Interview / Michael Malarkey

Atlanta based musician and actor Michael Malarkey might be currently causing a stir with his role as Enzo in famous TV series The Vampire Diaries, but right now, his grand musical abilities and passion for songwriting shine through as Michael is about to play a sold out show at Wilton’s Music Hall in London. His charismatic first single Through The Night And Back Again is taken from his debut EP Feed The Flames which captures Michael’s honest, engaging story-telling and haunting vocals. MGMB speaks to the multitalented artist about his music, influences and plans for 2015.

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Featured EP / Morningside Lane – Mellow Drama

New Jersey rockers Morningside Lane are back with a new fierce-sounding EP called Mellow Drama. The record, once again produced by the one and only Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls), proves the four-piece get stronger and bolder with each new release.  Mellow Drama is an excellent, rich record and a great statement to the band’s future direction.  Good news is that the guys are planning a month long UK tour next year! Watch this space.

Here is some info about the EP, new video and UK tour from the band’s guitarist Jon.
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Justin Furstenfeld: “I found a higher power”

Last week, Blue October’s main man Justin Furstenfeld brought a very special, intimate event called an Open Book Tour to three UK cities, performing songs from his latest record Songs From An Open Book, which features 12 breathtaking acoustic tracks such as Black Orchid, Hate Me or Fear, followed by emotional and inspiring stories behind these songs. The band have also been promoting their latest single Fear (Phil Tan Radio Mix), and its official video will premier on Tuesday, October 28 on VH1.com. Justin kindly showed me the video, which was made on Santa Monica beach and I can assure each and every blue fan, that it’s pretty extraordinary and definitely something to look forward to.

Before his show in London, I got to sit down with Justin once again, and we discussed the meaning behind the Open Book Tour and Fear, and we also talked about the band’s upcoming documentary & live CD/DVD, how much the blue family inspires him and much more.

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Interview / The Scenes

The Finnish experimental indie-punk-rockers The Scenes are bringing their diverse sound back to the UK for a lenghty tour with The Specials. Their new album Beige is set for release on 27th October and the guys are ready to astonish the UK audience with their compelling sound.

MGMB speaks to the band’s guitarist Miki Liukkonen.

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Ones To Watch – Interview / Our Man In The Field

In this interview, a London based singer-songwriter Alexander Ellis aka Our Man In The Field says that he’s not trying to change the world, just the next three and a half minutes. And that’s exactly what happens once you hear those alluring vocals and engaging storytelling. Inspired by greats such as Ryan Adams and Ray LaMontagne, Our Man In The Field creates his own stamp in the world of crafty songwriting, with a strong ability to draw you into a beautiful melancholy of his awe-inspiring music.

Read my in-depth inerview with Alex about the beginning of Our Man In The Field, his new EP, songwriting, performing live and much more. Plus make sure to make a note of his upcoming shows!

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