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Interview: Jason Singer of Michigander

5 May 2021

Everything Will Be Ok Eventually is the perfect title for an album written, recorded and released in the midst of a global pandemic. Jason Singer reveals Michigander’s origin story, his thoughts on Spotify, and best and worst tour experiences.

A Short Conversation with Afton Wolfe

1 May 2021

With the single “Dirty Girl” leading the way to a full album to follow, I sat down with the most eloquent Afton Wolfe to hear all about his past musical journeys, his inspirations and aspirations, the musicians that he admires and has worked with and where it all goes next.

Andy McFarlane of Far Lands

Interview: Andy McFarlane of Far Lands

30 April 2021

Not many artists wait until their late 30s to start their music career, but that’s exactly what Andy McFarlane did when he released 2017’s Oh What An Honor, Oh What A Drag. In this conversation, we talk about his late start, what took him so long, and his new album, There Be Monsters.

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Interview: Portugal. The Man

25 April 2021

Portugal. The Man bassist Zach Carothers discusses the band’s latest release, Oregon City Sessions, as well as the band’s career overall

Linda Perry

Interview: Linda Perry

25 April 2021

Linda Perry reflects on her career as a performer (fronting 4 Non Blondes), hit songwriter, and film composer

The Loft Ghost Trains and Country Lanes: 1984-2015

The Loft - Ghost Trains and Country Lanes: 1984-2015

25 April 2021

“The Loft were a promising entry in the vast swarm of Creation talent, and seemed more likely than others to make it big. Trailing in the wake of The Smiths, they were right in the thick of guitar-based indie pop. Reveling in their influences, including The Velvet Underground, Television, and Modern Lovers, they released two killer singles: “Why Does the Rain” and “Up the Hill and Down the Slope”.”

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Interview: Emily Kinney

24 April 2021

Emily Kinney is best known for her role on The Walking Dead – but she’s also a talented singer-songwriter, as she proves on her latest album, The Supporting Character

Peter Stampfel’s 20th Century: A “Roundered” Lesson in (Mostly American) Musical History

23 April 2021

I heard the anthology, and had my first hallucinogen, peyote, in October of 1959, and I just recently realized that both the peyote and the Harry Smith Anthology made me realize that the world was far more strange than I had dreamed, and far more vast than I had dreamed… So yeah, Smith is absolutely a template for this whole project.

A Short Conversation with Mark Lyons of The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show

22 April 2021

Whilst many other artists have used lockdown to have a break from making music, The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show used it to write a whole new album. I sat down with Mark Lyons to learn about how the band came together, where they draw their inspirations and why they consider themselves to be the missing link between Joy Divison and The Muppets.

A Short Conversation with Pollux King

20 April 2021

“Anybody”, the latest single from Pollux King is a rallying cry for the outsiders and a message of unity to those people who don’ know where they fit in with society. It felt like the perfect time to sit down with the artist behind the name and ask why she felt it necessary to voice such a sentiment, how she got to where she is today and about the challenges of staying positive and creative during the pandemic.

Death from Above 1979

Interview: Death From Above 1979

14 April 2021

With the latest Death From Above 1979 album, Is 4 Lovers, Sebastian Grainger and Jesse Keeler took on the production responsibilities for the first time. In this conversation, the duo talk about how that went and how the delay in release due to the pandemic allowed them a second chance to get things right.

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Interview: Daniel Lanois

10 April 2021

Legendary producer Daniel Lanois has worked with U2, Peter Gabriel, and Bob Dylan, among many others – but now he’s releasing another album of his own, Heavy Sun

Lancaster, PA band Vicious Blossom.

A Short Conversation with Nate Zerbe of Vicious Blossom

3 April 2021

“Lancaster PA band Vicious Blossom is Nate Zerbe (vocals/guitar/lyrics) and a revolving collection of musicians that varies from release to release. The band combines dream pop and shoegaze with a side order of psych for good measure.”

Dead Poet Society

Interview: Jack Underkofler of Dead Poet Society

2 April 2021

Singer/guitarist Jack Underkofler says his band, Dead Poet Society, tries to keep things fresh and never write the same thing twice. The band’s debut, – ! –, defies categorization – it’s modern rock with elements of many different genres throughout the songs.

A Short Conversation with Mare Wakefield and Nomad

25 March 2021

Mare Wakefield and Nomad have both led adventurous lives, both in their formative days and since meeting each other, and their music is a reflection of their wanderlust and pioneering spirit. Folk, roots, jazz and Americana all swirl about in their songs and so with a new album about to drop, I sat down with them to find out about the lives and their music and what we can expect from the new release, as well as their hopes for the future.

Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum

Interview: Michael C. Hall, Matt Katz-Bohen and Peter Yanowitz of Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum

22 March 2021

The Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum trio, which includes actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under), keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen (Blondie) and drummer Peter Yanowitz (Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant, Morningwood), shares how Hedwig and the Angry Inch brought them together and how they went about writing their debut album, Thanks for Coming.

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Lunchbox: Thermos Full of Pop

2 March 2021

“If you think about names of famous bands, after awhile it becomes a signifier for the band, it’s drained of content. Is The Beatles a good name? It’s a stupid name right? But The Beatles are THE BEATLES!” – Tim Brown

“At least, the silver lining is that when we can play again, people will care about live music and it will be special again.” – Donna McKean

Electric Jesus

Interview: Chris White (writer/director) and Daniel Smith (songwriter) of Electric Jesus

1 March 2021

Chris White (writer/director) and Daniel Smith (songwriter) discuss the inspiration behind both the Electric Jesus movie and the soundtrack which is loaded with ’80s Christian hair metal original songs.

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Interview: Aaron Lee Tasjan

22 February 2021

Singer/songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan shares how he avoids the trappings of being easy to classify, how moving to Nashville was one of the best things he’s ever done, and has some fun answering questions about the “Thank You” credits on his new album, Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!.

A Short Conversation with Siamese Youth

18 February 2021

Berlin duo, Siamese Youth, make music which revels in the synthwave sounds of the mid-eighties. Their latest album, Echoes of Tomorrow, written during Lockdown, sees them embracing a broader sonic palette and adding new elements alongside their core sound. The bands new single “So Far From Home” is out now on New Retro Wave and the new album will be released shortly. I sat down with them to find out all about the making of their second album, how they coped with a year of isolation and what they are looking forward to once normality begins to return.

Teenage Wrist

Interview: Marshall Gallagher and Anthony Salazar of Teenage Wrist

14 February 2021

Marshall Gallagher and Anthony Salazar provide some insight into the new Teenage Wrist album and how a lineup change gave the duo a chance to bring new musical ideas to the table.

Get The Funk Out: A candid chat with Nevaris A.C. of Loud Apartment

9 February 2021

Loud Apartment is a band with a unique sound, one which crosses cultural and generic boundaries as easily as it does those relating to technology and musical era. With a new album, System Breakdown, now out, I sat down with Nevaris A.C. to find out how the band build up their singular sound, how it has remained creative during the pandemic and what the future holds.

A Short Conversation with Juan and Mark from When Planets Align

5 February 2021

When Planets Align is a band which mixes, merges and wilfully hops genres as the desire takes them. Their latest album, The Death of Us certainly explores such eclectic and exotic approaches but it also lyrically looks at tragedy both on a very personal and emotional level, but on a global and catastrophic one two.

We sat down with Juan and Mark to find out about the journey which got them to this latest album, their approach to making music, collaborations and what the future holds for them.

Steven Wilson

Interview: Steven Wilson

29 January 2021

Steven Wilson discusses his new album, The Future Bites, on which he explores dystopian themes of technology-triggered isolation and needless consumerism

Lilly Winwood

Interview: Lilly Winwood

29 January 2021

For an artist who spends a lot of time on the road and whose songs are written while traveling, it seems a bit unfair that with a recently-released debut album to promote, Lilly Winwood is stuck at home due to the global pandemic. The young singer-songwriter discusses how it’s both a blessing and a curse

Music on Tap: A chat with Davey Woodward (The Brilliant Corners, The Experimental Pop Band)

27 January 2021

With a resume boasting such bands as The Brilliant Corners, The Experimental Pop Band to his name, Bristolian Davey Woodward has just released a new album with his band The Winter Orphans. We sat down with him to find out what inspirations and processes drive his songwriting and how lockdown has been treating him.

Liverpool Cult 80s Band Candy Opera Back For A Second Round: An Interview

23 January 2021

Candy Opera sounded like the perfect band for the post-punk era that they formed in. But whilst bands around them became household names, somehow, the band never got the break many felt that they deserved. A new album The Patron Saint of Heartache, sees a new line up, garnered from band members from across their original, ten-year duration and the opening of a new chapter. We sat down with Paul Malone to discuss, the past, the present and the future of the band.

A Short Conversation with Forest Sun

22 January 2021

Stubborn Breathing Heart is an album which feels like a sonic road trip through the heart of American music. We sat down with its creator, Forest Sun to find out about the album and talk about his own journey through music.

Dark Psychedelia At Work: An Interview with Nero Kane

22 January 2021

With a new and beguiling collection of music out under the title of “Tales of Faith and Lunacy” we spoke to Nero Kane about the inspiration for the unique sonic landscape that his music paints, about the inspiration behind it and about how he has travelled to this point musically.

Dale Crover

Interview: Dale Crover (Melvins/Redd Kross)

21 January 2021

Dale Crover (Melvins / Redd Kross) talks about his new release, Rat-a-Tat-Tat!, shares how he wound up being in multiple bands with bassist Steve McDonald, and how he’s discovering new music while spending time at home, rather than in a tour van.

Interview: Ben Kweller

14 January 2021

With a surprise January 1 new album drop, Ben Kweller has delivered a perfect 8-song, 28-minute pop masterpiece. He shares the reason why Circuit Boredom clocks in under half an hour as well as spilling some Spotify playlist secrets and the magic of email marketing in this engaging and entertaining conversation.

Portugal band Beautify Junkyards

A Virtual Conversation with João Branco Kyron of Beautify Junkyards

9 January 2021

“Beautify Junkyards plays a unique blend of tropicalia, dream pop, and folk. Their songs are like wandering inside a dreamscape.”

Interview: Travis Johnson of Activity

6 January 2021

If there could be an official soundtrack to 2020, Activity’s debut, Unmask Whoever would be a worthy submission as it’s dark, cold, paranoid and, at times, creepy. Travis Johnson shares how the band formed, what they are trying to accomplish, and what the future holds.

A Short Conversation with Noble Barz

5 January 2021

Having undergone a rebranding of late, we caught up with Nobel Barz, an artist known for pushing the boundaries of hip-hop into more soul and indie, even rock-orientated territories, to see how he has survived a difficult year and what we can expect from his new musical persona.

Members of Hull band bdrmm

A Virtual Conversation with Hull, UK's Ever Changing bdrmm

29 December 2020

HULL, U.K. FIVE-PIECE BDRMM’s debut album resonates from musical touchpoints far deeper than one would expect from a newer group. Drop the needle on any song, and you’ll be reminded of The Chameleons, DIIV, and even Pale Saints.”

Interview: Emma Swift

18 December 2020

Emma Swift discusses how it took a global pandemic for the world to hear her interpretations of Bob Dylan classics and deep cuts, shares what it’s like as a touring artists to pivoting to singing into her laptop camera, and gives her thoughts on another singer with the same last name.

Muzz photo

Interview: Paul Banks, Josh Kaufman, & Matt Barrick of the supergroup Muzz

14 December 2020

Paul Banks (Interpol), Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman), and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) talk about the new Covers EP from their group Muzz

Bob Forrest - Thelonious Monster

Interview: Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster [Part 2]

14 December 2020

Bob Forrest talks about how Thelonious Monster reunited for the outstanding Oh That Monster, how the songs came together, and how “Sammy Hagar Weekend” will forever be the band’s most well-known song.

Bob Forrest - Thelonious Monster

Interview: Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster [Part 1]

5 December 2020

In Part 1, Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster shares his thoughts on the current state of rock music and how the internet has enabled a culture that he isn’t particularly fond of.

Kilo Bravo live by Johnny Lindamood

Interview with Kris Butcher from Kilo Bravo

2 December 2020

With the release of Chew This Slow, Kris Butcher explores the reaches of his melodic and pop capabilities. Kilo Bravo reaches well beyond the alterna-rock gauntlet, from post 80’s self-deprecating pop, to Rubber Soul-era folk melodies and classic riffs that set the hook quick and deep…

Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell

Interview: Mike Campbell

20 November 2020

Legendary guitarist Mike Campbell discusses his band The Dirty Knobs and his time with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

A Short Conversation with Jim Styring from It's Karma It's Cool

11 November 2020

With the latest album, “Woke Up In Hollywood”, finally getting a live outing after an unforeseen pandemic-related delay, I sat down with Jim Styring, guitarist with UK Power-Pop outfit It’s Karma It’s Cool to find out how their year has been, get a potted history of the band and find out what the future holds.

Zero 7 with Lou Stone

Interview: Henry Binns of Zero 7

7 November 2020

Zero 7 co-frontman Henry Binns discusses the band’s new EP, Shadows, as well as their celebrated career overall

The Cadillac Three

Interview: Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three

2 November 2020

The Cadillac Three frontman Jaren Johnston discusses the band’s new album, Tabasco & Sweet Tea (their second release this year), Southern pride, and making sure they – and their fans – always have a good time

Travis band

Interview: Fran Healy of Travis

9 October 2020

Travis frontman Fran Healy discusses the band’s new album (10 Songs), fatherhood, and how his poverty-stricken childhood has driven him throughout his life

Young Gun Silver Fox

Interview: Andy Platts and Shawn Lee of Young Gun Silver Fox

5 October 2020

With day gigs in other bands, Andy Platt and Shawn Lee have found a creative outlet for their “yacht rock”-inspired smooth rock sounds in Young Gun Silver Fox. The duo discuss their new album, Canyons, and how the pandemic laid waste to 2020 tour plans.

A Short Conversation with Beth Snapp

30 September 2020

With her wonderful reinterpretation of the Steve Winwood classic “Higher Love” just released I sat down with Beth Snapp to find out how it all came about, her UK connection, what it means to come from such a rich musical location and what the future holds for her.

A Short Conversation with Tatiana DeMaria

27 September 2020

With her latest single and response to the recent tragic events in Lebanon, “Beruit Fire,” now out I sat down with Tatiana DeMaria to find out about her approach to making music, her inspirations, the differences between being a musician in both the UK and the US and the silver linings which she found in the recent lockdown.

Peter Daltrey of Kaleidoscope UK

A Conversation with Peter Daltrey of Kaleidoscope UK

23 September 2020

“We were very much of our time. A product of our times. Shaped and moulded by the explosion of creativity that made the Sixties in Britain so vital, so exciting. You only get one big chance in life. That was ours.”

Eddie Pumer (center) and Kaleidoscope UK

A Short Conversation with Eddie Pumer of Kaleidoscope UK (RIP)

23 September 2020

“We called ourselves The Sidekicks. We then changed our name to The Key. I wasn’t happy about this and came up with the name Kaleidoscope. It was at this phase, as you say, that Pete and I started writing together and kept in the more progressive type of music.”