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!

Coming To America: Afterhours' Manuel Agnelli

April 2, 2007

"Coming here and playing in front of 50, 100 – when it goes well – it’s really exciting. It’s really exciting cause you get to win the audience again. And it went really well so far in terms of relationship to the audience and the other way around. So we’re really proud of it. We’re really proud of the fact that knowing nothing about us – no history, no prizes, no awards, no shit like that – the audience really like us. We feel like new again, like young again."


Zoobombs rock bridges the West and the Far East

March 27, 2007

“The situation is very different from where we play in Japan. It’s pretty hard to communicate and the people’s reaction is pretty different. I’m not an English speaker so that’s a challenge for us. I can play the music so I have to be good just playing the music. Sometimes a live show goes without speaking (between songs).”


The Junction's Mike Taylor gets real about life as a musician

March 26, 2007

“Everybody who hears that song get a different vision in their mind of that and the second you see the video you get raped of that vision. Everything that you ever thought about that song and every personal attachment you had to that song gets taken away from you and then you’re forced upon by some other douche bag’s vision. I don’t like that about music videos.”


Creating their own Big Bang: A talk with Stephen Ramsay of Young Galaxy

March 8, 2007

"It's all a trial-and-error thing. Sometimes you overcompensate when you haven't learned to play these songs as a band," laughs Young Galaxy's Stephen Ramsay. "The first tour we did with The Dears, we went out and had done some vocal lessons and we listened to some recordings after and were like, 'No, no!' We have to find the happy medium."


Billy Talent's Take "II"

February 26, 2007

"If we could equate our records to coffee, the first one would be bold. You know when you go to Starbucks and it's bold. And this one would be full-bodied," jokes Billy Talent's Ian D'Sa. "For the second record we weren't afraid to show our feelings."


The state of the nation: Rise Against frontman talks about war, education and the modern role model

February 19, 2007

Rise Against's Tim McIlrath shares his thoughts on some of the action initiated by angry people in his own national capital.