Bands

Interview with Justin of Blue October ahead of their stellar performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco

May 20, 2017

  Earlier this week we headed to the legendary Fillmore as Blue October brought the Heart Go Bang Tour to San Francisco. We have impatiently waited for this date to arrive. See, Blue October was not just another band for us to cover, they are a band that had provided the playlist to my life’s ups and downs for the past 20 years. Most recently in March, during my Mother’s hospice care at home, she would lay next to me and listen to Blue October, nearly silent for days, yet show would respond and tell me she liked the songs. Her favorite during that time, The Feel Again, (Stay).  What a heavy song and yet, I truly clutched to those words… Stay… selfishly I wanted more time with her.  After she passed away, I could feel the dark depression setting in as it had with my Father 5 years earlier. But I turned to music and once again to Blue October. Their latest album, Home which shot up the charts to a No. 1 spot [Read More]

Interview

Flora Cash talks about their new album –  a glowing world of melancholy music. By Patrick O’Heffernan

May 16, 2017

    (Los Angeles)  Flora Cash is a duo composed of Minnesotan Cole Randall and Swede Shpresa Lleshaj, now based in Stockholm, Sweden. In their latest album, Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine), they have distilled feelings from their own love story into notes, lyrics and emotions that are an adventure into a misty world of melancholy without sadness.  They met on Soundcloud in early 2012 and by the end of the year, they had released two EPs, Mighty Fine EP and Made It For You and built a fan base in Europe. The duo moved to Minneapolis in 2013, got married, moved back to Stockholm by way of LA  to release I Will Be There and their latest album Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine).  I am hooked on them and anyone who listens will be too.  They are visiting LA right now and stopped by to talk .   Patrick. You released your new album Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine) last month in LA.  Congratulations.   Cole. Thank you it was a [Read More]

Alternative

Interview with Joey Jane as he discusses his new band, NEVERFADE

May 9, 2017

We first met Joey Jane when he was playing bass in Vattica. He has since moved on into a new chapter of his music career and we are very excited for him. We would like to share with you our interview with Joey Jane as he discusses his new band. * * * * * * * Hi Joey, Thank you so much for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press! We understand that you have a new band and we would like to find out all about it. We understand it is Neverfade. Can you tell us all about the new band? Yes, thank YOU for taking the time to talk to me. The new band is called “NEVERFADE”. The band is pretty much something I’ve been dreaming up in my head for a lot of years now. finding out who I am personally and expressing that musically. Kind of going against the grain of what mainstream and pop radio deems acceptable at this point in time. A back [Read More]

BottleRock Napa 2017

Interview with Bishop Briggs from her headlining tour in San Francisco at legendary Fillmore

April 25, 2017

With BottleRock Napa 2017 just about a month away, we were excited to catch one of our favorite BottleRock Napa Spotlight Bands perform. Bishop Briggs made a stop in San Francisco last week to perform a date from her first headlining tour at the legendary Fillmore. They performed last year at the iconic venue, opening for Kaleo and blew us away. They did it again, as this time they were there for their headlining show, and they truly gave 150% out on that stage! We had the chance to catch up with Bishop Briggs shortly before her set. You can check out our interview here: The night kicked off with an eclectic indie pop electronic set by Manatee Commune. Followed by SHAED, a vibrant pop band highlighted with powerful vocals. From the moment Bishop hit the stage, the crowd went wild with enthusiasm. It was pure bliss as the music washed away all our worries and concerns. Instead, filling us with energy, euphoria and serenity. As we talked with Bishop, her music is an elixir [Read More]

Interview

From Scooby-doo to CSI-Miami and Cuban beats: An interview with producer Jared Faber

April 7, 2017

    (Los Angeles) I am so happy Jared Faber decided to move to LA from his native New York in 1999 when a TV composing opportunity presented itself.  Faber had been writing music for Nickelodeon in New York, but LA called in the form of an opportunity to compose for the Emmy- nominated Nick series, As told by Ginger. He answered that call and moved to LaLa Land, kicking off a career that has garnered Grammy and Emmy nominations and awards, a Latin Grammy, and a long list of music for TV and films – plus his own music,  plus producing award winning records for artists in LA and Cuba. But it was cartoons that got him started and I got to talk with him about that and the many other things he has done in his career.   Patrick. Jared, you have a long list of credits composing for animation.  Why animation – is there something about the art form or children’s programming that calls to you?   Jared. Initially, it really was [Read More]

Interview

Ann Wilson extends “Ann Wilson of Heart Tour”

March 29, 2017

  Ann Wilson of Heart has been captivating crowds with her performances on her solo tour and we are pleased to announce she has extending the tour. The second leg of Ann Wilson extends “Ann Wilson of Heart Tour”. The a second leg of dates running from May 19-July 2.  The iconic vocalist will make tour stops in Chicago, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta, among other cities. Musicians on board for the ANN WILSON OF HEART tour include Craig Bartock on guitar (Heart member for a dozen years, who also performed in the Ann Wilson Thing for two years) from San Francisco; Andy Stoller on bass (the Ann Wilson Thing member for two years) from Seattle; Denny Fongheiser on drums and percussion (Heart member in the 1990’s for two years) from Los Angeles; and Dan Walker on keys.   “The stage is a magical place where I can be beautifully in and out of control, where I can build a fire and then jump into it,” says the esteemed and pioneering Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend who’s known for [Read More]

Interview

A conversation with Natalie Gelman: picked up a guitar at 16 and never looked back.

January 10, 2017

  (Los Angeles)  Natalie Gelman is talented, courageous, beautiful, brainy, creative….and many more complementary adjectives.  But after listening to her music and following her career for the past three years, it is something she said at a Ted talk in 2014 in Seattle that will always stay with me.  “I live  in the question”.  Or, as she quoted Mike Tyson, “Everyone has a plan until they are punched in the face”.  Her openness to the vagaries of life and the possibilities of the future is the energy that electrifies her songs. And her music is electric, not in the guitar sense – she plays acoustic – but in its high voltage lyrics and thrumming arrangements. Listening to her is living in the question, because you never know how they will affect you.  I had an opportunity recently to ask about some of the questions she lives  and questions in the songs on her new album, Streetlamp Musician.   Patrick. A lot of things have happened  to you since we last talked. You have released more [Read More]