Musicians I Love to Interview – Or Not

When you write about music for as long as I have — more than 35 years and counting, off and on — you end up interviewing your fair share...

Sophie | Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides

Beauty and truth come from within. Sometimes deep within. But even when they're contained and constrained far beneath the surface of a dark exterior, they will inevitably burst forth in...

Nude Party | Nude Party

Clothes might make the man. But the band? Not so much. If you believe the press bumpf about this shaggy North Carolina sextet, they come by their naughty name...

Miles Kane | Coup De Grace

Some guys need to reinvent the wheel. Others are content just to let it roll. Anyone who's spent any time listening to the work of Miles Kane — be...

Kinky Friedman | Circus of Life

Many moons ago, I bumped into Kinky Friedman one night in Austin. And I mean bumped; we were basically shoved into each other in the crowd at a typically...

Kevin Gordon | Tilt & Shine

Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Irma Thomas, Southside Johnny and plenty of others have covered his songs. Lucinda Williams has recorded a duet with him. Members of the E Street...

Jimmy LaFave | Peace Town

You always think you're going to have enough time. Time to get all your affairs in order. Time to say proper goodbyes to those you love. Maybe even time...

Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen | OTO Live Party

Music might not be the universal language. But it's certainly an international one. Exhibit A: The latest collaboration between Jimi Tenor and Tony Allen. For those who aren't up...

Goat Girl | Goat Girl

Poise, personality, intelligence and individuality are impressive qualities to possess at any age. Discovering them in a bunch of teenagers and young twentysomethings — well, that shoots way beyond...

Garcia Peoples | Cosmic Cash

The first thing you need to know about Garcia Peoples: It's a band, not a person. The second thing you need to know: The Garcia in question is probably...

Fantastic Negrito | Please Don’t Be Dead

Fantastic Negrito is "kind of a superhero," his alter-ego Xavier Dphrepaulezz told me a couple of years ago. Well, he's certainly got the origin story for it. In the...

Eamon McGrath | Tantramar

There is no shortcut to greatness. There is only the long haul. Eamon McGrath knows. Or at least he should; it's clearly the path the singer-songwriter has been treading...

Dirty Projectors | Lamp Lit Prose

David Longstreth's lamp may be strong enough to illuminate his work. But one spin of his eighth Dirty Projectors album will confirm that the warm, soul-nourishing glow enlightening his...

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band | The Roxy July 7, 1978

"All you bootleggers out there in radioland: Roll your tapes!" Bruce Springsteen boisterously cracks midway through this legendary club set. Naturally, said tapers were only too happy to oblige....

Boz Scaggs | Out of the Blues

Boz Scaggs gave me the lowdown on his new direction back in 2010 — before even he truly saw it coming. "I'm exploring some different styles of music now,"...

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