The Devil Makes Three: Making Music From Vermont to Santa Cruz Sans Drummer

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Piper Ferguson

If you'd like a trip to the past, Friday night at Culture Room might be the right setting for you. There, Santa Cruz band the Devil Makes Three will take the audience down a musical wormhole to mountain honky-tonks and country juke joints of yesteryear.

Like its name implies, the group is a trio that includes singer/guitarist Pete Bernhard, guitarist Cooper McBean, and upright bassist Lucia Turino. New Times exchanged correspondence with the succinct Bernhard to learn about the band's origins, influences, and the uniqueness of making music without drums.

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Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull: "I Planned on Being in This Band Forever When I Started It"

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Andrew Thomas Lee

Four years, three albums, and a good thousand shows later, Georgia's most roarsome quintet, Manchester Orchestra, returns to our neck of the hoods after last playing Revolution Live in 2010. But whereas it once performed back-to-back opening slots at that venue, supporting the likes of Silversun Pickups, this time, the band is heading out under the swampy stars that shine on Cruzan Amphitheatre. The occasion? The second-annual Coral Skies Music Festival, a one-state, two-date collision of crafted beer, trucked food, outsider art, and the very best indie rock has to offer today.

In addition to Manchester Orchestra, this year's edition of Coral Skies features Cage the Elephant, Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, Tokyo Police Club, and the Hold Steady. But it is M.O. that concerns us here, specifically its frontman, Andy Hull, who's given voice (and credence) to the Southern-plied rock gang since its inception.

Born and bred in Atlanta (excepting a seven-year stint in Ontario), Hull formed Manchester Orchestra as a solo endeavor that would include a revolving door of co-conspirators. The concept was titled (as Hull told New Times) after the town whose sound he found most dreary. That would be Manchester, U.K., natch, home of morose outfit the Smiths, among others. After turning Northern England's joyful desperation into inspiration, Hull wrote and recorded his first full-length, recruited teenaged bandmate Chris Freeman, and set about the task of taking over the world one stage at a time.

See also: Manchester Orchestra Plays Its First Headlining Show at Revolution

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Conspirator's Marc Brownstein on Hulaween 2014, His New Act Electron, and Social Activism

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Andrew Scott Blackstein
As Halloween draws nearer, so does the annual, aptly titled Hulaween Festival at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. It's four days of camping and jamming out to Medicine for the People, the String Cheese Incident, Thievery Corporation -- the lineup goes for days.

But there's only one man with the power of two bands seeking rain check redemption after last year's fest, and that man is Marc Brownstein. Opening the festival during the Thursday pre-party with Electron and guaranteed to keep your feet moving throughout the days ahead with Conspirator, the Disco Biscuits' bassist sat down with New Times to talk about what it's like to help create a genre and how the misspelling of his name lead to his proudest Halloween costume to date.

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Jeezy on Seeing "Some Justice" in Ferguson and "the New Generation" of Trap


Believe it or not, there is a limit to how much a rapper can (or should) mention "flippin' bricks," "gettin' it for the low," or still "meeting papi at the dock." But if they stop talking about this lifestyle, will fans get bored and move on? What are they to do?

"I remember being posted up on the first and the third/Just re'ed up/Nigga got a nine piece" are the first bars Jeezy spits on "1/4 Block" off his latest album, Seen It All: The Autobiography. Though, still on point with witty remarks about his pre-fame Snowman days, Jeezy has refrained from speaking as though that wild life is current, opting to take a more personal and distanced approach to his past. He's an ever evolving character.

Jeezy took some time out on the road to speak to us about trap music, the tragedy in Ferguson, Kendrick Lamar, a possible Trap Or Die 3, and he even asked us a couple of questions of his own.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Explains Death Metal


The Black Dahlia Murder is a death metal band that will grace Revolution Live tonight with its dark presence. The band is named after one of the most infamous unsolved cases in California history and one of the most gruesome mysteries of all time. The Black Dahlia case took place in the 1940s, its victim being 22-year-old Elizabeth Short who was bisected and displayed naked in a vacant parking lot. It's all pretty horrifying.

With this in mind and just in time for Halloween season, we spoke with lead singer of the band, Trevor Strnad, right before its show in Boston. He brought up "dead baby jokes" and described death metal as a "killer" genre.

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Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White on the "Steady Progression of Getting Better and Better"

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There's very little in the music world that Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White hasn't accomplished in his 44 years as a recording artist.

He's sold hundreds of millions of records. He's played in front of mammoth festival crowds. He's widely considered one of the best bass guitarists of all time. He's genre-hopped with EW&F from jazz-rock fusion to deep funk to disco to electro pop without a peep of "sellout" being heckled from the popcorn seats.

He won the music game with a smile on his face and continues to record and perform for huge audiences worldwide.

Next week, Earth, Wind & Fire is playing Hard Rock Live in Hollywood in support of its upcoming Christmas album, Holiday. We got 15 minutes with Verdine to chat on the phone about his amazing career. It was 15 minutes well-spent. After a few pleasantries, we got way down to it.

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Crown TV Now Selling Records, Reconditioned Turntables, and Collectables in Deerfield Beach

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By Daniel J. Stout

Crown TV & Records has been a trusted name in stereo and television repair in Deerfield Beach since 1967. From its Hillsboro Square exterior, placed comfortably in a small building housing Michael's Haircutters and the award-winning Charm City Burger Co., it would appear to be there for just that.

But for the past two years, the store has been one divided. The rear section is still a busy workshop dedicated to doing what Crown has been doing since its inception: servicing TVs, stereo systems, and most recently guitar amplifiers. While in the front area, one can treat oneself to an array of collectibles: T-shirts, turntables, and, most important, vinyl records. The items may be perused at leisure while listening to the consistent stream of high-fidelity rock 'n' roll. The whole assemblage has a purveying sense of nostalgia for a time before iPhones, Androids, Amazon, and eBay.

Nestled in with the Adam West camp-era Batman toys, Bob Marley shirts, and various other pop-cultural paraphernalia are the new records, still in the plastic, ranging from Katy Perry's One of the Boys to a Soundgarden ten-inch singles box. Below those are the bins of older records of jazz, soul, country, and rock.

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Richard Marx Plans to "Get Everybody Riled Up" at Parker Playhouse This Friday

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From his humble beginnings performing backup vocals for Lionel Richie's debut solo album to becoming an '80s pop icon in his own right, Richard Marx has continued to evolve as an artist and musician.

While his name and songs might not arise with the frequency that they once did, Marx has maintained a busy schedule as a writer and producer with a résumé he himself refers to as "schizophrenic" due to the variety of musicians he's worked with, including Luther Vandross, 'NSync, LeAnn Rimes, Natalie Cole, and Barbra Streisand.

His latest album of original material, Beautiful Goodbye, his first in ten years, hit stores this past July and reached number 39 in the Billboard 200. Marx has credited his success and longevity to releasing himself from the "image, fan base, or even album sale" motivations. This has allowed him to pursue music through different genres and have a good time doing it.

On the brink of his new tour, Whatever We Started, Marx admitted he is still playing up sexiness and seduction in his show.

See also: Wish My Baby's First Song Wasn't Sung by Richard Marx

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New Found Glory's Jordan Pundik Talks Steve Klein and One Direction

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Andy Foster

A lot can change very quickly -- just ask New Found Glory's Jordan Pundik.

The four-piece pop-punk outfit hailing from Coral Springs has been whipping out the same driving, catchy melodies since 1997. But in the past year, Pundik fathered his second son, Jude; lost bandmate Steve Klein; signed to a new label; and missed out on a lot of sleep.
The loss of Klein, the main songwriter and lead guitarist, was a major blow to the band, which, like many other of the genre, prides itself on loyalty and friendship. But this didn't stop the music for NFG, which continues to create bombastic sounds with Resurrection, which was released Tuesday on Hopeless Records.

On Saturday, the group is revisiting its roots with a show at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale to promote the new album. We caught up with Pundik to talk about the departure of Klein and One Direction jacking their tune.

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Daisy Berkowitz Celebrates Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids' Debut, Talks Julio Iglesias and Cancer

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Colby Katz

Daisy Berkowitz was born Scott Mitchell Putesky in Los Angeles at the tail end of the 1960s. He was first drawn to the guitar at 13, lured by the music of the Cars and the Cure. But the instrument wasn't just a hobby for Putesky. By 1990, he went on to cofound Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in South Florida, a band that would rise to international prominence on the strength of its horror-show sound, cartoonishly gothic stage garb, and bizarre live shows.

Eventually attracting the attention of industrial titan and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, the band signed with Interscope. It recorded and released Portrait of an American Family in 1994, two years before Putesky left the band. He subsequently recorded and performed with various acts, including Jack Off Jill, Godhead, Stuck on Evil, and the Linda Blairs and worked on his own solo project, Three Ton Gate. Recently, he moved to New York City, where he creates and sells original marker and color pencil artwork.

Revitalized and celebratory, Daisy Berkowitz is putting on a 20th-anniversary show of the Spooky Kids' landmark debut. His special solo performance takes place at the Bowery Electric on Tuesday, October 14, as part of Dizzy Reed's Hookers and Blow tenth-anniversary tour.

We caught up with the guitarist and songwriter recently to talk about his relationship with estranged bandmates and his views on the group and its seminal debut full-length recording two decades later.

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