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Amy Ray

Interview: Amy Ray (of Indigo Girls)

15 October 2022

Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) discusses her tenth solo album, If It All Goes South

Mint reeming on music: a conversation with WEIMAR's Aidan Cross

15 October 2022

Manchester -based art-rock quartet Weimar recently released their debut album Dancing On a Volcano via German Shepherd Records. Embracing a blend of post-punk, no-wave, cabaret, psychedelia, alternative folk and gothic rock, these 12 tracks (three years in the making) take the listener on an unpredictable excursion through the socio-political and personal challenges of our modern age.

A Short Conversation with Marina Rocks!

15 October 2022

With her 4th album, Austin to Houston out and a successful European tour behind her, I sat down with Marina Rocks to find out about her musical journey, what the new album is all about and where things go from here.

Interview: Brooke Annibale

14 October 2022

Songwriter Brooke Annibale talks about her mental wellbeing journey and how it influenced the songs on her fourth album, Better By Now.

A singular work of many: LA’s Beauty In Chaos on collaboration and new ‘Behind The Veil’ LP

8 October 2022

LA-based collective Beauty In Chaos recently released the Behind The Veil LP in multiple formats via the label 33.3 Music Collective and a new video for the single “Afterlife”, a lush atmospheric track featuring angelic vocals by Tish Ciravolo.

Recorded, mixed, and produced by Grammy-nominated producer Michael Rozon, This all-female featured collection brings back three BIC alumni – Tish Ciravolo, Cinthya Hussey and Betsy Martin – as well as new family members Whitney Tai, Elena Alice Fossi and Pinky Turzo. Apart from six originals, this release features diverse reworkings by such renowned music visionaries as Tim Palmer, MGT, John Fryer, Statik, Tommy Hatz, Julian Shah-Tayler and Rozon himself.

The Cult

Interview: Billy Duffy of The Cult

7 October 2022

Billy Duffy of The Cult checks in on the eve of the band’s new album, Under the Midnight Sun, to share his thoughts on his lengthy career, meeting audience expectations, the influence his band has had on music, and splitting time between L.A. and the UK.

Jan Radder's Top 5 Favorite Horror Movies

5 October 2022

Jan Radder’s excellent new memoir, ‘Immature Loser Punk,’ is a coming-of-age story about a misfit kid whose life was saved by punk rock and horror movies.

2nd Grade's 'Easy Listening'—Peter Gill Interview

5 October 2022

2nd Grade’s third album, ‘Easy Listening,’ is a shining example of modern power pop at its best.

Photo by Christian Kim

MILLY: An Interview With Brendan Dyer

29 September 2022

“We’ve had a weird year of trying to figure out what we want. Sometimes a consistent band sounds great but other times I think we want all the control. Right now though, we’re going on 4 months of being a 3 piece. It’s been cool because I never thought that could work but it’s proven to be really fun. I like the space.” – Brendan Dyer

'Bleed Your Heart Out'—Kate Clover Interview

29 September 2022

Kate Clover’s album, ‘Bleed Your Heart Out,’ combines punk energy, rock and roll snarl and more than a few heart-stopping hooks.

Interview: Derek Hoke

25 September 2022

Singer/songwriter Derek Hoke shares thoughts about the Nashville music scene, maturing as a songwriter, his new album Electric Mountain, and hosting $2 Tuesday at The 5 Spot for over a decade.

Idi Et Amin by Landon Hale

Mesmerizing Mire: An Interview With Cat and Rocky of Idi Et Amin

24 September 2022

“… the freedom to really convey the visual aspects that reflect the sort of chaotic melange of technique and eclectic influence whose collage results in the sparkling squalor and mesmerizing mire of our chaotic glamour steeped in swooning sentimentality is my childhood dream realized.” – Catalina Gallegos

“There are so many genres and labels people give themselves. I think when the word “shoegaze” is used, people automatically get this mind picture of what they’re about to hear… the usual dreamy, reverb-y, washy sounds which are all of the sounds we typically try to avoid.” – Rocky Maldonado

Rob Moss's Top 5 Favorite Songs to Play in Government Issue

23 September 2022

Rob Moss and Skin-Tight Skin frontman shares his favorite Government Issue songs to play when he was in the band in the early ’80s.

Tim Burgess

Interview: Tim Burgess (The Charlatans)

23 September 2022

The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess discusses his ambitious latest solo album, Typical Music

I Want My 'MTV'—Mo Troper Interview

16 September 2022

Portland-based singer/songwriter Mo Troper is back with his fifth solo album, ‘MTV.’

Interview: Ben Grey (Dear Boy)

14 September 2022

The long-awaited debut full length by LA’s Dear Boy is a Brit pop fan’s dream come true. Singer/guitarist Ben Grey shares stories recording the album, discovering punk music, being on an ongoing text thread with Richard Butler (The Psychedelic Furs) and Tim Booth (James), a memorable (but strange) encounter with Rivers Cuomo and having an unlikely pen pal as a child.

A Short Conversation with Keela from Bonzai

14 September 2022

With a new single out, “One Margarita,” a full-length album on its way, and miles of touring under their belts, I spoke to Keela from *Bonzai about where the band has been, what they are working on now, and, more importantly, what the future holds for them.

Trapper Schoepp & Leroy

Interview: Trapper Schoepp (with Leroy, the Boston Terrier)

13 September 2022

Trapper Schoepp discusses his single “I Am a Rider” (and its video co-starring Leroy, the Boston Terrier)

Tamino 2

Interview: Tamino

13 September 2022

Fast-rising and mesmerizing Belgian-Egyptian songwriter, musician, and singer Tamino generously took part in a Q&A while visiting NYC to promote his contemplatively compelling upcoming 2nd LP, Sahar.

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Interview: Freedy Johnston

12 September 2022

Freedy Johnston discusses Back on the Road to You, his tenth studio album (and his first in seven years)

Interview: Moral Panic discuss new album "Validation"

10 September 2022

Daniel Kelley of Moral Panic discusses new album Validation, influences, films, NYC and more.

From NYC with love and darkness - an interview with London Plane

2 September 2022

Recently, post-punkers London Plane released their sophomore album Bright Black via the Declared Goods label. This six-piece collective is made up of David Mosey (guitar and vocals), Jessica Cole (vocals), Bryan Garbe (drums), Grant Parker (bass), Julian Tulip (synths), and Kristofer Widholm (guitar). Their roots trace back to 2014 backstage at a tribute show to the recently deceased Lou Reed, when Psychedelic FursJoe McGinty introduced David to Jessica, who were both performing.

With a commanding performance and stage presence that feels like a cross between BauhausPeter Murphy and John Malkovich, frontman David Mosey took the time to speak with us about the new album.

Pinc Louds

Interview: Pinc Louds

31 August 2022

Since 2015, Pinc Clouds has been infusing the streets of New York City with a punk-tinged, DIY, joie de vivre. From their heartfelt songs to their quirky style, Pinc Louds just might be the most genuine act you’ve ever seen. Fresh off a European leg of the Punk in Drublic tour, I spoke to Claudi about all things Pinc Louds.

Brinsley Schwarz excerpt from issue 90

30 August 2022

I sat down to talk to legendary guitarist Brinsley Schwarz last September over Zoom to talk about his recently released 2nd solo album Tangled. During the course of our hour-long chat, we covered everything from the heady days of touring with Parker in the early ‘80s to his recent solo albums along with musings on topical issues such as COVID and even Steely Dan and James Bond.

Photo courtesy of Grandstand Media

It's All Happening: An Interview With John Cudlip of LAUNDER

29 August 2022

“I was writing it across multiple years and going through a lot of different influences which I think it’s easy for that to bleed through a bit. I feel like it was mostly just my emotional state. I was going through some sad stuff in my life for a bit, there’s not a lot of happy songs on the record for that reason” – John Cudlip

Retro-Futuristic music is a way of life - An interview with CIRCUIT3

29 August 2022

Having emerged on the Irish music scene in, a lot has already been said and written about Dublin synthpop / synthwave artist CIRCUIT3. Die-hard fans of OMD, Pet Shop Boys, Thomas Dolby, New Order and Vangelis find themselves deeply familiar with this music, but the lyrical content and themes explored are somewhat ‘out there in the sense that the subject matter explores the universe, cosmic truths, high tech issues – this is futuristic in nature while being rooted in the musical underpinnings of the early 1980s. Peter Fitzpatrick aka CIRCUIT3 took some time out to speak about his new album Technology For The Youth.

Interview: Jacob Cloutier of Vanilla Bloom

26 August 2022

Vanilla Bloom is a psychedelic pop music project founded by Jacob Cloutier. The debut album, “Promise”, utilizes an immersive coming-of-age narrative which explores the progression of the inner child.

A Short Conversation With Joanna Pearl

22 August 2022

With her own music turning heads both critically and with consumers and a chance to contribute to the recent* Chicago* album, it is safe to say that things are going well in Joanna Pearl’s world. It seemed the perfect time to sit down with her to find out more about how she got to this point and where it all goes next.

A Short Conversation With Kicking Edgar

22 August 2022

With their latest single, “Fever Dream”, due out on 5th September and the band’s profile rising fast within the South West of the UK, It seemed the perfect time to sit down with Jake O’Brien to find out all about Kicking Edgar, past, present and future.

Goo Goo Dolls

Interview: John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls

8 August 2022

Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik discusses the band’s 13th album, Chaos in Bloom

Interview: Kenny Becker (Goon)

3 August 2022

Goon’s founding member Kenny Becker shares how new band members contributed to the band’s latest release, Hour of Green Evening, being creative through both music and art, the joy of making videos with friends, and encountering celebrities in Los Angeles.

Eugene San of Go With Strangers

Interview: Eugene San (Go With Strangers)

31 July 2022

Malaysian musician Eugene San (Kojira, Gene Shanzo, Mint Cherry) soars to the stratosphere with scintillating alt-/dream-rock sonic propulsion as new project Go With Strangers.

Interview: Ramesh Srivastava (Voxtrot)

25 July 2022

Ramesh Srivastava is guardedly optimistic about Voxtrot’s future. Reuniting for the first time since 2010, the Austin-based band has reissued two albums worth of older material (EPs, B-Sides, demos) and has a short tour coming up this fall. If nothing else happens, it will have been worth it but Srivastava envisions more touring and potentially writing new music with his bandmates.

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Interview: Grunge Pop Records

25 July 2022

Grunge Pop Records is spearheading the grunge revival with an impressive list of up-and-coming artists. We discussed the need for real rock music, the sound of grunge and how it has evolved over thirty years, the international reach of the genre, and the future of Grunge Pop Records and its roster of soon-to-be world-famous bands.

Interview: Queen Kwong

12 July 2022

Carré Callaway’s life story may be as interesting and wild as her latest album, Couples Only, released under the Queen Kwong moniker. Callaway discusses both in this in-depth conversation.

Interview: The Bearer

10 July 2022

Austin TX based hardcore/punk band The Bearer rages with heavy and ferocious riffs, pounding drums, complex time changes and vocals with the same intensity as the music. I was pleased to get a chance to speak with drummer/vocalist Colton Siegmund about the new record Chained to a Tree, available now via Silent Pendulum Records.

Interview: Riley Downing (The Deslondes)

8 July 2022

There’s a chance The Deslondes extended hiatus may have lasted longer had John James Tourville (fiddle/pedal steel) not proposed getting the band back together during the pandemic. Riley Downing (vocals/guitar) talks about the band’s reunion, it’s new album, Ways & Means, life on the road and more.

ABC frontman Martin Fry

A Brief Chat with ABC Frontman Martin Fry

7 July 2022

ABC frontman Martin Fry discusses COVID’s effects, and what comes next for the band

Interview: Pit Pony

7 July 2022

Thanks to support from the PRS Foundation and Help Musicians, UK artist Pit Pony was afforded the opportunity to record it’s blistering, melodic-punk debut, World To Me, during an otherwise daunting time in world history. Jackie Purver, Garth Purver, and Andrew Jones discuss how living in Newcastle helps shape the band’s sound.

Beth Arzy and members of Jetstream Pony.

A Cloud In My Heart: A Chat with Beth Arzy of Jetstream Pony

5 July 2022

Beth Arzy is well known for her sweet vocal work in Aberdeen/Trembling Blue Stars/The Luxembourg Signal, Lightning in a Twilight Hour, and now the excellent UK band *Jetstream Pony.

Interview: Spacey Jane

30 June 2022

Spacey Jane’s sophomore album, Here Comes Everybody, follows close on the heels of the Australian band’s debut which came out in June 2020. Singer Caleb Harper talks lyrical inspirations, mental wellbeing, and seeking Jeff Tweedy’s approval on the album title.

Interview: Haunted Summer

27 June 2022

With a sound rooted in folky and dreamy psychedelic-pop, Haunted Summer’s third album, Whole, proves you can judge a band by it’s name. We catch up with wife-and-husband duo Bridgette Moody and John Seasons as they happily return to the touring lifestyle they put on hold for the last two years.

JB Dunckel

Interview: JB Dunckel of Air Discusses Solo Album

24 June 2022

JB Dunckel – half of the celebrated electronic band Air – discusses his new solo album, Carbon

Rob Janicke's Top 5 Favorite Rock Reads

23 June 2022

‘Generation Riff’ founder Rob Janicke shares his five favorite non-fiction rock books.

Interview: Alice Merton

17 June 2022

After experiencing a whirlwind career-starting single, “No Roots,” (which currently has been streamed over 1 billion times worldwide), Alice Merton is learning to slow down and enjoy whatever life throws at her. Her new album, S.I.D.E.S., is the result of purging two years worth of dark thoughts and emotions as a form of therapy.

James Spooner's Top 5 Favorite Black Female-/Non-Binary Fronted Punk Bands

8 June 2022

‘The High Desert’ author James Spooner shares his five favorite black female-/non-binary fronted punk bands.

A Short Conversation with Sam Robbins

4 June 2022

With a new album about to drop and a cool single, “Reverence” giving a taste of its sound, I sat down with Sam Robbins to find out all about him, his music and where it all goes next.

Interview: Eli Winderman (Dopapod)

27 May 2022

With the listener in mind, progressive jam band Dopapod put a lot of thought into how they want the audience to experience their new album. From the sequencing of the songs, to the album artwork, to the board game that is part of the vinyl package, everything was carefully calculated. Eli Winderman talks about the album, touring and more.

Mark Palm's Top 5 Favorite Underrated Songwriters

27 May 2022

Supercrush guitarist/vocalist Mark Palm shares his five favorite underrated songwriters.

A Short Conversation With Jim Styring and Peter Holsapple About Recent It's Karma It's Cool Activities

25 May 2022

A lot has been happening in the It’s Karma It’s Cool camp of late. Gigs at The iconic Cavern Club, new tunes about to be launched upon the unsuspecting public and they even got to work with Peter Holsapple whose musical resume includes the likes of The dBs R.E.M., Hootie & The Blowfish, to name but three. It seemed the perfect time to sit down with Jim and Peter and find out a bit more about what’s been happening.