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February 2009

Michael Hearst definitely deserves a Klondike bar

Economopocalypse got you down?  Banish the gloomies by slurping up a Chipwich® or a Bomb Pop™—American obesity has already pressed on beyond epidemic


Less Is More: Nils Lofgren Piano Man

Nils at the piano. Neil Young’s seminal 1970 record, After the Goldrush, yielded so many classic compositions, many would be surprised to find out it


Jean Millington: An Interview with a Rock and Roll Survivor

Long before the Runaways, the Slits, Hole, and Sleater-Kinney took the stage, the members of Fanny proved to the narrow-minded masses that a group need not the Y chromosome to rock harder than Led Zeppelin. Fanny co-founder Jean Millington reflects on the last days of a band that truly are "rock and roll survivors".


To Fix the Gash in Your Head: A Place to Bury Strangers

Watching A Place to Bury Strangers play in Los Angeles, thinking about Lou Reed and the proper way to hold a funeral for twee.


Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Smokey Robinson (Episode 13)

The great Smokey Robinson joins Elvis Costello for the final episode of the first season of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…, airing tonight at 9pm EST/


Craig Finn on the Zero Boys

The Hold Steady frontman illuminates the importance of this '80s MOR Midwestern hardcore band.


“Zoom, I wish the world were truly happy”: Barack and the blues

In Grant park on the night of America’s victory in November 2008, Barack opened with: "It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America." It is my sincere hope that readers don’t miss that. Barack has a deep and personal understanding of this unique and complex American history. A cool, smooth, blues man has come to lead the nation.


PJ Harvey’s Dry: A Rock Staple

During an odd afternoon as a part time DJ at a community college radio station which I finally heard what a strained, angry woman sounds


New Gold Dream Fades - The Rise and Fall of Simple Minds

How a post-punk synth band became a poor man's U2.


20 Questions: Cyndi Lauper

2009 is shaping up to be busier than 2008 for Cyndi Lauper. Following her Grammy nomination for the acclaimed Bring Ya to the Brink (2008) album, the tireless


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