Top 10 of 2012: Jon DeRosa

Jon DeRosa's got the spirit. This past year he released his debut full-length solo album on vinyl and in Europe. Now he's sharing his favorite spirits of 2012 with us. Drink up!

Beat Union Take To The States

August 21, 2008

Beat Union's Dave Warsop discusses the band's modest quest to conquer America, recording with Goldfinger's John Feldmann and the band's punk and new wave influences. "So it [was] a little nerve-wracking when we were leaving England to catch our plane to America and saying goodbye to friends and family. It's like, 'Well, I'll see you when I see you. I'm off to just live in a van.'"


Sleep It Off Not Just A Record Label For Less Than Jake

July 8, 2008

“God, I can’t ever talk serious, can I?” Less Than Jake's Chris Demakes says. “I think that all the other stuff that we have going on makes us concentrate harder on the band, in a weird way. If you have other things going on and you have a certain amount of time to do the band, you have to really focus all your energy.”


Earth Talk Telecasters, Cars & Sleep Aids

June 17, 2008

Earth's Dylan Carlson and Adrienne Davies discuss the band's look to where they're going and look back at where they've come. "Now it's all about recordings…even though that's changing now that the CD and everything is kind of going by the wayside. I'm hoping with the whole download thing that live music will start becoming more important again as the whole recording thing becomes less…You know, people aren't buying CDs and stuff anymore, they're downloading and going to see bands live. So I'm hoping that will change the dynamic a little bit."


Boys Like Girls Reach Out To A Larger Audience

May 7, 2008

From Vans Warped Tour to touring with Avril Lavigne, Boys Like Girls' stock has steadily been rising. But that success comes at a price, explains guitarist Paul DiGiovanni. "I'll be trying to get on stage and my phone will be vibrating off the table. When I get off stage I'll sit down and wipe myself off and the phone is buzzing off the hook with 50 voice mail [messages]. For home shows, we're home for 10 hours and it's the most anxiety-ridden 10 hours ever."


Relations across borders: Raine Maida examines the state of modern politics and war

April 7, 2008

Politics play an important role on Raine Maida's "The Hunter's Lullaby." The Our Lady Peace frontman discusses his world view and his politics. "It's maybe not as obvious in certain spots, but it's a very socially conscious, political record."


Music is Caribou's Call of Nature

March 31, 2008

For Dan Snaith, it was either following family tradition with a life of math or forging ahead as electronic musician Caribou. Lucky for us he chose the latter. "Almost everybody in my family has a math degree or is a professor of some kind. Math was something I really enjoyed and that’s why I did it. It became a question of not having enough time to do it and not sleeping when I was trying to do both."