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Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino on Getting Emo and Clowning Around

Though Best Coast's 2010 debut album, Crazy for You, won an ocean of fans for its fizzy, lo-fi surf pop, frontwoman Bethany Cosentino swears she'…
By: John Sellers / April 16, 2012

The Inquisition: Sinead O’Connor

Since 1992, when she famously ripped up a photograph of the pope on Saturday Night Live, Sinéad O'Connor has been better at getting press for…
By: John Sellers / February 24, 2012

Florence Welch on Her Fear of Treadmills, Lady Gaga, and ‘Ceremonials’

Though still a relative newcomer, Florence Welch has already amassed some impressive achievements, not the least of which is the more than 3.3 million copie…
By: John Sellers / November 21, 2011

Tough Questions for ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

Much has changed in the music industry since "Weird Al" Yankovic debuted on the scene with "My Bologna," his 1979 parody of the Knack's "My…
By: John Sellers / October 24, 2011

Tough Questions for Peter Murphy

The ideal setting for a chat with Peter Murphy would be a sepulchre, not a Manhattan sushi bar blaring "Hotel California." Yet, across the table,…
By: John Sellers / July 18, 2011

Tough Questions for Ben Gibbard

In the three years since Death Cab for Cutie released their gold-selling Narrow Stairs, frontman Ben Gibbard has quit drinking, moved to Los Angeles,…
By: John Sellers / May 26, 2011

Tough Questions for TVOTR’s Tunde Adebimpe

After ten years in TV on the Radio, it's not surprising that lead singer Tunde Adebimpe requested time off following a yearlong tour supporting 2008'…
By: John Sellers / April 11, 2011

Tough Questions for Sam Beam of Iron & Wine

Every assumption you've ever had about Sam Beam -- the folk singer otherwise known as Iron & Wine -- might go out the window whe…
By: John Sellers / February 14, 2011

Tough Questions for Keith Morris of OFF!

Few musicians form new bands at the age of 55, let alone extremely loud punk-rock bands channeling classic late-'70s hardcore. Then again, most people aren't…
By: John Sellers / November 22, 2010

Tough Questions for Liz Phair

Of all the words spent discussing Liz Phair since her debut nearly two decades ago, none have ever concerned her ability to surf. "I just…
By: John Sellers / October 19, 2010

Tough Questions for Mark Ronson

During his first career as a so-called celebrity DJ, Mark Ronson spun for everyone from P. Diddy to Martha Stewart. But in 2000, he had…
By: John Sellers / September 29, 2010

Tough Questions for Phil Collins

It would be both annoying and inaccurate to quip that diminutive, balding drummer-turned-singer Phil Collins became a music-industry titan against all odds. As evidenced by…
By: John Sellers / August 19, 2010

Tough Questions for OutKast’s Big Boi

Back in 2006, as OutKast was coming off a dizzying run that saw five consecutive studio albums hit No. 2 or higher on the Billboard…
By: John Sellers / June 21, 2010

Renee Fleming Trades Opera for Indie Rock

For a woman who belts out arias at sold-out opera houses without using a microphone, Renée Fleming speaks in surprisingly soft tones. "I have a…
By: John Sellers / June 9, 2010

Tough Questions for Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba

Since forming Alkaline Trio in his native Chicago in 1996, Matt Skiba has been hit by five cars and drawn the ire of Christian radio…
By: John Sellers / February 24, 2010

Tough Questions for Scott Stapp

Whether it was for his quasi-religious posturing or his bombastic, Vedder-lite vocals, Scott Stapp was certainly a divisive force in rock during his rise to…
By: John Sellers / November 23, 2009

Tough Questions for Devendra Banhart

Born in Texas but raised in his mother's native Venezuela, Devendra Banhart has built an enviable career out of being an outsider. The 28-year-old singer-songwriter…
By: John Sellers / October 21, 2009

Q&A: Monsters of Folk

The term "supergroup" tends to get thrown around a lot, but often the tag just doesn't sit right. Consider Damn Yankees. Or Zwan. Or more…
By: John Sellers / October 12, 2009

15 Questions for Paramore’s Hayley Williams

Last year, after a few canceled concerts, word swirled that Paramore, the Tennessee pop-punk band fronted by the colorful 20-year-old Hayley Williams, would not survive…
By: John Sellers / October 6, 2009

The 50 Greatest Cover Songs: 10-1

Our countdown of the 50 best covers continues! Check out entries No. 20-11 from our list -- and weigh in with your own favorites i…
By: John Sellers / September 23, 2009

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