Sunday, January 1 1995
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.
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.
Sufjan Stevens explains how he got sidetracked into this whole music thing and lets us know what he really likes.
The Stereophonics bassist discusses the band's new drummer and increased energy.
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.
Between good sex and old songs, Amy Milan stays out of the cold.
PopMatters music critic Scott Deckman gets spiritual with Jason Martin of Starflyer 59, pop craftsman and Christian Rocker.
A discussion with the dB's co-founder about most anything except the dB's.
What happens when power pop grows up? PopMatters kicks back with songwriter legend Chris Stamey to discuss his first studio release in a decade.
I spoke to the lead singer and guitarist of the band, Julian Taylor, by phone to discuss the status of the band's new independence.
The beauty of Rochester, NY guitarist/singer Michael Staertow (aside from his outstanding musical talent) is that he is not the least bit interested trying
In many respects, not much has changed. After a good twenty minutes passes, I get the distinct impression that Springfield needs to be coaxed from the privacy of his hotel room.
Spoon frontman speaks on space, samples, and spinning vinyl.
There are a lot more options available to the rock and roll connoisseur today than there were in 1963, the year The Beatles put out Please,
The storyteller explores some new sides of her music while continuing to reserve the explicit 'Truth'.
In the new New South of hip-hop, Bubba Sparxxx is banking on a mixture of contemplation and club-hopping to make his third album, The Charm, true to its name.
Almost exactly a year ago, a brief message appeared on the official At the Drive-In site. Citing total physical and mental exhaustion, the band cancelled
Russell Mael shows why Sparks have lived on the fringes of musical culture for the better part of their 25-plus-year career.
One half of the legendary pop duo Sparks, Russell Mael spent time talking with PopMatters music critic Ari Lauren about their influences, their new record, and the legacy they've left.
Having gone through internal fighting and external challenges, the Swedish retro-rock act hits the road.