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Hey, guys! I grew up listening to classical music, opera and musical theater, but somewhere along the way, discovered rock and metal. Hearing bands like Nirvana, A Perfect Circle, AFI, RED and Seether opened up a new world to me, and I’ve worked in the music business ever since. I graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and started working as a reporter for Gannett Michigan. I also scored my first radio job on an alternative station in Michigan. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Billy Corgan, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and many more. Fun fact: I don’t like going to the movies. I can't sit still that long! Thanks for listening, and God bless! Facebook: ashlleyanne and Instagram: ericksonanne.
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Mark Anthony Jeffries, ABC PR
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12 Stones to Stop By the Banana Studios Today!

12 Stones plays the Machine Shop tonight (Sept. 22), and the guys will be stopping by the Banana studios today at 2:30 p.m. to hang for a while! I'm pretty excited chat with them about their latest album, "Beneath the Scars," and everything else that's going on with the guys.

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com
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Mark Tremonti Chats About Singing Leads on Solo Album

Mark Tremonti plays the Machine Shop this Thursday on a trek supporting his debut solo album, ‘All I Was.’ Of course, when most people think of Tremonti, they think of him as a killer guitar player and shredder. But, he sings lead vocals on his solo album, and I recently chatted with him about that switch.

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Shinedown's Barry Kerch with Anne Erickson
Shinedown's Barry Kerch with Anne Erickson
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P.O.D., Shinedown and More Rock Uproar 2012

I trekked out to DTE Friday (Sept. 7) for the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival and had the pleasure of interviewing Shinedown and Deuce at the show. Look for the interviews to go up later this week!

Overall, Uproar drew a packed crowd and some killer sets. A few of the highlights for me included P.O.D.’s always-sick, energizing set and Shinedown’s headlining performance.

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Photo via Wind-Up Records.
Photo via Wind-Up Records.
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Mark Tremonti Talks Origin of Solo Project

Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge fame is hitting the Machine Shop in Flint on Sept. 20, bringing tracks from his debut solo release, ‘All I Was.’ Tremonti, of course, is a sick guitar player, so it should be awesome to see him shred it up in an intimate venue like the Machine Shop.

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Banana 101.5's Fantone
Banana 101.5's Fantone
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Fantone’s Deal of the Week at Lasco of Grand Blanc [Video]

The Banana’s own Fantone was hanging out at Lasco of Grand Blanc this weekend, scoping out all the hot rides, and he took some footage showing off the “Deal of the Week.” This week’s pick? A 2009 Ford Flex. Lasco Ford is chopping $500 off the cost of the car this week, as its Internet Deal of the Week.

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Category: Flint News
Photo by Jim McGuire
Photo by Jim McGuire
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Saving Abel Guitarist Chats About His Love for the Machine Shop

Saving Abel were in town last Saturday for Lansing’s Common Ground Music Festival, and I had the chance to interview guitarist Jason Null the day of the show about the band’s new album, ‘Bringing Down the Giant,’ which is out tomorrow (July 17). Saving Abel play the Machine Shop this Friday (July 20), and Null gushed about how much he loves playing Flint. Watch the video below!

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Epitaph Records
Epitaph Records
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Falling in Reverse Added to Dirt Fest 2012 Lineup

Dirt Fest 2012 is about a month away, and if you haven’t heard, Las Vegas boys Falling in Reverse were just confirmed as one of the headliners. I had the chance to chat with singer Ronnie Radke for Loudwire last year, and he described how he turned his life around after serving time in a Nevada prison and, in essence, has music to thank for making his turnaround complete.

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Core Effect press photo
Core Effect press photo
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Randy Riddle of Detroit’s Core Effect Talks Dirt Fest, ‘The Rubicon’ + More

It’s hard to believe, but Dirt Fest 2012 is less than two months away! Detroit hard rockers Core Effect are on the bill this year, and they’re stoked. “We are pumped for our first time at Dirt Fest!” said vocalist and bass player Randy Riddle, adding that this will be the band's first time playing Dirt Fest. “Of all years to start out, this lineup that we are playing with is outstanding.”

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