Sunday, January 1 1995
Eight members, multiple songwriters and dozens of instruments coalesce in one indefinable, all-natural sound for Vermont's folk collective Feathers. 'Each of us has our own philosophy of how we make music and we all get to practice it in parallel,' said Feathers' Meara O'Reilly. 'It happens to all coincide in some way.'
Sometime around midnight on March 9th, a dream of rock stardom imagined by a wide-eyed group of Raleigh musicians eight years ago will finally die.
Ethel's Mary Rowell explains how an experimental string quartet ended up in a rock show.
PopMatters documents the rebirth of Alejandro Escovedo, once named Artist of the Decade by No Depression in the '90s.
No elephantine egos for this crew - the much-talked about Elefant are truly down to earth. PopMatters' Peter Joseph checks in.
Electrelane sticks to one language in breaking down life and music outside Brighton.
Elbow takes some time to show us a high-class hangout, but end up proving they've stayed grounded.
Bay area hip-hop legend and slang encyclopedia E-40 is in the mix like Bisquick and never late like FEMA... do you smell him?
Duran Duran bassist covers everything from the early singles to the current tour.
Dungen's Gustav Ejstes on improvisation, the language barrier, power trios, and the importance of taking it easy.
The Matisyahu guitarist talks about working in the studio with Bill Laswell and finding his style in New York's jazz scene.
'A lot of tension in Faulkner's novels emerges from a conflict between trying to make time do what you want it to, trying to force time to do what you want it to because allowing it to pass on its own feels really disastrous and scary. I can relate to that on an emotional level. I think that's almost infantile -- not in a derisive way. That's how people grow up, in a way, is to realize that you don't have to have control over things and you have to just let them be.'
DMC is, like any good writer, aware of the power of words and names. Which explains his considerable shock when he discovered that Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels had, in fact, been adopted.
Nearly 20 years since the original line-up broke up, PopMatters speaks with Lou Barlow on the Dinosaur Jr. reunion.
Howard Devoto is one of those musicians who, if there were any justice at all in the world, would be hugely famous.
To celebrate the belated US release of their new album Baby, PopMatters presents 10 things you need to know about Rachel Nagy and the Detroit Cobras.
Rapper Jizzal Man of snap music crew Dem Franchize Boyz speaks on leaning wit it and rocking wit it.
Deerhoof's latest, The Runners Four, has garnered praise from The New York Times and helped usher the band into larger arenas. Here, guitarist John Dieterich discusses how the band has responded.
After 10 years, they still doesn't have a practice space. Welcome to the spontaneity of Deerhoof.
This month marks the release of Her Majesty the Decemberists, the follow-up to the sleeper success of Castaways and Cutouts, re-issued earlier this year. Is a revolution in the works? PopMatters editor Devon Powers chats with lead singer Colin Meloy to investigate.