JOSH ROUSE: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A


STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: THE HOLIDAY SOUNDS OF JOSH ROUSE is just about to be released. How are you feeling about the album and the reaction you’ve had to it so far?
JOSH ROUSE: I’m excited it’s coming out. Just the label and friends have heard it but the reaction has been superb. The first single was released in September and it seems the fans have been waiting for something more “merry” from me.

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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: COLD WAR KIDS/NEW AGE NORMS 1


In a time when most bands prefer to stick to a proven formula, Cold War Kids continue to break new ground while forging their own musical path. Although they don’t make drastic changes, they push the boundaries by experimenting with new musical ideas and adding new layers to their sound. From Post-Punk to Soul, Cold War Kids are not afraid to take chances.  Integrity intact, they’ve been critical darlings and achieved commercial success as they’ve navigated their way through an ever-changing musical landscape.

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POCO/The Epic Years 1972-76 (5CD box) review!

Alongside The Flying Burrito Brothers, Michael Nesmith & The First National Band, Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band, and The Eagles, Poco was a pioneering band that laid the foundation for Country Rock and wrote the blueprint for Americana. Often overshadowed by Gram Parsons and The Eagles, Poco has never received the proper amount of respect and adulation that they so richly deserved. Remember, this is a band whose various line-ups have featured former members of Buffalo Springfield and future members of The Eagles (amongst others)! Sure, Poco has had hits, sold a lot of records, and continue to tour to this day, but their back catalog is often overlooked.  Thankfully, Hine/Cherry Red Records is stepping up to the plate with the five CD box set THE EPIC YEARS: 1972-1976.

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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BAD WOLVES/N.A.T.I.O.N.


Bad Wolves is a supergroup of sorts. Vocalist Tommy Vext spent time in bands like Divine Heresy, Snot, and Westfield Massacre before the formation of Bad Wolves. Drummer John Boecklin was previously a member of DevilDriver, lead guitarist Doc Coyle once rocked with God Forbid, rhythm guitarist Chris Cain treaded the boards with both Bury Your Dead and For the Fallen Dreams, and bassist Kyle Konkiel has laid down the bottom end for In This Moment, Scar the Martyr, and Vimic. If you count their manager as an auxiliary band member, then it must be said that Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory – Bad Wolves’ manager – kicks the ‘supergroup’ claim up another notch.

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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HALLOWEEN OST (Expanded Edition)


John Carpenter is a renaissance man. Best known as a director, Carpenter is an equally talented screenwriter and composer. He’s had a hand in many projects over the years. From TV movies, theatrical motion pictures, and comic books, John Carpenter is a man who has a passion for the arts. He is also a man who has a unique vision and it comes through in every project he is involved with. Operating outside any industry formulas, Carpenter has written his own rules along the way. Unsurprisingly, there have been many imitators along the way but none of them have matched the master himself.

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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WATERPARKS/FANDOM


Celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year, California-based label Hopeless Records has been at the forefront of the modern Punk movement since their inception in 1994. With a host of Pop Punk, Hardcore, and Post-Punk acts on their roster, the label has been one of the most influential on the scene. With releases by All Time Low, Sum 41, Neck Deep, Avenged Sevenfold, Thrice, Yellowcard, Anarbor, Taking Back Sunday, Silverstein, We Are The In Crowd, Bayside, The Used, The Wonder Years, The Human Abstract and Enter Shikari, Hopeless has always embraced the energy of modern Punk and releasing albums that have helped shape the genre. Through it all, the label has earned the respect of the Punk Pop/Emo kids and that is what is most important.

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RED BOX/Chase The Setting Sun reviewed!


It’s not the size of your catalog that matters, it’s how you use it…

Years before it became a name for a mobile video rental service, Red Box was a band. To be more precise, British Pop outfit Red Box released their debut single – “Chenko” – in 1983. Since then, they’ve only managed to release four albums, but what they lack in quantity, they certainly make up for in quality. Red Box is a staggeringly original outfit that mixes everything from classic Pop to Native American chants, from World Music rhythms to winsome sing-along melodies. Whether the song is bright and upbeat or slow and somber, there’s always a feeling of pure passion that inhabits Red Box recordings.

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