What's Good in the Music Scene?  

Alan Evans (Photo By: Greg Horowitz)
What’s Good in the Music Scene #36 – Alan Evans (Soulive/KDTU)

Let’s start things off looking back at this year’s unforgettable Bowlive run at the Brooklyn Bowl. Everyone was ranting and raving about The Shady Horns this year, particularly how hot they sounded throughout the whole run. How does adding the Shady Horns change the dynamic of Soulive and how you approach performing your songs? Yeah Ryan and Bloom have been playing a lot together over the past few

What’s Good in the Music Scene? #35 – Dan Kurtz (The New Deal)

By: Greg Horowitz Dan, thanks for taking some time to chat with us today about The New Deal.   The last time we spoke, we asked if there was ever a chance that The New Deal would perform again and you said that you were “pretty sure The New Deal is RIP.” What changed? I’m not really sure. It felt right to do it again, and we had

Marco Benevento
What’s Good In the Music Scene? #34 – Marco Benevento

By: Chelsea Wright We got a chance to sit down with Marco Benevento at Wanderlust Stratton in VT last month to discuss his music, influences and life in general. Check it out!   Hey Marco, happy to be able to chat with you. How are you doing this evening? Hey there, same here. I’m great!   Let’s just jump right in. How did you start playing music? I

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What’s Good In the Music Scene? #33 – Alan Evans (Playonbrother)

By: Greg Horowitz We sat down and spoke with Alan Evans of Playonbrother (and Soulive) to discuss everything from the band’s new lineup, upcoming album, new name and more. Check it out. Q1: Hey Al, thanks for speaking with us today. There is a lot on the horizon for Playonbrother. What started as a name change has led to a new album and new lineup for the band.

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What’s Good in the Music Scene? #32 – Adam Deitch & Borahm Lee (Break Science

Adam and Borahm, thanks for speaking with us today about Break Science! Q1: How did Break Science come to be and were did the name come from? We met and had a similar vision to make well made EDM.  Break = drum breaks.  Science = break manipulation and sonic experimentation.   Q2: Who are some of your musical influences? From DJ Premier to Squarepusher.  From Miles Davis to

In These Times
What’s Good in the Music Scene? #31 – Aaron Lipp (Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad)

Aaron, thanks for speaking with us today about Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad! Q1: So I have to start by asking, how did you settle on the name of the group? It all began with the drop of a few hats and an old broken banjo head on a finicky record player.   Q2: When did you guys first start performing together and at what point did you

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What’s Good in the Music Scene? #30 – Steven Rosenfield (Steve Rosenfield Photogr

Steve, thanks for speaking with us today about your experiences as a professional concert photographer as well as the What I Be Project! Thanks for having me Greg! Q1: When did you first start taking an interest in photography?  At what point did you decide it was what you wanted to do in life? Well, it all happened rather unexpectedly.  I was over in Europe rock climbing in

Chris Sheridan (Simplified)
What’s Good in the Music Scene? #29 – Chris Sheridan (Simplified)

Chris, thanks for speaking with us today about Simplified! Q1: When did you first start playing music? Thank you Greg. Music has always been a big part of my life since I can remember. I remember getting my first toy record player when I was 4 or 5 years old. I always liked anything that had a nice melody. My dad was an aspiring songwriter and wrote a

Kelley James
What’s Good in the Music Scene? #28 – KJ (Kelley James)

KJ, thanks taking some time to speak with us about your career as a musican. Q1: When did you first start playing music? Started playing guitar at 12.  First band at 15.  First solo album at 19.  First tour at 23.   Q2: At what point did you decide it was a path you wanted to take for a career? I knew I wanted to be a touring

Bill Evans
What’s Good in the Music Scene? #27 – Bill Evans (Soulgrass / Miles Davis Group)

Bill, we are honored to have the opportunity to speak with you about your remarkable music career as a leading musician in the jazz scene!   Q1: When did you first start playing music? I started playing piano when I was 6 years old.  I took piano lessons starting at that age.  I love playing the piano everyday, even now.  I started clarinet in 7th grade, and tenor

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What’s Good in the Music Scene #26 – Jeremy Hilliard (Turbine)

Jeremy, thanks for speaking with us today about Turbine! Q1: Where did the name Turbine come from? Let me deflect the “where” and keep the “why” we kept it, which is once we sat with it for a while it seemed to imply the conversation of energy, in our case energy in sound.   Q2: How would you describe your music? Psychedelic rock with a range of styles

Consider the Source
What’s Good in the Music Scene? #25 – Gabriel & John (Consider the Source)

Gabriel and John, thanks for speaking with us today about Consider the Source. Q1: Consider the Source!  How did that become the name of the group? Gabriel – My dad actually came up with it, since we are 3 people from NYC playing music that comes from all over the globe, one has to consider the source of things.   Q2: Who are some of your biggest influences as

Dopapod
What’s Good in the Music Scene? #24 – Rob Compa (Dopapod)

Rob, thanks for speaking with us today about Dopapod and the upcoming Catskill Chill Music Festival. Q1: Where did the name Dopapod come from? Eli came up with the name before the other 3 of us were even in the group.  It honestly, doesn’t mean much of anything.   Q2: Who are some of the influences behind your music? We’ve all got different influences, which I think is

The Heavy Pets
What’s Good in the Music Scene? #23 – Jeff Lloyd (The Heavy Pets)

Jeff, thanks for talking with us today about The Heavy Pets and the Catskill Chill Music Festival. Q1: Where did the name the Heavy Pets originate from and how does it connect to you guys as a band? It came from a long night and a hallucination involving a talking Jello mold.  It’s hard to say, but I am pretty sure the name is a sexual innuendo, and

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What’s Good in the Music Scene? #22 – John Fissinger (Damn Right!)

Q1: Where did the name Damn Right! originate? A fellow by the name of Pirate Vic named us at our first gig.  We were sitting at the bar at the 8×10 in Baltimore where our first gig was and Pirate Vic, at which time he was the head bartender at the club, said why don’t you call yourselves Damn Right!  We took a shot of whiskey and that

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What’s Good in the Music Scene? #21 – Todd Stoops (Kung Fu)

Todd, let’s start by talking about your group, Kung Fu, and the Catskill Chill Music Festival (Sept 7-9) in Hancock, NY. Q1:  When did Kung Fu first originate?  How does the name Kung Fu relate to you guys as a band? Kung Fu germinated during the autumn glow of 2010, originally intended as a Monday-night improvisational project at a brand new venue in New Haven, CT.  The name

Mike Najarian
What’s Good in the Music Scene? #20 – Mike Najarian (State Radio)

Mike, thanks for speaking with us today about State Radio and your solo projects!   Q1: What was it like playing alongside the Dropkick Murphy’s this past St. Patrick’s Day in front of 6,000 people? It was a great thrill.  We (State Radio) hadn’t played together in about four months and to be playing in front of that many people, on St. Patty’s day in Lowell with the

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What’s Good in the Music Scene? #19 – Wes Finley (Rebelution)

Wes, thanks for speaking with us today.   Q1:  When did you first start playing the drums? I first attempted percussion in middle school, but was not very good at first, so they stuck me on triangle duty.  By high school, I had actually gotten pretty good and graduated to snare.  I continued to excel and was drum captain the last two years on snare, but only considered

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What’s Good in the Music Scene? #18 – The Alan Evans Trio (The Alan Evans Trio)

Alan, Beau, and Danny, thanks for speaking with us today about The Alan Evans Trio.   Q1:  Individually, who are the influences behind your music and the styles in which each of you play? Alan – Everything in life influences what I play.  The sound the car just made on the wet road that just passed my house may influence something I write.  I feel that if you limit