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Get to Know: Murder by Death

Friday, August 12: 1:32 p.m.
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Murder by Death will perform at the Rock Hall on Wednesday, August 17th.

Murder by Death formed in Bloomington, Indiana in 2000 under the name “Little Joe Gould.” The group released their first EP of the same name in 2001 but shortly thereafter changed their name to Murder by Death, which the band felt was a better representation of their unique sound. Murder by Death has since released four more EPs and five studio albums. Their latest album, Good Morning, Magpie, was released in April 2010 and charted on the Billboard Top 200. Murder by Death’s music has spanned across many genres over the years, including rock and alternative country, while also incorporating dark rock and roll sounds. The band currently includes Adam Turla (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Matt Armstrong (bass guitar), Sarah Balliet (cello, keyboards), Dagan Thorgerson (drums, percussion), and Scott Brackett (keyboards, accordion, coronet), and performing live at the Rock Hall for the first time as part of the Museum's free Summer in the City concert series.We caught up with Turla for some background on the band and thoughts on performing at the Museum for the first time. 

How did Murder by Death form?
We formed by people coming to parties at my house when I was 19. We ...


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Get to know: Trans Am - performing at the Rock Hall on August 18

Wednesday, August 18: 1:33 p.m.
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Trans Am will perform for the first time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday, August 18 as part of the free Summer in the City concert series. We caught up with the Nathan Means about the band’s one of a kind sound and their thoughts on playing at the Rock Hall for the first time.

Tell us about your band and who your musical inspirations are that influenced your sound?

We like a lot of music. There's no point in writing a list, but, say, Deep Purple, Autechre, Nice Nice, The Eagles, and Vangelis. That probably tells you almost nothing. How about this: We're three-piece that includes drums/drum machines/vocals, guitar/keyboards/bass/vocals, bass/keyboards/vocoder. So we get a lot of different sounds, but the music is especially good for exercising or driving on the highway. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't know this and just seem to drink and yell during our shows. Those shows are high energy. Our drummer, Sebastian, is usually the most featured musician.

Anyway, Trans Am has been around since the mid-90s. I guess we are a "cult band" -- we were lucky ...


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Get to know: FREE ENERGY | "We're going to rock the Hall of Fame."

Tuesday, July 20: 2:15 p.m.
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Free Energy will perform at the Rock Hall on July 21, part of the Summer in the City free concerts.

Philadelphia rock band Free Energy will perform for the first time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday, July 21 as part of the free Summer in the City concert series. The band formed in the fall of 2007 and garnered attention with their melodic, hook-laden dance-rock tunes. Their new album 'Stuck on Nothing' has received critical acclaim from fans and the media: Rolling Stone magazine labeled Free Energy as a band to watch this year and have since appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. 

We caught up with Paul Sprangers of the band for some background on Free Energy and thoughts on performing at the Museum for the first time.

How did Free Energy form?
After our band Hockey Night ended, Scott and I signed to DFA with nothing but a collection of demos and a distant dream. A year after writing and recording, we went to NYC to record with James Murphy. After five months of recording, we could no longer stand sleeping in the DFA office, so we moved to Philadelphia where we rented a house and started assembling the band. Now, Free Energy is a wild, ass shaking five-piece ...


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