Deafheaven: "I Never Had Anything to Prove to Anybody"

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Reid Haithcock

It is a truly arduous task finding a fresh statement in heavy music. Genres have splintered into sub-genres which have given way to a deluge of predictable, formulaic, and, if I may be honest, mediocre fare that sneaks by on the often-blind enthusiasm of the metal community. If it's heavy, it's heavy, right?

However, San Francisco's Deafheaven has succeeded in defiantly bold fashion with its second full length release, Sunbather, a strikingly original album that blends the drowning guitars and expansive atmospheres of British shoegaze with the tortured screams and relentless percussion of black metal. It demonstrates the band hitting its stride, graduating from the awkward gait that characterized 2011's Roads to Judah.

Sunbather spent the months following its release heralded as a masterpiece by everyone from the top alternative metal blogs to more mainstream music outlets including NPR and Spin. While many in the metal community find the band a polarizing progression, the acclaim Sunbather has received is completely unprecedented for a record painted in such abrasive colors. We spoke with Deafheaven frontman George Clarke before the band's Friday night show at Revolution Live.

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Amos Lee on Levon Helm: "Levon's Got the Truth Here, and You Need to Understand It"

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Harper Smith

Amos Lee oozes passion. The singer-songwriter's enthusiasm for life really comes through in his new album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. While Mountains might not have reached the lofty status of landing on the top of Billboard's charts as his previous release, Mission Bell, the new record takes bigger risks experimenting with different musical genres while landing gracefully on its feet.

New Times had a chance to speak with Amos about the new album and tour which brings him to Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse on April 4. During the interview, it quickly became evident that music was not the only topic Lee was passionate about as the conversation veered toward his love for his hometown of Philadelphia and showering praise on people he's worked alongside.

While Lee mentioned several times the travelling required to tour could bring him down, he just as often verbalized his appreciation that he can make a living from his music, and thus tries to give back to those less fortunate. One dollar from every ticket sold will go toward Musicians on Call, a charity which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

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Jolt Radio and Stache Host a Thursday Night That's "Fun All Around"

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Christina Mendenhall

Feeling bored and lonely on a Thursday night? Need some live music in your life? Miami-based Jolt Radio's got you covered at Fort Lauderdale's 1920s style drinking den, Stache, with their growing weekly party.

What used to be the slightly grungy Green Room is now a swanky and old-timey speakeasy. Their Thursday night Gummdrops party has teamed up with Jolt to create the Sound Series, and good vibes abound. Each weekly escapade is sure to be a special one, with the intelligent pairing of live music and streaming sounds. We caught up with Jolt Radio's John Caignet to get some details.

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Del The Funky Homosapien Discusses Event 2

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Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Event 2, the second release by Deltron 3030, is less an album and more a cinematic experience for the ears.

We were reintroduced to Deltron Zero, the hero of the future, as he battles evil corporations that rule the universe. We first met him in the year 2000 on Deltron 3030's eponymous debut. The group consists of rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, producer Dan the Automator, and turntablist Kid Koala. Like Del and Dan's previous collaborations in Handsome Boy Modeling School and the Gorillaz, Deltron 3030 stretches the boundaries of what a hip-hop album can be. The beats don't just have to leave you rocking your head, they can also tell a story and make you laugh as well.

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Bob Saget: "We All Just Want to Date Twin-Sister Beauty Queens"

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Some people will always see Bob Saget as Danny Tanner, the lovable, cardigan-wearing neat freak who raised the most adorable little white girls to come out of the '90s on the sitcom Full House.

Saget doesn't mind that. In fact, he embraces it. He recently filmed a Super Bowl commercial with Full House alumnae John Stamos and Dave Coulier and recently had a reunion with the two on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. He also just finished his first book, Dirty Daddy, which will be released April 8. After that, he's hopping on a plane for his first Australian theater tour in May.

But before all that, Saget is stopping by one of his favorite venues, the West Palm Beach Improv, for some sun, comedy, and poop jokes.

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Marco Argiro With Love: "I Had a Handful of Tunes Up My Sleeve"


Broward native Marco Argiro has come a long way from his days fronting the beloved local punk rock trio the Outrights. In a time when preteen was still preteen and the "tween" nonsense had not entered the lexicon, Argiro and his mates had the chops to turn heads and become an integral part of that mid- to late '90s punk rock scene. Relocating to Tallahassee after high school and eventually to New York postgraduation, Argiro's been a busy, busy man with bands like Le Mood and the Killing Floor.

He's recently released a solo venture titled Love on his own Outright Rock Records, and while there's still that power chord love buried within the compositions, his travels and experiences and ever-expanding influences come through in an effort that is sublime shoegaze, psych-tinged, and mellow postrock ambiance.

We recently had a chance to catch up with him and discuss his transformation from preteen local rocker to transatlantic crooner. And, we're, one, impressed by the sheer amount of work he's put in, and, two, happy to report on one of our own, getting out there and making it in the music world.

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Ed Matus' Solo Electronic Project Is "Organic, Noisy, Futuristic, and Serene"

Not a Portlandian.

Ed Matus might be blaming fatherhood on his recent lackadaisical attitudes towards shaving, but we all know that's some straight up bunkum. The truth is that we don't know what Dickensian fortitude has inspired such facial growth, but we do know that it isn't for any hipster-like leanings. Ed Matus is no hipster. Even at his hippest, he's still not that hip.

What Ed Matus is, is an institution of South Florida's music scene. His trail blazed through the '90s in the forms of Subliminal Criminal, Cavity, H.A.L.O. Vessel, and into the 2000s with the Waterford Landing. That's not even counting the hundreds of side-projects and assists that he has lent to other musicians down here.

Shit, he even gave Juan Montoya a reason to raise a racket in the guise of a struggle. Matus recently released his latest solo effort, an EP of provocative and informed IDM/future sounds on the local darling Schematic Records. We had a chance to catch up with our hairy homeboy and this is how it went.

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Palm Beach Rapper Croosh: "I Really Don't Like Corny, White Voices in Hip-Hop"

Jamaal Clark

The Notorious B.I.G. first went by Biggie Smalls. Jazzy turned into Jay-Z, which then turned into Jay Z. Nas stepped up his hygiene regime and dropped Nasty.

As artists evolve and mature professionally and personally, their aliases sometimes become a symbol of that change. Or sometimes someone has the same or a similar name, as was the case with 23-year-old Palm Beach rapper Croosh.

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David Lynch: "I Never Said I Wasn't Going to Make Films Anymore"

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Adam Bordow

I recently discovered that filmmaker and musician David Lynch markets his own line of coffee (espresso, house roast, and decaf), and somehow, I was on the phone with the American iconoclast a few days later.

The condition for this interview was simple yet challenging: I was allowed to ask him only coffee-related questions.

I called his office and the receptionist transferred me to his extension. He said hello, we started talking, and then my phone started acting crazy because my new digital recording app wasn't working correctly. I flipped out.

"Don't panic, Jason," he said in that fascinating voice. "Just hang up, fix it, and call me back."

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Tegan and Sara Feel Like "Camp Counselors at Our Concerts"

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Lindsey Byrnes

Tegan and Sara are the most unlikely pop stars on the planet.

The twin sisters from Calgary were picked up by Neil Young's record label right out of high school. In the mid-'00s, they found critical success with great oddball singles like "Walking With a Ghost" and "Back in Your Head." Then last year, they blew up on mainstream radio when their seventh album, Heartthrob, debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, making them an overnight-success story 15 years in the making.

Now, about to embark on another tour, Sara Quin spoke with New Times about embracing new audiences, handling society's fascination with twins, and currently being every 8-year-old kid's favorite singer, even if he or she doesn't know it.

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