Nigerian-born Nneka’s 21st century take on Afrobeat has won her opening gigs for Lauryn Hill and Lenny Kravitz and a slot on the forthcoming Lilith Fair. She spoke to PopMatters about studying in Germany and the linguistic diversity of her native Africa.
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Los Angeles Times music critic Ann Powers began her career writing for the late, great Seattle rock magazine The Rocket. She’s also co-written a book with Tori Amos. Ann shared interview stories and information about new projects with PopMatters.
Northampton, UK chanteuse VV Brown thrilled SXSW audiences with her vivacious stage presence and genre-hopping sound. Her debut album, Travelling Like the Light, will be released in April, but as she told PopMatters, her interests include music, comics, and fashion.
Rock journalist Christopher Weingarten came to SXSW with the goal of seeing 100 bands. When I caught up with him, he was up to 27 bands. Then again, this is a guy who once reviewed 1,000 albums on Twitter. You can follow him via Twitter and watch him in action at last year’s 140 Characters Conference where he discusses state of music writing.
For nearly two decades, the Muffs have been one of LA punk’s best-kept secrets: a band that makes wonderfully catchy punk-pop that makes you smile. Frontwoman Kim Shattuck has one of the greatest screams this side of Roger Daltrey. I caught up with Shattuck following the Muffs’ spunky St. Patrick’s Day show at Beerland.