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Sunday, January 1 1995

A Conversation with Steve Bertrand, formerly of The Tories

It’s a beautiful, sunny and warm day in Los Angeles, but it’s not only the Californian weather that is giving Steve Bertrand reason

Billy Bob’s Unlikely Muse

Billy Bob Thornton knows the good-hearted gypsies, tramps and thieves. Thornton and co. weave together a tight, alluring mix of Americana with a tinge of psychedelia and have dubbed their style 'Hillbilly Pink Floyd'.

Stirring the Heart

It’s a long way from Hawaii to New York, and Anjani Thomas’ journey was not the most direct. “It’s a contorted story”, she

Talking Bollocks: An Interview with Test Icicles

The British rockers don't rehearse, have never cut a demo, and cite nu-metal as an influence. So how exactly does this work?

Love is the Tender Trap

Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey explore the challenges of putting out an album and a baby at the same time.

David Lerner of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Writer Matt Gonzales chats with David Lerner, bassist from Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, on their grueling touring schedule, the creative process, and future prospects for the group.

That Time Again

Maria Taylor talks about heading out on her own (with siblings).

Soul Enigma: Lewis Taylor Comes to America

Find out why you've been missing some of the best soul music of the era.

A Matter of Balance: An Interview With Richard Swift

Has pop music lost its soul? Is excellence accidental? Richard Swift on the cons of modernity.

Interview with Superdrag

If we lived in a perfect world, all the bands would be like Superdrag.

In Search of the Super Furry Animals

Go looking for the Super Furry Animals, and it's unclear what will turn up -- a curious modulation here, a bedazzled Welsh-babble there. Or maybe just a band so devoted to their craft, they practically live in the studio. PopMatters investigates.

Back in the New York Groove: A Conversation with Jason Chasko of Suffrajett

Recently, PopMatters spoke to Jason Chasko and discussed how life has been treating the duo since their disc dropped.

24: A Day on Tour with the Subways

The British trio takes us along on their unusual business as usual.

Third Impressions of the Strokes

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond explains why the new album needed its own studio.

In the End We All Want Balance: An Interview with Strange Fruit Project

The hip-hop trio overcomes the dreaded 'positive' tag and a residency in the Texas underground to make their first trip east.

The Happy Songwriter: An Interview with Kelley Stoltz

San Francisco's best-kept songwriting secret on influences, old pianos, optimism, career breaks in biker bars and the stacks of tapes in his apartment closet.

Distilling the Stills: An interview with Dave Hamelin

Are the Stills just the composite of convenient '80s references? On tour with Echo and the Bunnymen, the band they're most often compared to, PopMatters critic Chris Fallon chatted with drummer/songwriter Dave Hamelin to distill the Stills' essence.

Come on Feel the Distraction, or, The Original Balladeer, or, The Architecture of Musical Fiction

Sufjan Stevens explains how he got sidetracked into this whole music thing and lets us know what he really likes.

Finding the Other: An Interview with Richard Jones

The Stereophonics bassist discusses the band's new drummer and increased energy.

stellastarr* Is a Group

stellastarr* arrived as part of the New York new wave revival, evoking the likes of Talking Heads and Blondie. PopMatters talks to the blonde in the band, bassist Amanda Tannen.

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