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Interview: Noveller

5 April 2016

Noveller is the solo electric guitar project of Brooklyn composer/filmmaker, Sarah Lipstate. She’s responsible for Fantastic Planet, one of the finest albums of 2015 and has recently been the opening act for Iggy Pop on his latest tour.


Interview: Damien Jurado

11 March 2016

“Sci-fi actually plays a big role in that, because I grew up on The Outer Limits, and I grew up on Twilight Zone and C.S. Lewis. But I didn’t tell anybody that, because I always associated it with…I don’t know, I didn’t want to tell anybody that, because it might ruin my Americana image.”

An Interview with Carlotta Cosials of Hinds

29 February 2016

Complete interview with Carlotta Cosials of Hinds used for the short take in Big Takeover #77.

Meet Clarke and the Himselfs, the best-ever one-person band out of Boise

4 February 2016

With her unique drums-and-guitar setup and already-massive repertoire of lo-fi pop gems (over 400!) 27-year-old Clarke Howell is one of the Western U.S. underground’s best-kept secrets, but with her first proper LP The Well-Rounded Clarke and the Himselfs out, another on the way and two tours with Built to Spill under her belt that ought to change soon.

Hej! An interview with Gustav Ejstes of Dungen

26 October 2015

Gustav Ejstes of Dungen is back in the US after a five year absence, with a new record and a short tour.

Robert Forster - Songs to Play

An Interview with Robert Forster

18 September 2015

The Australian musician continues to step out from the shadow of The Go-Betweens on a new solo set, Songs to Play.

Local H - Hey, Killer

Local H: No Ghosts

28 August 2015

Scott Lucas talks about the new Local H record, then plays a show at Minneapolis’ Triple Rock.

Chick Quest

An Interview with Chick Quest

27 July 2015

“It’s [spaghetti western soundtracks] just breathtaking music regardless of the context it sits in or the film genre it’s associated with. And for that reason I thought it would be cool to see if I could mold a bit of its essence to something dance-y and opposite”.

Your book rules: a conversation with writer and musician Jon Fine

14 July 2015

Nerding out on music and writing with the Bitch Magnet guitarist and author of the new punk time capsule Your Band Sucks.

The Pre New: Anything Could Happen 'Round Here...But It Doesn't

6 July 2015

We have a conversation with The Pre New’s mastermind, Jamie Fry, and discuss his illustrious past and how it relates to his newest project.


1 July 2015

An interview with the prophets of fuzz, Truckfighters

Scott Causer with The Electric Mainline

An Interview with Scott Causer of Northern Star Records

27 June 2015

“Sometimes people take what I say too seriously on social media, but I’d like to think this shows another side to Northern Star and the personality and train of thought behind it.”

Getting Wet for the Wett Stilettos: a Pinto Stiletto interview

21 June 2015

It’s like Twisted Sister – a “Sister Fister” is a sister who fists. We’re not saying it’s RC, but…

An Interview with Mexican shoegazers, Car Crash Sisters

12 June 2015

“When I found music it was different, it added an extra “something” that gave me much more excitement and freedom. Before shoegaze, Sonic Youth was the band that introduced me to all this noisy experimentation with guitars, so that was what opened the gates to a flood of shoegaze bands for me.”

Of Everything That Rhymes: The Wordless Sonnet of Benoit Pioulard

28 May 2015

We sit down to talk with dream-pop composer Thomas Meluch about his latest album, Sonnet, the process of channeling nature through electronic sound, and the experience related to coming of age during the brief “blog band” phenomenon.

Reverend Horton Heat Takes Vancouver: Jim Heath Interview, bev davies live photos

23 May 2015

Jimbo – he goes, ‘I looked over at the dance floor, and it was all guys, and there was this black cowboy French kissing a white cowboy.’ And he said, ‘at that moment I knew we were in the wrong place!’

Doncaster's own shoegazers, 93MillionMilesFromTheSun.

An Interview with Nick Noble of 93MillionMilesFromTheSun

17 May 2015

“All the songs have a certain amount of us wishing we were somewhere else in them, I’m sure of that. We’ve always done our own thing and we’ve never been bothered if the people of our home town like it.”

The Dream Syndicate, photo by Edward Colver

An Interview with Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate

16 May 2015

“They sounded so far ahead of their time back in those dark musical days when only the punk and new wave scenes offered any hope for listeners turned off by disco, bad metal, and hair bands.”

Death and Vanilla

A Conversation with Sweden's Death and Vanilla

16 May 2015

“Malmö, Sweden’s Death and Vanilla are a duo with an enchanting and occasionally creepy sound, composed on vintage instruments and drawing on musical influences ranging from Julee Cruise to Broadcast to The United States of America.”


An Interview with Alvvays

6 April 2015

Alvvays make a collaborative playlist on the spot, eat life-threatening hot wings, and tell us the questions they hate being asked. It’s weird, miscellaneous, and wonderful!

Immersing oneself in Magma: a Christian Vander interview

30 March 2015

I never worried about trends. Magma just flies through time and periods.

Members of the band Echodrone.

An Interview with Saint Marie shoegaze faves, Echodrone

12 March 2015

“I feel very fortunate at this point in my life that I was able to meet and collaborate with these wonderful people. It would certainly be an experience to play live shows, but recording and releasing music is as much as I can hope for at this point.”

The Flesh Eaters' Chris D. talks A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die

4 January 2015
I didn’t want the album to be perceived as Satanic. It’s kind of an exorcism, the album is meant to be a spiritual/ personal exorcism of demons – demons of my love life…
Martin Carr

An Interview with Martin Carr (published in Issue75)

31 December 2014

“There won’t be another five year gap between albums. I knocked it down, and now I’m building it back up.”

Magic Castles

An Interview with Jason Edmonds of Magic Castles

7 December 2014

“I had a spiritual experience in Austin, TX. Long story short, I basically died and was reborn by some dirty old railroad tracks.”

These Estates

Prairie boys make good: an interview with These Estates

22 November 2014

Drawing upon the indie rock of yesteryear, Saskatchewan’s These Estates adds its own distinct voice. Meet the songwriting team behind not one but two of the smartest, most immediate LPs of 2014.

Interview With Mike Watt - Musings On Blue Öyster Cult, The Stooges, And Thurston Losing His Shit (Part 2)

12 October 2014

This was in the ‘hood, and you know you’ve got ethnic people; you don’t have “White Riot” on your jacket. They don’t know about The Clash song. You want a white riot? OK!


An Interview with Mark Peters of Engineers

30 September 2014

I think the current constellation of Engineers actually says more about me than any previous members – the other guys in the band both have their own projects but are happy to help realize my ideas and both bring aspects to my songs that I couldn’t achieve.


Revitalized Constantines' fire still burns

25 September 2014

Back in the early 2000s, Constantines’ emotionally charged, blue-collar rock was a welcome anachronism. As the Canadian five-piece gears up for its first round of U.S. shows in five years, frontman Bry Webb explains why the timing feels right.

Interview With Mike Watt - Punk Rock Legend, Plaid Enthusiast, And Honorary Italian (Part 1)

18 August 2014

“When I found out about bass, D Boon’s mom put me on bass – this is the 70’s. This is where you put the retarded friend, it’s like right field in little league. Punk changed a lot of that shit.”

James Board and Max Claps of The Proper Ornaments

An Interview with The Proper Ornaments

17 August 2014

It’s a classic early 60’s girl group thing to have super snappy/up beat songs with dark lyrics or serious messages. i’m a big fan of that.

Meatmen by Joe Gall

Tesco Vee for Dummies, or: He’s the Meatman, and I Suck

11 August 2014

The Tesco Vee character I crawl into – if I lived that persona 24/7, I’d either be dead or incarcerated. But it’s like – there’s a certain element of satire and tongue-in-cheek in what I do. I’m going for the throat, I’m going for reaction – I want people to react, if it’s laughter, anger, whatever. I don’t want them to stand there and be bored. That’s where I’ve been coming from my whole career – I want a reaction, thus the song titles like “Crippled Children Suck.” And obviously I don’t think crippled children suck – or as I say on stage, ‘they only suck when they can actually reach my zipper.’

Just For a Day: An Interview with Slowdive

28 July 2014

Neil Halstead: I would never write those exact songs at this point in my life. They are songs that come out of being 18 or 19 years old. It’s interesting how they still connect with many younger people. We’ve noticed that when we’ve been doing these shows there are some really young kids that are coming out and really loving the band and the records. We’re aware they are the same age as when we were first recording these tracks.

Len Price 3

Nobody Knows… But Us—An interview with Len Price 3's Glen Page

26 July 2014

“I remember the hardships and the frustrations bitterly. I wasn’t mourning Maggie Thatcher’s loss greatly!”

Motel Beds

An Interview with Motel Beds

21 July 2014

We own all of the rights to our back catalog, so we asked ourselves for permission to use some older tunes, and we generously told ourselves that we would be happy to let ourselves use them (we have a very good relationship with ourselves in that respect)


An Interview with German Shoegazers Seasurfer

5 July 2014

I love to play with all of these effects pedals and to create sounds. A lot of that stuff is from your country… the whole room flashes like a pinball game.

Canadian Ukrainian duo Ummagma.

An Interview with Shauna McLarnon of Ummagma

29 June 2014

That’s why a great song, just missing one or two pieces, can lie dormant for a few years before we finally polish it off, complete with icing and a cherry on top.

Tatiana Hammond of Daisy House.

A Chat with the In-Between Girl, Tatiana Hammond of Daisy House

28 June 2014

Daisy House is generous music, and very old school at heart. Who knows? It might even be revolutionary.

Ben Vendetta - From Wivenhoe Park to Los Angeles (and back)

14 June 2014

You don’t have to go to music school to be a musician and so it’s the same thing. You don’t have to take writing classes to be a writer!

Nikki Lane

Nikki Lane

13 June 2014

“You always get worried about going too far in one direction, because I don’t want people to think that I only write songs about sleeping around or cheating or being miserable. But those are the moments when I feel compelled to write and are also the moments that I feel compelled to listen to somebody else’s sad song about that shit.”

Rose Berlin of SPC-ECO and BOFC

A Chat with Dean Garcia of SPC-ECO

10 June 2014

It’s also very refreshing for us to step out of the hazy gloom and into a different shade of light; it’s still a very melancholy sombre black bulb sort of light.

Negative Degree

Things to Do in Denver When You're Punk: Negative Degree

29 May 2014

Negative Degree talks about their favorite Colorado punk bands, their worst night on tour and how it feels to work in the service industry in Colorado.



28 April 2014

“My father still regrets the day when he gave me my first guitar.”

Interview With Stuart Braithwaite Of Mogwai

12 April 2014

LOUDsoftLOUD discussion with a master of the form, Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai

Little Victories Along the Way: A Conversation With Steve Wynn

1 April 2014

“ I’m never happier than when I’m onstage – I just love playing music. I love the chance to exist in the moment. You reinvent it every night – you either do something great or you fall on your face, and you get another chance the next day to do it again.”

Jeremy Jay: Synced In Time

20 January 2014

The London-based songwriter talks about his excellent new album Abandoned Apartments, his recent movie work, and his L.A. past.

An Interview with Mark Arm and Steve Turner of Mudhoney

9 January 2014

Mark Arm and Steve Turner of Mudhoney talk about growing up grunge, the shitty tour with Blind Melon, and GG Allin’s dick.