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Get Archspired! Death Metal Alive in Corpus Christi.

By Joseph Kahn

Photos: Alex Morgan

Oh geez, if someone told me I’d ever have the opportunity to not only interview the members of one of my all time favorite bands, but to also write an article about their tour, I’d have to hurl myself down a set of stairs to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

Canadian Tech Death masters, Archspire make a round through the U.S of A for the Tech Trek IV tour with Virvum, Inferi, and Wormhole, and boy am I excited. These dudes have been making a huge impact in the technical death metal scene, with remorseless riffs and furious vocals; it’s hard to imagine them not sticking around for a long time. If you’re looking for a band that’ll make you feel like the machines are taking over while aliens simultaneously come down to masturbate and blow their cosmic loads all over your enslaved faces, this is definitely that band.

What is also pretty damn cool is the cover art for their newest release “Relentless Mutation” was painted by artist Eliran Kantor, who did a lot of work for old school favorites like Testament and Atheist. I’m going to have to stock up on extra faces, because these guys, along with the rest of the lineup, are seriously going to melt mine clean off. So if you happen to wake up without your face, don’t worry, I’m putting it to good use.

Rhymin’ N Stealin’ – The Original Beastie Boys Tribute Band

Rhymin’ N Stealin’ – The Original Beastie Boys Tribute Band
Chelsea’s – September 1st, 2018.

What do you do with your life when you hit your 30’s after playing in numerous bands, traveling the world as a professional rollerblader, even competing in the X-Games and basically just having a tremendous time… obviously, you start a Beastie Boys tribute band and you do it all over again. Kyle Smith AKA Ad Rock told us how Rhymin’ N Stealin’ came to be and a little bit about how much he loves the Beastie Boys.

Vent: Since you’ve never been to Corpus Christi, let’s start by telling us what the crowd can expect from the show.

Kyle: Well, it is a high energy, punch-you-in-the-face Beastie Boys experience. We’ve been at it about 10 years, and we don’t take our selves seriously at all, but we take what we do very seriously. So it makes for a good show, and you know, we’re paying homage to – what we consider to be – one of the greatest hip-hop bands of all time. And our DJ

Slightly Random with Slightly Stoopid

By Wil Henneberger

Since the virgin age of 14 (circa 1994), I’ve had a love for all things Ska, Reggae, Dancehall or any other upbeat, guitar-muting or horn-laced genre I could aurally absorb. For as long as I have been listening to reggae, Slightly Stoopid has been playing it. Which, according to the 10,000-hour rule, makes them experts. Still, the laid-back, humble tone of the band’s personalities reflects anything but elitism and superiority, as demonstrated by the fact that one of them took the time to answer some of the most ridiculous questions I could come up with.

The Vent Daily: You guys are from San Diego, CA- Did you ever go to Tijuana when you were young and see the black and white stripe painted donkey and really think it was a Zebra? …cause I did.
Ryan Moran: I know exactly what you’re talking about. I used to go to TJ a lot when I was like 18. Once you turn 21 it kind of loses its significance. Yeah, I went down there, I pretty much knew it was a donkey. It looks more like a donkey, not a Zebra.

No Rest for the Jaded: an interview with Steven James

Stevin James and his band, Stevin James and the Jaded, have been making waves as of late playing gig after gig wherever they can. And with his new album ready to drop, things only seem to be getting better for the band as they were handpicked to open the music festival, Fiesta de la Flor, which celebrates the late local tejano superstar Selena on April 17.
Steven took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to sit and chat with us.

The Vent: How long have you been playing music?
Steven James: I got my first guitar when I was 12 and pretty much never left my room after that.
Spent my teens learning Nirvana, STP, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins.
Then my parents gave me some Jimi Hendrix and Beatles records and that really blew my mind.
I started my first band in 6th grade, and played my first live show in 7th grade. My parents had to drive me to shows at clubs in Houston when I was 14 because I wasn’t allowed in without a guardian.

Folkin’ A Right! with Chris Carrabba

Interview by Wil Henneberger

This year has been a good one. I’ve had the chance to be a fan again this year. Thanks, to my “job”, over the last few months I’ve seen some tremendous performances and even interviewed more than a few of my heroes and inspirations. More than that, I have come back around to a version of myself that I really missed. Like most thirty-somethings, I’ve graduated from Screaming Infidelities and settled right into Something We Just Know. I’ve moved out of the Dashboard Confessional and on to Twin Forks.
I recently spoke to Chris Carrabba, front man for both of those incredible bands and once again found myself, simply, a fan.

Vent: What is the most notable difference a Dashboard Confessional fan is going to notice at a Twin Forks show?

Chris: I think if they’re a Dashboard fan they kind of get the difference. They kind of get the one thing that people who only ever heard DB records got. There was so much joy in Dashboard and that’s really on display here,

Cheech and Chong, Me and Mom, Some War Songs but No Bong

by Wil Henneberger

A few weeks before the Up in Smoke Tour visited Corpus Christi, I had the great fortune to speak with Tommy Chong on the phone about what to expect to see on stage at the show. He let us know that because Cheech and Chong were cultural icons, people expected to see their favorite sketches and the classic jokes that they have appreciated for decades. Keep in mind, Chong said this in the most humble way anyone has ever stated his icon status. We all know even the Virgin Mary gets a little pretentious now and again.

I am usually not a fan of predictable comedy. One of the main rules of comedy is that a joke is never as funny as the first time you hear it. I’ve heard a lot of Cheech and Chong material over the years and I was pretty sure I was in for a night of polite chuckles and respectful clapping. Either way, I was taking my mom for her birthday and she’s not the comedy snob that I somehow became, so

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