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Bouncing Souls, Fallon, the Aquarian

In September, Red Bull had Brooklyn Vegan curate a Sound Select Show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg that featured Brookyln’s Aye Nako and Nude Beach opening for co-headliners the Bouncing Souls and Brian Fallon. The Aquarian just got around to running my review. Next week, the Bouncing Souls have an insane schedule parties, films, a flea market, brunch, tattoo fundraisers, and art exhibits as part of their annual Home for the Holidays extravaganza at the Stone Pony. Can’t wait.

Hot Water Music, Asbury Lanes

It's not all snowy owls and gray barrels. Occasionally you have to leave LBI to find anything resembling culture. Being as Hot Water Music is a big part of who we are, we caught them on Thursday, December 12, at Asbury Lanes, part of the Nor'Easter Tour with Torch and O'Brother. While we'd always like to hear more from their first four records, it was still a sing-along fun time, culminating with our friends Pete Steinkopf and Bryan Kienlen of the Bouncing Souls joining them for an encore of HWM's "Wayfairer" and the Souls' "True Believers." Great folks, good times.

Gaslight Anthem's Fallon Comes Clean

The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon Comes Clean” is my latest and most in-depth work with TGA frontman, Brian Fallon. The story also appears in the December issue of The Red Bulletin. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with this band since 2007. I got to do their first ever review for a glossy magazine for Sink or Swim and Ann Marie did one of their first photo shoots just as The ’59 Sound was releases, one photo of which appeared in Spin Magazine. I spent a few days with Fallon in the city this summer between his recording acoustic work, a few shows, and a new photo shoot. This particular feature is the result of a very candid talk over pizza in Chelsea. We got to chatting about how the Gaslight Anthem almost broke up, but found a way to move forward. And the story developed following their much talked about show at Chelsea Piers, while I was writing it. It was a pretty interesting time and I am grateful to Red Bull for the opportunity to tell the story.

Brian Fallon. Photo: Nevins/Red Bull.