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Red Hook Music Festival 2012

Redhook Fest is quite possibly the best small, one-day festival ever imagined. How I missed this treat for ten years is beyond me. It takes place a mere half-hour from my home, outdoors, and on the grounds of the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH...
South By Southwest 2012

Hybrid Magazine's own David DeVoe returns to Austin, Texas for yet another round of the internationally reknowned South By Southwest Music, Film, and Interactive Conference and Festival. For more information on the festival, its occupants, etc visit www.sxsw.com. For David's experiences, read on...
Our Favorite Records of 2011

The ubiquitous year-end list... the inevitable bane of music writers and journalists everywhere, as well as the readers of blogs and newspapers and everything else under the sun. Everyone loves to disagree and discuss throughout the coming months. So, here are our lists. We'd love to know what you think...
AWOLNATION

Aaron Bruno can normally be found behind a mic and immersed in a crowd of faithful followers. But for this summer afternoon the lead singer and creator of Awolnation can be found on a tour bus, graciously opening a few windows into the genius that is his music. The tour circuit can be a long and grueling time, however you...
KANROCKSAS

What happens when you stick rock in the middle of Kansas? Well if it's in the middle of the word you get Kanrocksas and if it's in the middle of the city you get 2 days packed with more music than KC has ever seen. 2011 marked the debut of this newbie festival and for its first year, Kanrocksas decided to give birth to a whole new experience...
WARPED TOUR 2011

For 2011, the Vans Warped Tour brought together a mixture of youngsters and veterans. In its 16th year, it felt as though the booking agents rolled the dice with the line-up because none of it really made sense. In the end though, the day had some great acts...
Eddie Spaghetti - Interview

While on tour to promote his new record, Sundowner, Eddie Spaghetti, erstwhile frontman of the Supersuckers, walks around a small Denver bar waiting for his sound check to start. Looking exactly how you would expect - dark sunglasses, cowboy hat, and leather jacket - Eddie finds a stop in the warm sun and takes a drink...
South By Southwest Music Festival 2011

March is here again… so soon? It doesn't seem like it's already been a year since my last pilgrimage to the heartland of American rock and roll culture and the biggest, scariest, freakiest music festival in the country. This year South By Southwest brought with it the promise of warm, dry weather and new barbecue joints… both...
Murder By Death - Interview with Adam Turla

Murder By Death is a group not easily defined by current labels. For over 10 years, many have tried to label the band hailing from Indiana. Comprised of singer Adam Turla, bassist Matt Armstrong, cellist Sarah Balliet and drummer Dagan Thogerson, Murder By Death has tried to side step convoluted genres and sub-genres...
Our Favorite Records 2010

The ubiquitous year-end list... the inevitable bane of music writers and journalists everywhere. Everyone loves to disagree and discuss throughout the coming year. So, here are our lists. We'd love to know what you think...
CIRCA SURVIVE - interview with Anthony Green

A father, a successful musician and a respected member of the music industry. One would think these adjectives would describe someone clocking in at an age of about 35-40 years old. But this time the words fall on a young man at the strapping age of 28. That name, Anthony Green. His role with Circa Survive has taken him to whole...
TERRIBLE THINGS - Interview With fred Mascherino

Halloween Eve in a city like Kansas City normally means you're surrounded by ghouls, goblins, an assortment of Tom Cruise look-a-likes and if it's this year - various Jersey Shore characters. However for this Eve, the small wood-lined venue (found slightly off the beaten path) has one surrounded by kids closer to mid-twenties, sans...
Garagefest 2010

I had timed my arrival in Lawrence, Kansas, perfectly. The first show of Scion Garagefest 2010 would not begin for another hour and a half, so there was ample opportunity for my customary visit to Lovegarden Sounds to pick up some vinyl and to stop by Rudy's Pizzeria for a nice, cold beverage. From my seat at Rudy's I could see the would-be...
LIFE IS GOOD FESTIVAL

Before I even get to the music, let me state that I can't say enough good things about the Life Is Good Festival. The 2-day event was ostensibly a fund raiser for the Life Is Good Foundation which provides a host of services to underprivileged kids. Add to the good...
AIRBOURNE

A can of beer has no idea of its fate when it's placed on stage with Australian rockers Airbourne. Approximately 10 minutes into their set and the alcoholic beverage is beaten against lead singer Joel O'Keeffe's head, showering the already rank-smelling audience...
MILE HIGH MUSIC FESTIVAL

As I stepped into the Mile High Music Fest at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on a warm Saturday afternoon, I was feeling a bit apprehensive. See, I had gone the first year it was held, and it was unbearably hot, unbearably expensive, and there weren't nearly enough water...
THE POSTELLES

On October 12, 2010, The Postelles' self-titled debut will be released on EMI/Astralwerks records. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with front man Daniel Balk and bassist John Speyer before their gig with Interpol at the House of Blues in Boston. Our conversation varied...
PHOENIX

What happens when you throw out all convention and ambition for an album? Well, if you're Phoenix you get Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, an album that has been nominated for a Grammy, gathered enough fans to sell out shows all over the U.S. and abroad, and receiving multiple festival invitations. Was there an unfair advantage for...
CIVIL TWILIGHT

Exactly one year ago this month, I had the amazing opportunity to write about an album that surpasses many others out there. It was that album that snagged me [as a writer] my first fan mail. So naturally I hold a soft place in my heart for the band that not only made me realize some of my talent, but produces truly inspirational...
APRIL SMITH

The friendliness in singer-songwriter April Smith's smile has a girl-next-door quality, and yet, the vampiness in her stage persona and the sultry caress in her vocal cuts project a siren's lure. Teaming up with four musicians whom she affectionately christened The Great Picture Show, Smith concocted a good-time traveling...
PAPER ROUTE

There are bands that, from the first listen, feel as though they were cut from a record label-created mold. There are also bands that aside from their talent, can't ever seem to find their place within the scene. Then there are those few that no matter how hard someone tries, they can't pin a label on them; there's no genre that completely...
2009 Van's Warped Tour

15 years old by definition means that you just got your braces off, you're learning how to drive and you are probably gearing up for that first kiss. But if you're Warped Tour you're making out with the quarterback, you've bought a Harley and you're modeling on the weekends...
THE QUEEN KILLING KINGS- Interview with Coley O'Toole

The ingenuity that rock bands have to come up with new names seems to spring eternal like a well that has no bottom. Some of the most unusual band names are the ones that people remember the best, like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Def...
JACK'S MANNEQUIN - Interview with Andrew McMahon

A musician, is he the maker of music or the creator? Do the titles: "musician" and "composer" ever coincide? And with the horrible times our country is in right now, are we looking to music as an escape? These were just a few of the topics I chatted over...
HA HA TONKA - Interview with Lennon Bone

Missouri’s Southern Rock revivalists Ha Ha Tonka’s first release on Bloodshot Records, 2007’s Buckle In The Bible Belt, gave one the distinct feeling that the group is more than simply a Southern rock flavored band with an unusual name. This year’s Novel Sounds Of The Nouveau South proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are...
CHUCK MEAD - The Journeyman Comes Home
“Lawrence, Kansas is the center of the universe!” former BR549 front man and Lawrence, Kansas local boy Chuck Mead told a crowd of friends, relatives and fans at a packed (and sweltering) Bottleneck on May 23. When I talked with Chuck a couple weeks before the show...
THRICE - interview with Dustin Kensrue
First there was two, then there was four, and promptly followed a tour. Ok, I didn't mean to rhyme, really. More I was pointing out that, finally, after nearly a year between releases we have the complete Alchemy Index available for enjoyment. Thrice knew...
AGNOSTIC FRONT - interview
It's been a while since I've seen Agnostic Front. In fact, it has been so long that I can't even remember when exactly it was. So needless to say, I was quite excited to see that they were doing a West Coast tour with First Blood and playing in Denver on December 18...
hybrid writers' FAVORITE RECORDS of 2008
Hybrid magazine music writers make their picks for the best records of 2008... dig it!.
HYMNS
Amidst the splendor and darkness of the House of Blues in Dallas, before the whispering, elegant twists of painted blue flower-covered vines adorning the walls, in the middle of a concert and the middle of a song, Brian Harding looked at his audience, walked away...
LOCKSLEY
A single high-pitched modulation of feedback and wavering guitar lingered in the air of Emo's Lounge in Austin as the face of 24-year-old Jesse Laz, lead singer of the British invasion-style pop rock quartet Locksley, dripped with sweat and hung limply in profile, his...
STEVE WYNN interview
Over his almost 30-year career in music, first with The Dream Syndicate and then solo, Steve Wynn has become one of our great singer/songwriters. With his cinematic lyrics - often dealing with ordinary people struggling with their dark sides - and uncanny...
WAKARUSA 2008
Woodstock it is not, more like the little adopted brother that followed Woodstock around while it was getting big and thought "some day that will be me!" The Wakarusa Music Festival (a.k.a Waka or Wak-Fest for short) is that little brother; the five-year old little...
THE SWIMS
As you may or may not know, Scranton, PA, is home to a great many original bands, including The Sw!ms, a pop band whose live show has to be seen to be believed. We spoke with Sw!ms frontman Brian Langan about what the future holds for his band...
FOLKLORE
Currently based in Athens, GA, guitarist Jimmy Hughes is involved with a lot of bands, including a hip-hop group and seminal indie pop band Elf Power. Most recently, he has been the mastermind behind Folklore, a musical project that has allowed...
MADELINE ADAMS
Though only 23 years old, Madeline Adams is already a prolific songwriter. She began singing in Athens, GA, at the age of 15, a fact that tells a whole story by itself, and she has already released two solo albums, with another due out in January. With comparisons...
BARTON CARROLL
Growing up among the mountains of Appalachia almost always etches itself indelibly into one's character. There is a certain nature to those hills that grows inside the people who dwell there, marking them with a strength and power that belies mere geography. The music...
Our Favorite Records of 2007
The ubiquitous top ten - end of the year - favorite records lists. We've got them, just like the other guys. Ours may or may not be better. Check it out and see what you might have missed this year! You might agree with our writers, you might disagree. Aren't opinions fun?...
INGRID MICHAELSON
Don't let Ingrid Michaelson's résumé fool you. Yes, she's had several songs featured in the blockbuster ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. Yes, one of those songs - the concise pop gem "The Way I Am" - was recently spotlighted in an ad for Old Navy sweaters...
MAE
Passion is something that everyone needs in life. Whether it's for a person, a hobby, or even a job, passion is a necessity. In my line of work that passion generally lies in music, the writing of it, the performing it and the learning of it. Each band...
CHIODOS
I only listen to the quality underground bands. A common sentence uttered by the youth of today. It's the need to not conform to the masses who listen to whatever the radio tells us is good that week. However, with radio gradually slipping down to what may be its...
PROJEKT REVOLUTION 2007
In this industry sometimes the music doesn't always come to you, you have to go to it. In my case, the music came to Chicago (and not KC), so I went. The music that I'm referring to, of course, being the infamous Projekt Revolution. Now celebrating it's 5th anniversary...
THE USED
A mere four days after the KC Warped Tour stop, I barely had enough time to recuperate before another festival was to hit the streets of our fair city. This one was slightly smaller (thank God) and on a day much cooler. Buzz Beach Ball is a locally run music festival hosted by the...
WARPED TOUR 2007
13 is easily one of the most superstitious numbers out there. It could be considered good... Say, to bet on in gambling. And it could be considered bad... Like Friday the 13th. Well as far as Warped Tour is concerned the number 13 is Lucky. For "Lucky 13" good fortune came in so many ways: luck that the tour lasted 13 years...
LOLLAPALOOZA 2007
Last Sunday, as dusk settled over a tightly-packed crowd of music fans in Chicago's picturesque Grant Park, one of the most revered live acts of our generation bid farewell to one of live music's most storied festivals. Lollapalooza, the brainchild of Perry Farrell)...
KELLIE STROUD : Making Her Mark On Modern Country
Modern country female artists are on an up-swing once again with recording artists like Gretchen Wilson, Ashley Monroe, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood making an impression from Nashville to across the Pacific Ocean into Australia and back around to the...
MADINA LAKE
What do the tv show Fear Factor and Roadrunner Records have in common? Well they both took a chance on two brothers from Chicago. Granted, the stunts they had to do in Fear Factor aren't quite the same as their day-to-day life on tour, but it still played an important part...
LOVE ARCADE - interview with Thomas Amason
That old cliché "You can't always believe everything you read" is especially true when it comes to the pop/rock band Love Arcade. The press leads the public to believe that the quintet, fronted by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Christian Snowhite, puts on a...
MARISA YEAMAN
After playing several European music festivals in 2006 including one in The Hague, Australian singer, songwriter, and musician Marisa Yeaman has become recognized as a contemporary blues-roots artist. Her debut album Pure Motive launched her solo career and has been embraced by country folk music communities...
ANBERLIN interview
One year ago, almost to the day, I was sitting in my car outside the Granada Theater, trying desperately to get over my nervousness. It was my first interview ever for Hybrid Magazine and it was with Stephen Christian, the lead singer of Anberlin. Well, this year I got the chance to sit down with Stephen again. This time a little less...
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST 2007
Well, once again Hybrid staffers have saddled up an headed back down to Austin, Texas for the one and only South By Southwest music, film, and interactive conference. We've taken notes and we're presenting them here for the entertainment and (mis)education of all of our readers...
RICHARD SWIFT interview
Comparable to such artists as Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Richard Swift won much critical acclaim and a growing fan base with the albums The Novelist and Walking Without Effort. Both albums were re-released in one set by...
OUR FAVORITE RECORDS 2006 - Hybrid writer's picks
It's that time again, folks! The following are our lists of favorite records for 2006. We know some of you will disagree, and some of you will hopefully discover new treasures you'd never heard of until now. Either way, we wish you all a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year... by the Roman calendar, that is...
THE CLASSIC CRIME
"So flippin' excited", I believe were the exact words I used when I found out that The Classic Crime was coming back to Kansas. I first saw these guys when they were on the Tooth and Nail Tour last spring. Traveling with groups like: Anberlin, Emery, The Fold, Far-less...
EMERY
On an abnormally warm November night, I'm sitting Indian-style on the floor backstage of The Uptown Theatre, surrounded by concert equipment. A couple of tour personnel are lounging at the tables near me and the drummer of one of the other bands is practicing on...
STEWART COPELAND (The Police)
Not many opportunities come along in this gig to have a conversation with the superstars of my youth, so when the invitation went out to interview The Police's legendary drummer, Stewart Copeland, schedules were re-routed, work was flexed and arrangements...
MATT PRYOR - The New Amsterdams
To have the opportunity to sit down with an artist one-on-one when they come to your hometown is such an experience. But what's even better is when that artist calls it home, too. This week I had the opportunity to sit down with one of the most influential, big time...
MAE
It's Sunday night of Labor Day weekend, you've seen the relatives, you've caught up with the friends, and you've even gotten your fill of bbq. All that's left is a day to sleep in and relax. Or so you thought. Cleverly hidden in-between family gatherings and the marathon...
BUZZ BEACHBALL 2
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Or rather, monkeys and eagles and dinosaurs? The hot Kansas sun can bring out all kinds of crazy animals. But, when you combine 100 degrees, 90% humidity and a day-long music festival, the species that emerge are like nothing...
WARPED TOUR 2006
51 bands, 60 cities, 64 days, 8 stages, loads of sponsors and thousands in attendance. The Vans Warped Tour is a marathon tour to say the least, there's no sprinting allowed. It's been 12 years since its conception and the Tour is still going strong...
COACHELLA 2006
OK, so that said, my friend and I had decided this was the year for us to start going to Coachella. Two days of music in the California sunshine was going to be just the antidote to the long winter. We had grandiose plans that we would camp at the festival and really get...
ROB DICKINSON
South By Southwest is always a good time to try to catch up with some artists that have been a bit absent from the scene for a few years. This year was no exception, as David DeVoe got the chance to meet up with Rob Dickinson, erstwhile singer/guitarist for brilliant...
HIDDEN CAMERAS
It's hard to stand out at SXSW, but doing things his own way comes naturally to Hidden Cameras frontman Joel Gibb, and it pays off. In a room full of wannabe rockstars, hipster kids and industry suits, the Cameras were instantly recognizable. Not that they were wearing...
MIKE DOUGHTY
The one thing that stood out most about '90s cult favorites Soul Coughing was their unwavering drive to be unclassifiable. Their sound was a cool sonic platypus, plastered and confused on absinthe, a mixture of hipster spoken word lyrics, catchy hipster...
BURNSIDE PROJECT
There's a fine line between a rock band who adds electronic elements to beef up their music (i.e. Kaiser Chiefs) and an electronic band that adds rock elements to make their music more interesting (i.e. Interpol). NYC's Burnside Project is a rare breed, in...
NIGHTMARE OF YOU
Culling its name from a line from a Cure song, the moniker Nightmare of You isn't the only thing that skips along the angst-ridden path that Robert Smith, Roddy Frame and Morrissey blazed. Musically, they could easily be musically grouped with...
Going Underground: Interview with Nathan Johnson
Imagine this: a film composer, a classically-trained piano instructor, a log-cabin builder, a high-school student, a dancer, a grade-school teacher, an actor, an architect, a struggling novelist, an illustrator and a landscape gardener all move together under one Boston roof...
FAVORITE RECORDS OF 2005
Well, another year has come and gone and like all music critics around the globe, the illustrious few at Hybrid Magazine have made their yearly lists of favorite albums that were released in 2005 (or thereabouts). So grab a cup of joe, kick back in the...
The Frames: interview with Glen Hansard
It's been a bit more than a year since Hybrid Magazine last caught up with Glen Hansard from Irish musical dignitaries The Frames and sat down for a cup of tea (or in this case, coffee). Way back in September, the band had begun its North American tour for fall ...
Bauhaus: What hath Goth wrought?
Murphy and Ash are legendary extremes of misunderstood artists, bringing enigmatic drama to the Bauhaus bio. Historically, it's fallen on the brothers Haskins to act as voices of reason, peacemakers and counselors. David J bridges the gap, and discusses...
EMBRACE: Interview With Danny McNamara
By now, we hope that you've heard the message: Embrace is once again on American shores. This time, not only on CD, but also in person. The gentlemanly Danny McNamara took a few minutes to sit down with David DeVoe and chat about the tour, the new record, the expectations of American audiences and the greatness....
"Teenage Dreams So Hard To Beat" - a tribute to JOHN PEEL
It was the most tragic news received by the music industry for a long time. Legendary broadcaster John Peel died of a sudden heart attack while on a working holiday in Peru, a destination he had always wanted to visit. John was 65, although in his heart he was still the eternal teenager...
Dale Watson - Real Country
Dale Watson is unknown by many people who listen to country music. And to others, he is one of the very few remaining country artists that actually embody the soul of the music and where it comes from. David DeVoe had the chance to sit down for a spaghetti dinner with Dale and his band, The Lonestars, in a noisy little restaurant...
COWBOY JUNKIES
Although the sound of their debut recording, Whites Off Earth Now, had little resemblance to the band's namesake, by the time The Trinity Sessions was released, the Cowboy Junkies found an instantly recognizable groove to call their own. With a mix of traditional country, blues, and folk, surrounded by a languid-heroin chic' timbre...
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