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Interview: Kellii Scott (Failure)

2 December 2021

After taking a 17-year-break, Failure returned in 2014 and with the release of Wild Type Droid, the third album since reuniting, the band has now equaled the output from the first part of their career. Drummer Kellii Scott checks in to talk about the new album, the songwriting process, and why saying “yes” is his guiding force in life.

Spike Slawson's Top 5 Favorite Panettone/Pandoro

2 December 2021

‘Tis The Season: Spike Slawson (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) shares his Top 5 Favorite Panettone/Pandoro

Interview: Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)

29 November 2021

Zakk Wylde talks about the ballads on the Black Label Society’s eleventh album, Doom Crew Inc., the artists that influenced his songwriting, having fun while shooting videos and who he wants to induct him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Alison Braun's Top 5 Punk Bands To Photograph

Alison Braun's Top 5 Favorite Punk Bands To Photograph

24 November 2021

If a legendary punk band played a gig in Hollywood during the early ‘80s, a teenaged Alison Braun was probably there with her camera.

Palm Ghosts

Interview: Joseph Lekkas (Palm Ghosts)

23 November 2021

Earlier this month, Palm Ghosts released it’s second album of 2021, The Lost Frequency. Joseph Lekkas shares the story behind both albums, discusses the ’80s influence found in the band’s music, and reveals what it will take to feel like the band has “made it”.

Jim Ruland—Top 5 Punk Books

Jim Ruland's Top 5 Favorite Punk Books

18 November 2021

Jim Ruland, author of Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise and Fall of SST Records, tells us about his Top 5 favorite punk books.

Interview: Dan Hawkins (The Darkness)

17 November 2021

Fresh off a late 2019 release, The Darkness return with more stadium-ready hard rock on Motorheart. Guitarist Dan Hawkins discusses what it’s like to return to playing shows, how the band has stayed relevant for 20 years, ’80s references that can be found throughout the album and 2022 tour plans.

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Interview: Chip Z’Nuff of Enuff Z’Nuff

12 November 2021

Enuff Z’Nuff bassist/vocalist Chip Z’Nuff discusses the band’s latest release, Enuff Z’Nuff’s Hardrock Nite, covering songs by *The Beatles and their related projects

Frank Turner—Top 5 Venues

Frank Turner's Top 5 Favorite Venues

11 November 2021

English folk-punk troubadour, Frank Turner, tells us his Top 5 favorite venues from around the world.

Interview: Christian Glakas (Merciful Heavens)

9 November 2021

Christian Glakas shares the journey he’s been on, with many regenerations, that ultimately resulted in his new EP, For Now, released under the Merciful Heavens name.

Hanson

Interview: Taylor Hanson

5 November 2021

Hanson singer/keyboardist Taylor Hanson discusses the band’s seventh studio album, Against the World, and the importance of determination and a positive attitude

Jenn Alva_Top 5 Punk Singers

Jenn Alva's Top 5 Favorite Punk Singers

4 November 2021

Fea bassist and co-founder, Jenn Alva, shares her Top 5 favorite punk singers.

Joey Cape—Top 5 Tour Restaurants

Joey Cape's Top 5 Favorite Tour Restaurants

2 November 2021

Lagwagon frontman, Joey Cape, shares five favorite restaurants to visit while on the road.

Interview: Justin Osborne (SUSTO)

29 October 2021

Justin Osborne of SUSTO believes that his band’s newest release, Time in the Sun, finds the band at the point that he always dreamed of in the early days. Though often lumped into the Americana category, SUSTO’s music is a reflection of Osborne’s upbringing in the coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina.

Interview: Monolord

29 October 2021

“If you reflect on the world and see what we’ve done to it, we’ve already burned it to the ground, so it’s better to leave it to the next generation to really do something good to it. It’s their time to shine because we couldn’t save it.”

Cutthroat Brothers - Like a Zombie

Jason Cutthroat's Top 5 Favorite Zombie Movies

28 October 2021

Jason Cutthroat, half of the diabolical blues punk duo known as The Cutthroat Brothers, tells us all about his Top 5 favorite zombie movies.

Interview: Lilly Hiatt

25 October 2021

A year after releasing her fourth album, the critically-acclaimed Walking Proof, Lilly Hiatt is back with an all-new collection of songs for New West Records. Lately was released in October and Lilly’s finally able to get back on the road, something she really missed during the pandemic.

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Interview: Singer-Songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan

20 October 2021

Aaron Lee Tasjan discusses his fall solo acoustic tour, his remarkably eclectic and wide-ranging approach to songwriting, and connecting with listeners through positivity

Royston Langdon

Interview: Royston Langdon

18 October 2021

Royston Langdon discusses his new six-song EP, Chains, as well as his career overall

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Interview: The Verve Pipe frontman Brian Vander Ark

15 October 2021

The Verve Pipe frontman *Brian Vander Ark” discusses the band’s new studio album, Threads, and looks back on their hit “The Freshman” and other career highlightsVerve Pipe photo 2

Interview: Pokey LaFarge

14 October 2021

Always writing for the next album, Pokey LaFarge was ready to record once touring came to a halt in 2020. Incorporating worldly influences (rocksteady, Caribbean, etc), LaFarge’s 7th album, In the Blossom of Their Shade is a silver lining born out of the pandemic.

SWIMM

Interview: SWIMM frontman Chris Hess

10 October 2021

Chris Hess of dream rock band SWIMM discusses making it through pandemic isolation and getting back to shows, their upcoming new album, and the group’s origin story

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Interview: Jude Cole

9 October 2021

Singer-songwriter Jude Cole discusses the two albums he’s released this year – his first new releases in more than twenty years – as well as his successful career managing Lifehouse and others

Interview: Ethan Miller (Howlin Rain)

8 October 2021

As has been the case with every Howlin Rain release, The Dharma Wheel is filled with groovy psychedelic jams that evoke everything from the Allman Brothers to ’70s conversion vans with shag carpeting to James Bond theme songs. Ethan Miller talks about how his musical upbringing brought him to where he is today.

Interview: Emily Wolfe

6 October 2021

After wowing the blues-rock world with her self-titled debut, Emily Wolfe sets to broaden her appeal by bringing elements of pop-rock to her latest album, Outlier.

Interview: Parker Millsap

28 September 2021

With his fifth album, Be Here Instead, finally available, Parker Millsap can’t wait to play the new songs live in front of people. We talk about touring during a pandemic, trying new writing methods, and working with producer John Agnello.

Interview: Future Crib - Treefort Fest Pick of the Day

26 September 2021

After whetting some whistles at the Woodland Empire Brewery’s Hideout stage on Saturday afternoon, the psych-folk quintet will deliver its feature performance tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Western Proper.

Photo courtesy of Michael Farren

Panoramic Soundscapes: An Interview With Michael Farren of Submotile

25 September 2021

“The eureka moment for me came when I was 15 in 1991. I was watching MTV 120 Minutes and Slowdive’s Morningrise came on and I was instantly floored. I’d never heard anything as beautiful before. I couldn’t understand what I was listening to. Are those guitars … or synths?” – Michael Farren

Interview: Ealdor Bealu - Treefort Fest Pick of the Day

25 September 2021

The four members of Boise’s soon-to-break-out band sat down with The Big Takeover to talk about their ambitious plans for the rest of this year and 2020, stumbling into hip-hop sensation Lizzo and how fans of metal don’t necessarily have to be metalhead.

Interview: Orchestra Gold - Treefort Fest Pick of the Day

24 September 2021

Malian singer and dancer Mariam Diakité met lifelong guitarist Erich Huffaker at a wedding in Diakité’s homeland about 15 years ago, and after subsequently running into each other multiple times at bars, they bonded over their mutual love for old-school folkloric music from Mali.

Built to Spill performs at the Main Stage at the Treefort Music Fest in Boise on March 21, 2019.

Interview: Built to Spill - Treefort Fest Pick of the Day

23 September 2021

In honor of Boise’s best band continuing its streak with a Main Stage set tonight at 7 p.m., we bring you a 20-year-old interview with Martsch that has never been previously published online.

Interview: Monophonics - Treefort Fest Pick of the Day

22 September 2021

Frontman Kelly Finnigan recently spoke with the Big Takeover about COVID-related setbacks, why he’s psyched to play Treefort and why the Monophonics aren’t fans of jam bands (sacrilege!).

The Connells

Interview: The Connells

11 September 2021

Mike Connell and Doug MacMillan of The Connells discuss their career – and Steadman’s Wake, their first new studio album in 20 years

Interview: Robert Levon Been

10 September 2021

What started off as a request for one song turned into an entire album’s worth of music for The Card Counter soundtrack by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club frontman/guitarist Robert Levon Been. The request came with some challenges as Levon Been explains in this conversation.

Interview: Rhydian Dafydd (The Joy Formidable)

8 September 2021

The Joy Formidable’s Rhydian Dafydd intended to spend a few months with his bandmate Ritzy Bryan in Utah to record new music. Eighteen months later, thanks to the pandemic, with Into the Blue written and recorded, Dafydd was able to return to the U.K. for a little break before jumping into the tour cycle.

Interview: Steve Wynn

2 September 2021

Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Gutterball, The Baseball Project) checks in to report on his backyard and living room house tour covering 16 shows in 17 days.

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Interview: Yann Tiersen

1 September 2021

Celebrated avant-garde musician and composer Yann Tiersen discusses Kerber, his latest (and most daring) studio album

A short conversation with Gabriel Judet-Weinshel of Unpinnable Butterflies

23 August 2021

With a new album, Radio Ocean on the way and a brilliantly fun and energetic single, “You” to light the way, it seemed like the perfect time to sit down with Gabriel Judet-Weinshel, the man behind the music of Unpinnable Butterflies.

Interview: Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers)

20 August 2021

The Wallflower’s first album in nearly a decade, Exit Wounds, finds Jakob Dylan returning to his Americana roots with a collection of songs produced by Butch Walker. Dylan talks about recording, lyrics and The Monkees in this conversation.

Interview: Walter Schreifels (Quicksand)

16 August 2021

Quicksand’s second full-length release in the last four years now equals the output from the NYC post-hardcore band in the mid-90s. Singer/guitarist Walter Schreifels shares how grateful he is to be reunited with his friends after once saying that Quicksand would never reunite.

Colin Hay

Interview: Colin Hay

8 August 2021

Colin Hay discusses his new covers album, I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself, and the vinyl release of his 2001 album Going Somewhere

Joshua Radin

Interview: Joshua Radin

8 August 2021

On The Ghost and the Wall, gold-selling Americana singer-songwriter Joshua Radin explores his fear of intimacy

Interview: Steve Berlin (Los Lobos)

4 August 2021

Los Lobos saxophonist Steve Berlin talks about the band’s new covers album, Native Sons, and shares how he got into playing in bands back when he was a teenager in Philadelphia.

Ursa Minor

Interview: Ursa Minor

3 August 2021

Longtime New York City alternative rock band Ursa Minor discuss their latest studio album, Sian Ka’an

Interview: Dot Allison

30 July 2021

Dot Allison has returned with her first album in over a decade, the hauntingly beautiful Heart-Shaped Scars. Dot shares why she took a break and how she’s been honing her songwriting skills.

Interview: Brett Newski

23 July 2021

The stigma surrounding mental health is something we often are afraid to talk about. Brett Newski has found a way to lighten the topic and share his experiences through not only his music, but also as the host of the Dirt from the Road podcast and as an author/illustrator.

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Interview: Willa Amai

22 July 2021

Linda Perry’s protégé Willa Amai discusses her debut album, I Can Go to Bed Whenever

Interview: Hunter Pinkston (The Pink Stones)

20 July 2021

After spending his teen years playing punk rock, Hunter Pinkston discovered Gram Parsons and the rest, as they say, is Americana history. With well-crafted songs, and a founding member of Drive-By Truckers as part of the lineup, The Pink Stones signed to Normaltown Records and released their critically-acclaimed debut earlier this year.

Matt Hinton, Director

Interview: Matt Hinton (Director, Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury)

14 July 2021

Director Matt Hinton’s documentary about the Georgia band Luxury, sometimes described as Morrissey-fronting-Fugazi, is full of twists and turns including a nearly-fatal auto accident and three band members becoming Eastern Orthodox priests. Hinton shares how the film came together and some of the challenges he’s faced in getting people to give it a chance.