Whether it's for Cheap Thrills or a symptom of the Dionysus Syndrome, The Black Halos know that in the end, it's only rock & roll -- and they like it! Gail Worley risks international phone lines to catch up with frontman (and wild man!) Billy Hopeless.
Hugely popular in their native Australia, Jebediah are starting to make waves as indie darlings herein the States following the release of their second album, Of Someday Shambles. Jason Feifer traverses the International Dateline to catch up with frontman Kevin Mitchell.
They don't play major label politics (even sacrificing a full album because of it), they're not a lounge act, and they don't want their lead singer to be thought of as a sex symbol. So what are Elysian Fields? Even singer Jennifer Charles and guitarist Oren Bloedow have trouble explaining that to Gail Worley.
If a band is made up of nothing but girls, a lot of people's first inclination is to believe that they're all eye candy with no real musical talent. The last thing a lot of people would believe is that they can actually rock! The ladies of Girlush Figure are out to put the lie to those old stereotypes with their first album, Target You. Phil Bailey introduces you to Pigpen, Squeaky, and Donna.
The Rosenbergs seemed poised for all the perks life in the majors can offer. After being touted as the best unsigned bands in America, the majors were sniffing around, and the band was offered a chance to appear on USA Network's Farmclub show. Then they made waves by rejecting the majors, exposing Farmclub's shifty business practices, and entering into an unusual alliance with Napster. What almost got lost in the process is the fact that The Rosenbergs are a damn fine power pop band, which they're proving with their new album, Mission: You. Sean Slone discusses the music and the industry with singer/songwriter David Fagin.
When you're the guitar prodigy son of a music legend, the pressure's on before the first note is played. How does Dweezil Zappa handle the expectations of life in the shadow of musical genius Frank? By just having fun with it! Gail Worley shoots the breeze with the strangely named scion of the Zappa family.