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Interpol’s Brooding Set Shines Bright at Coachella


True to form, Interpol’s Friday night set at Coachella was both brooding and captivating all at the same time. As red and blue lights flashed around the New York City band, frontman Paul Bank’s moody vocals punctuated the pointed riffs of guitarist Daniel Kessler and sharp beats of drummer Sam Fogarino. The group offered a selection of hits off 2014’s critically acclaimed album El Pintor, with “Everything is Wrong” and “All the Rage Back Home” proving to be real highlights.

In addition, Interpol tapped into their back catalog with the fan favorites “Slow Hands” and “Evil” from 2004’s Antics. In all, it was impossible to take your eyes off Interpol, marking a triumphant return to Coachella.

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Cloud Nothings Jump-Start Coachella with Electrifying Set


Riding the high of critically acclaimed 2014 album Here and Nowhere Else, Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings packed their 45-minute set on the first day of Coachella with a full dose of electrifying rock.

The set, which kicked off at 1:55 p.m. in the Gobi Tent, drew a large crowd for that mid-afternoon time slot, and rightfully so. Their brand of breakneck punk-tinged grunge pop had the masses moving, as drummer Jayson Gerycz, singer/guitarist Dylan Baldi and bassist TJ Duke attacked their instruments with reckless abandon.

Duke set the tone to tracks like the slow-building “Swallow” and “No Future / No Past,” laying down a rumbling bassline as the rest of the band joined in. It was the perfect way to lead up to Baldi plaintively screaming the titles of the respective songs at the end.

One of Cloud Nothings’ latest singles, “I’m Not Part of Me,” was a big hit at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., sparking a lot of movement in the crowd that continued through the second half of the band’s set.

That motion came to a boiling point with “Wasted Days,” a nine-minute offering from their 2012′s  Attack on Memory. The song is easily the longest in their canon, and it runs like a three-act revue, with the voltage running higher and higher as it rolls along.

Like a waterfall, Gerycz’s drums cascade over and over alongside Baldi’s screeching voice yelling “I thought! I would! Be more! Than this!” repeatedly. Eventually, “Wasted Days” breaks down as Duke’s thumping bass restoring order to the torrid waves of noise.

During the show, Gerycz wore a white T-shirt that said “Music is a ‘Natural High’” on it, and that could be a good motto to have this early in the first weekend of Coachella. If nothing else, Cloud Nothings did their part to jolt the crowd alive.

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Watch Houndmouth’s Raucous Performance on Letterman


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Alternative country and indie rock recently came together when Houndmouth stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman, as the New Albany, Ind., quartet put on a raucous performance of new single “Sedona.”

The track, which comes off  latest album Kintsugi, starts out with a little twang from frontman Matt Myers and his Gretsch White Falcon, but soon the entire group comes together with crashing cymbals and soaring four-part harmonies.

Watch Houndmouth’s late-night appearance in the clip below and click here for a list of the band’s upcoming tour dates.

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Ken Yokoyama Visits Gretsch Reps in Japan


Japanese singer/songwriter Ken Yokoyama has been carrying the banner of punk-rock music in his home nation for a long time – first as guitarist for the massive pop-punk outfit Hi-Standard and later as a solo artist.

Recently, Yokoyama met with Jeff Cary and Joe Carducci from Gretsch, as well as Fred Gretsch himself to talk about some of the new Gretsch models that he’s been interested in.

Stay tuned for some more exciting news from Yokoyama and Gretsch – rumor has it that a signature guitar could be in the works – but in the meantime, check out some photos of the punk icon during his visit below.

For more information on Yokoyama, click here.

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Ken Yokoyama (L) and Fred Gretsch

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Ken Yokoyama and Joe Carducci going over a Custom Shop Duo Jet.

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Ken Yokoyama and members of the Gretsch team.

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The Airborne Toxic Event Performs ‘Wrong’ on Letterman


The Airborne Toxic EventLos Angeles-based indie rockers the Airborne Toxic Event recently stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman to perform single “Wrong” from 2014′s Dope Machines.

And it impressed host David Letterman and bandleader Paul Shaffer so much that the Airborne Toxic Event might have to prepare for some extra travel mates on their tour bus.

“Paul and I will be touring with the band for no justifiable reason,” Letterman quipped once the closing notes faded out. “For no money, just because that’s what we want to do.”

Watch the live performance of “Wrong” in the clip below.

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