Fred Thomas is a musician and multi-instrumentalist that started out in the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti, Michigan noise scene in the early 90’s. His new album Changer has just been released on Polyvinyl Records. We discuss his new album and musical journey from the various bands he has been in to tour.
Kevin Bronson is a music journalist. He has freelanced for The Times, LA Weekly, SPIN.com and SXSWorld magazine. Since 2002 he has covered the Los Angeles music scene and in 2008 launched his own digital blog Buzzbands LA. Kevin has a history of tipping readers to many unsigned artists such as Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids and the Airborne Toxic Event. He is an avid concertgoer and some of his press badges include Coachella, Lollapalooza, FYF and SXSW.
Shiragirl shares her story on how she crashed Warped Tour back in 2004 with her Shiragirl Stage. She is a leader that has paved the way and given many female fronted bands an opportunity to break into a male dominated industry. Shiragirl has supported Rancid, NOFX, Juliette Lewis and Joan Jett. We talk about how she broke into the boys club and made punk rock history.
Michael Kaminsky is a founder of KMGMT, which is a full service management company. Some of the artists he manages include 3OH!3, Archis, As It Is, Tonight Alive and The Summer Set. We discuss music, community, his journey and has some good words of wisdom for artists.
Kevin Lyman is the founder of the Vans Warped Tour which has helped launch the careers of Eminem, Katy Perry, No Doubt, Echosmith, and Paramore. Kevin discusses event production, the difficulty coming off of tour and business side of the industry.
Cleto & the Cletones are the house band for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Cleto grew up as a neighbor of host Jimmy Kimmel in Las Vegas. The band shares their unique bond of working with each other throughout the years. The band includes Cleto Escobedo III, Cleto Escobedo, Jr, Jeff Babko,Toshi Yanagi, Jimmy Earl, and Jonathan Dresel.