Interviews

Why Inauguration Performer Tim Rushlow Said Yes to Donald Trump

Tim Rushlow is the ex-lead singer of Little Texas, a band that was omnipresent on country radio in the 90s. Tonight, he will perform at the president-elect's…
Anna Gaca / January 19, 2017

Obama’s Go-To DJ Reflects on Four Years of Performing for the First Family

A new White House administration means Austin-based DJ Mel Cavaricci's time playing music for President Obama's events has come to an end. For the past few…
Brian Josephs / January 18, 2017

BJ the Chicago Kid on Performing For Obama: “They Asked Me to Take People’s Minds to Another Place”

On January 10, R&B singer BJ the Chicago Kid performed the National Anthem at Barack Obama's Farewell Address in Chicago. Given just days to prepare, BJ jumped…
Brian Josephs / January 17, 2017

Q&A: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Talk Patriots Day, Before the Flood, Escaping Musical “Despair and Depravity”

For music fans, there was a surprise embedded in the operatic trailer for director Peter Berg’s new Boston Marathon bombing thriller Patriots Day: a single line…
Winston Cook-Wilson / December 20, 2016

As the Decemberists’ The Crane Wife Celebrates 10 Years, Colin Meloy Is Still Sorry for Making You Use a Dictionary

Loosely inspired by a Japanese folktale about a bird who takes human form, the Decemberists' fourth album The Crane Wife was their most ambitious to date. Released in October…
Anna Gaca / December 12, 2016

Q&A: Sleigh Bells Have No Illusions About Their Difficult New Album, Jessica Rabbit

Derek Miller is his own worst critic. There's a genuine intensity to the 35-year-old guitarist and producer—who makes up one half of the frenetic noise-pop duo…
Kyle McGovern / November 15, 2016

Q&A: Open Mike Eagle on “New Negroes” Comedy Show, and Being Soft While Black

This past Thursday was a big one for art-rapper Open Mike Eagle for two reasons—one scheduled, the other by surprise. For the past year, the…
Brian Josephs / November 8, 2016

Q&A: Cakes da Killa Is a Part-Time Pink Moscato Connoisseur and a Full-Time Rapper

To be a rapper is to be constantly walking a tightrope, balancing commercial ambitions with the genre's traditional sensibilities (read: bars). It's no secret that there isn't…
Brian Josephs / November 1, 2016

Q&A: Miniature Tigers Bask in the Sun on I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy

Like its titular Western hero, Miniature Tigers’ I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy is unpolished. Frontman Charlie Brand, 31, recorded pieces of his band’s fifth album…
Anna Gaca / October 28, 2016

Digital Crate Digging With DJ /rupture

  When DJ and music writer Jace Clayton began working on his new book Uproot, he had a deceptively simple premise in mind: "that really…
Andy Cush / October 6, 2016

Q&A: Kamasi Washington Talks Jazz and Playing Major Music Festivals Worldwide

If you’ve heard Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly or Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead!, then you’ve heard Kamasi Washington. He's one of the…
Josh Rosenberg / October 4, 2016

Q&A: Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge on Crafting Luke Cage’s Harlem-Rooted, Wu-Tang-Influenced Soundtrack

Luke Cage isn't the first black comic book hero to get a television series. Static Shock was a Saturday morning staple at the turn of the millennium, and…
Brian Josephs / October 3, 2016

Q&A: How to Dress Well on Boy Bands, Emojis, and Radical Tenderness

Tom Krell is not a self-help guru, but not because he’s unqualified. The 32-year-old delayed finishing his philosophy dissertation to work on being a pop star.
Anna Gaca / October 3, 2016

Q&A: Chicago Rapper Mick Jenkins Wants to Spread Love

The diversity of Chicago hip-hop isn't a secret, but in 2016, it's been more visible than ever. There's the religious guidance of Chance the Rapper; Noname and Jamila…
Brian Josephs / September 22, 2016

Billy Ray Cyrus: There’s a Thin Line Between Elvis and Jesus

Billy Ray Cyrus is a man of faith. Yes, the religious kind; he is quick to reference a Bible passage in conversation (specifically, the one about Jesus…
Rachel Brodsky / August 23, 2016
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