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Sunday, January 1 1995

On a Bus Named Desire: An Interview with Soul Asylum

Frontman Dave Pirner discusses loss, music, and how their new album The Silver Lining has Soul Asylum back in the rock 'n' roll game.

Secret Girl: An Interview with Kim Gordon

One of rock's most iconic women talks about music, art, the quick genesis of Sonic Youth's 20th album, and why she doesn't worry too much about how people perceive her.

Drums in the Basement and Other Challenges

The Smoosh sisters give us an inside view of life as indie's youngest act.

Better Than Your Kids: An E-mail Interview With Smog

Bill Callahan modestly explains his place in music and lexicography.

A Battle of Wits: Malcolm Clark of the Sleepy Jackson

Another ego-driven lead singer with a team of puppets that front as a 'band?' Think again. PopMatters talks with drummer Malcolm Clark of the Sleepy Jackson to figure out who else is contributing to the band's enigmatic sound.

Finger-Picked Blues and Never-Ending Sine Waves

Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny talks about the acoustic blues, raw psyche, and transfiguring rivers that shaped his new album The Sun Awakens.

The Siren Interviews

VHS or Beta's Mark Palgy feels good to not have to be all business.

The Siren Interviews

Mates of State go from inception to conception (and beyond).

The Siren Interviews

Ambulance LTD's Darren Beckett just wants a free hat and a new album.

The Siren Interviews

We gave our correspondent Eddie Ciminelli a tough job for the Siren Music Festival on July 16 in Coney Island. We asked him spend a day in the sun listening to music and drinking free beer. And, oh yeah, if you come across any bands, say hi to them for us. Amid the festivities, Eddie managed to sit down with three of the festival's more engaging acts -- pop duo Mates of State, dance-rockers VHS or Beta, and Brooklyn's own Ambulance LTD -- as they take a deep breath (and some swag) from the festival.

Thick-Skinned: An Interview with Ashlee Simpson

Here's a shocker -- Ashlee Simpson is lovely. She spoke to PopMatters recently about critics, Chrissie Hynde, and finding solace in the arms of friends.

From a Texaco Sign: An Interview with Silver Jews

The Silver Jews' David Berman on secret tapes and a mission from God.

Howling and Shouting at Lazy Journalists and North America

Shout Out Louds singer Adam Olenius uses his inside voice.

Score One for David, Zero for Goliath

Michelle Shocked does it her way, and if she wants a threesome, you won't stop her.

The Shins

Throughout my conversation with John Paul Jones, one word kept popping up again and again: 'freedom'.

Michael J. Sheehy

'I think I'd have to be a pretty fucked-up guy if my lyrics were completely autobiographical'.

Songs from the Family

Billie Joe Shaver: ''Good Ol' USA' is not a fight song, and I want things to get back like they were when little kids over in other countries, that's what they dream about is coming to the United States. And I want people to know that this is still a beautiful place full of beautiful, kind people.'

Steve Jones on Swindle and Swindling

The former Sex Pistol still shoots from lip, even if he likes Journey now.

John Scofield Talks

John Scofield Talks John Scofield took time out of his hectic tour schedule to talk with PopMatters about taking chances, democracy, and the love of

American Teenage Rock ‘n’ Roll Machine

The Schoolyard Heroes are like a serial killer party thrown at an evil Rushmore. And, apparently, they're tight. Like a tiger.

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