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Contents) January/February 2017 Vandala 8 REVIEWS & EDITORIAL Wyclef Jean "J'ouvert" (Rap/Reggae) Koshir "Chew Your Food" E.P. (Hip Hop/Rap) Sacrificial System "D.N.A." Industrial/ Electronic) FreeZe "Free us" (Experimental/Hip-Hop) Uniform "Wake In Fright" Rock/Industrial/Noise) Crossworm "Finding X" (Psychological Horror/Hip-Hop/Electronica) Austra - Future Politics (Electronic)

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laum Reiviiew Wyclef Jean "Youvert" (Rap/Reggae) By Dustin Griffin - 4/5 Dragons Wyclef Jean's J'ouvert kicks off with a bang with the ambitious ‘The Ring'. The song starts off with Wyclef explaining why he's come back now and mapping out his near future. He also comments on his critics. The people who wonder if he still has it, or if he's lost it. As soon as the beat kicks in, however, complimented by a choir-like backbone and Chance The Rapper-style bars and delivery, the question of whether Wyclef has still got it has been answered with a very emphatic 'yes'. The jumpy dance tune Swear', with its Caribbean R&B swagger and reggae dancehall beat comes next and features Wyclef protégé Young Thug. Yes, the same Young Thug who's baffling and inventive music video for his song 'Wyclef Jean' was a viral internet sensation last year. The songs `Rear View' and ‘Holding On The Edge' bring the reggae influence even further to the forefront, with the latter song sounding as if it could have come off of any one of the Marley brothers' most recent releases. The political anthem 'Little Things' featuring talented Detroit rapper T-Baby, finds Wyclef exploring the usage of auto-tune. Auto tune is over done these days and can easily be abused, but if used sparingly and in the proper context can add a nice flavor to a soft beat. `Lady Haiti' is another in a long line of tributes paid by Wyclef to the country of his birth. It's the most personal song on the album and features an uplifting eletro-calypso beat it's virtually impossible not to move your body to. 'Party Started' is a great tune in which Wyclef reflects on and celebrates his musical journey. It's pretty simple and to the point, but it's fun and jumpy. `Hendrix' is Wyclef taking a crack at trap, a hip hop subgenre which itself was influenced by the styles Wyclef was creating back in the 90's. It's a great success, as far as Wyclef proving he can make music which is not only current and relevant in this musical climate, but actually helps to elevate the form with his original style of singing and rapping. Last but not least, 'If I Was President 2016' resurrects that unreleased gem in Wyclef's catalogue, with updated lyrics reflecting the current political climate in America. It's a good song and I appreciate that the message doesn't take aim at any one specific politician, but seems to say, if you want change, you have to be the one willing to make it happen. It starts with you. It's a message we need right now, and it ends the EP off on the perfect note. As a bonus, Wyclef tacks a few acoustic renditions of his songs on to the end along with a live version of the French Caribbean reggae joint tNle Me Quitte Pas', in which many of the lyrics are in French. J'ouvert is intended as an appetite wetter and introduction to Wyclef's third Carnival release, expected sometime this summer. And if this EP is any indication, The 08 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


Album Review Carnival III is going to be something very, very special. A perfect companion to those long, hot, beach baiting days in the sun. www.wyclef.com Watch for our cover interview with Wyclef Jean next issue of Vandala Magazine.

Koshir "Chew Your Food" E.P. (Hip Hop/Rap) By Chad Thomas Carsten - 4/5 Dragons Do you love your Hip-Hop being drenched with dirty sex rhymes that are so filthy it could very well give an entire neighborhood an erection when pounding in the streets? And are you a fan of raw lyrical savage hip-hop that inspires you to start working out and help to get your life back to together when first hitting play? Who even has content meshed together to give you sexual pleasure, while building your self-esteem to kick life in the ass and conquer your own goals? Koshir! He is Northwest's best-kept secret in hip-hop, that shouldn't even be a secret to begin with. This cat has mad talent and deserves to blow up on the build board charts like an Iran CD release party. The "Chew Your Food" E.P. is Koshir simply not giving a shit about what others think, by ignorning every hater in his path and making sure his music top notch, while also proving he is the king of the Northwest by not allowing another emcee snatch his shine from the mic. If Blowfly, Too Short, Brotha Lynch Hung, Fresh Kid Ice of 2-Live Crew, and Necro were to form into one single giant entity, as if they were combining together like Toei Animation's Kyi5ry0 Sentai Zyuranger meth warrior character "DaijOjin"(aka Great Beast God. Who takes five rangers to combine into one) and they made a solo hip-hop E.P., while in that form. With that ability, those rhyme slayers would very well birth Koshir's "Chew Your Food" E.P. Not saying Koshir isn't original, He can damn well keep it true and original) just expressing who could be linked with is creative influences. Those artists are the kings of sex and grimy raps and Koshir is creating a small gigantic hip-hop musical package to showcase his seriousness in front of his fellow influences. And while Koshir is still relatively new to the hip-hop game, he is advancing rather quickly on top of his peers, serving as the next five-star general rapper to lead a new generation straight-forth into taking over the music industry with clever triple xxx-rated porno rhymes and turn them platinum without selling out. Koshir is destined for greatness, "Chew Your Food" expresses that very clearly. The Chew Your Food e.p. ends rather quickly, but fans will be wanting more. This is just a small snack to give listeners a heads up to what Koshir secretly has planned to what could be a devastating full length LP. Keep your eyes on this one! Final Verdict; Pick up Chew Your Food and become a sex god! Favorites: "On Smash" (featuring KXNG Crooked, Mistah Fab, and Charlie Ray), "When It All Falls Down" and "Heat Stroke" www.facebook.corn/pgiofficialkoshir Jan/Feb 2017 - VandalaMagazine.Com 09


Sacrificial System "D.N.A." (Industrial/Electronic) By Chad Thomas Carsten - 4/5 Dragons For those who've said the industrial music scene died in the 1990's seriously need to wake up and accept the fact great quality industrial music is still thriving and exists in the deep hellish underground away from the mainstream smothered in darkness, exactly where it belongs and exactly where Sacrificial System spawned from. D.N.A. is the Industrial record that desperately needed to be released to shake the foundation of the early days of Industrial to its very core, while staying true and original with its unique gut wrenching addictive production.

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The mind behind Sacrificial System's debut is Keith Kosmopolis and he's been producing music for over fifteen years. By creating his latest release D.N.A., the album proves Keith is a genius when it comes to producing aggressive bone-crushing electronica that makes you want to head bang instantly! Listeners are bound to also have their very own feet somehow screaming at them to be out all night at the local Industrial Gothic club to simply bust a move to every single beat within "D.N.A."; it's that astonishing, indeed! Follow Your Leader is an anti-religious statement that harkens back to the glory days of The Downward Spiral. This release will no doubt have Groovie Mann grinning ear to ear with how powerful the track is, while the mind-blowing track "Mirror" will send listeners into an acid trip frenzy from its encroaching production that penetrates directly deep inside the frontal lobe upon first pressing play. Above all, if you're craving to take a time warp back to the glory days of Front Line Assembly, Ministry, Cabaret Voltaire, and Gravity Kills, then Sacrificial System's D.N.A. is the perfect album to do so! www, sacrificialsystem.bandcamp.com

FreeZe "FreeZus" (Experimental/Hip-Hop) By Chad Thomas Carsten - 4/5 Dragons Are you looking for a Hip-Hop record you can relate to Or something to serve as the soundtrack to your very first flight in space? Then Connecticut underground hip-hop champion Freeze definitely is the answer to these questions and is one of the best emcee's to be bumping these days, especially when the hip-hop art form is so over saturated with constant bullshit! His latest release, '*Freezus", brings life back into Hip-Hop, as if Shenlong the Eternal Dragon was somehow summoned and the summoner wished for hip-hop go back to it's original controversial roots and the "FreeZus" album dropped from the sky after the wish was granted. That's exactly how listeners will feel when raging out to Freezus in their whip driving max speed, it's that damn fresh! 10 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


Album Remiew The production inside I'Freezus" is down right flawless. Every beat is original, infectious, and they all just make you want to jump around your room for hours and hours as the albums plays endlessly on repeat. Elements of trip-hop, dub, grime, and rugged east coast hip-hop meshes together brilliantly and it helps make the album stand out among the other million other rap albums this year. The production on the tracks "Hallelujah", "Reach The Sun", (and even) "Rocket Ship", literally blast your mind into the depths of space beyond the Milky Way. If Ridley Scott were to make a futuristic movie that combined hood elements space travel through Ghetto worlds, and plot driven stories of other life forms living on the streets, these tracks would serve well in the battle scenes. Freeze's flow are best presented inside these three tracks, they just show off where he's at currently and how much his skills have improved and how his bars have been expanded upon with sheer complexity. That doesn't mean other tracks don't have unique flow, because they all do, just these three are straight up murderous! Above all, "Freezus" deserves to be listened to. Hip-Hop heads, don't sleep! Final Thoughts; FreeZe is extremely talented and as an emcee for over 15 years, this is his best work to date! Also, upon hearing "Lifestyle (Mo Murda)", Liquid Assassin, Donnie Menace, and FreeZe need to drop a full length release together. www.freezerapl.bandcamp.com

Uniform "Wake In Fright" (Rock/Industrial/Noise) By Michael Smith - 4/5 Dragons The Brooklyn duo kicks off 2017 with a brash opus of fury. Creating a mesmerizing fusion of intense industrial, noise, grindcore, and pretty much everything else that loud and angry as hell. An album based around a world at war with itself and iblit170 created with multiple different sounds of violence programmed in place of snares and kick drums, creating a nightmarish cathartic sound fitting the title "Wake In Fright", as well as illustrating a voice of the people angry with the direction their government and country are potentially headed, similar to the reaction Regan received from the punk and metal scene in the 80's. Politics aside, this album is exciting and extremely intense. Listeners will be spewing adrenaline and may feel a bit winded after a single track. There is no lack of band ferocity. Those looking for something melodic loud need not look further. www.unifuckingform.bandcamp.com

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laum RevAiemv Crossworm "Finding X" (Psychological Horror/Hip Hop/Electronica) By Chad Thomas Carsten - 5/5 Dragons Crossworm is a workaholic power house genius who never disappoints when it comes to always dropping high quality albums that leave most listeners lungs gasping for air due to the excitement level's listeners have experienced when first listening to any Crossworm record because his production is so original, his craftsmanship just leaves listeners speechless with the fact that an underground album can sound so morbidly beautiful, yet be so devastating lyrically; the beats are an ass kicker that frees the mind and expands the musical soul to brand new unexplored heights after being punched into a coma by their uniqueness. But don't worry, your brain will shortly be swelling up in appreciation of the simple fact Mr. C. F. 0 5 5 Vi RM F C; Worm exists in our world and is constantly thriving to level up beyond the stars and stay unattached to certain genres for his fans. I 7'.; 11 1 N

They deserve the best, especially when it comes to underground supporters. They truly support what they feel is the best in the music scene globally. That's why "Finding shouldn't be slept on by any fan of music (especially the diehard underground purists), it's an album where the production challenges the listener to go beyond the stars with their own talents, especially those who strive at becoming a better writer and crave damn good lyrical story telling.

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After being only a year since his 2016 underground cult fan favorite "DIRT" dropped; out of nowhere comes a long a rap record so mentally captivating that it may completely changes the hip-hop scene, presently. Be prepared when bumping the satisfying psychological horror thriller that is "Finding X" because it's bound to drag listeners underneath their beds so they can crank out the album full blast, back to back with the Boogieman, while their clothes are somehow becoming soaked in red due to the gallons of blood pouring from out their headphones, but it's just a musical terror illusion that's playing tricks on the music fans mind, thanks in due part to the raw, mind-bending, industrial tinged, twilight zone inspired production that instantly brings out the fear and loathing vibes and f*cks with you mentally, while the lyrics bite like an American Werewolf in London, chewing you down to the very bone with how lyrically intimidating Crossworm can be within his wordplay found inside Finding X. Each track is layered with spine chilling sound effects and bomb ass story telling. The detailed story telling behind "The Boulevard" will take listeners on a zombified journey in hell, while "Scream Catcher" will have music fiends chasing after their very own screams echoing down the dark corridors of their homes, in hope of capturing their screams so they can talk again, after their vocal cords have been lyrically ripped out from the songs razor sharp production. So what are you waiting for?! Pop in "Finding X", shut all your lights out, and experience a hip-hop psychological horror soundtrack delight that is bound to leave M. Night Shyamalan quivering in fear. Major Highlights include; "Johnny's Wall", "Unkind", "The Red Queen", "The Nothing", and "Coppers" www.crossvvorm.net 12 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


AI b u m Remiew Austra - Future Politics (Electronic) By Michael Smith - 4.5/5 Dragons When writing began on the album, Austra saw a world headed for dystopia, and for the people to imagine the world becoming something different. A place where gender, sexual orientation, and ourselves have no definition. Where we don't accept there only being one way to live our lives, and society is not controlled by money and the few that have the majority of it A belief is something that may not exist yet, but can in the future where anything can happen. With that, she has crafted a symphonic treat of synth-pop, layered with dancey grooves, a pinch of darkness and her lush vocal, carrying listeners through the strongest release of her career. Future politics has the makings to contact this artist beyond the world of college radio, and (with hope) spread a vision of hope for a future to a large audience ready to hear it, www. a ustra m u si c. co m

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In less than five years Electric rapidly took over the modern rock radio throughout the states and are destined to become the biggest U.S. Rock band in the last twenty years. Their debut record "The Damaged Ones" is bound to please rock fans worldwide for years to come! Vandala would like to thank Ron Thunderwood for taking time out of his constant busy touring schedule by giving us a fun filled interview How would you define Rock 'n' Roll in your own words? Ron: *Laughs* Can you hold on a second? I got to take care of something. *Interview pauses for a few* Ron: I'm in an RV right now that we're traveling in and the refrigerator door just flew open. Rock Prir Roll is when the fridge door inside your RV flies open and you catch all the shit as it's flying out! *Laughs* It's more of a state of mind. It's about self-empowerment. It's about not taking any shit from people and it's about inspiration. If a company decided to make a Thunderwood action figure, what would you want it to look like? Ron: Where I grew up for some reason Karate was some big shit in my town, but I never took Karate and I always wanted throwing stars. My parents never got me any probably because I never took Karate and they knew I wouldn't know how to chuck them at things. So I think he would have to come with some throwing stars *Laughs* Yes, let's get some throwing stars. I for sure gotta catch up lost time with some throwing stars *Laughs* Why should a Rock fan attend a 9Electric show? Ron: It's probably going to be one of the most intense live shows they've ever seen, as far as the engagement with the crowd. I have a serious obsession with trying to create a moment/surprise myself/challenge myself by creating moments with the crowd. I remember when I was a kid and I would go to these shows and some people were just faking it, maybe they were sick, I don't know what their excuse was, but I felt kind of ripped off and I saw the crowd and I looked around and I go, "What the hell was all the hype about this band? and I really felt like if I was ever in the position on the other side of the barricade, I had a duty to the people who showed up to do something, like create a spectacle and create a moment to bring all those people together. I think there is something really important when people share a moment together. I think that's why I like stand up comedians for instance. It's one of the purest art forms on earth. All you have is one person and a microphone and they're just bringing every person in the crowd together with them. I take those kinds of concepts by trying to put them inside the show. Mainly

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Who exactly does the album title The Damaged Ones" represent? It represents everybody. It kinda encapsulates the human condition, basically. If all goes well you still just end up as some old decrepit busted up person. And that's if something else doesn't get you first, ya know? And with that said, it's like anyone from all walks of life is gonna have/at some point, they're going to cruise up on some damage and that's also something that brings us all together. We can all share the fact that we're all on some kind of struggle/journey and we're going to cruise into some damage 18 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


Iinteriviiew. Am Imteumiew with IRorolilumderiwoosi and that's what makes us who we are. I think it's humbling and it's a fact that, maybeon the surface someone has a bunch of advantages over your walk of life, but they're going through their own type of shit too. I feel like that kind of attitude can bring out a lot of mutual respect from people that you might not feel that you have much at all in common with. So, yeah, I kind of like that idea. For you, what was the most challenging song to write and perform within "The Damaged Ones"? Ron: It's an obvious one with me as a vocalist. When it's just sheer vocal range and you're like, "Oh! I can't do that" he Actually, "Goodbye" is a good example of a song where we sing in these long high DAMAG NES notes on the chorus. Our drummer Mike had suggested that melody to me. He -brought the song and he was simply like, "Try this" and I was like, "No way am I going to be doing that" It was really cool to have someone else bring an idea outside of what my comfort level/tendencies were and actually make it work. It helped me grow! I'm really fortunate in this band that everyone is able to write and put in their own two cents. It's allowed me to become a better singer and it's freed me up to some spend so much time writing. I was in another band known as, "Opiate for the Masses", for about ten years and I had a lot more of the writing and the recording responsibilities. It didn't allow me to grow as a vocalist because I was just sticking inside a safe zone and I would kind of write by catering to my voice. Now I realize that I can do a lot more than I knew I could then. It's been a blast working with these guys! They're great songwriters! Any behind the scene studio memories you'd like to share when first recording The Damaged Ones? Ron: This album was recorded throughout our touring process and things like that. A lot of it was done in our bands rehearsing studio. Our drummer is an amazing sound engineer/producer. We recorded a bunch of stuff on the road too. Literally in our RV in the kitchen area. I guess that was a new experience for me, just being able to record anytime we need to get an idea down/finish up a track. We finished the recording with Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Ozzy Osbourne) and I learned so much from Kane. He's one of those guys that is not just a writer and he's not just an engineer, he's both! You can get the best of both worlds when you work with someone like that. He's like a Mutt Lang or something like that where you have an idea and he can incorporate it immediately like, "Go hop on the mic and do something like this", so it was really cool for him to come in and have that spinal refinement process with everything. Sometimes just a tiny twist or just one repetition of a bar was just all the difference in the world. It was just so cool to be able to wrap everything up with Kane. How satisfied are you with the final outcome of your debut record? Ron: I'm so happy with it! I've never been involved with something that when I pop it back in; sometimes when you record you have to step back because you know where Jan/Feb 2017 - VandalaMagazine.Com 19


Imberaview. Sex, ,,iclek you say a word too many times and you say it back the next time and it has no meaning? That's sorta how working on a record can become; you can't see the forest from the trees for awhile. I stepped back and I popped this thing back in and I was like, "Man! It doesn't even sound like this is our stuff" The magic is still there and it's a weird thing when you pop an album on that you were part of producing/recording/writing, all that stuff; you still feel that the magic is there, like the mystery behind the song. It's still a sonic journey for you as a listener. I never quite had that with any other record, as much as I've had with this one. There is always that nitpicking in the back of your mind like, "I could've turned the kick drum up a decibel" and all those goofy type of things, but none of that! When I stepped back with this record none of that happened. I just got caught up with the music and that's how it should be, I think. What's the bands current relationship like with Another Century Records? Any advice you'd like to share on what to avoid when a label tries to sign a new up and coming band? Ron: I would say this. My former band was signed with Century Media Records. So it's basically at least the same owner, if not a lot of people at the same label still. And I had a really great experience the first time and ITm currently having a great time I'm so happy with a team. It feels like I'm just working with my peers. It's not an us and them vibe so much, it's more of a "Let's make everybody win" Its so cool! I go to the movies with the president of the label, we hang out! We have a long-standing relationship. So that's really nice. As far as telling any up and comers about dealing with labels; the more you can do for yourselves as a band/the core people within the band and build yourselves, the more you're going to have bargaining power when you go to that negotiation level with the label. The ultimate thing is you should be helping each other. It should be a partnership. It should not be something where you're just trying to sell a bunch of Cdis for a company because you can sell a bunch of CdTs for yourself. If that's the case, it can build some kind of animosity. Be mindful of what value you can bring to a label and be mindful of what value they can bring to you. That's going to be the symbiosis you're going to be looking for. Touring with Drowning Pool must be extremely fun! Any behind the scene pranks you'd like to share? Ron: About 10 years I actually met our bass player KC DC when he was in the band Dry Kill Logic. I was on tour with Drowning Pool and so was his band. The pranks started wayyy long time ago. I think it was one night after some crazy radio show at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, Kansas. It's like this big dome. I think that my pants were pulled off at the end of the set and I just left them off. I had this army tunic on and it hung just low enough so you couldn't see my junk. So I was running around the Cotillion with no pants on. Someone stole my pants, I guess. I remember running out to the Drowning Pool tour bus and terrorizing anybody on the bus, just streaking around and I hopped on the table and gave C3 (Drowning Pool) an impromptu lap dance. C3 was laughing his ass off! But CI comes to our tour bus almost every night when touring and he's the one I was pretty close too back in the day. He's able to have the energy to hang out till the very end of the night. Someone from his crew always has to bring Ci back to his own tour bus. *Laughs* If you were to make a super-group with members of Drowning Pool, Gemini Syndrome and Red Tide Rising; what would you call it and what type of band would it be? Ron: That's

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Gang and Rick James Taylor, like a play on words from keeping our minds from getting too bored. I don't know what I would call the Super-group, but I would love to do one! What do you want to accomplish with 9-Electric within the next five years? Ron: I want to become a household name, dude! I want to have that kind of ability to be able to sway the masses! Like our music talking to people. I want that kind of reach! I feel like when you're an artist you want to be able to take things to a higher level all the time. As long as its a slow and steady build like it has been, I'm totally happy! Me as a performer; I want to be among the best in the world! 9Electric Online: www.9electric.com wvvw.facebook.comi9ElectricFB vvww.youtube.com/9ELECTRICxxx www.twitter.com/9electric

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Aesop Rock popped out of the womb with a mic in hand, seriously! This New York genius was born to become a rap legend. 1996 is an important year for Hip-Hop and that's when Aesop quickly became a lyrical ass kicking metaphorical master within the hip-hop genre. His latest release, "The Impossible Kid" is Aesop Rock at his finest and no fan should miss out on this soon to be classic! Are you able to go into detail on the exact thoughts that rushed through your mind when you first held a microphone in your hand? Aesop Rock: Mostly just fear. As much as I loved writing and recording, I didn't want to be bad. I wanted it to sound cool, and that takes a long time. In a live setting, it was even worse, because I'm not really a "show-y" dude. I guess I liked doing it all in private, but once it came time to show others, it was just pure fear. Not so much "check me out!" - It was more like "Check me out - or not, I'm sorry, I'll go." How did New York shape who you are today? Aesop Rock: It's everything I am. I have lived on the west coast for about 10 years now, but I spent 30 years on the east, primarily in NY - Long Island, Manhattan, and BK. My approach to everything I do even now is attached to sensibilities that coincide with what NY means to me. It's home, even if for now I feel a need to explore. I am a NYer off on an adventure. How would you define Hip-Hop in your own words and what are your true thoughts on the current state of hip-hop and the sounds of today? Aesop Rock: I don't know - I just like rapping. I'm fine with things evolving, and I never really had a "kids these days!" type of attitude. The shit has gone through so many phases, some you feel, some you don't. Sometimes what's popular currently seeps in and shows up in my work - other times it gets ignored. I'm fine with everything changing, and I don't really feel pressure to sound like "now" or "then". Ideally, I just sound like me, for better or worse. What makes an Aesop Rock show unique and original from other artists? Why should a new Hip-Hop fan attend an Aesop Rock show? Aesop Rock: I don't really know. I just try to translate my recordings to stage. If the idea of that interests you, come on down. Which three records of yours should a new fan start out with and why? Aesop Rock: Whatever the most recent 3 are at the time you are looking. I can't really listen to anything of mine that's more than a year or two old, so I always find what I'm doing now to be the most exciting. How does the album art featured within The Impossible Kid reflect your own childhood? Aesop Rock: It doesn't. It reflects the idea of a person wanting to disappear into the woods forever, and be friends with animals, and go crazy until the solitude takes on a life of its own. It mostly reflects "getting away". Is there a deeper meaning behind the album title for Impossible Kid? 26 VandalaMagazine.Com ]an/Feb 2017


Aesop Rock: It just seemed to work. I feel impossible to deal with. I feel ultimate happiness may be impossible for me. It works on a lot of levels for me, so I rolled with it. It's that "I'll never get anything right" feeling. Where was The Impossible Kid primarily recorded and are there any favorite behind the scene moments you'd like to share? Aesop Rock: It was all in the pacific North West. First half was in a barn in the woods, 2nd half was in an apartment in the city. No real exciting behind the scenes stuff. I've been a home-recorder since high school, so that's just what's most comfortable for me. I get up, I work. Inside "Rings" you dropped the line "Used to draw hard to admit that I "used" to draw". Are you able to break that line down in more detail in terms of what were your favorite things to draw and how many hours a day to use to spend drawing? Aesop Rock: I just grew up doing more art than anything. It was my main plan. I took figure drawing classes after school starting in high school, went to college to get a degree in painting. Visual art was always my main plan in life. Music was my hobby. My music stuff started getting attention and I slowly shifted more into that mostly just because it was a creative endeavor in which I was finding positive reinforcement. As for hours a day... No clue. It was all I did for a very long time. Will you ever pick up the pencil and paintbrush for art purposes again? Aesop Rock: Yes - I do from time to time, but I think the dream of having that be a successful endeavor in my life has left the building. Was there anything recording wise that you've always wanted to do, that you finally were able to do within The Impossible Kid? Aesop Rock: My recording process has been essentially the same since the 90s. If anything I think I've just been coming closer to finding "my" sound - whatever that means. So in that sense, The Impossible Kid is my most successful attempt. But the actual process has been almost identical since the beginning. Most challenging moment you faced when preparing to first record The Impossible Kid? Aesop Rock: I don't know what one stands out. It's always a challenge all the way through, and I'm always haunted with the idea that this is going to be the one that just fails completely. I tend to shut off the outside world a lot when I'm working, so the scariest parts come from the realization that people are gonna hear this stuff which isn't always something I'm thinking about when working. I just kinds plug Jan/Feb 2017 - VandalaMagazine.Com 27


Ferview Is Ike Itim ci 113 away and hope I'm not just making a mess. The most personal song featured on The Impossible Kid and why it's the most personal to you? Aesop Rock: They're all my babies. How did you and Homeboy Sandman first meet and how far along is Lice Three? Aesop Rock: We met over email - I just reached out to say I loved his work and wanted to know if he was interested in doing some shows. Lice 3 at present is just an idea. What motivates to keep pursuing Hip-Hop after all these years? Aesop Rock: It's all I know. I don't really have anything else to do. I like writing and rapping, and it's been a part of me forever. I don't really need motivation per se, it's just there. I need to make stuff, that's why I made art and music my whole life. It doesn't feel like I have a choice. Aesop Rock Online wiNw.facebook.com/AesopRockWins wiNw.rhymesayers.comiaesoprock www.twitter.comiaesoprockwins www.instagram.comiaesoprockwins

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Likvie Comerege? Blue Rodeo, Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins A Night to Just Listen and Enjoy Article By Gizmo Photo Credit Crystal Lee Tours are finally rolling through the valley and it's a wonderful sound. To start the January off I had the pleasure of heading out to the South Okanogan Events Centre for Blue Rodeo with Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins. Smaller show for the SOEC but as true fashion a great venue to see any show especially with this line up. To open up the night was Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins which is a band vibrant yet classic enough for the Blue Rodeo crowd. Slightly more rock than Blue Rodeo I naturally started to like them more and more which each song. To be honest I didn't know who was opening though at first thought it was a "younger" band when they stepped on stage. I goggled and my jaw dropped because Ron Hawkin looks amazing and just his energy was so effervescent not even close to his birth year. A little more on Ron Hawkins for those not familiar is that he has been on stage since the early 1990's with bands such as the Lowest of the Low which had a ton of great hits. Now with The Do Good Assassins for many years now each group he has been with is a little different sound yet all have great songwriting which in my opinion is underappreciated. With this band the first thing I noticed was how well the band gelled and energy. Things such as a violin and guitar have to really meld otherwise songs can be destroyed quickly but when they compliment and merge you get an unique sound that brings a song a little more passion just as a piano would. Each song was beautifully blended and just flowed with breaks of Rons' on style of humor that is a little naught at times yet innocent as he just lights up a room. A highlight song personally for me was City of Lives as you got to see how much vocal talent he has in his voice. What I love about his voice is its a little rough but smooth, passionate and with the band they harmonize so sweetly. Overall I would say they are more Alt-Rock than country as some have dubbed them. With a great line up of songs a Lowest of the Low song "Rosy and Grey" was snuck in from "Shakespeare's Butt" Album (Ron Hawkins humor). Not only are the lyrics lovable the violin live was spectacular with every note was perfection with spot on harmony. This is where Rons vocals were reminisce of the 90's (I loved the 90s), which got the crowd clapping as he asked the lights to be turned on to see the crowd. The big news of the night though was Lowest of the Low will be on tour May/June. So I would definitely grab a ticket after seeing Ron Hawkins live for the first time. In support of their latest album "1000 Arms" Canadian Rock-country band is trekking across Canada with all the usual spots such as two shows in Edmonton and a stop through the Okanogan valley. As most know Blue rodeo has been around for 30 years and have a great song list. Although Blue Rodeo is a show that you know what to expect you still cannot match the ambience of the show nor can you predict what stories they will tell on stage both in song and talking about their music. This was clear with the title track song from their latest album "1000 Arms." The story in short Cuddy explained is that the idea for the song came about from a very colorful bipolar woman with color cloths, food and personality. This woman 32 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


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With song writing a topic of the evening I overheard a conversation with an older gentlemen and assuming 13 year old granddaughter stuck to her phone. He told her to just listen and see what real song lyrics sound like, not the repetitive, meaningless songs she listens to. Of course she did the famous eye rolls but guess what? That girl was right into the music, having fun and the phone was put away! Experience is everything and with music having a huge palette is one of the best things in the world and even better is sharing music. This is why I hit every show I can of all genres so I can have this diversity. Plus if you're lucky you get to have that moment like this man and his granddaughter got to have and the memory can be brought back with a song. What I love most about Blue rodeo is how smooth and precise their sound and interactions with the band on stage especially with the two vocalists. Each member was highlighted at one time or another with lights and their sound. Jim Cuddy and Greg Keeler both know their strengths, Jim is lighter and more energetic which Greg is the deep voice. Overall having these two amazing vocalists gives the band such a diverse song list. My highlight of the evening was the song "Disappear" Guitars, piano, vocals and more it had it all. Piano solo, violin, guitar and vocal. Greg Kneeler stepped away from the mic and belted his vocals; this is what talent sounds like. Each part was just beautiful and why this band are the kings of country rock as each song they played. At the end of the night these two bands were a perfect pairing of 2 bands on stage giving fans a little rock, to folk and country. *Note Ticket holders got a email the next day from Blue Rodeo with a free digital download of "1000 Arms" with the option to upgrade to a physical D. Blue Rodeo Online www.bluerodeo.com www.facebook.com/BlueRodeo www.twitter.com/BlueRodeo www.youtube.comibluerodeoofficial Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins iNww.ronhawkins.com www.facebook.comiTheDoGoodAssassins www.twitter.comilucksHard www.youtube.com/PheromoneRecordings 36 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


Stick Men Jam Through a Stormy Night Article and Photos By L. Paul Mann A raging storm blew through southern California on a cold and rainy Sunday night, January 22. But that didn't * stop ardent fans from braving the lefts to come out to the Canyon Club for an electrifying concert by Tony Levin's Stick Men, The band started as a solo project for Levin with the releases of his Stick Man album in 2007. He recorded the album playing on a Chapman Stick, an electric string instrument invented by Emmett Chapman in the 1970s, The Chapman Stick has ten or twelve individually tuned strings and has been used on music recordings to play bass, melody, progressive chords, or textures with a synthesizer attached. Levin, one of the most prodigious progressive rock players alive, having played on over 500 albums, mastered the device. He tours with his band mate of twenty years with King Crimson, drummer Pat Mastelotto, and German master music producer Markus Reuter. Reuter plays his version of a "Stick," which he invented called, the U10 Touch Guitar. The trio produces a unique progressive rock sound, unlike any other live band. The band sounds at times like an entire classical orchestra and other times, like a hard jam rock trio, producing endless musical variations. Sometimes the band would veer into the realm of Primus territory, and at other times they could be mistaken for a jazz band. Each member of the group introduced various pieces played throughout the night which spanned the decade of the Stick Men material as well as variations of King Crimson classics. The music was so intense and intricate; it had the small audience in the cold, cavernous club deeply entranced. Most music fans listened intently emboldened with a variety of hard liquor from the bar that helped keep the chill in the air at bay. Moments of levity and personal outreach would come when the members would banter between songs, Mastelotto introduced his mother in the audience who was recovering from a recent stroke, Reuter recounted a story about the first concert he attended in 1982, a Mike Oldfield concert. He went on to explain that the electronic music pioneer Oldfield was a big star in Europe at the time and became his musical hero, In homage, the band covered Oldfield's Mirage. 38 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


The band played an impressive 90-minute set including several King Crimson covers. They also confirmed that there would be a King Crimson tour this year, with an unprecedented eight musicians in the lineup. The band finished the set with a bow before the audience before returning to play an improvisational piece that shook the tables. After the show, the trio of musicians lingered into the night chatting and singing merchandise with most every audience member that approached them. The Stick Men are truly a unique trio of live musicians standing out in a music world muddled with samples from older tunes. Stick Men Online www.iapetus-media.comistick-men/ www.facebook.comistickmenofficiali Band Members Online Tony Levin (www.tonylevin.com) Markus Reuter (www.markusreuter.com) Pat Mastelotto (www.patmastelotto.com)

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9 Unforgettable Festival Escapes Worth the Flight Guest Article By Nikki McNeill of Global Publicity The global festival scene is thriving, with a diverse array of unique festival escapes in exciting new destinations. From mountain top snow festivals and exotic Moroccan escapes, to adventures in the Costa Rica jungle, wallet friendly Eastern European hotspots and amazing city festivals to combine with long weekends of culture and sightseeing, there's something for every festival adventurer. Need some inspiration? Here's 9 unforgettable festival escapes for 2017... START 2017 WITH A TRANSFORMATIONAL FESTIVAL AT COSTA RICA'S ENVISION FESTIVAL Located where beach meets forest and waterfalls in the jungle of Uvita, Costa Rica', Envision Festival days are bursting with art, spirituality, yoga and education, whilst nights are committed to celebrating C humanity through music, dance and performance. Offering an enticing mix of world music, dance music, reggae and live acts, the 2017 line-up includes Opiuo, Autograf, Rising Appalachia, Goldfish, Blondish and Acid Pauli. Envision also features an impressive lineup of top yoga instructors, including Envision Yoga Program. Director and former adidas Global Yoga Trainer Ashleigh Sergeant, plus inspiring talks from speakers including John 2, Perkins, author of Confessions of an 3 — Economic Hitman and Burning Man Founders Crimson Rose and Will Roger Peterson. Envision is also 100% renewable and its focus on sustainable permaculture makes it one of the world's leading green events. Al 4

Envision takes place from 23-26 February 2017. To book tickets visit www.envisionfestivaLcom RAVE IN AN IGLOO AT SNOWBOMBING, THE WORLD'S NO.1 FESTIVAL ON SNOW Snowbombing. Where to start... Mayrhofen, Austria, that's where. A festival up a mountain 8,497ft above ordinary, in one of the finest ski resorts in Europe, showcasing world class acts in the most unique venues imaginable (think igloo raves, enchanted forest parties and mountain-top stages). Luxurious spas, rooftop hot tubs, authentic alpine cuisine, 650km of unadulterated piste and not a tent in sight. Snowbombing 2017 promises to be the most ambitious event to date with a world-class lineup that includes Run The Jewels, Chase & Status, Dixon, Courteeners, Blossoms, Slaves, Novelist, Monki, Grandmaster Flash, KINK, Groove Armada, Eats Everything, Gassy, Stefflon Don and many, many more. All this plus TV legend Pat Sharp is set to bring his FunHAUS to 5B17! Now, alongside Mr Motivator, Eddie the Eagle, Chairlift Speed dating, Snowlympics and more, Snowbombing and Pat Sharp's FunHAUS will host a superb array of alpine antics, including House of yoga, Bongo's 42 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


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MIX MUSIC, CULTURE AND GASTRONOMY ON A CITY BREAK TO BILBAO FOR BILBAO BBK LIVE Set atop the Kobetamendi Hill with breathtaking views across culture-rich Bilbao, Bilbao BBK Live 2017 will showcase acts including Depeche Mode, The Killers, Die Antwoord, Justice, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Fleet Foxes, The 1975, Sundara Karma, Cabbage and a whole host of Spanish musical talent. Basoa, the festivals carefully curated dance music space will also play host to uninterrupted party sessions from many of the most-respected names in electronic music including Dixon, The Black Madonna, Andrew Weatherall, Daphni, Job Jobse, D3 Tennis and Motor City Drum Ensemble. With many more acts still to be announced, it's the perfect excuse for a long weekend in Bilbao, home to the Guggenheim Museum, a vast cultural hub, and the world-famous Basque gastronomic scene. Bilbao BBK Live takes place from 6-8 July 2017. To book tickets visit www.bilbaobbklive.com PARTY IN A FORTRESS OVERLOOKING THE RIVER DANUBE AT EXIT FESTIVAL IN SERBIA Just a short ride away from the Serbian capital Belgrade, the magical Petrovaradin Fortress set high on the banks of the river Danube in Novi Sad provides the perfect setting for the EXIT Festival. Started as a student protest in 2000 fighting for political change and freedom, EXIT continues to spread positive vibes, promoting change and positive education, supporting many community and humanitarian missions, while throwing a damn good party. The award winning festival has something for music lovers of all genres with a diverse mix of artists performing on numerous stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels. Also renowned for it's amazing atmosphere and energy the Dance Arena champions the who's who in the electronic music world set in the awe inspiring moat of the fortress, it's that special moment when the sun's rays shine over the fortress walls and your favourite tune is belting through the sound system and into your soul! EXIT continues to deliver the most adventurous and value for money festival experiences in Europe so keep your eyes peeled for the first acts to be announced soon. EXIT. Where hedonism meets activism. Exit Festival takes place from 6-9 July 2017. Tickets available at www.exitfest.org. ENJOY THE PICTURESQUE WOODLAND SETTING OF POSITIVUS FESTIVAL IN LATVIA Taking place in the picturesque coastal town of Salacgriva in Latvia,Positivus is the

largest music and arts festival in the Baltic States, transporting chart-topping headliners, underground emerging talent and exciting art and dance stages to their unspoiled atmospheric coastal setting amid stunning woodland. Festival goers can dip their toes in the baltic sea or take in the atmosphere in a hammock beneath the trees while enjoying a rich diversity of international chart toppers and underground emerging talent in this idyllic holiday location. Positivus also offers art and dance stages giving festival goers a variety of activities and stalls selling locally made designer clothing and accessories, giving festival goers plenty to see and do during the 3 day event. Positivus was also recognised in the 2013, 2015 and 2016 European Festival Awards being a finalist in the 'Best Medium Sized Festival' category and also for 'Best Festival Line Up' in 2013. First acts for 2017 will be announced soon. Positivus takes place from 14-16 July 2017. Festival passes at ww. w. positivu sfesti va I .com 44 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


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DISCOVER THE BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC AT OFF FESTIVAL IN KATOWICE OFF is a festival for the discerning music fan and the place to discover the best alternative acts from around the world. A truly unique boutique music festival, OFF Festival takes place in 'Three Lake Valley', Katowice - a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia. OFF is a way of life, one that flies in the face of current trends and stays true to itself, and the ethos of organiser Artur Rojek is firmly aimed at supporting art and music with the festival bringing many acts to Poland for the first time. OFF Festival's reputation is growing year on year driven by the festivals forward-thinking, eclectic music policy and it's bold and eclectic lineups. From the greatest alternative music stars from around the world to the increasingly strong Polish scene, OFF festival has inspiring music in abundance and the organisers and crowd have one serious finger on the pulse when it comes to music. This year will be more of the same with the first acts announced being Circuit Des Yeux, Kikagaku Moyo, Swans and The Black Madonna. OFF Festival takes place from 4-6 August 2017. 3-day tickets from ÂŁ52 available at www.off-testivah.pl.

FIND YOUR ZEN AT MYSTERYLAND'S HEALING GARDEN Just a short distance from the city of Amsterdam, the world's longest running dance music festival takes visitors on a creative journey, combining the finest electronic music with an extensive arts and culture line-up. With over 346 acts, criss-crossing house, techno, disco, African beats, vinyl-only, hardstyle, hip hop and feel-good bands, there's something for every electronic music fan. The extensive lifestyle and culture programme also features theatre, movies, live art, interactive installation art, street performers, hidden raves in the forests and spectacular shows. At the Healing Garden, you can take some time to find your Zen and go back to the dance floor feeling completely at peace and ready to dance through the entire weekend. Mysteryland takes place from 26 - 27 August 2017. To book tickets visit www.mysteryla nd.n I 46 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


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JOURNEY TO NORTH AFRICA TO DANCE BENEATH THE STARS AT MOROCCO'S OASIS FESTIVAL Nestled on the outskirts of the bustling city of Marrakech in the luxurious surroundings of the Source music resort, Oasis brings a slice of festival paradise to Morocco, shining the light on North Africa as the latest must-visit festival destination. In addition to the cutting-edge music programme, there is ample opportunity to nourish the mind, body and soul with daily yoga, massage and reflexology. Guests can also experience Moroccan culture on-site with authentic local street food, a wide selection of locally produced and organic products, market vendors, henna artists and more. With the 'Red City' of Marrakech just 10 minutes from the festival it's also the perfect opportunity to explore the rich Berber, Arabic and Moorish culture, historic sights, desert landscapes, souks, spas and aromatic cuisine. Oasis takes place from 15 - 17 September 2017. To book tickets visit www.theoasisfest.com. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC CULTURE AT THE AMSTERDAM DANCE EVENT Amsterdam's thriving club and nightlife scene is well documented and for 5 days a year the city becomes the centre of the electronic music world as over 375,000 visitors flock to the city for the Amsterdam Dance Event. The ultimate music festival for fans of electronic music takes place in October, featuring more than 2,200 international artists performing in more than 100 of Amsterdam's most celebrated venues including Melkweg, Closure, Gashouder, Claire, Shelter, Paradiso, the NDSM Docklands and De School. In addition to the extensive line-up of the ADE Festival, ADE also offers music enthusiasts a large and varied daytime program featuring a wealth of dance music-related exhibitions, films, documentaries, DJ showcases, gear master classes and artist (MA's, taking place across Amsterdam's five main districts, utilising historical locations and unique venues across the city. ADE takes place from 18 - 22 October 2017. To book tickets visit www.amsterdam-dance-event.ni.

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Aesop Rock Live! Mind-Blowing Hip-Hop at the Pub Station Article By Chad Thomas Carsten This was the first time an Aesop Rock tour rolled through Billings, Montana and his fans were more than starved waiting for the legendary Aesop to finally perform near the Rimrocks, You could instantly tell just by looking into their eyes the fans were slowly withering away from struggling with hip-hop starvation and couldn't wait any longer for the lyrics of Aesop to fill their empty Hip-Hop bellies. Homeboy Sandman jumped on stage first and just slaughtered it live as if he were Leatherface with a Chainsaw ripping apart the audience, but with a microphone and ill rhymes instead! Homeboy truly gave no f*cks to the people who walked away from his seat and conquered the stage his very own way by keeping true hip-hop alive with is energetic, nonstop motion performance. Truly flawless. An emcee that more people need to discover and see live to truly experience what authentic hip-hop is all about. Next up was Aesop Rock! The crowd went Black Sabbath mania for Mr, Aesop before he even started his set fans kept screaming his name so loud, people within their private homes could hear it miles down the road. The screaming lasted before stepping on stage started and went to the very finish. I even heard ladies talking among themselves about how they wanted to tag team Aesop on stage in front of everyone! Dead serious. Aesop kicked off the evening with "Mystery Fish" and the crowd roared like the front-lines of the Revolutionary War storming onto the battlefield at the start of the war. On stage with Aesop Rock was fellow emcee Rob Sonic, who held his own on the mic and made the show even more exciting with his rugged flows. DJ Zone was on stage too hyping the crowd way the hell up by keeping the crowd thoroughly entertained with his unique skills to pay the bills. The diehard Rhymesayers fans went all out and probably couldn't even speak for a few days from losing their voices due to shouting every lyric to every song Aesop Rock played that night. The New York legend more than delivered as the headlining act. Sweat was pouring out from him like a never ending waterfall somehow dripping from his forehead. With how much energy Aesop Rock was putting out, the energy could've powered the Pubstation for a full month! He was constantly moving and spitting 52 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


syllables so damn fast; you'd think he was being recruited by the Flash to be part of the Justice League with how incredibly fast his legs moved when jumping around on stage. The most hype the crowd became for the New York rap pioneer was during "None Shall Pass". They exploded into a lyrical rage together and rapped every word to "None Shall Pass", in perfect harmony, as if they were practicing to be part of the Super Bowl half-Time show. The smiles during the song lit up the venue like a thousand fire-flies lighting up a deep dark forest. Aesop showed a lot of appreciation to everyone showing up and thanked the fans for all their support by staying after the show and making sure he met everyone that attended. Billings, Montana is already drooling over Aesop Rock to come back again. The reason to see an Aesop Rock show is so you can experience the feeling of how a jaw drops to the floor like a Roger Rabbit Cartoon, thanks to all the lyrical greatness that spewed out of Aesop's mouth as if he swallowed a dictionary and coughed up the formula on how to rap. Note: Aesop performed a wide variety of songs, but a lot were from his latest release "The Impossible Kid", which the crowd was super ecstatic to see live for the first time. More tour dates at the links below. www.facebook.com/AesopRockWins www.rhymesayers.comiaesoprock www.twitter.comiaesoprockwins www.instagram.comfaesoprockwins

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Likvie Comerege? Starry Nites Festival 2017 Ready to Go Article and Photos By L. Paul Mann

Cat Power and Scottish Indie rockers Teenage Fan Club have been added to the line-up of the Starry Nites festival. The event is set to take place March 18 and 19 at the beautiful Live Oak campgrounds in the majestic Santa Ynez mountain range, just above Santa Barbara. The inaugural festival is being organized by the same promoters who have produced one of the most highly regarded community festivals in California, the Desert Stars Festival, since 2007. Unlike the massive corporate festivals that have taken over the music world, the concept of the community festival is a more toned down approach focusing on a more pleasurable and intimate festival experience. Instead of massive headline acts and huge crowds of people, the community festival concentrates on a lineup of talented acts that may not usually play on the same stage. If there is a theme at the Starry Sites festival, it seems to be a gravitation towards psychedelic rock and jam music. Longtime Santa Barbara resident Alan Parsons will be headlining with his latest incantation of the Alan Parsons Project. Parsons has rarely played live shows in the new millennium, most of which have been special benefit concerts. But recently he has launched a world tour with precious few dates for his lucky fans to choose. Parsons is a living legend in the music world. At the age of 19, he found himself working as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road studios on the final two Beatles Albums. But it was his musical engineer work on the seminal Pink Floyd album, "The Dark Side of The Moon" that put him on the map in the music world. 54 VandalaMagazine.Com Jan/Feb 2017


In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson and the two joined forces to form the Alan Parsons Project, a very progressive rock band for their time. According to Parson's website; "The APP's debut album, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe paved the way for a signing to Clive Davis' newly launched Arista label and a string of hit albums, namely I Robot (1977), Pyramid (1978), The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980), Eye in the Sky (1982), Ammonia Avenue (1984), Vulture Culture(1985), Stereotomy (1986) and Gaudi (1987)." The band has sold over 30 million records across the world. Parsons will be joined by another legendary Psychedelic rock band, Strawberry Alarm Clock, who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary tour. The Los Angeles band had one of the biggest hits of the era, Incense, and Peppermint, and charted five hit songs. Other headliners at the festival represent different generations but share some of the same experimental traits in their musical approach. The Kills are an indie rock band formed by American singer Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince, with punk roots. The duo has been a festival staple in the new millennium and is well known for their explosive live shows. The festival also features the 90's version of neo-psychedelia with the Portland band The Dandy Warhols and the post-Goth sounds of California band, She Wants Revenge. The festival will employ musicians from the newest generations of neo-psychedelia as well, with and EDM stage and bands like Black Mountain. This Vancouver-based band has been producing their unique sound since 2004. Imagine a band that sounds like a cross between My Morning Jacket and Black Sabbath. A complete list of the bands announced in the first round can be found at the festival website. The Starry bites is the first large-scale multi-day music festival in Santa Barbara since the ill-fated West Beach Festival ended its run in 2010. The festival will feature four stages, more than 35 bands, DJ's, immersive visuals, and camping on site. Ticket prices for the two-day festival start at about the same price for a good seat at most any major concert in Santa Barbara. There are even a few special discount packages available as part of the Jumpstart program for early birds, which can also be found at the festival website: wwwastarrynitesfestival.com

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