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APRIL 2011

CONTENTS

a r r e i S t e r be c k K us

MUSIC + FASHION MONTHLY MAGAZINE

FESTIVAL LOOKS

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“I WISH I COULD RAISE A BABY PANTHER OR LEOPARD”

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WAYS TO STYLE YOUR HAIR THIS SPRING

WIN

“DATING JOSH WAS A HUGE MISTAKE!”

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SEXIEST MEN IN ROCK!

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HAYLEY WILLIAMS EXCLUSIVE!

Versa Emerge

JAPANESE VOYEURS THE PRETTY RECKLESS DEAF HAVANA

LIVE REVIEWS

5 KEY

FIERCE

READING AND LEEDS FESTIVAL TICKETS

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READER’S LETTERS Your thoughts and opinions on the latest music + fashion.

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DEAF HAVANA

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RATE AND SLATE Find out what we’re rating and slating this month.

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COMPETITION Win tickets to Reading + Leeds Festival 2011

FEATURE Q&A with U.S. rock goddess Sierra Kusterbeck.

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SEXY Find out how Ian Watkins ranked in our sexiest male readers poll...

ON TOUR WITH: THE BLACKOUT Read about what The Blackout got up to behind the scenes on their recent UK headline tour...

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JAPANESE VOYEURS

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PARAMORE Hayley Williams reveals all about ex-band member/ex-boyfriend Josh Farro.

FESTIVAL SEASON is just around the corner with line-ups to the UK’s biggest summer festivals being recently announced and we are super excited! Start planning your festival outfits already with our fantastic what-to-wear guide. Also in this month’s issue you could win yourself a pair of tickets to either Reading or Leeds festival! This month’s cover girl (VersaEmerge’s) Sierra Kusterbeck tells us all about herself and how she got to being a U.S. rock goddess on page 22. Becky Davis Editor

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FASHION 5 key festival looks this summer. Want to look your best at this year’s festivals ladies? Our what-to-wear guide will sort you right out!

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GIG GUIDE Find out what bands are touring the UK this month + the latest festial line-ups.

BEAUTY Taylor Momsen reveals her best hair and make-up tips.

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GETTING TO KNOW...

VersaEmerge’s frontwoman Sierra Kusterbeck tells Femuse magazine how she got her hands on an early Saosin EP, what got her to where she is today and reveals her true thoughts on Paramore...

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here’s something about VersaEmerge

mom. I also remember going to see Dance

vocalist Sierra Kusterbeck that makes

Gavin Dance, Tiger Army and Thrice.

you think she’s a little older than she

love your band?

Sierra Kusterbeck, 20, Vocals

Q&A

What do you listen to now?

actually is. Maybe it’s the depth in lyricism

Were you always in the pit or kind of

Right now, at this very moment, I’m

you can hear on the band’s self-titled EP. Or

hanging back?

listening to a band called Iron Age. They just

maybe it’s because when she auditioned for

If it was a band I loved, I was right in the

came out with The Sleeping Eye, and it’s

Versa, she told the guys she was 17 when

middle of the crowd going nuts. When you

fucking awesome. It’s just a really, really

she was actually 16.

love a band and they’re there and it’s

good hardcore record. I also like Metric’s

happening around you, you can’t sit there

[Fantasies] and Manchester Orchestra’s

What kind of artists did you first get into?

and hold it in because you think someone

[Mean Everything To Nothing]. My guilty

I loved Blood Brothers, I remember skipping

might think you look stupid. I was there in

pleasure is Lady Gaga’s [The Fame Monster].

school and going to their shows. Against

the middle of the crowd going fucking crazy.

It’s so, so crazy. I love it.

Me! are another band I got into. And the [2003] Saosin EP [Translating The Name]

What pushed you to start performing?

What bands would you like to see live in

changed my life. [Vocalist] Anthony Green

Just going to shows every weekend and

the future?

went into my brain and scrambled it up, and

seeing it onstage and being right there.

I definitely want to see Paramore. It’s

that led me into Circa Survive and stuff. I

Everyone is sweating their ass off, the

always cool to watch other girls perform.

remember waiting for the bus at 6 a.m.,

adrenaline is high and nobody gives a shit

That’s awesome. People freak out when I

listening to that and feeling awesome.

about anything else. Just watching all that

say that I like Paramore. Like it’s this big

energy, I fell in love with it. There was

thing that I’m supposed to be upset about

Were you bummed when you heard

nothing else I wanted to do. What’s better

comparisons or whatever. But they’re

Anthony wasn’t in the band anymore?

than touring and playing music for kids that

awesome. I can’t wait to see them.

Honestly, I don’t remember. I was probably like, “No! I just found this band!” But when I

VersaEmerge

a r r e i U.S. ROCK S rbe ck e t s u K GODDESS AT SCHOOL I WAS KNOWN AS... “the ‘girl with the hair’. I had a lot of layers in different colours”. MY WORST HABIT IS... “licking the sides of my teeth when someone’s taking a picture”. THE NICEST THING ABOUT ME IS... “I’m pretty generous. If someone asks me for something I’ll help them out in a flash”. A SECRET ABOUT ME IS... “I truly believe in aliens, and more than anything I’d like to encounter one”. I REALLY, REALLY HATE... “bathrooms that don’t lock! Every time I go in one without a lock someone walks in while I’m sat there doing my thing”. I LOVE MY... “bandmates! They’re my family and I’ve grown up with them”. I WISH I COULD... “raise a baby panther or a leopard. If it thinks I’m its mom it wouldn’t eat me”. THE UNIQUE THING I BRING TO THE BAND IS... “wacky ideas. And boobs”. I WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR BECAUSE... “I was born to be an entertainer, and ‘rock star’ gives me the most freedom in that”. MY FAVOURITE PART OF TOURING IS... “meeting new people every day, and I like trying new food too”. MY BANDMATES HATE THAT I... “over-pack, make a mess everywhere, and I’m always late”. MY BANDMATES LOVE THAT I... “can laugh at myself. I hate being embarassed, so it’s important to be able to laugh it off!”. WHEN I’M RICH AND FAMOUS I WILL... “probably shop a lot! And repay my mom for all the sacrifices she’s made for me”.

heard Circa, I was like, “All right, I’m cool.”

“I was there in the

But I still have that Saosin EP and it’s just amazing.

middle of the crowd going fucking crazy”

When you were going to shows, what kind of music was it? I just really liked to help support the local bands and went to shows like that. A lot of shows at this venue near me had a lot of reggae shows. I would always go to with my VersaEmerge: (left to right) Devin, Sierra + Blake

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Rock goddess: Sierra Kusterbeck

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