace has brought his acoustic guitar and unique perspective to Bonnaroo and Firefly festivals already this summer; later he will play Lollapalooza. He just started his first headlining tour. During this Bonnaroo interview, Goody Grace talks about how Spotify helped bolster his singles “April” and  “Memories” and how Soundcloud is a great place for his version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.” 

Interview with Goody Grace by Jackie Cular 


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7 Out Now!!!


1. State Champs "Stitchesoriginally performed byShawn Mendes
2. Dance Gavin Dance "That's What I Like"originally performed by Bruno Mars
3. New Years Day "Gangstaoriginally performed by Kehlani
4. The Amity Affliction "Can't Feel My Face"originally performed by The Weeknd
5. Andy Black (feat. Juliet Simms) "When We Were Young" originally performed by Adele
6. Grayscale "Love Yourself" originally performed by Justin Bieber
7. Capsize "Fake Love" originally performed by Drake
8. Boston Manor "Heathens" originally performed by Twenty One Pilots
9. Eat Your Heart Out "Shape Of You" originally performed by Ed Sheeran
10. The Plot In You "Let It Go" originally performed by James Bay
11. Ice Nine Kills "I Don't Wanna Live Forever"originally performed by ZAYN & Taylor Swift
12. Seaway "Closer" originally performed by The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)
13. Too Close To Touch "In The Name Of Love" originally performed by Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha


Interview with Nashville Based Band: COIN

By Jackie Cular

Listen to COIN’s single “Talk too Much” and you will learn how fun and catch this Nashville-based band is. This four piece is making waves after wrapping its How Will You Know if You Never Try Tour for its album of the same name. The honest tunes landed the band a spot at Bonnaroo, Karoondinha (now cancelled), Forecastle, and Music Midtown festivals this summer. During this Bonnaroo interview the gents wax poetic about their hometown, hot chicken, and more.

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Interview with COIN by Jackie Cular

Friday, July 14, 2017

Interview with Synth Pop Group: Great Good Fine Ok

By Contributing Writer and Photographer Jackie Cular

Great Good Fine Ok is a synth-pop group from New York City comprised of members Jon Sandler, Luke Moellman, Carey Clayton, and Danny Wolf. The band excels in reimagining and reworking songs with artists from a variety of genres. GGFO has worked with St. Lucia, Orla Gartland, and a little duo called The Chainsmokers. At Bonnaroo, the band talks about its collaborations, the benefits of music streaming sites, and much more.

Jackie Cular Interviews Great Good Fine Ok

"Before You Exit" 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Neck Deep Release Their Third Track Music Video "Motion Sickness"


 New Song & Music Video for
"Motion Sickness"

Pre-Order The Peace and The Panic,
Due Out August 18th via Hopeless Records Here: 

Third track and music video for Neck Deep's up and coming album: The Peace and The Panic is Due out August 18th on Hopeless Records the fans are screaming READY and let us have it!  
Ben Barlow shares, "Motion Sickness is the song that really bridges the vibe and lyrical message of Life's Not Out To Get You to the new album. It's the song on 'The Peace & The Panic' that shares the most in common with what we've done before, whilst still fitting with the rest of the new material. Like a lot of the new record, it carries a theme of duality; the verses are about confusion and struggle, but the choruses are about not giving up, not letting hard times get the best of you."

Pre-Order The Peace and The Panic TODAY and for more information on Neck Deep visit them at:

Interview with Indie Folk Rock Band: Mt. Joy

By Contributing Writer and Photographer Jackie Cular

Mt. Joy is a five-piece indie folk rock band comprised of members Matt Quinn, Sam Cooper, Michael Byrnes, Sotiris Eliopoulos, and Terrance Mack. Put Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Greatful Dead, and My Morning Jacket in blender, and you’ll be close to the quintet’s sound. During this Bonnaroo interview, the band talked about what influences its sound, success in 2017, music technology, and more.

Interview with Mt. Joy


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Concert Review: The Wrecks, Waterparks, SWMRS, and All Time Low

By Contributing Writer: Olivia Henderson
Marquee Theater Tempe, Az.

With the combination of dancing pink and blue lights, overwhelming images and videos in the background, plus the high anticipation as everyone in the crowd pressed themselves against one another in chant for their favourite artists, it was without a doubt that the Baltimore-based pop-punk band, All Time Low, were delivering something special this night.

After 14 years of quotable lyrics, bathroom humour laughs, and emotional instrumental structures, All Time Low have made the name. With six studio albums, a few EPs and live albums behind them, the four piece released their seventh studio album this past June, titled: Last Young Renegade. Henceforth came the Last Young Renegade Tour.

It’s July 3rd down in Tempe, Arizona; a hot, slightly humid Monday night over at the Marquee Theatre. Outside, the line goes all the way down to the lake, but comes back up to wrap around the block. From boy to girl, from pre-teen to teenager to adult, this venue is filled in no time from the floor, up to the balcony above.

Within the hour, the lights go out and the audience is greeted by the first opener: The Wrecks. For only having three songs available, these five LA residents presented themselves as if they were born to have taken the stage. Even for those in the audience who had never heard of them, The Wrecks had come to wreck the crowd. And they did just so.

Next in the lineup, was the Houston boys, Waterparks. These three have certainly made a name for themselves within the past year, and do they ever know how to have fun while taking the stage. Fans of the danceable band were certainly in the crowd as lyrics were shouted back to the trio when given the opportunity to sing them out loud by themselves. In seemingly classic Waterparks fashion, the band bid adieu with a quick announcement to meet them back at their merch table for more.

Thirdly, SWMRS (formerly known as Emily’s Army) took the stage. They are an interesting mix when given the first impression. Lead frontman, Max Becker, personifies the old days of punk in his presence with frantic motions on stage. It was all in the delivery though, it fit, felt right and it captured attention. With unapologetic punk-savvy lyrics, again, these Oakland, CA blokes made an interesting first impression. And yet, it left the room hanging on to them, wondering what move the band might make next. This is a band to watch for more from.

It’s 8:59 PM. Phones are out in preparation to capture the first moment. Long hair is pulled up with hair ties to keep cool and out of the way. Last minute waters are bought. The crowd is anxious. After what seems to be the longest minute in concert history, they’re on. Everyone jumps and presses ‘record’ as All Time Low begins their set with the self-titled track, Last Young Renegade, off the latest album. Every fan is eating up everything; every guitar strum, every bass note, every snare hit, every lyric. It was like watching the fans re-discover the band for the first time all over again.

As every artist does try, All Time Low did not fail with their setlist. The band “Let It [Rolled]” with classics such as “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t),” “Backseat Serenade” and “Guts.” After the first third of the set, another newer track came to play: “Dirty Laundry.” It was interesting to watch the switch between fast, pop punk from the previous song to this one as this single is more electronic based. Yet, something about its live performance was very calming to experience. The lights had set the mood, plus a little humour was added in with the title and bras hanging from lead guitarist, Jack Barakat’s mic stand.

They’re halfway through the set when frontman and rhythm guitarist, Alex Gaskarth, makes an announcement for the following song. “Before we start this song, I want all of you to turn to the person next to you and get on their shoulders!” With a few sparing moments to let people adjust and get situated, the beginning chords of “Something’s Gotta Give” began. After the beautiful insanity, All Time Low gave the crowd and - just as sure - themselves a breather with the sentimental track, “Therapy.” For about four minutes, it was just Gaskarth, his acoustic guitar and the crowd. Yet, it felt like every fan in the room was sharing a one-on-one with Gaskarth; a true moment to be remembered.

The next few songs got the audience moving again as “Weightless,” “Life Of The Party,” and “Lost In Stereo” tore through the roof of the venue with every single body singing along. But just when the night could not feel any more exhilarating, Gaskarth implored the crowd once again. “Yeah! You and her! Come on up here!” Soon the venue was filled with an adoring “aw” as a little girl of about five years old with her mother came up on stage to join the band. Soon, Barakat and Gaskarth were pulling fans from the left, the right and everywhere in between to come up to join them. “Now,” Gaskarth began to explain the plan. “All of you out in the audience know how to show us, the band, a good time. But now, now I want you to show each other as a family, how we all can have a good time together!” With that, the track “Time Bomb” started and well, it was almost as if a time bomb had gone off in the venue. No foot stood still on the ground. Every fist and hand were held up high in the air. Tonight, this was everyone’s anthem.

Unfortunately, all “Good Times” must come to an end. Regretfully, the band said their goodbyes to the crowd, thanking the room for their time, dedication, and support. “For without you, none of us - Rian, Zack, Jack, and I - would be here with you today,” Gaskarth opened up. The fans raised their hands in applause, most of them shouting their own thank you’s back as this band has delivered like no other. After 20 songs, the band plugged in for the finale, “Dear Maria, Count Me In.”

It is not often that a band will make you feel that rush in your veins. It takes a special group of musicians to conduct such a feeling, especially for 14 years or longer. Here at BANGS! Entertainment, we thank All Time Low for providing us with that special feeling for a night. We hope to see you again soon. In the meantime, “[we] won’t forget the good times…

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