Getting to Know

Liz Raftery’s monthly music interview

The Blast Interview: Big Gigantic

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Big Gigantic, the Colorado-based electronic duo, is coming to UMass Amherst tonight as part of its Touch the Sky tour. The livetronica group is teaming up with EDM powerhouses like Skrillex, Paper Diamond and Manic Focus throughout the tour. Blast’s Bailey Knecht got a chance to chat with Big Gigantic’s drummer Jeremy Salken before the show. Be sure(…)

The Blast Interview: Rudimental

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After traveling from Mansfield, Mass. and performing with Ed Sheeran, the guys of Rudimental got a chance to rest on their tour bus outside NAGA, a nightclub in Cambridge. The band was gearing up for a DJ set, their second performance of the night. Composed of four members from the UK—Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden, Piers(…)

The Blast Interview: Daniel Layus of Augustana

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This past weekend, Augustana visited The House of Blues in support of their most recent album, Life Imitating Life. We caught up with Daniel Layus prior to the show for a chat about the past 3 years, his future plans for the band, and more. BLAST: First off, how has the tour been so far?(…)

The Blast Interview: 7Lions

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This past Friday, Blast’s Madeline Knutson had the opportunity to talk to Mika “Prophet” Guillory from the band 7Lions. The band is currently signed to RedOne’s label 2101 Records and is based in Southern California. There are six members of the group: Forrest Fulmer, Will Carpenter, Daniel Hange, Tony Tomassi, Morgan Taylor Reid, and Prophet(…)

David & Olivia bring Americana to SXSW

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As the annual South By Southwest festival continues, Americana duo David & Olivia will be making their 2nd debut at the esteemed weeklong gathering of tech, music, and film. The duo released their first record, On the Sea, on May 14, 2013 on  Rosales, who lives in Orange Country, CA, is a former rock musician(…)

The Blast Interview: Lacuna Coil

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Italian metal band Lacuna Coil is about to release their new studio album: Broken Crown Halo. Blast’s Sinan Pehlivanoglu met with singers Andrea Ferro and Christina Scabbia before one of their shows in the Revolver: Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour.   Blast: When you go back to the days that music entered your life, what attracted(…)

Pitbull introduces us to Girl Group G.R.L.

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This week, Mr. Wideworld released his new single “Wild Wild Love” on RCA Records, featuring the rising act, G.R.L.. The single itself is nothing incredible; it displays Pitbull’s usual bravado that we’re used to–although he doesn’t shout “dalé.” (At all.) But Pitbull gave his audience something more interesting than just a club hit. He gave(…)

Dead Meadow: The Blast Interview

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Not too long ago, Amina Ly reviewed the Dead Meadow’s new album. Despite the rescheduling of the show due to a snow storm, Dead Meadow played the Sinclair  on Feb. 13 and there was no hesitation in the audience that came out that Sunday night. As a band that’s been around since 1998, each member(…)

Break Science: the Blast Interview

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You may not be too familiar with the names Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee, but these two musicians have put their stamp all over the music scene for the past 20 years. Deitch has worked with artists from 50 Cent to Matisyahu to Pretty Lights in drumming and producing, while Lee has worked as a(…)

PVRIS: The Blast Interview

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Between playing the Vans Warped Tour, releasing an EP and recording a full-length album, PVRIS (pronounced Paris) has had a whirlwind 2013. Lynn Gunnelfsen, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the Lowell trio, recently announced a new tour as a supporting act for the pop punk band A Loss For Words, to a great deal(…)

Band Buzz: The D-Line

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With yet another snowstorm on the way and icy winds making everyone in New England shudder, summer has never seemed farther away. Luckily for anyone craving some laid-back and sunny vibes, Boston’s own The D-Line is keeping things bright with their upbeat, self-titled EP, now available on Bandcamp. With musical influences including Simon & Garfunkel,(…)

Julianna Barwick: The Blast Interview

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This past August, Brooklyn-based artist Julianna Barwick released her third studio album, Nepenthe. Barwick, a singer-songwriter by trade, has a very unique style to her music; it’s sometimes haunting, sometimes hymnal, but always magical. Her tracks primarily consist of her looping vocals continuously, layering her rich voice over and over until she has produced songs(…)