Luke McCormick

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    See 'The Music Never Stopped' This Month!

    The Music Never Stopped, a new film directed and produced by Jim Kohlberg, stars J.K. Simmons and Lou Taylor Pucci as father and son who overcome stifling odds through the music of Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, and numerous other rock legends.The film is screening this month in cities across the country.Click here to RSVP! In the film, Gabriel Sawyer (Pucci) runs away from home when his father, Henry (Simmons), refuses to let him see a Grateful Dead show. The two are later reunited when Henry learns his son has a brain tumor that prevents him from creating new memories. Slowly but surely, the two repair their relationship through the tunes of Dylan, the Dead, the Stones, and other classic icons, whose songs seem to be the only thing helping Gabriel's mind to progress. Check the trailer out below and hit up a screening near you!

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    Invisible Children Hit Austin with Deer Tick, Wye Oak!

    Invisible Children, a media-based non-profit organization that seeks to end conflict in in Central East Africa brought on by a rebel army, is hosting a four day series of street performances from artists at SXSW to raise awareness for their cause. "The Silver Series" will feature 25 bands celebrating 25 years of SXSW and recognizing the 25th year of war in East Africa. The performances will be filmed and turned into a collection of online videos, with two of them becoming La Blogotheque "Takeaway Shows". The organization has brought together a great lineup for the performances, featuring Deer Tick, Wye Oak, the Strange Boys, Sun Airway, Maps & Atlases, plus numerous other standout acts.

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    MGMT Chat with SPIN at Voodoo Fest

    During this weekend's Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them MGMT-- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below!According to guitarist James Richardson, the band has lost count of how many festivals they've played, but that's just helped them hone their live presence."You can't go on these long droned out interludes and you kind of have to project yourself more because you're further away," he said.Vocalist Andrew VanWyngarden took a crowd poll on who enjoyed the band's second record, Congratulations, and received serious applause.However, not everyone has been as supportive."There's people that hate it, I just saw a guy outside that said he hated it.Not cool," he said."I just made that up actually."See all of our exclusive interview with MGMT bel

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    Janelle Monae Chats with SPIN at Voodoo Fest

    During this weekend's Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them Janelle Monae-- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below!Monae just flat out does not believe in getting old."I'm never going to get old, as long as I live I'm going to be young at heart and I'm going to dance and sing and be young all the time," the Kansas City born singer said."I don't believe in getting old because I believe in all the things children believe in.While Monae herself doesn't believe in getting old, she does believe in death and loves the way the city of New Orleans acknowledges the end of one's life."I love that they celebrate when people pass and I love the horns and the costumes," she said."Death isn't a sad thing, it's a joyous time and that's what I want to teach

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    Cage the Elephant Chats with SPIN at Voodoo Fest

    During the recent Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their 2010 festival experiences and much more, among them Cage the Elephant -- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below!The band previously played New Orleans at the city's House of Blues venue and frontman Matt Shultz said the band saw some interesting characters."Last time I was here I saw this guy that had a phone taped to his head and he was wearing a Superman came and talking to himself," he said."It was awesome!"Whether they include caped crusaders or not, crowds have been responding well to the band's new material at recent live shows.For Shultz, making sure the new material sounds different from previous songs is very important.

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    Innerpartysystem Chat with SPIN at Voodoo Fest

    During the recent Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their 2010 festival experiences and much more, among them Pennsylvania's Innerpartysystem -- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below!The band recently signed to energy drink company Red Bull's new label and they're looking to drop a fresh six song EP in the beginning of 2011, according to drummer Jared Piccone."We didn't do that much this year but write," said vocalist Patrick Nissley."We kept pretty dormant and wrote a bunch of material."Before manning the skins for Innerpartysystem, Piccone spent his days selling used cars, but that gig didn't last too long."Things happen so fast.I was a used car salesman and all of a sudden I blink my eyes and I'm playing before Lil' Wayne," he said.See all of our exclusive interview with Innerpartysys

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    Jakob Dylan Chats with SPIN at Voodoo Fest

    During the recent Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their 2010 festival experiences and much more, among them Jakob Dylan -- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below!Dylan, the former Wallflowers frontman, has many memories about New Orleans, most of them being positive. "The Wallflowers came through here, I think in the very early '90s," Dylan said. "Bands always look forward to coming here."For this go 'round in the city, Dylan's set was pitted against Ozzy Osbourne's during Voodoo.

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    Jonsi Chats with SPIN at Voodoo Fest

    During the recent Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their 2010 festival experiences and much more, among them Iceland's Jonsi -- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below!According to Jonsi, his band Sigur Ros went on hiatus so the other members could focus on their families.He decided to go the solo route, releasing an excellent debut and staging a massive tour.Touring his solo material has not been too different from his time with Sigur Ros though, he said.

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    Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights Chat with SPIN at Voodoo Fest

    During the recent Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their 2010 festival experiences and much more, among them Dallas classic rock revivalists Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights -- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below!According to frontman Jonathan Tyler, the Northern Lights have been having a "smorgasbord" in New Orleans where the bars stay open late, as opposed to their hometown of Dallas."2 A.M.

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    Trombone Shorty Chats with SPIN at Voodoo Fest

    During the recent Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their 2010 festival experiences and much more, among them trombone/trumpet wizard Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews -- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below!The 24-year-old New Orleans native has been playing trombone nearly his whole life, and has been leading a band on the Voodoo fest stage for the past five years, with no plans of stopping anytime soon."It's definitely one of my favorite festivals," Andrews said."It's young, it's hip, it's cool."Speaking on his hometown, Andrews said his band has a simple, important connection to one of the city's best aspects."If it can become one big jam session, a big party, that's what we'll do," he said."New Orleans is a party and that's what we do."See all of our exclusive interview with Trombone Sho

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