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King Woman: Kristina Esfandiari's New Clarity

20 April 2015

“I understand that our music is heavy and something a lot of people won’t get or even dance to but we work to create a special energy. I’m not into stages. I don’t think anyone should feel they’re elevated and above any one else. A lot of the Bay Area venues we play have been closing but we network to play venues where we feel we can connect better with people,” she said.

Darius Koski: Punk's Troubadour Goes Solo With Sisu

13 April 2015

“Going solo is absolutely more challenging. It’s naked, harrowing, terrifying. I have a binder in front of me to help me remember words. With the ‘Utters and maybe rock in general, you have this safety net of volume or speed. If I make a mistake it’s not as glaringly obvious but with these songs, it’s painfully obvious,” he sighed.

Wayne Kramer & Jail Guitar Doors USA

Wayne Kramer: Soul On Parole With Jail Guitar Doors USA

19 March 2015

“Today, our country puts away roughly 2.3 million people. California spends about $47,000 a year per person to lockup inmates. This is a deep, complex problem and the issues surrounding all of this could make it the biggest disaster in U.S. social policy history. I think it’s an embarrassment,” stated Kramer.

Dick Diver and Melbourne, Florida

3 February 2015

In a short time, Dick Diver have created some monumental works (New Start Again and Calendar Days spring to mind) that not only display deft and diverse songwriting but also some ace guitar and lasting melodies. Melbourne, Florida is no different than its predecessors, but does show a newfound confidence.

Sonny Vincent & SPITE

Sonny's Blues; Vincent Returns With Spite

2 December 2014

“Hearing early rock n’ roll made me wanna bash stuff and make a racket! When I was 4 years old they discovered me in the kitchen with all the pots and pans upside down on the floor. I was bashing on them with a spoon along to the music coming out of the radio. When I was 11 I got a guitar, picked it up and wrote a song on it, on one string! I’m still cranking on that string and bashing stuff.”

Today's Lovin' Spoonful: Phil Smith, Joe Butler, Steve Boone, Jerry Yester, Mike Arturi and photographer Henry Diltz

Steve Boone: A Spoonful Of Match Heads

21 November 2014

“When you’re not feeling good about yourself, a number one record doesn’t matter.”

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: Adverse Rule of Three

18 August 2014

It’s a common belief that bad things come in threes. For Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, that theory just doesn’t hold up. Former Brooklynite and current Philly resident Chris Forsyth and his band (featuring Peter Kerlin, Paul Sukeena from Philly deep thudders Spacin’ and Steve Urgo, formerly of The War on Drugs) are countering this aged idea successfully at every turn, beginning with the release of Solar Motel on October 29th, 2013 .

Jason Cruz and Howl

Jason Cruz: Howling For Change

7 July 2014

“Shopping Howl’s record around to the old guard made me realize that the kids are the new guard, here and now. I’m not going to abandon them because they straight up made my career. I don’t want to alienate people, I want to learn and grow with them. If I can challenge the kids with this band then I’m all the better for it,” he said.

Rasputina: 21st Century Victorians

27 June 2014

“When Rasputina started we didn’t have anyone to emulate. My naiveté turned out to be a real blessing because it seemed obvious to use cello instead of guitar. I wasn’t going to get a guitarist or learn just so I could have a band,” laughed Creager.

It's Normal For Me: Jad Fair's Busy 2014 Schedule

18 June 2014

2014 shows no signs of Fair slowing down his collaborations or Half Japanese.

7 Seconds 2014

7 Seconds Shine With Leave A Light On

19 May 2014

“Hardcore indirectly gave my natural big mouth a megaphone. It nurtured the activism within my heart and made me appreciate the idea of unity and community,” shared Kevin.

Doomriders: From Darkness To Catharsis

13 February 2014

“I get really down on hateful music that has no point. What good is it if all you’re doing is screaming about how angry you are if there’s no type of catharsis for you?” stated Newton.

The Sharp Things photo by Alex Brown

The Sharp Things: Grand Ambition

11 December 2013

Bandleader Perry Serpa on the NYC ensemble’s four-album series and the special challenges of running a rock orchestra.

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DIY or Die; Kathleen Hanna Returns with The Julie Ruin

24 September 2013

“There’s no higher compliment than to get feedback in person. To have someone come up to you 20 years later and say something you wrote saved their life is very gratifying, especially when you look back to when you first wrote it and wondered if anyone was even listening.”

Dead Ending Release Second LP; Bondi Talks Punk Politics

12 July 2013

“Every time you hear that noise that says ‘We are the makers and you people are the takers’, there has to be some kind of soundtrack to that which says ‘fuck you’. I want to be part of that soundtrack,” stated Bondi.

“Rich:” Beme The Rapper in Oakland

22 May 2013

Beme’s rap goes beyond the mere food/shit dichotomy. Beme’s “shit talk” is also music; the body is not a bank, but the music is rooted in the breath, the free improvisatory flow of words that are also tethered to the formalism of rhyme. Talk is ex-lax; rap betters the talking cure. It, too, is a work out that can make you less hungry. As a mural from the Oakland-based Community Rejuvenation Project suggests: there’d be less eating disorders and drug addictions if people were allowed to talk more, if word-jazz and singing were more acceptable. In this sense, Richard Berman is wrong: it’s harder to solve the obesity crisis by keeping your mouth closed. The extra energy you get from dieting has to go somewhere.

Integrity Is The Reason: The Story of Texas Is The Reason

4 March 2013

On the heels of a reissue of their sole album and a farewell series of shows, we talk with Norman Brannon, guitarist for the highly regarded band Texas Is The Reason, about their past and their present.

Adam Pease & Ryan Short

I'm Now Documents Mudhoney's Unique Career

15 January 2013

“I really think Mudhoney’s overall integrity will draw people to this documentary. Even when they were on Reprise their music was still high quality,” said Pease.

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That Which Does Not Kill Us Gives The LustKillers New Life

22 December 2012

“I’ve been fortunate enough to realize early on, that I play for myself. I play because I love playing. I don’t seek admiration or acceptance. I enjoy myself at rehearsal as much as any show. Playing is sacred to me. I can take a lot but if anything messes with my chance to play, I lose it. Any hostility I still harbor stems from those who’ve messed with that,” said Becvare.

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Public Enemy Celebrate Career Milestone with Two New Records

6 October 2012

“We took Hip Hop above and beyond the moment we got passports. I can’t stand major media companies and radio stations that show the black community has less power than it truly does.”

White Lung

A Healthy Dose of White Lung: My Interview with Mish Way

30 August 2012

White Lung’s voracious lead singer, Mish Way, talks about the band’s latest album, Sorry, and explains why Canadian music is anything but boring.

The Lovely and Surprising New Sounds of Dent May

11 June 2012

Mississippi-based Dent May eschews everything that made his debut album so charming—specifically, his ukulele—and he discusses with us why he left it behind, and the making of his pleasant follow-up record.

Sophia Knapp: The Leader of the Pack

21 May 2012

Brooklyn’s Sophia Knapp’s music has a timeless quality about it, and is evocative of a simpler era. Here, she discusses her own musical background and love of simple pop music.

Deniz Tek: The Citadel Years and Beyond

22 March 2012

“I knew that it would be impossible to replicate Radio Birdman, a product of a unique combination of energies which created a new entity, much bigger than the sum of the parts. My goal was to come across as a good solo songwriter, but I knew that I could always get the energy level up there. It was never going to be “folk music” or acoustic pop,” said Tek.

SHELVE THE REQUIEM: The Resurgence of Slumberland Records

13 February 2012

While many indie labels flicker and fade alongside the scenes they propagated, Slumberland Records’ beacon continues to burn brightly. The imprint has outlived many of its peers and predecessors, as well as the indiepop movement it emerged from in the early nineties.

Better Than Something: Jay Reatard

1 February 2012

What makes this film special is the rare opportunity to chronicle an emerging punk rock artist on his ride to stardom only for him to fall and never live to see his legendary potential.

Mike & The Ravens

Mike & The Ravens

12 January 2012

The band’s new album, Pillar To Post marks their 50th anniversary, as well as brings the band’s history to a close.

Lydia Loveless: The Undefinable Machine

2 January 2012

Up-and-coming country-rocker Lydia Loveless takes a moment while resting in Music City to reflect upon the classifications and inspirations that have graced her over the past year.

Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins: Jazz Legend Saluted at Kennedy Center Honors, Awarded National Medal of Arts by President

15 December 2011

From New York’s smoke-filled clubs to the national stage, legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ fire still burns as he recently received top awards under the brightest of spotlights.

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Past is Past: Susanne Tabata Documents Vancouver's Punk History in Bloodied But Unbowed

1 December 2011

Canadian documentarian Susanne Tabata (49 Degrees, Skater Girl), plunges into the sleazy underbelly of Vancouver’s seventies punk scene to make a deeply human film about an entire scene and it’s often larger-then-life denizens.

Memoryhouse: Jazz Hand Flailing in the Bitter Wind

24 October 2011

We have a nice talk with Canadian dream-pop band Memoryhouse, on their growth from a bedroom band to a fully-operational group, and the reasons why they rerecorded their critically acclaimed debut EP.

Pomegranates: A Friendly Collaboration

10 October 2011

We have a quick chat with Ohio-based Pomegranates about their new, experimental EP.

Hong Kong in the 60s: Modern Dreamy Nostalgia

23 September 2011

London-based trio Hong Kong in the 60s has made a little record that is worthy of your time.

Tommy Stinson

Tommy Stinson's Fire and Brim Stone

20 September 2011

Founding member of seminal band The Replacements releases
second solo record.

Release the Sunbird: A Rogue Arises

9 September 2011

Rogue Wave leader Zach Schwartz talks about his latest project, the stripped-down band Release the Sunbird.

Big Talk: A Killer Takes The Lead

22 August 2011

We talk with Ronnie Vannucci, drummer for the Grammy award-winning band The Killers, about his new solo project, Big Talk.

Seapony: Setting the Mood For A Melancholy Day

3 August 2011

Seattle-based indie-pop band Seapony may not have a lot to say, but that’s perfectly okay, as leader Danny Rowland discusses the motivation behind his band and their debut Go With Me.

The People's Temple: Givin' it Back!

25 July 2011

We talk with young Michigan-based garage-rock band The Peoples Temple about their music, and the obvious comparison one may make with them.

Photo Image: John Malachi

Everything Dead is Alive Again: A Chat with The Nighty Nite's John Congleton

18 July 2011

We have a chat with John Congleton, about the demise of his former band, The Paper Chase, and his new project, The Nighty Nite.

T.S.O.L. Anarchy & Altruism

10 July 2011

“l could’ve easily ended up dead or locked up. We don’t live that way now. Some people go around and hype that kind of thing, we don’t feel good about that. You try to do right and make up for the hurt you caused before,” he said.

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Captured Tracks (Label): Past, Present and Always Now

8 July 2011

Music geeks never forget their first love affair with a record label. It’s an experience that transforms casual listening into an infatuation, and inspires freakish behaviors like maintaining a handwritten discography and referring to releases by catalog number rather than album title.

Kids On A Crime Spree: Channeling The Inner Thirteen Year Old

19 June 2011

We talk to Mario Hernandez, indie-pop veteran, about his new project, Kids On A Crime Spree.

Jen Johnson with F Minus

Jen Johnson: Songstress to Seamstress

19 June 2011

After working tirelessly to build her reputation in the demanding worlds of fashion and music, former F Minus bassist and singer Jen Johnson is celebrating her full ownership of the Dainty June clothing line.

The Globes: Looking Back to the Future Self

16 May 2011

We talk with Spokane, Washington’s The Globes, about their debut album, Future Self, and the power of influences.

The Warming Sounds of Maggie Bjorklund

2 May 2011

We chat with Maggie Bjorklund, Danish pedal steel maestro, who discusses her attraction to the instrument—and the difficulties of learning said instrument in a remote Northern European location.

A Lull's Confetti Obsession

17 April 2011

We discuss the making of Chicago-based electronic-folk-pop band A Lull‘s impressive debut album Confetti with vocalist and mastermind Nigel Evan Dennis.

New Fumes: Yesterday's New Sounds For Tomorrow

10 April 2011

We talk with Dallas-based Daniel Huffman about his debut record, Bump & Assassination.