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Watch our exclusive interview with John O’Callaghan of The Maine and find out how their return on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour has been, plans for the rest of the year, who he thinks is the best and worst dressed in the band, and what 8123 means to him.
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Watch our exclusive interview with John O’Callaghan of The Maine and find out how their return on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour has been, plans for the rest of the year, who he thinks is the best and worst dressed in the band, and what 8123 means to him.

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Say Anything
July 13, 2014
Varsity Theater || Minneapolis, MN
Photos + words by: Anna Schultz

Say Anything performed at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 13 joined by The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos and You Blew It! The crowd seemed to be essentially the same group that had been at Say Anything’s last stop in Minneapolis with Motion City Soundtrack at First Avenue in 2010, having merely aged three years.  Attendees knew every word and were elated to hear old classics including “Do Better,” “She Won’t Follow You” and “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too.”

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Ray Isaac, Jack Romanov, Alex Newell, and A Great Big World
Boston Pride Parade
June 14, 2014
City Hall || Boston, MA
Photos and words by: Meaghan Brown

Following the Pride Parade, the Pride Festival began around noon at Boston’s historic City Hall. Singing DJ Ray Isaac was one of the first performers following the drag performances and a same sex dancing routine. Ray Isaac got the crowd up and dancing, even though no one knew any of his songs. Next up was local band, Jack Romanov. They are a group of Boston college kids who had the crowd energized the entire set. 

Later in the day, Alex Newell performed some covers including Whitney Houston. If he looks familiar its because he plays Unique on the fan-favorite tv show, Glee. Everyone was singing along the entire time, some guys. He was one of the main performances of the day, and his performance was nothing less than stellar. Mary Lambert was scheduled to go on after him, but fell sick a few days before and wasn’t able to make it. 

The headliners, A Great Big World, were on stage just after 5 pm. The fans had waited all day to see them, and couldn’t have been more excited. They came on stage and gave sensational performance. The second song of their set was their hit, Everyone is Gay. Which as a huge hit with the crowd, and almost electrifying. This was the reason that so many people went to the parade in the morning and were at the festival. They got the chance to express everything that they have to deal with on a daily basis, good or bad. This was the reason to celebrate.

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Dear Boy
(Support Act ) Kitten Self Titled Tour
July 14, 2014
The Bronze Peacock Room at The House Of Blues || Houston,Tx
Photos by: Daniel Hernandez

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Kitten
Kitten Self Titled Tour
July 14, 2014
The Bronze Peacock Room at The House Of Blues || Houston,Tx
Photos by: Daniel Hernandez

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Kitten performs an acoustic, six song set at Cactus Music Records in Houston,Tx just before performing her new self titled album at The House Of Blues’ Bronze Peacock Room.

Photos by; Daniel Hernandez

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Check out our newest interview with '68's Josh Scogin!
Fuel The Media’s Daisy Beltran got the opportunity to sit down and chat with Josh. Formerly of the band The Chariot, read about all Scogin had to say as he discussed with us the differences between the two projects, the pros and cons of a two man band, touring, his perceptive of music, and of course all about the anticipated release of the debut album from ‘68, In Humor And Sadness. 
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FTM: What inspired you to start your band ’68?
JS: Um well The Chariot was calling it a night and in my heart of heart and brain of brain I knew I wanted to continue doing music and so one thing kind of lead me to another in my brain and ‘68 was one. Musically speaking and everything else necessary, everything wasn’t all at once. It kinda sorta faded in to what it is right now and I believe it kinda always did involving and yeah that’s it. *pauses* That’s the short version of it.
FTM: Short version of it?
JS: I mean yeah, we decided to call it a night while we were still on Warped Tour but we didn’t announce it till sometime after Warped Tour. We were on Warped Tour last year when we decided when I decided to call my friend/produce Matt Goldman and booked some time for September and he asked “What was it for?” and I said “I don’t know, I have no idea what it’s for *chuckles* but let’s get some time to book and I’ll surely be ready.”  But before I had to go in there, that started in my head; clicking, thinking and seeing what is happening. Uh that’s how ’68 evolved out of the hat so…
FTM: Ah I see that would make sense! You were with The Chariot for 10 years?
JS: Yeah.
FTM: That is a very long time and it would make sense to start something new, like a project each time?
JS: Yeah well it was, I just wanted something completely different for me. I’ve been in five piece bands my whole life, sometimes four piece but for the most part I just wanted something absolutely out of the blue for me, and doing a two piece; having to play the guitar and all of those elements. Bass seem to come first in my head like that’s when I started getting excited and I didn’t want to start doing the same old things and so when those ideas came to me; it seemed like the music followed through and musically speaking, what more precise to where I’m at right now and what I enjoy? I love The Chariot but as far as right now this is kinda where more exact to who I am and so it naturally came so yeah I’m still on, I’m still enjoying the journey.
FTM: That would make sense.
JS: We are still in the beginning stages, the CD hasn’t even came out so… *laughs*
FTM: Yeah not quite yet *laughs* so what are you hoping for the upcoming release of your CD In Humor And Sadness and what is the meaning behind it?
JS: Well In Humor And Sadness, I mean I could have well called it Life. I mean it’s just that every day we exist and the life that we live. I mean you have to pick with the good and the bad. You could look at the world as a terrible place like everyday is a struggle but you can also look at it as a place with huge enormous mountains and that’s a good thing. So with In Humor and Sadness it’s kind of a big broad stroke that sort of sums up how I believe for my own self how to take in life and sadness. But there is also good but I also try to keep the humor part of it first. You know what I mean *chuckles* try to focus on that first. I don’t deny that I live in a tunnel but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
FTM: So this is basically your perceptive on life and you just want to put it with music like how you express yourself.
JS: Yeah like every album comes with a life stand of you know where I’m at musically at. It’s part of musically and lyrically and its very specific time stands. You know, with what I’ve been going through and the questions I have, the answers I have, the struggles, the success I have -  its just very natural, very transparent. I think the same way with ’68 on this record. It was very fast written, very fast and a lot of impulse, it’s very specific to a small portion of time in my life where The Chariot was done and that was sort of a big comfort zone for me because I’ve been doing that for 10 years. Now I’m in this new world, how does it look like and are people are going to be into it? Lyrically and musically in stuff I think this is what it reflects in the album.
FTM: So what do you think of your fans reactions will be like?
JS: I have no idea *laughs* how the whole reaction will be. I hope they like it! I like when people enjoy my work but you know having to say that I can’t make the assumption of what people might like or might not like. I have no way of knowing. I tend to just write what feels good to me and what I enjoy listening to and kinda hope people will catch on and enjoy so we can all just grow in that together. But as so far what I “expect” people to think, I have no idea. I surely hope that people will like it, maybe hear it and can bless them in some way, and take them away from their troubles or help them get through a day or whatever. *pauses* Music can be very therapeutic and very, it saved my life several times, and you know I just write tunes that mean a lot to me and hope that people translate it well enough to enjoy them.
FTM: So you’re saying that music saved your life but a lot of people say that, why do you think it makes people say that so much including yours?
JS: I think art in general is a very powerful thing. It can mean a lot to different people. The same thing can mean to different people but I think in music it’s a very powerful one - it’s a powerful piece of art. For me as a teen and such, music thoroughly sort of helped me express what I was feeling or helped get through things that I really didn’t think was to get over. I think just for people it has different meanings and for me for some of the lowest times of my life where I didn’t feel like I had anyone to turn to or anything. So I could always turn on music. I could turn it on and you know it kind of fit what I needed to hear at that moment and sometimes I feel like it’s so therapeutic. I feel like for most people if it wasn’t there I don’t know what I would have done or be where I’m at right now. I truly feel like it saved my life you know.
FTM: It seems like it’s a very personal meaning to you so can you now explain to me how was the writing & recording process like of In Humor And Sadness?
JS: Yeah it’s very fast, The Chariot finished their Farewell Tour in the end of November or something like that. I was in the studio in December and I had written, we had released two songs of seven inch and there was about a handful of others. For the most part I was in the studio for a week early and I’d set up, there was a room there where I slept in and hanged out or whatever. I set up my own little studio right there and then I literally wrote almost every song. I wrote every song in that room, I wrote three or four in that week, um before I went to the studio proper. I wrote three or four and our drummer would listen in the morning in a couple of hours then we had a song recorded that night or the next day. I didn’t have to where at the point; I had to stay ahead of the game. At that point, literally as long I could write a song; in week or whatever it was recorded. It was all fast and impulsive, very spontaneous, very gut feeling and we never second guessed ourselves or had time to look back “is there a better way to do this”. We just had to move forward, you know? Any idea, any avenue we traveled down a one way train, we never doubted it and I enjoy that. The guy I was working with, Matt Goldman, we’ve known each other for quite a while now and it works really well with us. We kinda enjoy it, because sometimes with Rock & Roll I think you can try different ways and over think it “maybe try this” and over think it you just suck out the soul, what it was supposed to be in the first place but I sometimes think Rock & Roll is supposed to be spontaneous, and supposed to be a gut feeling it could be good or bad. It just could feel like you’re winging the whole way so that’s the route we went in. I work pretty well under pressure; it was a very good experience. I don’t know if I would do it again in the next record but for this one, it was the only way it could’ve worked because as I said The Chariot minded all the way in about a week before I went into the studio and switch and you know turned into ‘68. I didn’t have any other option even if I wanted to crack it out.
FTM: It seems like you wanted to get everything done with since you had no choice so how would you describe ’68 for right now?
JS: Uh what do you mean, like musically or lyrically?
FTM: Um both.
JS: Musically I don’t know. I mean its Rock & Roll and you know aggressive - it’s stressful. I don’t know you know what I mean, it’s impulsive whatever. But mentally it’s just you know, I don’t know why we are here. I just know that it applies to see how much noise two guys can make and that’s our mission right now. What is an involving and convincing way to creating ways to make more noise? Eventually until I know what I’m doing on stage, we are going to try to get louder and louder on every tour. *laughs*
FTM: Speaking of tours actually, how was it like to be on your recent tour with Chiodos?
JS: It was awesome. I didn’t know too much of those bands before on tour and they were all very welcoming and very awesome guys. We were very grateful to be on that tour, really good shows every night. Yeah it was awesome! I couldn’t have asked for a better first tour you know?
FTM: Yeah defiantly! If you don’t mind, what was the craziest night of that tour? 
JS: That’s a tough one. For us as ’68, Atlanta because that’s our hometown and it defiantly felt surreal on how much love we were getting that night. With the other bands, I don’t now maybe their hometown but every night was equally crazy to some degree. But it was definitely for us Atlanta even though we were just the opener. They gave us their all you know; it was a peak for us.
FTM: That’s sounds like it was pretty crazy for your hometown you know? 
JS: It was awesome!
FTM: Can you tell me how it is like working as a two man band? Just you and Michael, how was it like just you two on tour?
JS: It was awesome. It’s way less cook for the kitchen, there are pros and cons that come with that. At this point in my life since I’ve dealt with the other way for so long that I enjoy two guys. Not to mention that we obviously tour as a band. But it’s nice to have the extra room, sleeping in the van; it’s not that bad because we have beds that are back to back that we can sleep on so comfortably like your bed at home. So all those features are quite nice and the other pros that come with it like where you want to eat, you just ask one other guy *laughs* so it’s quite nice. But there is definitely perks with a 5 piece you know? You just gotta take the good, take it in with the bad too. But at this point in my life. It’s a change, a welcome change that I like.
FTM: It seems like it was a new direction for you in your life, it sounds awesome so far!
JS: Yeah, yeah it’s been great, it’s been great!
FTM: With that being said, what are you guys plans after the release of In Humor And Sadness? Back on tour?
JS: Yeah we just started a tour yesterday with a band called Listener and another little dude named The Homeless Gospel Choir. We are doing that tour hitting the Midwest, southeast, and a little bit of the northeast then we’re going to Europe for about three weeks, some Russian dates then after that hopefully touring the rest of the week you know making racket.
FTM: Awesome! Sounds like you have great things headed in your way so far! Also I believe that is all I have for you tonight I want to thank you Josh for speaking with us. Hope you have a great rest of your evening!
JS: Thank you for speaking with me too, talk to you later!+ Check out our live coverage of ‘68 during their tour with Chiodos earlier this year here!
For more information, tour dates, and updates on '68 check out their Facebook Page. 
The debut album, In Humor And Sadness, is now available here.

Check out our newest interview with '68's Josh Scogin!

Fuel The Media’s Daisy Beltran got the opportunity to sit down and chat with Josh. Formerly of the band The Chariot, read about all Scogin had to say as he discussed with us the differences between the two projects, the pros and cons of a two man band, touring, his perceptive of music, and of course all about the anticipated release of the debut album from ‘68, In Humor And Sadness.

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From Indian Lakes will be releasing their new album Absent Sounds on October 7th via Triple Crown Records.
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Pictured above is the official album artwork for the record and below is the track-list:
1. Come In This Light 2. Label This Love 3. Breathe, Desperately 4. Sleeping Limbs 5. Am I Alive 6. Ghost 7. Awful Things 8. Runner 9. Search For More 10. Fog
Pre-orders on the record are still to be announced.
The band has just begun their tour with RX Bandits and Dear Hunter. For dates, tickets, and more information click here.

From Indian Lakes will be releasing their new album Absent Sounds on October 7th via Triple Crown Records.

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Stream the new and upcoming album, Unimagined Bridges, from Driver Friendly today!
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The album will not be released until next Tuesday, July 15h, via Hopeless Records, but the record is now available up for full stream.
Take a listen to it and let us know what your thoughts are!

The band is set to go on tour tomorrow with Stickup Kid, Seaway, and Candy Hearts. Tour dates can be found here.
For more information and updates with Driver Friendly click here.

Stream the new and upcoming album, Unimagined Bridges, from Driver Friendly today!

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Mixtapes to go on hiatus following their Fest 13 performance.
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The band just announced that they will be going on an indefinite hiatus due to “life and personal reasons”. They won’t be breaking up for good though so it’s safe to say it’s over nothing drastic! Below is a piece of the official statement from the band via Facebook:
“We still love playing in the band! but especially because of the way our band has always been… Because we started solely as an outlet for things going on in our lives, and because we’ve always prided ourselves on being genuine, we feel like it would be wrong to continue. We feel like a lot of bands reach a point like this and choose to continue and make bad records because of it. We don’t wanna be that band!”
To read the full statement click here.
The band has also revealed that they will be putting a couple of tour dates in the fall before their Fest 13 performance.
Keep up with Mixtapes for updates and more here.

Mixtapes to go on hiatus following their Fest 13 performance.

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