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Recoil 02.01 -02.28 VOLUME 10 ISSUE 2 FEBRUARY 2010

Columns Karisa Wilson – Hip-Hop Culture Jeff Smith – Media Awareness Benjamin Hunter – Cultural Awareness

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Interviews Check out Recoil’s exclusive interviews with some of today’s most talented artists. Miachel Franti Page 19 The Friday Night Boys Page 22 Reed Waddle Page 26

Local acts Four Finger Five Cut the Check Records Zombie Apolacylpse NOW!

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Filmmaking Last Rights of Randsom Pride

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THE FRIDAY NIGHT BOYS Four years ago, pop-punk band The Friday Nights Boys was just the name of these four college guys’ bowling team. Now, they’ve left the lanes, the rental shoes and their hometown of Fairfax, Va., behind for spots on MTV and their first nationwide headlining tour. Lead singer/guitarist Andrew Goldstein remembers those days spent in his dorm room, loading his songs onto iTunes and playing basement shows with his friend Alex Gaskarth of the then up-and-coming band All Time Low. Goldstein hadn’t started The Friday Night Boys with bassist Robby Dallas Reider, guitarist/vocalist Mike Toohey, and drummer/vocalist Chris Barrett just yet. Each played in different bands from around the Virginia, Wash. D.C., and Maryland music scene. But one summer the four grew closer when Goldstein suggested that, just for fun, they join a weekly bowling league. Deciding to stick together as bandmates, they self-released their first EP, 2007’s So Friday Night, So Friday Tight, less than a year later, with their second EP, The Sketch Process following in 2008. They then sent Gaskarth some of their songs, and wanting to help, he made them the first band on his Fueled By Ramen record label imprint, The Party Scene, putting out their next EP, That’s What She Said later that same year. With label backing, and a spot on the Warped Tour, The Friday Night Boys released their first full-length album, Off The Deep End, last summer. Last month Recoil got Goldstein on the phone early one Friday night, and talked quickly about the Boys’ fast rise to fame, their new music video, and their love of Page 22 The Office.

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Michael Franti has found out a lot about himself, and the world, through playing music. Originally from Oakland, Calif., Franti has become almost as famous for his efforts as an activist and advocate for global peace, sustainable environmentalism, and social justice as he has for his work with his band Spearhead. A favorite of the festival scene, Franti and Spearhead last brought their unique blend of conscious hip-hop, reggae, funk, soul, and rock to West Michigan at the first-ever Rothbury Festival in the summer of 2008. They’ve performed together in varying forms since Franti founded the group in 1994, following the disbanding of his previous bands, the Beatnigs, an industrial-influenced punk band he played in during the late 1980s while attending the University of San Francisco, and the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, his short-lived electronic-leaning hip-hop project in the early ‘90s. Franti struggled some during Spearhead’s early days, eventually breaking away from the major label contract of their first two albums (1994’s Home and 1997’s Chocolate Supa Highway) to find a loyal audience through relentless touring and releasing his next two albums (2001’s Stay Human and 2003’s Everyone Deserves Music) independently. His two most recent discs (2006’s Yell Fire! and 2008’s All Rebel Rockers, both on indie label ANTI-) have found Franti entering the mainstream charts, earning the biggest hit of his career last summer when his song “Say Hey (I Love You)” cracked the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. In a 15-minute phone interview with Recoil during a busy press day, Franti found time to talk about the ongoing relief effort responding to the earthquake that struck Haiti last month, President Obama’s first year, and his changing views on music, media, and war. Page 19

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Kuzzin’s..........................................................28 Lemonjello’s...............................................28 Mayer, John...................................................24 Meanwhile Tavern.....................................31 Mixtape Cafe...........................................18,36 Monarchs’....................................................37 Mulligan’s Pub............................................46 Nickleback......................................................43 Parkway Tropics..........................................46 PotatoeBabies.............................................2 Putt Putt’s......................................................17 Radius Recordings...................................21 Rocky’s Bar & Grill.....................................44 Super Happy Burlesque..........................29 West Mcihgan Brewer’s Guild..................11 Z’s Lounge....................................................35

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