Interviews

Interview: Marlon Williams’ Rebirth – On Heartbreak, Vampires, and Techno

Interview: Marlon Williams’ Rebirth – On Heartbreak, Vampires, and Techno

It was All Hallow’s Eve in Los Angeles, and Nosferatu was sitting alone in a hotel room: immersed in heartbreak, devastated by loneliness, and high as hell itself. “Crazy and depressed,” the stoned specter donned his flowing black cape and took to the Los Angeles Symphony, noticeably late and skulking […]

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When Did Rooney Become a 90’s Band? An Interview with Robert Schwartzman

When Did Rooney Become a 90’s Band? An Interview with Robert Schwartzman

July 6, 2017 – Rooney’s 20 year anniversary is coming up (in December of 2019, to be exact), as their first show was at the Troubador in Los Angeles in 1999. Frontman Robert Schwartzman can’t quite wrap his head around the fact that Rooney is technically a 90’s band: “To […]

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Frightened Rabbit at Newport Folk

Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison On Family, Music, Drinking, and Feeling Pale in LA

When Frightened Rabbit took to the stage at the Newport Folk Festival in July, frontman Scott Hutchison introduced the band as a better version of their former selves. “We used to be a folk band, but then we discovered electricity.” Hutchison joked as the Scottish fivesome launched into “Get Out,” […]

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Interview: Silversun Pickups

Interview: Silversun Pickups

There’s a certain wide-eyed joy to Silversun Pickups that belies a band going on fifteen years together. A quick assessment of our conversation before their set at House of Blues last week would suggest their sunny Californian roots as a reason for their cheeriness, but apocalyptic themes have always weighed […]

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An Interview with Michelle Zauner, The One Big Boss Lady Who Is Japanese Breakfast

An Interview with Michelle Zauner, The One Big Boss Lady Who Is Japanese Breakfast

A mellow crowd of young-20s-year-olds shuffles around under Brighton Music Hall’s ironic, still silver disco ball. It’s quiet. Too quiet. Too quiet on a Wednesday night in Allston Rock City. That is until Japanese Breakfast, more affectionately known as J Brekkie, takes the stage, opening for Mitski’s sold-out show — a show so […]

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Interview: Kassie Carlson of Guerilla Toss

Interview: Kassie Carlson of Guerilla Toss

  For any other band on earth, seeing descriptors like “focused” and “concise” in an album review might elicit sighs of relief. If one were to imagine such words used for former Bostonians/current Brooklynites Guerilla Toss, though… well, we’d just have to assume the reviewer had never seen Guerilla Toss […]

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Still a Real Band: Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz Talks Boston Shows and New Material

Still a Real Band: Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz Talks Boston Shows and New Material

“All of a sudden we look at the calendar, and you say ‘ Guys, if we’re a real band, we need to play.’” Buffalo Tom plays the Paradise this Saturday, and Bill Janovitz, guitarist and primary songwriter of the legendary Boston band, knows it appears as if the guys crawl […]

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The Price of Fame is Running Water: Behind the Scenes with X Ambassadors

The Price of Fame is Running Water: Behind the Scenes with X Ambassadors

“Very scenic…very appropriate behind the scenes look” quips Adam Levin, drummer for X Ambassadors. Their bus driver, who is all but scratching his head, is walking in and out of the green room of the House of Blues — where the group played a sold-out show of their VHS Tour 2.0 run […]

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Preview: An Evening with Kevin Griffin

Preview: An Evening with Kevin Griffin

Kevin Griffin knows a good music city. The man best known for being the frontman and songwriter in Better than Ezra, has been part of the scenes in New Orleans and Los Angeles, and more recently has become a fixture around Nashville, seeing as he lives with his family in Franklin, Tennessee, about […]

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They Are Scientists, Not Romantics

They Are Scientists, Not Romantics

Keith Murray shifted in his seat and hesitated when I suggested that the lyrics on We Are Scientists’ latest record, Helter Seltzer, are more sincere and less ironic than on past WAS records. “I don’t know if it’s more sincere, but I think, maybe on earlier albums, I was more disdainful of […]

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