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Slowdive's Neil Halstead

Interview: Neil Halstead of Slowdive Discusses The Unknown Country

16 April 2022

Slowdive frontman Neil Halstead talks about working on the soundtrack for indie film The Unknown Country

Interview: Pat Graham (Big Nothing)

15 April 2022

Pat Graham of Philadelphia’s Big Nothing shares how the band approached writing and recording Dog Hours in the midst of the pandemic and the never-ending quest he’s on to write the perfect pop song.

Jim Ruland—Top 5 Punk Books

'Corporate Rock Sucks': Jim Ruland Interview

11 April 2022

Author Jim Ruland talks about his new book ‘Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise and Fall of SST Records.’

Photo by Jacob Ball

Seeking An Oasis: A Conversation with Matthew Doty of Deserta

7 April 2022

“I think figuring out better ways to record and sing was another reason I wanted to work with more people on this album rather than doing it myself again and just keep doing the same thing. I mean, even the first project there was not anything that I didn’t like about the way it turned out but I wanted to try something new and see if there was something I could be doing better.” – Matthew Doty

Hudley Flipside's Top 5 Favorite Punk Drummers

6 April 2022

An exclusive excerpt from the new book, ‘Forbidden Beat: Perspectives on Punk Drumming.’

Interview: Yelawolf & Shooter Jennings (Sometimes Y)

4 April 2022

What do you get when you mix the outlaw country songwriter/producer Shooter Jennings with a predominant name in the hip-hop world, Yelawolf? Probably not what you’d expect. Sometimes Y delivers a modern rock album with influences from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Jennings and Yelawolf share with us how they came together and why two opposites attract.

Photo by Chris Frisina

A Tradition Of Evolution: An Interview With Rosali

3 April 2022

“I realized that removing myself from my daily life and all the other other things going on that make it so hard to focus, was really helpful. That time definitely made me see that if I had this concerted effort to which I can dedicate time to writing songs, helped really sort out a lot of things that I was thinking and feeling instead it feeling like it’s all a jumbled mess …” – Rosali

A Short Conversation with Emilio Palame of Knights of Swing

31 March 2022

With Knights of Swing just released via Vimeo it was the perfect time to sit down with actor, co-director and musical arranger, Emilio Palame to learn more about this fantastic film and equally exciting soundtrack, his own career and what the film has to say to a modern audience.

Tim Hinely's Top 5 Favorite Venues

31 March 2022

Tim Hinely, founder of ‘Dagger’ zine and author of ‘Where The Wild Gigs Were,’ shares his five favorite venues.

A Short Conversation with Chris Mitchard of Charlton Lane

30 March 2022

With a new album from Charlton Lane dropping very soon, it seemed the right time to sit down with the man at the musical helm and find out all-out this project, the Mendip Soul Stew and all the other wonderful things that he has got up to over the years.

Day Wave

Interview: Jackson Phillips of Day Wave

29 March 2022

Jackson Phillips, the mastermind behind acclaimed dream pop act Day Wave, discusses the band’s latest single, upcoming album, and his career overall

Stabbing Westward

Interview: Stabbing Westward frontman Christopher Hall

27 March 2022

Christopher Hall of Stabbing Westward discusses Chasing Ghosts, the band’s first album in 21 years, as well as their career overall

Interview: Deerhoof - Treefort 2022 Pick of the Day

27 March 2022

Founded by drummer Greg Saunier in 1994, the San Francisco heroes will support their latest record, 2021’s Actually, You Can. We talked with Saunier about what the band has in store for their Treefort set, his joke-telling skills.

Interview: Yob - Treefort 2022 Pick of the Day

26 March 2022

The most reliably solid performance of the festival’s penultimate day will come courtesy of Eugene, Oregon’s doom-dealers. We recently caught up with bassist Aaron Rieseberg for a preview of his band’s Treefort set.

Interview: The Mysterines

25 March 2022

Racking up honors and accolades in the UK with their explosive brand of guitar-driven rock, The Mysterines now has its sights set on the U.S. Singer Lia Metcalfe and drummer Paul Crilly discuss making the debut album, Reeling, influences, festival lineups and “pinch me” moments.

Interview: Magic Sword - Treefort 2022 Pick of the Day

25 March 2022

While generally shrouded in mystery, one member of the rock/electronic music trio — who goes by the name The Keeper — recently touched base with the Big Takeover ahead of Magic Sword’s much-anticipated show on Friday night.

Osees

Interview: Osees - Treefort 2022 Pick of the Day

24 March 2022

Self-proclaimed “psych-punk psychic warrior” and “ear-worm farmer” John Dwyer shared his enthusiasm about returning to Treefort, taking the Main Stage torch from GbV and playing on a lineup as sprawling as his own catalog.

U.S. Highball's Top 5 Favorite Glasgow Albums

24 March 2022

Calvin Halliday and James Hindle of U.S. Highball share their five favorite Glasgow albums.

Interview: Guided by Voices - Treefort 2022 Pick of the Day

23 March 2022

Treefort Music Fest is undergoing a rite of passage with two GbV concerts: a Wednesday evening performance at El Korah Shrine that is booked for a two-and-a-half-hours, and a Main Stage dinnertime show slated for the following day.

Interview: Deafheaven - Treefort 2022 Pick of the Fest

22 March 2022

Whereas Deafheaven were somewhat incongruent with Treefort in 2017 — playing a thunderous, full-metal set — this time around, they’re supporting a new post-rock album (Infinite Granite) that couldn’t be better suited for the festival.

Wolf Alice

Interview: Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice

21 March 2022

Wolf Alice frontwoman Ellie Rowsell discusses the band’s current North American tour, their distinctive sound, and why their fans are so fervent

Quinquis

Interview: Quinquis

10 March 2022

Quinquis (f/k/a Tiny Feet) discusses Seim, the album inspired by her home on the isolated island of Ushant

Linus of Hollywood's Top 5 Favorite Classic Metal Albums

10 March 2022

Nerf Herder guitarist Linus of Hollywood shares his five favorite classic metal albums.

A Short Conversation with Wood Willow

7 March 2022

With the new album Southern Intentions and lead single “So Much Runnin’” about to drop, I sat down with Becca Herrod and Joel Parks of Wood Willow to find out how the band came to be, what the new album offers and where it all goes next.

Interview: Jakob Hemström (Oh Hiroshima)

4 March 2022

Constant change has been the norm for Oh Hiroshima since their formation in 2017. Paired down to a duo in early 2021, brothers Jakob Hemström and Oskar Nilsson have challenged the post-rock stereotypes on their fourth album, Myriad and delivered a stunning cinematic masterpiece.

Peter Hook

Interview: Peter Hook (of Peter Hook & the Light, New Order, and Joy Division)

3 March 2022

In his first interview in more than two years, Peter Hook candidly discusses his career with Joy Division, New Order, and Peter Hook & the Light

Drew Stone's Top 5 Favorite Documentaries

3 March 2022

American film director, producer, film editor, author and musician Drew Stone shares his five favorite documentary films.

Interview: Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses)

28 February 2022

When Ben Bridwell says he never meant to be a musician, that it just happened, he sells it with conviction. Thankfully, things worked out the way they did as Band of Horses’ sixth album, Things Are Great, is as honest and unflinching as the band has ever been. Learn about the making of the album, life in South Carolina, and why Band of Horses tries to never phone in a live performance.

Zach Condon of Beirut

Interview: Zach Condon of Beirut

25 February 2022

As he releases Artifacts, a compilation double album of early releases, Beirut mastermind Zach Condon discusses how he’s always taken an esoteric and world-minded musical path

Interview: Blood Incantation

24 February 2022

Known for their technical and complex death metal, Blood Incantation’s new, all-instrumental, ambient release, Timewave Zero, is a palate cleanser that owes a lot to ’60s and ’70s influences, according to singer/guitarist Paul Riedl.

Interview: Matt Lowell (Lo Moon)

24 February 2022

Lo Moon is back with a new album, A Modern Life, on a new label, Thirty Tigers. We catch up with Matt Lowell who talks about influences, being in it for the long haul, and making low-budget videos,

Interview: Olive Vox

21 February 2022

Brothers Parker James and Caden Shea weren’t even a twinkle in their parents eyes during the ’90s grunge era, but hearing the music around the house while growing up was directly responsible for their band’s nostalgic sound.

Jenn Vix

Interview: Jenn Vix

19 February 2022

A purveyor of post-punk, electronic rock, trip-hop, industrial and new-wave rock, Jenn Vix is an artist who throws herself whole-heartedly in to her music, whilst creating an atmospheric backdrop of brooding emotion.

Marissa Nadler's Top 5 Favorite Cover Songs

17 February 2022

Singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler shares her five favorite cover songs of all time.

Interview: Boulevards

16 February 2022

Perhaps a surprise artist on a label known for its Americana and Roots Rock roster, Boulevards brings a lifetime of funk and cinematic soul to his New West Records debut, Electric Cowboy: Born in Carolina Mud and the results are as vibrant and colorful as the album cover.

A short conversation with Eric Terino

14 February 2022

The latest album from Eric Terino is a gorgeous blend of understatement and ornate and drifting sounds and loaded with all manner of messages, both personal and wide-ranging. I sat down with him to talk about the musical journey so far, making albums in lockdown and where it all goes next.

Interview: Ryan Key

11 February 2022

With his sights on composing for TV and film, Ryan Key’s newest EP, Everything Except Desire, is a warm and complex calling card showcasing the songwriter’s ability to set a cinematic tone through the ebbs and flows of his electronic-based music.

Aaron Carnes' Top 5 Favorite '90s Ska Songs

10 February 2022

Aaron Carnes, author of ‘In Defense of Ska,’ shares his five favorite ’90s ska songs.

Image courtesy of Blankenberge FB page

Blankenberge: Shoegaze Is Everything

7 February 2022

“I believe that all these atmospheric genres like shoegaze and post-rock are like classical music in the world of rock music. When we are listening to it the music brings us some philosophical mood and we are more open to see the beauty of nature and think of some things that are somewhere above our daily life.” – Yana Guselnikova

“I am inspired by Wes Anderson’s films and modern architecture. I like simple forms and bright color combinations.” Daniil Levshin on Blankenberge’s cover art

A Short Conversation with Ash & Eric

7 February 2022

With the gorgeous “Autumn Hymn” video soon to be released and a new album, A Song For Every Sadness following no far behind, I sat down with Ash & Eric to ask them about their musical journey to date, their songwriting process, musical evolution and what the future holds for them.

Interview: Isaac Flynn (Hembree)

4 February 2022

Isaac Flynn’s talent of writing memorable hooks is on full display on Hembree’s new album, It’s a Dream! Flynn shares how he’s spent the last two years honing his craft not only in his new band but when collaborating with other songwriters.

Curt Weiss' Top 5 Favorite New York Dolls Songs

2 February 2022

Curt Weiss, author of ‘Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan’s Wild Ride,’ shares his five favorite New York Dolls songs.

A Short Conversation with Debra DeMuth of Opal Canyon

2 February 2022

Having made a name for themselves with their excellent debut album Beauty and Loss, and with a new record entitled Tomorrow To The Sea due soon, it was the perfect time to sit down with Debra DeMuth of Opal Canyon to talk about the band’s journey to this point, what it ll means and where it goes next.

Interview: Steve Stevens

1 February 2022

Legendary guitarist Steve Stevens joined The String Revolution on a special cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” to honor guitar hero Randy Rhoads’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stevens talks about his involvement with the project, his early days in NYC, touring with Journey and more.

Interview: Bobby Markos (Cloakroom)

28 January 2022

When he’s not palling around with Dale Earnhardt Jr, Bobby Markos is playing bass with the shoegazing power trio Cloakroom. A decade into their existence, Cloakroom has just released the stunning Dissolution Wave which will undoubtedly appeal to Hum, Failure, Swervedriver and Nothing fans.

Carolina Hidalgo's Top 5 Favorite Funny Punk Musicians

27 January 2022

Carolina Hidalgo, co-host of the No Dogs in Space music history podcast, shares her five favorite funny punk musicians.

A short conversation with Douglas Wayne

26 January 2022

With the new album Coyote along in a few month and a flurry of singles, including the current “HEY YA’LL,” scheduled to prepare the way, it felt like the perfect time to sit down and talk with Douglas Wayne about his musical journey, the way that he comments on the world around him through his music, environmentalism, recording an album in a locked down world and everything in between.

Interview: The Dollyrots

21 January 2022

The Dollyrots have cleared out their closet with the release of Down the Rabbit Hole featuring 20 years worth of unreleased tracks, demos, B-sides and covers. Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas share how the pandemic had some silver linings as they balance being in a punk-rock band with being parents.

Mo Troper's Top 5 Favorite Portland Albums

20 January 2022

Singer/songwriter and writer Mo Troper shares his five favorite albums from Portland, Oregon.