Sunday, January 1 1995
'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.
Spooky and throbbing as a newborn toadstool - the jellyeye.
The R&B vocalist turned a summer of radio station grunt work into the start of a varied career.
The singer opens up on love, abuse and art.
The ex-Unicorn explains his new project, remixing for Beck, and African guitar.
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.
Sam Beam talks about the songwriting process, even the unintentional side of it.
'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.'
It figures that in their recent profile of New York's 'coolest' bands, Rolling Stone missed the city's best. Interpol has been playing the live circuit for a couple of years and yet somehow they've managed to stay relatively under the radar the entire time.
The music legends talks to PopMatters about hip-hop in culture, sports brawls and his successful acting career.
Ice Age has created an album that pushes the envelope of progressive rock and could possibly be hailed as one of the most significant releases the genre has seen in the past decade.
The documentary filmmaker takes on some of hip-hop's untouchable subjects, but he knows it might be a small part of a large struggle.
Ian Hunter touches the early Hoople days through the current days of string.
Seamlessly blending the cool and the terminally unhip, Hot Hot Heat juggles The Cars, Prince, and the jittery post-punk of Gang of Four and Wire.
Hornsby looks back on 20 years performing, considering Russian spies, great flukes, and remarkable collaborations.
Craig Finn and the Hold Steady confirm the power of classic rock as they celebrate teens, guitar solos, and Christ.
Pelle Almqvist of the Hives pretends to be calm for a few minutes.
Drooling praise in the British press -- once the lifeblood of any American rock band hoping to make it big in the States -- has recently morphed into something more akin to a kiss of death. Can Atlanta's The Hiss come out unscathed? PopMatters music critic Jon Garrett examines.
Hersh started exploring her compulsive musical talents in 1982, when she formed the critically-hailed Throwing Muses, a band featuring her step-sister Tanya Donelly, who went on to do a stint with The Breeders before forming the Grammy-nominated Belly.
The electronic artists speaks about his politics, the state of sampling, and Radiohead. And he's having the duck.