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THE LAST DAY OF YOUR LIFE

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I have just crossed off two bucket list items simultaneously at the end of a long and hot Warped Tour: 1) sharing the stage with the legendary metal band Gwar, and 2) watching our lead singer Zac Barnett die a bloody, grisly death. Spending a whole summer in parking lots can take a toll on your mental and physical well-being, particularly when there is …

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BROTHERS GOTTA HUG

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Earlier this summer, I had the honor of being the best man at my brother’s wedding. Furthermore, I was going to be super pissed if I was not the best man, since I am his only brother and I totally rule. The ceremony was in gorgeous Hiltonhead, SC, and friends and family came from all around to celebrate with William …

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Guitarmagëddon

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We have just returned from a European tour of so many diverse cultures, historic landmarks, and of course: late night döner kebabs and bratwursts. American Authors opened for a pop artist named Milow (think Belgian Andy Grammer) throughout Germany, and then hit some other cool countries on a short headlining run. I managed to do laundry once (the whole tour), …

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Interview with Metronome Magazine

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Had a great chat with Brian M. Owens from Metronome magazine, including some photos by Jesse Deflorio. Enjoy! Where did you grow up? Were you born into a musical family? I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. It’s an underrated music city; local artists included everything from the Black Crowes to Outkast. My grandfather was a jazz drummer in Manhattan in …

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The Middle East

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I just returned from a trip all the way around the world: NYC to Europe to the Middle East to the Far East and back to the East Coast. I froze my ass off in Stockholm, drank all the wines in Paris, crashed a vespa into a rice paddy field in Bali, got my Gangnam Style on in Seoul, but amidst …

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I Love This Guy!

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Sometimes you meet a celebrity you want to absolutely love, then he or she ends up being less-than-personable, rude, or just a complete nightmare diva bonehead. But sometimes…well, sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised. Sometimes you meet a hero. You have likely seen Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives’ starring the frosty-haired, tatted-up, vintage-car driving rockstar chef Guy Fieri. You may have …

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Pranking the Fray

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After two months of sleeping in a tiny bunk on a tour bus and waking up in a different city every day, it is with both remorse and relief to inform you I’m sleeping in my big boy bed again. Yes, it’s a red race car bed. Yes, I’m fine with that. In mid October, we embarked on a cross …

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Big in Japan

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I have just returned from a faraway magical land with enchanted noodles, an exotic language, and a favorable height differential. Japan is somehow one of the most futuristic and most ancient places I have had the pleasure to explore. Walking through downtown Tokyo feels like you’re living inside of a video game from 2030. Take the bullet train to Kyoto, …

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The Eric Andre Show

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 Last week I made my sketch comedy debut in the proudest and classiest of ways: as the caboose of a human centipede on the Eric Andre Show. I have always been a huge fan of outrageous avant garde comedy. Between Two Ferns. Da Ali G Show. Jackass. Upright Citizens Brigade. They kill me. The first time I heard of the Eric Andre …

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We Both Like Girls

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Ann Driscoll was one of my very first friends upon enrolling at Berklee. We were both Nirvana and Beatles fiends, worked at the Groove (the Berklee student newspaper) together, and collaborated on a handful of tunes and projects. Oh, and also went to Egypt together. When she asked me to open for her ‘Pushpins’ EP Release, I was elated. She …