Doyle on the Misfits: "I'm in for a Reunion. You've Got My Vote!"

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Tim Tronckoe

If T-shirts sold are any indication, the Misfits truly no longer require any introduction. However, the band -- which is still active as an incarnation led by bassist Jerry Only -- has a very specific timeline of relevant records, and the potent mix of dense churning guitars, pummeling drums, melodic whoa-whoa-whoas, and fantastic sci-fi/horror themes found on those early albums have informed the direction of countless bands since. Without the Misfits' flare for cinematically themed punk and aesthetic, punk and metal would be a far less fun place today.

While we have our doubts that we'll ever see a proper early lineup reunion, thanks to the lawsuits and other such behavior odd for working class punks from the 'burbs of Jersey, Glenn Danzig has been touring with original Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (also known as Paul Caiafa, and brother of Jerry Only [born Gerald Caiafa]). The tour includes a set of Misfits classics performed by the pair.

We spoke with Doyle, who recently released a solo album entitled Abominator, about his history with the Misfits, lawsuits in punk rock, and hot sauce.

See also: Misfits' Jerry Only on Reuniting with Glenn Danzig: "Nothing Is Out of the Realm of Possibility"

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Weezer Cruise 2014 Will Include Cat Power, Toro Y Moi, and Others

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We at County Grind are regulars on the old music cruise scene. We sailed the high seas on S.S. Coachella's maiden voyage, we got krazy with Gene Simmons on the Kiss Kruise, rocked and "rolled" with the wildest ravers on the Holy Ships, and got tore up on the Bruise Cruise -- two years in a row!

Now it's unlikely that we'll be joining good ol' Rivers Cuomo and the boys on their third ever Weezer Cruise, but we definitely are all up in the 2014 lineup. Keep clicking.

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- Weezer's Patrick Wilson on Dubstep: "It Seems Like Aggressive Computer Rock"
- Rivers Cuomo and Scott Murphy's Album Sung in Japanese: Does It Work?

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Drew Holcomb Sets Sail on the Rock Boat with His Neighbors and Goes on the Road with His Newborn

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Good Light, the latest album from Nashville's Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors (out on February 26th), is drenched in the sort of Southern comfort that will make you laugh, smile, nod your head and raise your beer in appreciation for every nugget of truth that slips out of the singer's mouth.

More mature than his previous releases, Good Light's songs come from Holcomb's need to be honest with himself and his fans and have no regrets about who he is and where he is going. That's a pretty good perspective to have for a new father, especially since he and his wife, singer Ellie, will be bringing their newborn daughter with them on their upcoming tour. That should make for some unusual tour stories. The bans whose songs you might have heard on Nashville, How I Met Your Mother, or Oprah is setting sail on the Rock Boat XIII this weekend, and we caught up with Holcomb to chat before the ship leaves port.

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Best and Worst of the S.S. Coachella

Ian Witlen
The S.S. Coachella returned safely Wednesday morning after a relatively wobbly night's sail across the Caribbean Sea. The voyage was a success. The boat didn't sink, and constant forced Purell-ing kept us all from contracting tropical illnesses or just the flu from our diseased shipmates.

Three days, 400 meals, 30 cocktails, 15 clothing changes, and probably like 50 concerts later, arriving back on U.S. soil was a relief but also left us wanting more. Meals, that is. Oh, and concerts.

After a day of reflection, it's clear that there were absolutely awesome things about the trip and some other things that were not so great. Here's the best and worst of the S.S. Coachella.

See also
- Top Ten Finest Fashion Moments on the S.S. Coachella
- S.S. Coachella: Stalking Pulp's Jarvis Cocker
- S.S. Coachella Cruise, Day One: Father John Misty, Yeasayer, !!!, Pulp
- S.S. Coachella: Getting Our Nails Done with Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss

- S.S. Coachella: Drinking Wine With James Murphy in the Ocean

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S.S. Coachella: Drinking Wine With James Murphy in the Ocean (Photos)

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Ian Witlen
Old punk guys and fancy wines, two things that make sense together only now, mere days before the end of the world.

Nothing is more a "sign of the times" than James Murphy and Justin Chearno hosting a winetasting in the middle of the ocean for a handful of people both able and willing to ride the S.S. Coachella. It has all the elements of things we want as a culture: exclusivity, intimacy, rock stars, and, of course, booze. The two-evening Real Wine talk really captured the oddity of the experience, in a more wholesome way than two people discreetly doing it in the Sky Lounge to a live soundtrack of Cloud Nothings.

See also
-S.S. Coachella: Stalking Pulp's Jarvis Cocker
-S.S. Coachella Cruise, Day One: Father John Misty, Yeasayer, !!!, Pulp
- S.S. Coachella: Getting Our Nails Done with Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss

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S.S. Coachella: 10 Things You Must Bring on the Cruise

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Do you think it'll be corny to yell out, "ahoy matey" at everyone I meet once aboard the S.S. Coachella? No, right? It's totally cool. Coachella cool. 

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This Sunday evening, the cruise ship filled with musical acts fit for the classic desert Coachella stage, like Pulp and Hot Chip, sets sail from Port Everglades. And I'm gonna be on that ship. It's never too late for a first time cruise, and this will be mine. I put together this list of stuff I think'll come in handy on the high seas, but I'm totally open to suggestions and criticisms in the comments. Like maybe I should say "aaarrghhhh" instead of "ahoy?" Click on for some other great S.S. Coachella ideas and what to bring on this maiden voyage. 

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P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval Talks ShipRocked, on Korn and Godsmack: "We're All Friends"

Categories: Cruising, Q&A
Who says rap and rock don't work well together? Well, when it's Lil Wayne bridging the two genres, things get questionable, but P.O.D., or Payable on Death, as the band is also known, has the whole formula worked out very nicely. 

Just a few months back, the band put out its eighth studio release, Murdered Love, after a short hiatus from the industry. The album has been well-received by mainstream audiences and even hit number one on Christian rock charts. Sonny Sandoval, lead singer of the nü-metal act, who's easy with a laugh,  spoke with us about the band's new fan-designed logo, keeping it real as a Christian in rock, and the upcoming cruise leaving from Fort Lauderdale, ShipRocked. 

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Coachella Cruises Leave From Fort Lauderdale for Musical Voyages at Sea

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No more of this desert shit! We're going on a cruise!
Watching all the bands you ever dreamed of seeing from your dry, dusty, sweat-splattered tent in the high desert is just so earlier this year. According to the New York Times, the massive music festival Coachella has announced plans to launch two cruises from Fort Lauderdale this winter.

There will be a three-day cruise leaving for the Bahamas on December 16 and a four-day voyage setting sail on December 19 to Jamaica. Miami New Times first reported on the S.S. Coachella, and word from the NY Times is that acts including Pulp, Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem will be providing onboard entertainment, as will Sleigh Bells and Black Lips, among others (see after the jump).

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ShipRocked Announced High Seas Lineup: Godsmack, P.O.D., and Filter

Categories: Cruising
Let's get down to it. The music cruise concert ShipRocked is bringing a fully rock-heavy, headbanging lineup to the tropics this November.

The four-day voyage sets sail from Fort Lauderdale on November 27 and will feature Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Lit, Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses), and In This Moment. They're calling it the "ultimate" of the rock cruises. Suppose it remains to be seen if this fourth-annual high-seas rock fest will be the ultimate one of its sort.

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Bruise Cruise Organizers Michelle Cable and Jonas Stein Prep for Dance Parties and Preshows

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Ian Witlen
Jonas Stein on the mic with Turbo Fruits playing last year's preshow at Grand Central.
Bruise Cruise organizers Michelle Cable and Turbo Fruits' Jonas Stein suggest bringing a few essentials on the boat this year. 1. a Speedo, 2. sunglasses, 3. a fanny pack ("Even though it sounds unhip, it was actually our saving grace," Cable advises.), 4. vitamins, 5. formal wear, and 6. An open mind.

"You've got to be down for anything," she said. "People just got cheesy and let their guilty pleasures come out. Dancing to Top 40 hits, letting their hair down, and not caring about how they look in their bathing suit anymore." That's right, even grungy rock guys will feel comfortable in their banana hammocks.

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