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Murjani Rawls

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MEB Podcast: Episode 23 - Montage Of Heck

Welcome back to the Mind Equals Blown Podcast! This week, Nick and MJ are joined by special guest Christina Troitino, our fearless leader here at MEB, and the three discuss all things Nirvana. They start off with their thoughts on the new HBO documentary "Montage Of Heck" and go on to cover the band's legacy, what made them special, and much more. You can now also subscribe on ITunes to get new episodes! Give it a listen and let us know what you think! www.mindequalsblown.net
By Murjani Rawls
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MEB Podcast: Episode 27 - Ranking Kanye's Albums, From College Dropout To Yeezus

Welcome back to the Mind Equals Blown Podcast! This week Nick and MJ start out discussing the current climate of music streaming services before moving into their main topic: ranking Kanye West's discography. If you've ever listened to an episode before, then you're probably aware of their love for Ye, so tune in for quite the discussion. And don't forget to subscribe on iTunes!
By Murjani Rawls
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MEB Podcast: Episode 29 - Comic Con 2015 (I'm Not Cut Out To Be A Nerd)

Welcome back to the Mind Equals Blown Podcast! This week, Nick and MJ shift their focus to all the movie trailers that came out this past week at Comic Con. They talk Batman vs Superman, Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and much more. Then at the end they discuss some music news, including the new Bring Me The Horizon song and the impending nu-metal revival. Don't forget to subscribe on iTunes and let us know what you think! Enjoy!
By Murjani Rawls
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MEB Podcast: Episode 32 - Pop Songs Of The Summer

Welcome back to the Mind Equals Blown Podcast! This week, Nick and MJ go through and break down Spotify's Top 50 playlist and talk about how pop music is kinda dope right now. They also touch on the Straight Outta Compton movie and the future of music biopics, as well as picking their most anticipated fall tours. Give it a listen and subscribe on iTunes and enjoy!
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MEB Podcast: Episode 34 - Mr. Robot

Welcome back to the Mind Equals Blown Podcast! This week Nick and MJ stray away from music to talk about the best TV show of the summer, Mr. Robot, which wrapped up its first season this week. They breakdown what made the show so special, try to predict where it goes from here, and throw out their theories on the crazy cliffhangers! *NOTE* It seems pretty obvious, but if you haven't watched the full season yet, pause this, finish up, then come back. We talk mad spoilers. Also, we had a slight hi
By Murjani Rawls
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MEB Podcast: Episode 3 - Taylor Swift vs. Spotify

Welcome to episode 3 of the Mind Equals Blown Podcast! This week, fellow staffer Craig Roxburgh joins Nick and MJ to discuss a variety of topics, including the new Foo Fighters record, T-Swift vs Spotify, Fight Off Your Demons, and more! Give it a listen and let us know what you think! www.mindequalsblown.net
By Murjani Rawls
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MEB Podcast: Episode 6 - EOTY & The MEBBIES

Welcome back to the Mind Equals Blown Podcast! For our first episode of the new year, Nick and MJ decided to look back at 2014 and talk about their favorite records and what made them special. They then discuss our annual awards, The MEBBIES! Give it a listen and let us know what you think! www.mindequalsblown.net
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MEB Podcast: Ep. 11 - Pop Punk Is A Cult

Welcome back to the MEB Podcast! This week, Nick, Connor, and MJ follow-up a bit on their Blink-182 conversation from last week before moving on to discuss the future of Fun. They then turn to their main topic, a discussion on the craziness of pop punk fandom. Give it a listen and let us know what you think! www.mindequalsblown.net
By Murjani Rawls
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MEB Podcast: Episode 14 - To The Stars...With Your Money

Welcome back to the Mind Equals Blown Podcast! This week, Nick, Connor, and MJ discuss Tom Delonge putting up a preorder for demos, the new global release day, the literal embodiment of the fire emoji that is All Day, and much more. You can now also subscribe on ITunes to get new episodes! Give it a listen and let us know what you think! www.mindequalsblown.net
By Murjani Rawls
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MEB Podcast: Episode 16 - Ronnie Radke, 7-Inch Box Sets, And Other Awful Things

Welcome back to the Mind Equals Blown Podcast! This week, Nick, Connor, and MJ discuss Ronnie Radke's interesting interpretation of a 10 year tour, more Blink drama, Record Store Day, and much more. You can now also subscribe on ITunes to get new episodes! Give it a listen and let us know what you think! www.mindequalsblown.net
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MEB Podcast: Episode 17 - We Want Rock Bands! // Texas Over Everything

Welcome back to the Mind Equals Blown Podcast! This week Connor and MJ were busy covering South By So What in Dallas, so Nick brought in some special guests. For the first half of the episode, Nick and staff writer Craig Roxburgh talk the Kanye/Glastonbury petition, first impressions of Blink with Skiba, and play Buy Or Sell. Then at around the 36 minute mark, Nick is joined by his good friend Gio Williams, who talks about her experience at this year's SXSW. You can now also subscribe on ITunes
By Murjani Rawls
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MEB Podcast: Episode 18 - Tidal May Or May Not Be The Illuminati

Welcome to the Mind Equals Blown podcast! Nick's computer is back after its sudden and tragic death derailed last week's episode coming out, so the pod is back in action. This week Nick, Connor, and MJ talk Tidal, Brand New's maybe viral marketing, the glorious return of easycore, the APMA's, and way more. You can now also subscribe on ITunes to get new episodes! Give it a listen and let us know what you think! www.mindequalsblown.net PS Nick's audio gets progressively more robot-y as the episod
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MEB Podcast: Episode 20 - Nick And MJ Go To The Movies

Welcome back to the Mind Equals Blown Podcast! For this episode, we decided to mix things up and talk about movies. Nick and MJ discuss why the ending of Unfriended didn't make sense, why the new Star Wars movies are going to be rad, and why Internet nerds need to chill about comic book movies. You can now also subscribe on ITunes to get new episodes! Give it a listen and let us know what you think! www.mindequalsblown.net
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MEB Podcast: Episode 21 - Festival Season Approachin'

Welcome back to the Mind Equals Blown! After a few weeks off, Nick and MJ are back to talk about summer music festivals, taking a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of what fests have to offer. They also spend a few minutes talking about their feelings about the new record from The Story So Far record. Destroy pop punk. *This episode was supposed to run last week, but "technical issues" caused it to be taken down. Those issues are also the reason behind the cheesy new intro music. Sorry bou
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Great Good Fine Ok Speaks On "GGFOUR" and Processing Loss Into Creativity

New York synth-pop duo, Great Good Fine Ok‘s fourth EP, GGFOUR has been released to the world. In talking to vocalist Jon Sandler as the band was en route to an Atlanta tour stop, there was a sense of both relief and excitement. Excitement because there is always that emotion present when you are about to release music. Relief from a sense that he was able to process what he was going through into an eclectic and funny body of work. GGFOUR makes you both want to dance and to reflect on things.
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Marianas Trench Take You Through Their Haunted Opus With 'Phantoms'

When you listen to Phantoms, the fifth album from rock band, Marianas Trench, it feels like the makings of a haunted house film. Certain sounds that may spook you and entice you to explore deeper. All these layers that have you walk in with all the trepidation of a scare coming. In one of their most ambitious projects yet, the band is able to portray a haunted place with more than meets the eye. With layers and a meaning of love and hope as well. We caught up with drummer/vocalist Ian Casselman
By Murjani Rawls
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Oxymorrons Discuss "Brunch," Not Conforming To One Genre, and Life As An Indie Band

Since their first mix tape, 2009’s Better Then McDonaldʼs, Oxymorrons have been on the forefront of combining every genre of music that has inspired them into one project. We spoke to vocalists/brothers Dave “D” Bellevue and Ashmy “KI” Bellevue about their latest single, “Brunch,” the band’s various influences and how they tackle them, and the pros and cons of being independent. Like you guys, I like hip-hop music, but I’m into rock music as well. Your music serves as a bridge between those
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Hawthorne Heights Talk the End of Warped Tour, "Bad Frequencies," and Longevity

For 17 years, Hawthorne Heights have been a mainstay within the post hardcore genre. Bad Frequencies, their first album in five years, plays like a moving diary of lessons learned and adventures on the road. We talked to singer/guitarist JT Woodruff about their newest record, the end of Vans Warped Tour, and how the band has maintained their longevity. The end of Warped Tour is near. You guys made a mini-documentary chronicling your experiences there. I’ve been to many Warped Tours and seen
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Mad Hawkes Speaks About First EP, "Undone," Evolving, and Their Journey

Releasing your first complete project can be both an exciting and anxious time. With Mad Hawkes’ first EP, Undone, which contains a rock-like spirit mixed with a groove-oriented sound, there’s a confidence built by the four-year journey that led up to this release. We recently spoke with the band about Undone and the evolution of the band and the songs up to this point. Just as a starting point, can you give a little background about Mad Hawkes and how everything came to be? Sure! My name i
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Incubus Continues To Put Their Longevity On Display With Live Show

There’s likely a song in Incubus’s long storied career that you can relate to on a personal level. Perhaps you used “Stellar” to mark how you felt about a significant other. Maybe you played “Drive” during that epiphany moment where one life choice brought you to a new horizon. The alternative rock, five-piece from Calabasas, Calif. has found a way to stick with their fans, no matter the age or the album cycle. You would think that a tour with Incubus and Jimmy Eat World would be a no-braine
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Love and Euphoria Reigns Supreme Within Kaskade's Spring Fling

Not to say that there is some synchronicity between good music and weather, but as the beginning of Kaskade‘s two-night Spring Fling began at the Hammerstein Ballroom, the relatively gloomy weather began to clear up. Before the show, there were many fans  showing their appreciation via social media, whether it be through homemade signs or tattoos with Kaskade. In this new musical spectrum that we live in where fans have more access to a musician than ever before, personality is key. Fans wan
By Murjani Rawls
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