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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MISSING PERSONS/HOLLYWOOD LIE

When some folks think about the band Missing Persons, more than likely they’ll cast their memories back to the beginning of the 1980s when the band’s songs were staples on ‘New Wave’ radio and their videos were frequently played on MTV and on local video shows across the US. Songs like “Words,” “Destination Unknown,” “Mental Hopscotch,” and “Give” still receive play on retro radio shows and the band is fondly remembered for these hits… and [...]

By | November 10th, 2023|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MISSING PERSONS/HOLLYWOOD LIE

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BAD WOLVES/DIE ABOUT IT

Heavy Metal band Bad Wolves formed in Los Angeles, California in 2017. Founded by vocalist Tommy Vext (Divine Heresy / Westfield Massacre), guitarists Doc Coyle (God Forbid) and Chris Cain (Bury Your Dead / For the Fallen Dreams), bassist Kyle Konkiel (In This Moment / Scar the Martyr), and drummer John Boecklin (DevilDriver), the group were initially brought together to perform music that Boecklin had been writing since 2014. The group released the singles “Learn [...]

By | November 3rd, 2023|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BAD WOLVES/DIE ABOUT IT

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE MOUNTAIN GOATS/JENNY FROM THEBES

Originally from the college town of Claremont, California, singer/songwriter John Darnielle formed the Mountain Goats in 1991. The Mountain Goats have evolved, matured, and experienced many changes over the years. A lot of talented folks have passed through the Goats’ ranks as members or collaborators – including Kaki King, John Vanderslice, Annie Clark, Franklin Bruno, and many others – but Darnielle has remained the band’s only constant member. The group came to prominence with the release of the [...]

By | October 27th, 2023|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE MOUNTAIN GOATS/JENNY FROM THEBES

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: GLEN HANSARD/ALL THAT WAS EAST IS WEST OF ME NOW

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Glen Hansard is an Academy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician. He began his musical journey at the age of 13 when he left school and became a busker on the streets of Dublin, singing songs for spare change. After many years of perfecting his craft, he formed a group by the name of The Frames in 1990. The following year, the group released their debut album, ANOTHER LOVE SONG. However, Hansard [...]

By | October 20th, 2023|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: GLEN HANSARD/ALL THAT WAS EAST IS WEST OF ME NOW

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE DRUMS/JONNY

Although Alternative Rock band The Drums is now a musical solo project for singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Johnathan ‘Jonny’ Pierce, the origins of the group began in Brooklyn, New York in 2008. Pierce and guitarist / keyboardist Jacob Graham, the duo initially came together as Electropop act Goat Explosion. After the band’s split, Jonny Pierce formed Elkland, another Electropop outfit who released one album, GOLDEN, in 2005. After Elkland’s split, Pierce reunited with former Goat [...]

By | October 13th, 2023|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE DRUMS/JONNY

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CITIZEN/CALLING THE DOGS

Formed in Toledo, Ohio in 2009, Citizen is an Alt-Rock band founded by vocalist Mat Kerekes and brothers Nick Hamm (lead guitar) and Eric Hamm (bass). All three had exited their previous band, The Sound of Glory (where Kerekes played drums) and formed Citizen a short time later. The band also included rhythm guitarist Ryland Oehlers (who exited the band as a full-time member in 2020) as well as drummers Mike Armstrong (2009-2012), Cray Wilson [...]

By | October 6th, 2023|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CITIZEN/CALLING THE DOGS

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SLOW PULP/YARD

Formed in Madison, Wisconsin in 2015, Slow Pulp is an Indie / Alt-Rock band formed by Alex Leeds (bass / vocals), Henry Stoehr (guitar), and Teddy Matthews (drums). The group began to create a buzz with the release of EP1 in 2015. However, the group’s sound gelled with the addition of singer / guitarist Emily Massey, who made her recording debut on EP2 in 2017. The buzz around the band began to grow into a [...]

By | September 29th, 2023|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SLOW PULP/YARD

JULIANA HATFIELD: An Exclusive Interview

DAVE RAYBURN: Your brand-new album, JULIANA HATFIELD SINGS ELO, is now upon us, so let’s begin with some nostalgia. What was the first ELO record you ever had, and what else were you listening to at that time? JULIANA HATFIELD: Before I had any of their albums, I was mostly just listening to songs on the AM pop radio of the time (the 1970’s)—whatever was happening and popular. With ELO there was a string of [...]

By | September 29th, 2023|News|Comments Off on JULIANA HATFIELD: An Exclusive Interview

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CHAI/CHAI

Japanese quartet Chai is comprised of twin sisters Mana (vocals/keyboards) andKana(guitar) plus bassist/lyricist Yuuki and drummer Yuna. Formed in Nagoya in 2012, the four musicians came together to create music that would exist outside of the formulaic J-Pop music that infiltrated the charts. Their own musical tastes were drawn towards experimental Pop and Hip-Hop and they embraced a style that reflected all of their individual tastes. With songs written by Mana, Kana, and Yuuki, Chai released three singles between 2013 and [...]

By | September 22nd, 2023|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CHAI/CHAI

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HERB ALPERT/WISH UPON A STAR

Although some may not realize it, trumpeter Herb Alpert changed the course of music in the 1960s and 1970s, paving the way for thousands of musicians that followed in his wake. And while he may best be remembered for the series of hits with The Tijuana Brass (TJB), he was – and is – so much more than that. He was the co-founder – alongside the late Jerry Moss - of A&M Records, the label [...]

By | September 15th, 2023|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HERB ALPERT/WISH UPON A STAR