Rival Sons: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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You voted Rival Sons your BeatCrave Fav of the month of November! These four rockers from Long Beach, California just finished a Euopean Tour, and already have some more tour dates readied for early 2012. Their latest album Pressure and Time has a mixture of sounds that verge upon rock, funk, and a great feeling of freedom that exudes the album. They have...

Beijing: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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You voted Beijing your BeatCrave Fav of the month of October! The four rockers from New Haven, Connecticut whose sound is unique: a 90s grunge runs throughout their debut release, It's Not So Simple, blending that same hardcore noise with a lighter, more fluid sound.  The instrumental section can hold its own; indeed, there’s a certain beauty to the angsty fast...

Robert Jon and the Wreck: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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You voted Robert Jon and the Wreck as your BeatCrave Fav for the month of September! Southern California native Robert Jon found a passion for music through the piano when he was six years old, and learned guitar and drums soon after. Eager to share his music with others, he played in several bands and began writing songs before finding four other guys with a similar...

Interview: Charles Lazarus of Rootz Undergound

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Rootz Undergound, a Jamaican reggae outfit making waves in America, loves to say they’re big in France. But that’s not the guys tooting their own horns, it’s true. This Caribbean based band has a vast fan base over all over Europe and the Europeans love them back. This could be because of Rootz Underground’s sophisticated approach to the evolution of a...

Brian Buckley Band: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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You voted Brian Buckley Band as your BeatCrave Fav for the month of August!  The four-piece band from Los Angeles consists of Brian Buckley, Mike McGraw, Dan Boderman, and Albert Estiamba, Jr.  Their latest album, Hysterical Blindness, came out June 21st, well-received and licensed to film and television alike. More recently, they won the "New Music Night"...

Simplified: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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Your votes have been counted: Simplified is your BeatCrave Fav for the Month of July! The Charlotte, North Carolina-based band has a lot up their sleeves, not only in the way of genre but along the lines of heart, drive, and staying power. It's these qualities that caught our attention and earned them a place in our BeatCrave Fav series, as well as our readers and their...

Joy Valencia: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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Your votes have been counted and Joy Valencia is your BeatCrave Fav for the month of July! Joy Valencia is a veritable Jill of all trades when it comes to making music. As a singer, songwriter, producer, musician, and co-writer (among other designations, we're sure), there seems to be nothing that she can't, doesn't, or won't do. It's this type of hands-on...

Vanessa Carlton Interview: BeatCrave Exclusive

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Vanessa Carlton became reclusive for two years, and during those two years she turned to Richard Adam's Watership Down and Stephen Hawking's Brief History of Time for inspiration. Vanessa entered the pop scene in 2002 with her debut album Be Not Nobody. But nearing thirty, she felt lost.  Luckily, Vanessa made her way to Real World Studios in...

Y LUV: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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You voted Y LUV as your BeatCrave Fav of the Month of May! Garage indie rockers Y LUV consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Freddy Janney, lead guitarist and vocalist Sam Nardella, bassist and vocalist Luke Hanna, and percussionist Marcello Dubaz. They released their debut album, So I Play, in...

My Satellite: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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You voted My Satellite as your BeatCrave Fav for the month of April! The LA based band has been enhancing the music scene with their ambient, dreamlike alternative rock music that paves a unique path through the contemporary LA scene. We got to pick the brain of Bryan Stage, the musical genius behind My Satellite, and find out some answers to our most burning questions (from influences to...

Jason Spooner: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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Jason Spooner: Adam Frederick, Jason Spooner, and Reed Chambers (photo courtesy of Jose Azel)
You voted for Jason Spooner as your BeatCrave Fav for the month of March!  The contemporary, folk and blues trio from New England consists of their namesake, Jason Spooner, on guitar, vocals, and harmonica, Adam Frederick on bass and vocals, and Reed Chambers on drums and percussion.  All three members are award-winning musicians, and...

The New Regime: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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Your votes have been counted and The New Regime is your BeatCrave Fav for the month of February! Twenty-two-year-old Ilan Rubin has a very impressive resume inside and outside of his solo venture, The New Regime, which he took on and subsequently launched in 2007. The former Lostprophets drummer has experimented...

Amos Lee Interview: BeatCrave Exclusive

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Last Days at the Lodge was released mid-2008, on a hot summer day. Since, Philadelphia native Amos Lee has consistently been touring, and working on his forthcoming record Mission Bell. The talented singer-songwriter has toured with superstars like Bob Dylan, not to mention he came up under the beautiful Norah Jones -- but this winter Lee...

Aaron Johnson Talks Performing as John Lennon in Nowhere Boy

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For all you Beatles fans our there, you've got quite a fun film experience coming your way! Not long ago we sat down to talk to Aaron Johnson the actor who plays the young John Lennon in director Sam Taylor-Wood's upcoming film Nowhere Boy about the life of the Lennon when he was just some kind strumming a guitar with a whole lot of issues. One of the...

Interview: Christopher Guanlao of Silversun Pickups

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This summer, the Silverlake-based rock quartet Silversun Pickups takes the stage with friends The Henry Clay People and Against Me! on a headlining tour across America and then to Australia. While on tour Christopher Guanlao, the talented drummer of the band, who never fails to deliver an exciting and energetic show, and had the chance to sit down and discuss the tour, their upcoming home...

Avi Buffalo Interview: BeatCrave Exclusive

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Avi Buffalo Interview: BeatCrave Fav Exclusive
Avi Buffalo has pretty much been a band on the rise since they've first formed in Long Beach. The rise hasn't just been steady or gradual either. As one of our Bands To Look Out For In 2010, we were completely correct in our hunch that this young band would accelerate faster than imaginable. Hype can be a scary thing for bands in the world of music bloggers talking you up or...

Lanterns Interview: BeatCrave Exclusive

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Lanterns Interview: BeatCrave Exclusive
Lanterns won our BeatCrave Fav poll for February 2010, so here is our exclusive interview with the San Diego-based punk band as promised! We talk with lead vocalist and guitarist, Lowell Heflin, about the start of Lanterns, what punk really is, and a bit about what makes the San Diego music scene so great. Check Lanterns out in our BeatCrave Exclusive interview below!

Passion Pit Interview: BeatCrave Exclusive

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Passion Pit has had one hell of a year, and we've been following them ever since Chunk of Change was commercially released as an EP. Every "Best Of" list they've made since then has been a reward that was well-deserved for their unique sound and energy on their albums and at their live shows. Their full-length debut album, Manners, was even more successful...

Saint Motel Interview: Know Your LA Bands

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BeatCrave is excited to bring you band, Saint Motel, as part of our Know Your LA Bands series. It's not too often that you meet a band at a Thai restaurant, hear one of the band members speak fluent Thai, then have another band member tell you they're honorary Thai guests. That or have one of their moms come in only to exclaim, "I have the fake blood!" With Saint Motel,...

Cosio Interview: Know Your LA Bands

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Cosio Interview for Know Your LA Bands
BeatCrave brings you band, Cosio, as part of our Know Your LA Bands series. This five-piece band is no stranger to the pages of BeatCrave as they were not only a BeatCrave Fav of the week but also our winner for BeatCrave Fav of July. So we decided to please you, our loyal readers, as well as ourselves by featuring them in a full interview! Cosio, a band that is part...