Category: Band/Musician Interviews

  • Onetime Vegas Mainstay Slow to Surface Gets Back Together—For a Night

    After a five-year absence from the Las Vegas music scene, Slow to Surface will reunite for one night only, August 11 at Vinyl. Known and respected for sticking to its sound and refusing to sell out, the band has three albums up on Spotify, all of which still hold up thanks to their timelessness and…

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  • A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel Talks Maynard, Living in the Moment and Raw Art

    Your last show in Vegas was back in 2012. What are your thoughts about the city? It’s an extension of mine [LA], kind of. A quick, cheap flight makes it an easy get to for us, so it’s the outer suburbs of LA, how about that? I’m just kidding. I mean I love going to…

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  • Former Vegas Band The Day After Reunites for One More Night

    For the past 15 years, when I’ve been asked to name the best bands in Las Vegas, The Day After has been at the top of my list. Best friends Jenine Cali and KC Wells had a symbiotic songwriting partnership, and their music drew a loyal base of local music lovers. We’ll get to hear…

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  • Payola Presley Rocks This Way

    Electronic music is taking a step outside the box—and outside of the DJ booth. Mac Purdy and Zach Saucier may be familiar names to Las Vegas’ local rock-music fans, but the two musicians are now applying a twist on their skills for a new audience. In advance of their live show and album release party…

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  • Alex Clare Goes from TV Commercial to Commercial Success

    If you’ve listened to the entire The Lateness of the Hour album from the U.K.’s Alex Clare, you’d know he’s far more than just that guy whose song “Too Close” became popular thanks to an Internet Explorer commercial. There’s a mixture of everything from down-tempo/trip-hop and dubstep to bold choral elements and even peaceful acoustic…

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  • Local musicians Überschall team up with legendary drummer Terry Bozzio

    An indie college coffee shop. The ultimate dive bar. And now the shining performing-arts epicenter of Las Vegas. After nearly 12 years, the musicians of Überschall are still going with their unique brand of improvisational grooves ranging from jazzy intonations to electronica. Originally forming as a side project of Blue Man Group musicians to break…

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  • Something New Under the ‘Stars’: Local rockers Slow to Surface innovate with an old song

    The members of Slow to Surface have been known to throw a cover or two into their live sets in the past. But there’s something special about their recent take on “Stars” by ’90s alt-rock one-hit-wonders Hum. (You may remember the song; it goes like this: She thinks she missed the train to Mars/she’s out…

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  • Chatting with 30 Seconds to Mars Guitarist Tomo Milicevic

    30 Seconds to Mars has been to Vegas a few times this year. Anything stand out? I’m a lover of Vegas, I have to admit it. I love the filth and the raunch and all of it, and I’m a fan of gambling. For me and my chick, we come there and we just have…

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  • Afghan Raiders Regroup at Ghostbar

    Ah, Beans, how we’ve missed your high-impact head-bobbing. December 1 at Ghostbar, the whiplash-waiting-to-happen also known as Vincent Campillo teamed with Mikey Francis and Drew Marcogliese for the first Afghan Raiders show in Las Vegas since July. Campillo, a longtime local, now lives in San Francisco, with Marcogliese. Once fixtures on the Downtown scene, the…

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  • Naked Hippies, Glowsticks and the Final Tour: A Chat with LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang

    James Murphy has said This Is Happening will be the final LCD Soundsystem album. Do you think it really will be? I think it’ll be the last studio album of this sort. And I think this will be the last tour we do this way. I don’t think this is going to be the last you’ll…

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