Cool To Be Rude: An Interview with Dave Rude

Someday I’ll tell my grandkids about Myspace, a website that invaded our personal space like a Peeping Tom on a nasty voyeurism bender. I’ll tell them about photos that revealed too much skin, too little decorum, and a heaping mess of regret. As a footnote I might mention that some, …

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Meat Puppets: Rat Farm

Immediately recognized for their unique fusion of punk, country, folk, rock, and whatever other style you want to throw in the mix, the Meat Puppets’ latest album—due out April 16 through Megaforce—is no far cry from the sound and talented writing that has earned them their stripes. Rat Farm’s …

by   |  03/15/2013  |  Comments (1)

Book Review: ‘Tenth Of December’

Writer and MacArthur-certified genius George Saunders’ latest collection, Tenth Of December, brings together stories so good and touching to make him the writer that I both admire (funny ha-ha humor) and fear (funny ha-ha teaches tough lessons about being a worthwhile human). Saunders’ ear for the vernacular of his characters—a …

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An Interview with Tom Keifer: Nothin’s For Nothin’

No stranger to success and the dedication and effort it demands, Tom Keifer’s first solo album showcases his versatility as a songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist from start to finish. As Cinderella’s crooner, Keifer has weathered physical, emotional, and industry setbacks, and chronicles his experiences on his appropriately titled release, The

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An Interview with Al Schnier from moe.: Changing It Up

To support their most recent studio album, What Happened To The La Las? (Sugar Hill), the guys in moe. are embarking on an ambitiously scheduled winter tour, before their Snoe.down festival overtakes Killington, Vermont in March. Affectionately known for their rambling jam band ways, moe. approached What Happened To The

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Interview with John Darnielle from The Mountain Goats: Living With It

In true Mountain Goats fashion, the band’s latest album, Transcendental Youth (Merge), couches heavy subject matter in light-hearted melodies and compelling, energetic tempos. Touring with the album’s horn wizard, Matthew E. White, and his nine-piece band as the opening act, John Darnielle spoke with me about the album, monsters, babies, …

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An Interview with Brian Aubert from Silversun Pickups: Play Time

Speaking with me on the evening of their first show in a string of fall/winter dates, Silversun Pickups’ Brian Aubert discussed the tour, the band’s playful approach to their latest release, Neck Of The Woods (ASCAP), travel for fun’s sake, and not being recognized as this year’s latest and greatest …

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Interview with Sean Rowe: Using His Outside Voice

Stumbling upon Sean Rowe on NPR’s First Listen left me wanting more from the Troy, New York native. Drawing on pure talent and folk influences, Rowe’s latest album, The Salesman And The Shark (Anti-), showcases the enduring simplicity of a man, a voice, and a guitar. Sometimes singing with a …

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Interview with Adam Young from Owl City: Amongst The Stars

Celebrating the release of his fourth album, The Midsummer Station, Minnesota’s Owl City has become a one-man band synonymous with radio-friendly, ear-pleasing synthpop that the whole family can agree on. With the monster commercial success of 2009’s “Fireflies,” vocalist, songwriter, producer, keyboardist, man-behind-the-curtain Adam Young has come a long way …

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Interview with JD Fortune: Fortune’s Phases

Since competing for and winning the coveted spot as INXS’ vocalist on Rock Star: INXS (2005), JD Fortune’s bumpy journey has been chronicled by the media, for better or worse. Through it all, his fans have supported his work, matching his dedication, loyalty, and faith with their own. Now with …

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