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The Muggs Interview Part 2: Getting to Know The Muggs

Yesterday, we published part one of our five-part series on modern blues rock road warriors, The Muggs.

Today, we’re going to get to know The Muggs a bit better and find out what really makes this trio tic.

Below you’ll find out how the band has evolved over the years, what went into making their third original studio album, Born Ugly (2011), and what each individual member means to the band:

For us, Born Ugly represents a bit of departure from The Muggs’ style on the first two albums. The raw, blues-based rock is still there but, in a way, it seems fuller, almost grungier. How do you see Bory Ugly as an evolution from previously albums The Muggs and On With the Show?

Tonymuggs: Definitely. First off, Dannymuggs [singer/guitarist] is one hell of a songwriter. We are always trying to ‘one up’ our previous work. On With The Show I think was a graduation from our first LP The Muggs. Especially tracks like , “On With The Show”, “Somewhere Down The Line” & “Curbside Constellation Blues”. I think Danny made huge leaps forward and so that set the table for Born Ugly. Danny was and is always reading. For that matter, so is Todd. So a lot of the rife imagery that Danny’s lyrics conjure is directly related to the authors and art that inspired him during the writing of Born Ugly.

Todd: it was a departure, and quite ballsy of Danny looking back on it. It was my first record with the guys and I think we talked about approaching the song arrangements differently. It’s Dan’s masterpiece as far as songwriting. Danny’s lyrics don’t get as much spotlight as they should, it’s a deep record and I think the music reflects his personal lyrics. I could tell it was a challenge for Muggs fans but they went with it.

The songs on Born Ugly have a similar sound and feel to them, as opposed to previous records that seem to have songs coming from different directions. On Born Ugly, we find a heavier, weighty sound, almost like it continuously beats down on your eardrums (in a good way!). Would you agree? Is there a story behind the songs on Born Ugly?

Tonymuggs: Born Ugly is conceptual. Much darker than our previous 2 LPs no doubt. Danny never likes to say really. He would prefer to let the listener come to their own conclusions about what the songs mean. There are obvious references to books, “Blood Meridian”, “Dear Theo” , “Notes From Underground”. “Hats Off To Mr. Beardsley” is in reference to Aubrey Beardsley, a contemporary of Oscar Wilde in 1890’s who was a brilliant artist. It’s as if the Muggs are saying, “OK. You like our songs. We’ve hidden little messages within these songs. Books, artists, things that inspire us. Unlock them for yourselves. Dig deeper than just the surface.” That’s one kind of fan we’d like to attract.

What has the addition of Todd Glass meant to The Muggs? What changes were brought about in the song-writing process while recording your third album, Born Ugly. Do you think the band’s sound as a whole has change/evolve due to his addition?

Tonymuggs: Everything. Quite honestly, hadn’t Todd joined the Muggs, there might not have been any more music. He’s that important to us! I always thought of Matt Rost, our original drummer, as our Mitch Mitchell. Todd Glass is our Keith Moon! Todd brought so much of his talents to the Muggs. He is known as THE best drummer in Detroit. He plays out almost every night in a number of different bands. His meter is exceptional!

What does Todd Glass bring to The Muggs?

Tonymuggs: Todd is hilarious and so much fun to be around. A very attractive ‘old soul.’ He makes me a better bass player no doubt. The Muggs love to goof around, especially at the bars before we go on. You know, we like to get loose. Todd was a perfect fit when he joined because he fit right in with mine and Danny’s drinking problem….just kidding? haha. But Todd is also the most excellent, professional drummer I have ever worked with. He has brought amazing ideas to the Muggs. We get along famously on the road. If it weren’t for his egregious snoring problem, he’d be perfect. haha!

What does Danny Methric bring to the Muggs?

Tonymuggs: Danny is my best friend. We’ve been friends for 27 years now. We can read each others minds. It’s a little weird at times. I couldn’t see myself playing with any other dude. Danny has always been amazing on guitar too. After only 6 months of teaching himself guitar, he was already soloing, and they were good solos. Always interesting and always went somewhere with his solo. Anyone can tell that now. Just listen to “Said & Done” solo as one of many examples. Yeah, we are brothers. And he IS the Muggs. He’s very humble, but I can brag about him. Not only does his riff his ass off, but he also arranges and writes these songs for the most part. Just incredible! Danny leaves it all on the cutting room floor. Ha. That’s one of his lines! He’s so quotable.

What does Tony DeNardo bring to The Muggs?

Todd: Tony is the spiritual leader of this band. I’ve known the guys since they started the band and all along Tony has been an inspiration both personally and proffesionally. Of course going through what he went through and coming out of it with such a positive spirit is huge, but, his undying belief in what the Muggs are and could be is a big reason we’re still going strong. As a bassist, he follows the tradition of all the great Detroit bassists, hard driving, funky playing. There is a certain push and pull between the drummmers and bass players that happens when you come up in Detroit and we have that together. Also, it has to be said that while Danny and I are at a bar somewhere in Detroit on a day off drinking with our girls, most likely Tony is at home on the computer and phone working hours on promotion, bookings, connecting with fans and doing the accounting. He is the reason we are coming to Spain/Europe. I love him, even though he’s painfully jealous of my masculinity and good looks.

Now that the live album is finally out, any plans to head back into the studio and work on a fourth album of Muggs originals?

Tonymuggs: Yes! When we return from our 2013 Full Tilt tour, we plan to relax for a couple weeks, decompress and then jump right back into writing and recording mode. We already have 3 new songs on the ballot. The Muggs are just hitting our stride. I hope to be doing this in 30 years from now. That would be hilarious. Ahhh, the Stones are doing it so so can the Muggs!

In a recent segment with The Garage, Danny mentioned carrying the torch of blues rock. What does that mean to you? What importance does that hold to the band?

Tonymuggs: It means allot to all of us. Let’s hope that real rock n roll gets popular again, because let’s face it, we all know that contemporary FM radio wants NOTHING to do with rock n roll. That being said, we feel like we are carrying the blues rock torch. I love seeing young kids look at Danny with wonder in their eyes at festivals and they are affected by his playing. Todd’s drumming is amazing and he has young fans watching him. I did what I had to do to get back in music because I loved music so much. All three of us bring something special to the Muggs as individuals but as one, the Muggs are bigger than just the individuals. I would hope that in 100 years, the Muggs will be mentioned as one of the bands that ‘kept blues rock going in such a turbulent time where the music industry model had failed’. That’s just my two cents.

Todd: This is the music that inspired me to be a musician, to me it’s natural to play this music, I don’t really think it’s in danger of disappearing from what I’ve seen.

Watch The Muggs’ entire segment with The Garage including live performances and an interview with singer/guitarist Danny Methric:


Follow our entire five-part feature on The Muggs:

Listen to Songs From The Great Gatsby’s Soundtrack.

The Great Gasby BSOWhen talking about director Baz Luhrmann and his soundtrack choices, we’re usually pleasantly surprised with what we hear. Even from early on, you could see his clear intentions to take risks banking on using bands like Radiohead, Garbage, or Everclear in movies like Romeo and Juliet (1996).

In his latest full-length production, The Great Gatsby (which comes out on the 10th of May and features a cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, and Tobey Maguire), Luchrmann has packed the motion picture full of musical star power. Names from across the sonic spectrum, like Florence and the Machine with “Over the Love,” Jay-Z with “$100 Bill,” an Amy Winehouse cover “Back to Black” done by Beyonce and Andre 3000, plus Bryan Ferry‘s cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” fill the score.

From what we gather, the movie’s official soundtrack features 13 songs and will be official released May 7th, although fans can listen to the soundtrack’s preview in iTunes. Some of the tracks have already been released in streaming over the internet, including Lana Del Rey‘s “Young and Beautiful ,” Florence and the Machine‘s “Over The Love,” and The XX‘s “Together.” Listen to them below!

01. Jay-Z – 100$ Bill
02. Beyoncé and André 3000 – Back to Black
03. will.i.am – Bang Bang
04. Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock – A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)
05. Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful

06. Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – Love Is The Drug
07. Florence and the Machine – Over The Love

08. Coco O. of Quadron – Where The Wind Blows
09. Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – Crazy in Love
10. The xx – Together

11. Gotye – Hearts a Mess
12. Jack White – Love is Blindness
13. Nero – Into the Past

Ring in the Spring with Our List of Top Ten Springy Tunes!

Today, March 20th, 2013, marks the first-ever “International Happiness Day,” which not-so-coincidently coincides with the first day of spring.

So, we at 5gig.com have taken it upon ourselves to put our heads together, imagine that we’re in a warmer place driving down the road with our favorite tunes cranked up, and come up with our favorite “Spring-themed” songs.

With a little help from Five Best, we’ve come up with a collection of songs with lyrics related to the season of renewal, or simply songs that remind us of thawing ice, birds chirping, and growing buds.

As always, we’re sure we’re missing a ton of good ones. So,.. let us know your favorite change-of-the-season tunes below in the commentary box!

Enjoy and Happy Spring 5giggers!

10. “Spring” – Vivaldi – what other way can we start the new season than with a touch of class?

9. “No Rain” – Blind Melon — we’re good and sick of the rain, plus this is one of the classic MTV-days music videos!

8. “First Day of Spring” – Noah and the Whale.

7. “November” – Tom Waits – as the lyrics say, “November has tied me, To an old dead tree, Get word to April, To rescue me.”

6. “Spring Fever” – Elvis.

5. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” – Stevie Wonder.

4. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison – nothing more than a feel good classic.

3. “Centerfield” – John Fogerty – because what means spring (and the end of winter) more than the start of the baseball season?

2. “Island in the Sun” – Weezer – dedicated to all those spring breakers out there.

1. “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles – here comes the sun, and it’s damn about time!

Watch Beck Perform “Sound and Vision” From 360º.

Backed by a 167-piece orchestra and choir, Beck performs an epic nine-minute cover of David Bowie‘s “Sound and Vision” in this staggering 360º video.

The project was recorded on a 360º camera binaural with sound capabilities, where it captures the sound from all different angles. There’s no doubt the video shows off top quality audio and video, so even if you’re not a big fan of Beck or Bowie yourself, you can still take the time to appreciate the recording.

The video was directed by Chris Milk and, although Spin has claimed it can cause dizzyness, this certainly hasn’t been the case with us. You’ll need to practice some patience while the video loads (even in the standard definition option, although it’s totally worth the HD viewing experience).

The crazy thing is that once the video’s up and loaded, it’ll ask to access your webcam to locate your face. From there, it will change the view according to how you move. There’s also the multicamera feature, where you can see the things from various angles.

It’s more than worth checking out, so you better stop read and start watching Beck‘s Reimagined “Sound and Vision” right here.

15 ‘Alternative’ Songs for Valentine’s Day.

Whether you’re a St. Valentine’s Day fan or not, we don’t want you to miss some of the songs that will certainly help you out with your girlfriend/boyfriend, or in the future if you find yourself all alone on a day like today.

Even if you can’t be held down by a relationship (not the worst choice, either), make sure to listen to our list below and enjoy the emotional melodies, lyrics, and composition of some of the songs that have conquered hearts across the world.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to hit PLAY►

15_ Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova- “Falling Slowly”

14_ Incubus- “I miss you”

13_ Low- “Sunflower”

12_ Sinéad O’Connor- “Nothing compares to you”

11_ Standstil- “Cuando ella toca el piano”

10_ The Cure- “LoveSong”

09_ The Knife- “Heartbeats”

08_ The Pogues- “I love you till the end”

07_ The Postal Service- “Such Great Heights”

06_ The Rapture- “How deep is your love”

05_ The Stone Roses- “Ten Storey Love Song”

04_ The Temper Trap- “Sweet Disposition”

03_ The XX- “Angels”

02_ U2- “All I Want Is You”

01_ Wilco- “You and I”

Top 10 Radio Stations to Listen To on World Radio Day.

At work, in the car, even at home, we spend countless hours a day listening to the radio, but it seems like each time they’re full of more commercials and “filler” music. We miss the days of turning on the radio and learning about new bands, discovering great songs, and having a soundtrack to our day.

We at 5gig.com have decided to take advantage of the fact that it’s World Radio Day, and have compiled a list of our favorite stations that play quality, diverse music for you to listen to.

These are a handful of the stations that we regularly listen to here at 5gig HQ, but we’re sure we’re missing a ton and are always on the lookout for new ones! So, if you see anything missing or have a favorite of your own, send it our way and include it in the commentaries section below!

Our favorite radio stations:

BBC Radio1: Fearne Cotton (or Chris Moyles in the past) and the emblematic Pete Tong and Zane Lowe are some of the DJs you’ll find behind the helms of BBC Radio 1. What we most like about this station is that it still gives you the possibility to discover new bands. Their worldwide exclusives help too (A new Muse or Depeche Mode single, anyone?), but it’s really the Live Lounge that knocks our socks off. Bands and solo artists visit the studio to play a few stripped-down versions of their songs, plus a cover (which tends to the be the most interesting – like the Gorillaz playing “Crystallized by The XX.”

Canada’s Rock, ‘The Rock‘: Rock from the 70s into the new millennium is what you’ll find playing from this Canadian station. It’s often tough to find those “old classics” mixed with actual good modern rock music, but this station seems to constantly kick out a quality playlist. Another thing, it’s also fun to follow them on the social networks, as they ask fun questions and even include interesting images like this one of the young Foo Fighters.

feel jah radioFeel Jah: In need of some relaxation or a break from the rest of the world after a long, stressful day? This is the station for you! Tune into Feel Jan to find a mix of classic to modern reggae. It kicks out the jams (Capleton, Groundation, Dennis Brown, Raggasonic, etc.) for 24 hours straight, without interruptions.

Houndstooth Radio: You won’t find any rules, formats, or commercials while listening to this LA-based online radio station. What will you find? How about a heavy dose of new and old indie rock? Maybe some grunge, and definitely the necessary amount of punk! You know what else? Houndstooth transmits from a garage and reminds us a bit of the ‘pirate stations’ back in the day.

Ibiza Global Radio:  Jose Maria Ramon, David Moreno, or even DJs like Cesar de Melero are some of the hosts you’ll find on this emblematic electronic music station. In addition to the laid-back electronica, you’ll come across interesting segments like Reggleution and Deepfusion.

Kexp: Shhh… this is one of our favorite secrets. We discovered this Seattle station by way of their amazing-quality live recordings (video and audio featured) of live, in-studio performances like Nosaj Thing or The XX – they can’t be missed! Aside from that, Kexp plays an eclectic mix of music and even has an “On Demand” section on the website that works quite well!

Oxigénio: This Portuguese station and it’s “Música para respirar“ (Music for Breathing) has us hooked. Indie, chill, remixes, b sides, and a vast variety is what you’ll stumble upon. Relax, take a deep breath, and try to bare through the news segments that tend to take several minute and break the music’s rhythm.

Radio 3: Radio 3 is the most eclectic radio station you’ll find in Spain. Flamenco, Hip Hop, World Music, Electronica, India, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Mash Ups, and an endless list of genres blare throught he speakers when listening to Radio 3. The music, mixed with their exclusives, up-and-coming band features, podcasts, etc., are big selling points, and all can be enjoyed via Android and iPhone apps!

Scanner FM: “the music that you won’t hear on the radio” is their slogan, and you can check it out for yourself. Blues, jazz, indie, rock, pop, latin rock, post-rock, “flamenca y mas,” and an interesting podcast selection are just a small sample of things you’ll be able to listen to on ScannerFM.

Xfm: This London-based station is the go to radio to find the newest trends and hyped tracks in music. For the most part, you’ll find rock, pop, and indie playing over the airwaves. Just like in the Portuguese station, you’ll have to bare with a heavy amount of talking in between segments, which can often times become too much. But, when they play music, they know what they’re doing!
One final recommendation! – although it’s not technically a radio station, 5gig.com HQ is well-known for playing Delicieuse Musique’s Jukebox. We HIGHLY recommend it! There are very few places you’ll find such a great mix of techno, house, electronica, etc. We’ve discovered countless DJs just by pushing play and letting the Jukebox do it’s thing!

Now, it’s your turn to tune in! Let us know what you think and any recommendations of your own!

 

Festival 101: Survivng BPM Festival in Mexico

It’s starting to get cold across the country but, lucky for electronic music fans, The BPM festival is just 17 days away in sunny Playa de Carmen, Mexico! With that in mind, there’s no better time than now to start looking at what it takes to survive an electronic music festival. What you’ll find below are the basics to make the best out of festival conditions and enjoy that music while having the best time possible.

Bringing the right attitude is the most important thing you can bring to any music festival. Note that the festival experience is for a special type of person who is in it to have a great time. You are going to be roughing it, things are going to get dirty, sweaty, and nasty. You are bound to lose something and see some crazy things. Go to the festival with an open mind and good vibes will come to you. Everyone is there to have a great time, so make friends with your campsite neighbors and people you meet at the festival. Here’s how you can make sure to enhance your delight at the BPM Festival in January in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico headed your way!

Party Smart

Whenever you’re away from the festival, lock valuables in your car. Check the festival website before you go to see what you are and aren’t allowed to bring into the festival as it changes. Some allow small backpacks; some don’t. Some allow sealed water bottles; others allow you to bring empty water bottles to fill on the festival grounds. Bring cash to avoid the need to carry your card and pricey ATM charges.

Wear layers and clothes that can transition easily from night to day. If you’re planning on wearing full on rave wear in the evening take a break right before sunset to change, don’t wear it all day. Wear a swim suit under your clothes and bring a jumper. Walkie-talkies are a great way to avoid having to bring, and risk losing, your phone, although channels can get crowded if a lot of people have the same idea. Group shirts are a great way to keep track of friends along with “people markers.” From giant inflatable alligators to colorful signs, some people carry these above their heads as an easy way to find friends in large crowds.

Building Home Base

Regular camping varies drastically from the festival experience. Take into account the type of climate you are going to be in while packing. Rain boots, ponchos, and umbrellas may be needed in areas susceptible to rain. Think about whether you will be in dirt or grass and the types of problems that can occur in both.

Bring a tent; if the area you will be camping in can become wet, bring a plastic tarp to put under your tent to prevent morning dew to seep into your tent. If you are camping in the open and in the hot spring and summer months, you’ll want to buy a large canopy to cover the entire campsite as shade can make a huge difference in temperature and comfort.

Bring an air mattress, pillows and blankets. You’ll want to make the little sleep you’ll be getting good sleep to boost your energy and keep your body going throughout the festival. Bring chairs for downtown and something to play music from. A portable outlet that can be plugged into an AV jack is a great idea for charging cell phones and camera batteries. Get a full tank of gas before parking in the festival. If you don’t want to turn your car on during the festival, purchase a solar powered battery charger.

Keep It Clean

It’s inevitable, things are going to get smelly and dirty. Most festival campsites offer shower stations, but getting into a shower usually requires waking up as the rooster is crowing to get in first or waiting in an hour-plus line. Bring a towel and wash cloth or loufa designated specifically for personal hygiene. Invest in dry shampoo, body wipes, face wipes, a mirror, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and a razor. Ladies, putting on makeup and doing your hair is pretty pointless, so wear styles that compliment your natural hair, and bring hats and headbands.

Bring headache medicine, Airborne and vitamins to keep your immune system strong. Bring multiple lip balms – as they are easy to lose – sun-block and bug spray. Bring a disinfectant spray for the campsite, hand sanitizer and Febreze because things are going to smell a little ripe there. Keep your campsite clean by picking up after yourself. Bring trash bags, paper towels and ash trays. Do your part to keep it clean.

The BPM Festival takes place January 4th to 14th in the beautiful Caribbean costal town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, just south of Cancun. BPM 2013 features some of the biggest names in electronic and dance music, our favorite DJs include: Steve AngelloCarl Cox, Richie HawtinStacey PullenSeth TroxlerChus & Ceballos, Loco Dice, Steve Angello, The Martinez Brothers, among MANY others.

Complete BPM Festival lineup:

If We’re All Going Down, We Might As Well Do It Rockin’!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and there are two major parties left this year – Christmas and New Years. One’s a family celebration, while the latter is a perfect excuse to get wild with friends at a concert, festival, or club event.

The only problem, there’s one ominous date standing in our way before we can even beging to think about all the NYE festivities – the possible end of the world!

With that in mind, we at 5gig.com have compiled a list of the best festivals, concerts, club events, etc., going down the weekend the Maya calendar comes to an end. We scanned our concert agendas in the biggest cities across North America to find the best gigs out there. Take a look below to see the results! Be sure to include any event happening in your town we missed!

Afterall, if we’re all going down, we might as well do it rockin’ and dancin’! Plus, it’s a Friday, so what else would we be doing anyways?

Top concerts to celebrate the end of the world: Friday, December 21, 2012!

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Country

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Stream Green Day’s New Album ‘Tre’. Documentary ‘Cuatro’ on its Way.

Pop punk band Green Day was surrounded with a whirlwind of momentum during the late summer to early fall months. With plans to release a ‘three-disk’ album of sorts staggered over several months, Green Day was back on top of the music world with a massive world tour and headlining festival performances planned.

However, after frontman and guitarist Billy Joe Armstrong’s supposed meltdown at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in September, he since has checked into rehab, consequently putting all the big plans Green Day had on hold.

To compensate for all the cancelled and postponed tour dates, Green Day decided to release the third album of their 2012 trilogy (which was originally scheduled to come out in January 2012) a bit early. !Tre¡ is due out next week (December 11th in North America), but the band has made the album available in its entirety for fans worldwide to stream!

Fans in the North American can listen via iHeartRadio.

Fans in the UK can listen via NME Magazine‘s online stream.

Additionally, Billy Joe, Tre Cool, and Mike Dirnt have announced plan for yet another project – this time a documentary entitled Quatro, which will see the light of day in Fall of 2013.

According to Consequence of Sound, director Tim Lynch claims the album “pulls back the curtain and takes fans inside the world of Green Day, from the various spontaneous live performances in select cities across the U.S. to the chronicling of their creative process while conceptualizing and recording their current trilogy of albums.”

Bassist Mike Dirnt adds: “Over the last year while we were recording our trilogy, we posted multiple clips every week so fans can see parts of the recording process of ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!, ¡Quatro! brings our fans one step closer by giving them even more access and revealing what it was like for us to make these records.”

Mark it on your calendars, as the Green Day documentary is scheduled to make its premiere on November 28th on VH1.

Swedish House Duo Dada Life Touring North America. Stream New Album Below.

Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom and Dada Life. With their eclectic style and electro house sound, Dada Life has enjoyed a dramatic burst onto the popular sound stage scene, noted for their extravagant and prop-ridden live shows known to incite riots. The duo live by their own set of rules, among them including “If you’re stuck, there’s only one solution: go harder”, “If you don’t want to get wet, you don’t want to have fun”, and “Bass don’t cry.”

Current Dada Life albums for purchase or order: Just Do the Dada (2009), Just Do the Dada (Extended and Remixes) (2010), and The Rules Of Dada (2012).

Dada Life is accustomed to headlining top electronic shows across Europe and North America, such as the Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival. Right now you can catch the Swedes and their house beats across the US and Canada, as they’re headlining their own club tour in support of new album, The Rules of Dada. Tour highlights should include their gigs at Vancouver, Las Vegas, Houston and Miami Beach.

Complete Dada Life tour dates and tickets.

Sign up for Dada Life Gig Alerts to receive e-mail alerts when they announce concerts in your city!

Stream Dada Life’s new album, ‘The Rules of Dada’ below!

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