Front Row 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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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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Keller Williams | WGBH | Front Row Boston

The Joyful Sound of Keller Williams

Watching Keller Williams play on stage is like watching a pinball machine. Williams loops different instruments to create a multi-layered soundscape. He can bounce back and forth from a bass to a drum machine, or to a cricket noise maker and back to his guitar to solo. Seeing Williams dance […]

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Bill Frisell
Photo Credit: Monica Frisell

TV and the Movies With Guitarist Bill Frisell

It will only take a few notes for those of you who are unfamiliar with the serene guitar work of Bill Frisell to become addicted. His subtle playing and pristine tone creates a unique and personal aural signature that Frisell adds to all his songs and especially any covers he […]

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Ryan Young, Trampled By Turtles

Interview: Ryan Young

Fiddle player, Ryan Young, of Trampled By Turtles, sat down with Front Row Boston before taking the stage at House of Blues Boston September 11, 2014.