Mind Equals Blown

Mind Equals Blown

Staff Picks – June 2015


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  • Hundredth: Free

    Hundredth - Promo

    I’ve seen Hundredth live five times. The only other band I’ve seen that many times is Switchfoot, one of my favorite artists of all-time. Playing in a much smaller hardcore scene, the five-piece has played a big role in bringing me into the genre and live setting. Around the time that their first two records came…

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  • Interview: Copeland

    Copeland - Promo

    Following their return, Copeland played some headlining shows after supporting Paramore this spring. Staffer Tim Dodderidge spoke with frontman Aaron Marsh before the Lawrence, Kan. date about the group’s return and mindset after working on other projects. The two also discussed the recently-released alternate album Twin and the resurgence of active music listening through vinyl. MEB: How’s the tour…

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  • Interview: Sleepwave

    Sleepwave - Promo

    Before the band’s show in Lawrence, Kansas, staffer Tim Dodderidge caught up with Sleepwave frontman Spencer Chamberlain. Chamberlain, the former vocalist for metalcore pioneers Underoath, and the rest of his new band members have been cooking up something different. The 90’s rock-inspired group put out their first full-length in September and is finally going on big…

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  • Interview: Darkness Divided


    Staff member Tim Dodderidge recently spoke with Gerard Mora, vocalist and one of the three brothers in the metalcore band Darkness Divided. In this interview, the frontman discusses the group’s signing with Victory Records and release of their debut album, Written In Blood, as well as going in-depth about the quintet’s Christian faith and how…

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  • Hotel Books: Run Wild, Young Beauty

    Hotel Books - Promo

    Anybody that’s ever listened to sad music has their “go-to” album in times of distress. For me, it tends to go back and forth between Brand New’s The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me and Dashboard Confessional’s The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most — albums by bands known for their poetic…

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  • Butterflies Are Mortal Too: America’s Culture War And Kendrick Lamar’s Explanations

    Kendrick Lamar

    Not too long ago, I wasn’t a fan of hip-hop. Now, I see Kendrick Lamar as a soldier in a genre that I once despised. Growing up, I was never a fan of rap music, and for what I thought were solid reasons. The lyrics didn’t seem to relate to me, and the colorful language bothered…

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  • Red: Of Beauty And Rage

    Red - Promo

    Two years ago when I reviewed Release The Panic, the letdown of a fourth record by hard rock trio Red, I left readers with a hopeful prediction: Well, Red proved just that. Their follow-up to the bland Panic returns to the group’s roots – chilling strings, booming guitars, and an overall menacing vibe – in the…

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  • Interview: Erra

    Erra - Promo

    Progressive metalcore outfit Erra opened the Frozen Flame Tour at a sold-out Granada Theater in Lawrence, Kan. last Saturday. Staffer Tim Dodderidge talked to guitarist/clean vocalist Jesse Cash during the show about the implications of touring with a band as big as August Burns Red, where they currently fit in with their initial metalcore influences and more contemporary prog…

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