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The Band That Will Be King

New York-based The King of France bank on their ability to confuse and charm their listeners. Is this the path to widespread power? Devon Powers checks in to see.

From the B Line to NPR: Guitar Virtuoso Kaki King

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.

“Get Back to the Chaos” with the Kills

They talk Warhol through the smoke, and make decisions you won't believe.

Being Frank with Nik Kershaw

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

Back to Happy Times Again: An Interview with Tommy Keene

The dangerous use of power pop, the big label mistake, and the joys of being and not being a sideman.

The Angry, Violent Piano: An Interview with Keane

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.

Enter the Junior Boys

You might not recognize their faces, but their sound will stick with you.

Ready to be Believed: An Interview with The Juliana Theory

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.

John Paul Jones

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

Glimpse of a Gemini’s Journey: An Interview with Donell Jones

The R&B singer battles alcoholism and climbs from singing on the streets to the Billboard charts.

Interview with Syleena Johnson

The young R&B star talks about trying to make her mark

Wonderlands: An Interview with Jewel

'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.

Jellyeye: Beat in Chicago

Spooky and throbbing as a newborn toadstool - the jellyeye.

The Struggles of a New Artist, Who Doesn’t See Himself As One: An Interview with Javier

The R&B vocalist turned a summer of radio station grunt work into the start of a varied career.

This Is Life: An Interview with Jarboe

The singer opens up on love, abuse and art.

A Man Named J’Aime: An interview with Islands’ Jaime Thompson

The ex-Unicorn explains his new project, remixing for Beck, and African guitar.

Signal Fills the Void: An Interview with Mike Gallagher of Isis

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.

Experience and Accident: A Conversation with Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam

Sam Beam talks about the songwriting process, even the unintentional side of it.

You’ve Gotta Have Faith—And Know Your History

'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.'

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