Artist Interviews

Formed in 2009 in Houston, Killing Clover gives us a sound reminiscent of Bad Religion, The Misfits and a little of The Ramones. Forming in 2009 in Houston, the band  plays gigs at Warehouse Live  and will soon be competing in the Battle of the Bands at Fitzgerald’s on Sept. 4.

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Many thought Richard Patrick was crazy for leaving Nine Inch Nails in 1993, but after millions of fans heard the first album from his band Filter, they applauded him.Filter graced the music world with five studio albums with popular tunes such as “The Best Things,” “Welcome to the Fold,” “Dose,” “Where Do We Go from Here?” and, of course, “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture.”

 

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There’s been a plethora of white rappers such as Eminem, 3rd Bass, Beastie Boys, Bubba Sparxx, House of Pain, Insane Clown Posse, Kottonmouth Kings, Paul Wall, Rehab and Vanilla Ice, just to name a few. Each has had their own niche whether it was rapping clowns, dancing or straight up lyric-slinger. But none are Mickey Avalon.

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The music industry is one of constant change. One thing is for certain though — Papa Roach is a mainstay in the rock world.

The rockers from Sacramento celebrated 10 years of greatness last September with the release Time for Annihilation, which is a 14-track disc with five new songs and nine live recordings of some of their best hits like “Getting Away with Murder,” “...To Be Loved,” “Lifeline,” “Scars” and “Last Resort.”

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Metal band Kylesa, pronounced Ky-less-ah, will be one of over 100 artists performing at the two-day Summer Fest 3 at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston. Watch the band on the Budweiser Stage on June 5 at 2:20 p.m.

The five-piece band from Savannah, Ga., formed in 2001 and have released five studio albums including their latest, Spiral Shadow. The record has received high praises from Metacritic.com giving it the highest rated metal album of 2010.

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Not many know, but Joe Nichols had a very tough decision to make as a teenager in high school — continue to play baseball and become the best baseball player he could be or go down the path of music. Apparently, it was the right one.

Born and raised in Rogers, Ark., Nichols, now 34, signed his first independent record contract at 20, but after several years of hard work, Nichols upgraded his status by signing with Universal Records, now Show Dog-Universal Music, and releasing Man with a Memory in 2002.

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West Coast rockers Lit are back and seem to be better than ever. The band that brought our ears the giant hits “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Miserable” are in the midst of releasing a new material for the first time in more than seven years.

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It’s been seven long years since punk legends Social Distortion have put out a new record, and according to sales and popularity, the SoCal veterans remain strong as ever.The new album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes on Epitaph Records was released in January and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts, which gave the group their first-ever Top 10 album.

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Classic rock icon Kansas will take the stage at Nutty Jerry’s in Winnie on Friday, April 22 with doors opening at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $33 and can be purchased online at nuttyjerrys.com, charge by phone at (877) 643-7508 or at the facility.

Three of the original members still remain with the group including Phil Ehart (drums), Steve Walsh (vocals, keyboard) and Rich Williams (lead guitar) and other members include Billy Greer (bass), who joined Kansas in 1986, and David Ragsdale (violin).

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If you’ve never heard nor seen Sevendust, then you don’t know rock music. The five-piece band from Atlanta has been throwing down since their self-titled first release in 1997.

While bands struggle to continue to keep their heads above water, it’s the polar opposite with this band. It may be cliché to compare Sevendust to an aged fine wine, but it seems this band continues to get stronger and gain more popularity with age (if they weren’t good and popular already).

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