INTERVIEW | We talked to the frontman about his namesake band, California rock, and success at a young age
Every so often, music news will be flooded with cries and articles debating whether or not rock is dead.
Tell that to Matt Jaffe. The 22-year old frontman and founder of Matt Jaffe & The Distractions was picked up by legendary keyboardist and guitarist Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads fame. He's since taken to the ground running, unleashing a slew of new songs that would become his stunning March debut California 's Burning. But Jaffe is so much more than a Harrison protegé; listen to the fast-paced vigor of "Folsom Prison Blues" and you'll begin to get a hang of his varied influences.
Popdust is exclusively premiering the video for "Fire on the Freeway," one of the slickest cuts off his first record. The powerful track, with it's rockabilly rockabilly energy and a hard guitar that borders on 70s glam rock, one would imagine an ostentatious live show: the video, a compilation of his live performances, proves otherwise. From performing on the streets of California to being onstage doused in spotlight, Jaffe proves himself in various different performances spaces, more than silencing anyone who would dare say rock is dead. With musicians like Jaffe on the rise, that couldn't be further from the truth.
We caught up with Jaffe to talk about finding success so young, his varied range of influences, and the effect the California rock scene has on his sound.
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In the wake of one of the most dramatic scenes of protest in American history, disinformation is blending with genuine fear
Over the weekend, amid nationwide protests of police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd, demonstrators in D.C. clashed with secret service and police outside the White House.
It was a dramatic scene that involved fires being set in the basement of historic St. John church—among widespread arson—and the exterior White House lights being turned off as President Donald Trump was moved into lockdown in the the White House Bunker. But by Monday morning the real events had been swallowed up in the heightened narrative of the supposed D.C. blackout, which claimed that all communication from the area of the protests had been shut down since around 1:00 AM.