Using acoustic guitar, effects, and loops, Joseph Arthur is a truly effective one-man-band. Gail Worley discusses music and incredibly lucky career breaks with the talented singer/songwriter.
Self-proclaimed "solo artist" Kathleen LaGue isn't what you'd expect from the typical singer/songwriter out of Nashville. Phil Bailey spoke to the fashion model turned rocker about her use of the Internet to market herself, the Roxygen on Oxygen competition, and the travails of doing it all yourself.
Weathering membership changes and big-time success, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are back with a new album, Pay Attention, that once again finds them trying new things while still sounding distinctly Bosstones. Julio Diaz spoke with the ever-personable Dicky Barrett about life as a Bosstone in the year 2000.
Are you hip to the Norweigian indie-pop scene? Randall Stephens is, and he'll help you catch up with this profile of the Perfect Pop label.
Starting an indie label is a risky prospect. Being able to sell your stuff at an affordable price and put out all the records you want to is even tougher. So how does the eclectic and intriguing Blackbean and Placenta Tape Club label make it work? Mike Landucci reveals some of the secrets of his success to Andrew Chadwick.
Coming off the Spit Kickers tour with De La Soul and Biz Markie to his new album, Like Water for Chocolate, going gold, it's clear that Common's message and his hip hop grooves are finally making it to a wider audience. So what is his message? That's what Nirav Soni found out, as they discussed politics, inspirations, and spirituality.
Don't let the stage name fool you: Monsieur Leroc isn't French, he's really Arne Drescher, and he's from Germany. And don't let the label fool you, either: while his new record, Le Slow Motion Boogie Woogie may be on Cornerstone R.A.S./Skunk (best known for Sublime and Long Beach Dub All-Stars), Leroc's opus is a funk/hip hop/jazz collage set against interesting beats and electronics. Phillip Haire corresponded with Leroc to examine the contradictions.
Kitty in the Tree manage to sound instantly familiar and completely fresh all at the same time. How do they do it? Well, according to frontman Orion Simprini, they're aliens! Ian Koss discusses time travel and the fine art of waiting tables with this incredible extra-terrestrial.
Let's face it: we're all sinners. And nobody knows that better than Tammy Faye Starlite, who's come to preach her fire and brimstone gospel with her distintive brand of country music blasphemy. Frank Mullen repents.