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Interview: Canto Is A Rock N’ Roll Family

Posted by lonnie On April - 10 - 2013 0 Comment

With the recent breakup of My Chemical Romance and the reuniting of the Jonas Brothers, the dynamic of sibling bands has been frequently on my music radar these days. Sometimes the family relationship can strain a band and other times, it aids in keeping an outfit intact. Whether the rivalries occur or not, the music industry has undeniably been affected by the in-sync ways of these blood bonded bands. Oasis, The Kinks, Bee Gees, ACDC, The National, Tegan and Sara, Beach Boys, Jackson 5, and The Black Crowes have family connections within them and despite some notable tension (cough, cough Oasis), I believe their nature has been a key factor  [ Read More ]

Interview: Devin Velez Talks About Competing on American Idol

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 5 - 2013 0 Comment
Interview: Devin Velez Talks About Competing on American Idol

As FOX’s powerhouse reality singing competition, ‘American Idol,’ has been making headlines in recent months for the antics of two of its new judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, the current 12th season of the show is getting back to its true intention: finding the next musical superstar. As the competition moved onto its top eight performers last week, singer Devin Velez was the third contestant to be voted out of the top 10. After singing a solo rendition of ‘The Tracks of My Tears’ by The Miracles last Wednesday, March 27, and receiving criticism from Minaj for his trio performance of ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),’  [ Read More ]

Interview: Paul Jolley Talks About Competing on American Idol

Posted by Karen Benardello On March - 28 - 2013 0 Comment
Interview: Paul Jolley Talks About Competing on American Idol

As FOX’s powerhouse reality singing competition, ‘American Idol,’ has been making headlines in recent months for the antics of two of its new judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, the current 12th season of the show is getting back to its true intention: finding the next musical superstar. As the competition moved onto its top nine performers last week, country singer Paul Jolley was the second contestant to be voted out of the top 10. After singing a rendition of The Beatles’ ‘Eleanor Rigby’ last Wednesday, March 20, and receiving mixed reviews from the judges, Jolley was voted off the following night, but he insists he has no regrets from  [ Read More ]


My adoration for music began with and continues to be rooted in artists who started their careers decades ago. These “older” talents are undeniably more seasoned than bands of the 2000s and do not over publicize themselves to garner fame. It’s simply about the music and not their latest Facebook, Twitter or Instagram updates. Music is not their quick path to celebrity status; it is their lifelong career. A prime example of a musician who made the commitment years ago is Chris Wyse. Named a full-time member of The Cult in 2006, Wyse has a resume many musicians dream to obtain. The singer, songwriter, bassist and producer has resounded through  [ Read More ]

Heaven & Earth

The critical choice between selecting a career rooted in fame or in expressive music has become more apparent in the music industry due to the a variety of outlets an artist can address his or her opinion. The widely heard remarks about Justin Bieber from the Grammy winning musician, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, further prove the rift between being a celebrity and being a genuine artist. Reiterating this comment purely for its undying entertainment value, Carney stated, “Grammys are for, like, music. Not for money … and he’s making a lot of money. He should be happy, I guess.” Oddly enough, Carney can be placed in the same  [ Read More ]

Interview: Doreen Taylor Is As Humble As They Come

Posted by lonnie On January - 17 - 2013 0 Comment

Humility goes a long way in this business, but sometimes modesty succumbs to arrogance once success is within reach. Case in point with Rihanna, whose ego has inflated majorly since her “Pon De Replay” days. It takes a considerable amount of strength to deter going down this typical cocky path and to take the route where gratefulness remains at the forefront. Country singer and classically trained artist, Doreen Taylor, would much prefer the latter path. With a degree in vocal performance and a master’s degree in opera, Taylor has already charted a career unlike her contemporaries within the music industry. Dropping three prior albums, which include “Unbreakable”, “Taylor Made Hits”  [ Read More ]

Interview: Jamie Johnston Talks Love Me

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 11 - 2013 0 Comment
Interview Jamie Johnston Talks Love Me

Creating a stimulating, suspenseful thriller that equally and expertly balances its time between its coming-of-age love story with exhilarating anticipation of its murder mystery can be a challenging task. The new film ‘Love Me,’ which was directed by Rick Bota and is set to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, is the latest thriller to do just that. The movie chronicles the tribulations of discovering new teenage love, set against the backdrop of a town struggling to find the truth about a missing classmate. Actors Jamie Johnston and Lindsey Shaw, two of the main stars of the movie, quickly formed a close bond on set that authentically helped  [ Read More ]

Hollywood Undead Releases Music Video For New Single We Are

January 8th is a celebratory day for the innovative who remain uninhibited by the inviting and easy nature of taking the typical path. Where would the music world be if artists chose to be the next Nickelback? One Chad Kroeger (aka Mr. Lavigne) is enough for my likings. The predecessor of stepping out of the box is the birthday boy, David Bowie. The glam rock father crafted his own music styling and therefore, his own journey within the industry. Although of a much different decade and genre, Hollywood Undead similarly take the path less traveled. Hailing from Los Angeles, the outfit, which consists of Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene,  [ Read More ]

stars in stereo

Stars In Stereo is a band that is just now making a big imprint on the world of rock music. Lead singer and guitarist Bec Hollcraft was able to take time out of busy touring schedule to speak with ShockYa. This interview, recorded Oct. 18, took place during Stars In Stereo’s tour with Blue October. You can check out a preview of their self-titled EP by clicking here. You can also by their single, “The Broken,” on iTunes and learn more about the band by checking out their official site, Facebook page and Twitter page. The video to “The Broken” is below. How did the band get started? Hollcraft: Well,  [ Read More ]

New Horizons

If you’re a Flyleaf fan, you might still be reeling from the news that the band’s lead singer, Lacey Sturm, is leaving. If you still need some reassurance, ShockYa might be able to help. We recently had the chance to talk to Flyleaf’s bassist Kirkpatrick Seals about the band’s new direction, fan reaction, and more. “New Horizons,” the band’s newest album, will be available tomorrow. You can read ShockYa’s review of it by clicking here. I’ve read that Lacey is leaving the band and I’ve looked online and saw tons of fan reaction ranging from sad to overwrought anxiety about what’s going to happen to the band– Seals: (laughs) –so  [ Read More ]


Eve to Adam got started around 2001 when Sassaris and his brother Alex moved from Florida to New York. “We moved from Florida in early 1999 to New York City to find a guitar player where we got connected with Gaurav Bali from New Jersey,” he said. “The core of this band has been together for almost 11 years now, since we released the first album in 2001.” The band’s sound comes from their love for the rock bands of the ’80s and ’90s. “Guns and Roses, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots…Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters…big rock, big choruses, great instrumentalists and passionate performances,that’s always what I’ve gravitated  [ Read More ]

Get Better Acquainted With Pop Sensation, Karmin

Posted by lonnie On July - 10 - 2012 0 Comment

Getting the inside scoop on an artist, not only draws attention to his or her current hit, but can also magnify a personal story. Thanks to the latest craze of artists releasing concert movies and documentaries, fans can get a closer look at how artists achieved their success. What if you haven’t had as many chart topping hits to warrant a feature length film? Simply put, you are an emerging artist who hasn’t had the opportunity to draw in crowds like those of Katy Perry or Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus just yet. Well if this situation is the case then the music program “Soundcheck Risers” can give you the  [ Read More ]

Bill Moseley

Character actor Bill Moseley is in the unique position of having one of those recognizable faces that frequently spawns a sense of unnerved dread or disgust when people place it. But that’s a good thing, actually. With dozens of credits to his name, the amiable Moseley has carved out a position as the star or featured player in a number of horror flicks with high cult appeal. He made his mark as Chop Top in ”The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2,” and, years later, Otis B. Driftwood in Rob Zombie’s directorial debut, “House of 1000 Corpses.” His latest movie is “The Tortured,” in which he plays a pedophile and murderer who claims the  [ Read More ]

Cherri Bomb

Cherri Bomb has finally “exploded” with the release of their debut album, “This Is The End Of Control”, which dropped May 15th via Hollywood Records. Yes, this “explosion” pun has probably been overused quite often this year, but the future for Cherri Bomb looks so bright that the cliché is difficult to evade. The teenage rock group breaks the current band trends in just about everyway. All too often in the 21st Century, bands have been competing with other bands of the same genre. How many times have you heard an outfit referred to as the next leading indie band or pop sensations? Bands of 2012 have a taxing time  [ Read More ]

Imagine Dragons Hit MTV With “It’s Time”

Posted by lonnie On April - 25 - 2012 0 Comment
Imagine Dragons

MTV is predominantly infiltrated with a slew of reality television shows, but the network’s roots will forever be soaked in the creative nutrients of music. MTV still brings exposure to emerging artists even though the spotlight is now mostly reserved for the Internet. Every so often a music video makes its way into the televised programming and last week that was the Las Vegas band, Imagine Dragons. MTV chose the quartet, which consists of vocalist, Dan Reynolds, guitarist, Wayne Sermon, bassist, Ben McKee and drummer, Daniel Platzman, as its PUSH artist of the week for April 16th. The PUSH selection was perfect timing for Imagine Dragons, who just released the  [ Read More ]

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