Sunday, January 1 1995
Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Decades later, guitarist Kaki King engaged in a similarly devilish act, brutally murdering an 81-year-old homeless man, stealing his riffs, and leaving him steeped in a pool of his own blood.
They talk Warhol through the smoke, and make decisions you won't believe.
One thing can be said about Nik Kershaw: The man is realistic. It’s been nearly a year (May 14, 2001) since Kershaw’s latest album, To
The dangerous use of power pop, the big label mistake, and the joys of being and not being a sideman.
Drummer Richard Hughes explains how the band became strangers to themselves before making their second album, which was influenced by war, Yeats, and Jimi Hendrix.
works hard. And he sounds tired: his voice is low and slow, his manner wary. He's talking to me on the phone from Louisiana's Cash Money Records office, where he's been at it all day, being polite with interviewers and promoting his third Cash Money solo album, Tha G-Code.
You might not recognize their faces, but their sound will stick with you.
Singer and lead guitarist/pianist Brett Detar recently sat down with PopMatters for a lengthy chat about the band's evolution and their impending success.
Throughout my conversation with , one word kept popping up again and again: 'freedom'.
The R&B singer battles alcoholism and climbs from singing on the streets to the Billboard charts.
The young R&B star talks about trying to make her mark
'The things that thrill me are that I can afford medication, go to the movies whenever I want, get on a plane whenever I want. It just thrills me, you know?' Jewel talks to PopMatters about the joys of writing, the perils of ultimate perfection, and how Plato shaped her vision of love.
Spooky and throbbing as a newborn toadstool - the jellyeye.
The R&B vocalist turned a summer of radio station grunt work into the start of a varied career.
The singer opens up on love, abuse and art.
The ex-Unicorn explains his new project, remixing for Beck, and African guitar.
With two and sometimes three detuned guitars roaring through massive distortion, Isis shows are floor-shakingly, teeth-rattlingly loud. Many bands play loudly, but few bathe the listener in waves of sound like Isis.
Sam Beam talks about the songwriting process, even the unintentional side of it.
'To my mind, in the songs that I have loved growing up, it tends to always be about a hook and a melody and a hook and a melody, and somebody is constantly taking your attention. I really think great recorded singles are like that. You are never given a chance to get distracted by anything. You're constantly pulled in a direction by something going on in the song.'
It figures that in their recent profile of New York's 'coolest' bands, Rolling Stone missed the city's best. Interpol has been playing the live circuit for a couple of years and yet somehow they've managed to stay relatively under the radar the entire time.