Spider One from Powerman 5000 on Being Rob Zombie's Brother and Appearing on Beverly Hills, 90210

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David Block
Spider One from Powerman 5000

Even though he fronts the sonically aggressive electro-metal band Powerman 5000, Spider One (AKA Michael David Cummings) is a thoughtful and downright restrained individual. I guess you have to have a cool head to keep some form of a band going for 23 years. Over that time, Powerman 5000 has released nine slabs of intense industrial metal, including 1999's Tonight the Stars Revolt, one of the genre's signature statements.

Speaking from the tour bus in New Mexico and in anticipation of Sunday night's performance at Trees, Spider One spoke with DC9 about everything from being Rob Zombie's brother to how he got to be on the original Beverly Hills, 90210.


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Thrashin' Alan on His Love for Metal and Hosting KNON's Hard Time Radio for 18 Years

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For nearly 20 years "Thrashin'" Alan Tuggle has been promoting metal on his radio show Hard Time Radio on KNON. It's a position that has also afforded him opportunities to interview idols of the metal scene from Ronnie James Dio to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

He's become a fixture in the local music scene, and he's one of the most important metalheads to come out of North Texas. He's introduced us to metal bands like Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall when no one else in the DFW area was playing them on the air. He's a father, a musician and an all around cool dude.

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The Rail Club Is No Longer "Just" a Metal Club

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The Rail Club has been a mecca for metal since opening its doors in 2010. But new owner Josh Campbell hopes to expand it to include other genres of music, making it a mecca for all musicians.

"When it comes to music, I play metal and I love metal," Campbell says. "But I don't think a venue can operate properly on just one genre of music."

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Eric Verporter of Centuries on Using Latin Album and Song Titles and Washing Dogs

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Chuck Johnson
Centuries

Although they have been around since 2005, Florida's punk/metal act Centuries have just recently released their full-length debut Taedium Vitae. Featuring a bruising style and vocalist Eric Verporter's unyielding singing style; Centuries have an intense style seemingly all to themselves.

Speaking from a tour stop in Florida and in anticipation of tonight's performance at Tomcats West in Fort Worth, Verporter talked with DC9 about his band's uncompromising roar and how he's lucky that his dog-washing job allows him time off for touring.


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How the Eli Young Band Stays Grounded As It Takes Off

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The Eli Young Band is, by now, a household name, at least in households across North Texas, where three of its four members still reside, and in other households whose speakers blare with country. With each single released by the four-piece, formed in Denton in 2000 and led by lead singer Mike Eli and lead-guitarist James Young, the band's name becomes more commonplace on the nation's playlists. With the release of its latest effort, the slick, something-for-everyone 10,000 Towns, a more prominent spot on Country Music's A-List seems inevitable.

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Girls Rock Dallas' Spring Fling Has Real Punk Attitude

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This year's Girls Rock Dallas' annual Spring Fling festival will be held on Sunday at Sue Ellen's bar in Oak Lawn. Although recently listed as one of the "Douchiest Bars in Dallas" by some local blog, this venue offers the perfect environment to channel a metal feel with a less chauvinistic touch.

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Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore: "Honestly, I Really Don't Care What Happens After I Die"

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Goatwhore

Hailing from New Orleans, Goatwhore are one of the most anti-religious metal bands going. But despite the darkness of their overarching message, the music is tight, white-hot, stop-on-a-dime hardcore metal. Hanging together for nearly two decades, Goatwhore have released six full-lengths, but 2012's Blood for the Master and the soon-to-be-released Constricting Rage of the Merciless are by far the best albums the band has made.

From the road in Nevada and in anticipation of Friday's show at the House of Blues, vocalist Ben Falgoust spoke with DC9 about the band adopting a more structured songwriting approach and why he is so vehemently against organized religion.


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Calabrese's Jimmy Calabrese: "I Like Humor in My Horror"

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Andy Hartmark
Calabrese

For over a decade, Arizona's Calabrese has been doing the horror rock/punk thing with wit and wisdom to spare. Carrying on the horror movie meets Elvis tradition of the legendary Misfits, the three Calabrese brothers have released six fun-filled albums concerning zombies, vampires and other dark subject matter. Interestingly, the band's most recent effort, Born with a Scorpion's Touch, finds Calabrese exploring a roots rock vibe that could widen the band's audience.

Speaking on the road in West Virginia and in anticipation of Friday's performance at the Double Wide, bassist/vocalist Jimmy Calabrese talked to DC9 about playing with his brothers and how he hasn't exactly kept up with The Walking Dead.


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Dave Hillyard of The Slackers: "We Are the Last of the Old-fashioned, American Road Bands."

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Saxophonist Dave Hillyard followed a girl to New York City back in 1992 and ended up joining an up and coming ska band called The Slackers. Some two decades later, Hillyard remains in the band as it crisscrosses the country several times a year playing a potent blend of rocksteady, reggae, soul and rock.

Speaking from on the road somewhere along the Arizona/New Mexico state line and in anticipation of Wednesday's performance at Trees, Hillyard spoke with DC9 about the lengthy career of The Slackers and how he feels his band is a dying breed.


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Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band: "We Are the Bastard Children of Bluegrass."

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Jay Blakesberg
Yonder Mountain String Band

Bands like the Avett Brothers and Colorado's Yonder Mountain String Band have somehow managed to make progressive bluegrass cool. YMSB have done this by straying as far as possible from the stereotypes and songwriting norms associated with traditional bluegrass. By incorporating some rock spirit into their well-played picking and grinning, YMSB have carved out a creating and convincing niche that bodes well for the band's continued popularity.

Speaking from a tour stop in Baton Rouge and in anticipation of Saturday's show at the Granada Theater, bassist Ben Kaufmann spoke with DC9 about Yonder Mountain String Band's melding of genres and how having four singer/songwriters is never a bad thing.


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