Archive: Interviews

Local author Eddie Dean reflects on his favorite performances from bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley

This fall, esteemed local music journalist Eddie Dean teamed up with bluegrass giant Ralph Stanley to release Stanley's autobiography "Man of Constant Sorrow." Co-authored by Dean, the book follows Stanley on his journey from his Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia, through his legendary run with the Stanley Brothers, to his...

By Chris Richards | December 11, 2009; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

Six questions for ... Brendan Benson

"Well that's kind of always been the case with me. I'm always at the wrong place with the wrong time." That's Brendan Benson, speaking from Nashville shortly before he embarked on a week-long tour in support of "My Old, Familiar Friend." In this case he's only talking about the...

By David Malitz | December 9, 2009; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six questions for... Pleasure P

As R. Kelly's opening act, Pleasure P rewards prompt concertgoers. (Photo by Patrick Hoelck) Renowned for its don't-miss-a-single-crazy-second urgency, R. Kelly's live show has never catered to the fashionably late. But on his current tour, Kells has given fans even less reason to dawdle by inviting ascendant R&B singer Pleasure...

By Chris Richards | November 25, 2009; 04:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six questions for... Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart (shirtless) enjoys collaborating with Beck, D.C's Ethiopian restaurants and dagger dancing. (Photo by Neil Krug) I was 10 minutes late calling Devendra Banhart for our interview because, like an idiot, I got on the Blue Line instead of Orange Line on the way to the office. I explained...

By David Malitz | November 25, 2009; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Things I Miss About Home With ... Le Loup

D.C. quintet Le Loup is coming home. The band has spent the last month on the road in support its second album, "Family," a collection of carefully adorned folk songs in which banjo, group vocals and rumbling drums all gently mingle with each other. Moira McLaughlin has a profile...

By David Malitz | November 6, 2009; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions For ... Daryl Hall

Hall & Oates perform at the 9:30 club tonight, touting a new, career-spanning box set. It's called "Do What You Want, Be What You Are" and it's unsurprisingly excellent. Last week, we spoke with leonine soulman Daryl Hall about the tour, the box, karaoke and Halloween costumes. I remember...

By Chris Richards | October 21, 2009; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Six Questions for ... Art Brut

(By special guest contributor/adult beverage expert Fritz Hahn.) Let's be fair: Without frontman Eddie Argos, Art Brut's spiky mix of garage rock and punk might have earned them a mention or two in the NME. But Argos' vocals, more spoken than sung, are what really set the London-based band...

By David Malitz | October 16, 2009; 05:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions for ... Dead Man's Bones

If Ryan Gosling wasn't in Dead Man's Bones, you wouldn't be reading this. Fine. There. But of all the actor-turned-musician projects that we've heard over the years, perhaps only the immortal Crispin Glover's "The Big Problem Does Not Equal the Solution, The Solution Equals Let It Be" is a...

By David Malitz | October 16, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

Six Questions for ... BLK JKS

BLK JKS are a South African quartet that plays wide-ranging, expansive prog-rock with an element the genre often lacks -- soul. The band's debut full-length, "After Robots," is an intense listening experience, but never quite overwhelming. Drummer Tshepang Ramoba even went so far as to call it "chill" during...

By David Malitz | September 29, 2009; 02:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Getting Sinful With HEALTH

L.A. noise rockers HEALTH -- not Health (more on that later) -- come to town this weekend as part the Sonic Circuits Festival, D.C.'s annual celebration of all things noisy and avant-garde. HEALTH is actually the most "pop" band in the lineup, which says a lot about the weirdness...

By David Malitz | September 25, 2009; 03:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions for ... Miike Snow

(By special contributor Fritz Hahn) Who is Miike Snow? The trio headlining the Rock and Roll Hotel tonight is a behind-the-scenes supergroup of sorts. Two of the three members are Pontus Winnberg and Christian Karlsson, better known as the Grammy-winning production team Bloodshy and Avant, who produced and co-wrote...

By David Malitz | September 18, 2009; 02:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions for ... Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller makes music. He's been doing it, and doing it well, for 20 years. The 39-year-old is best known for his work with alt-country vets the Old 97's (or maybe as a Chili's pitchman -- more on that later) but the three solo albums he's released this decade...

By David Malitz | September 17, 2009; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Real Talk With Girl Talk

Sunday's Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion features a pioneering band from the '80s (Public Enemy) and will be headlined by a pair of '90s alt-rock radio staples (Blink-182 and Weezer). But is it possible that the act most representative of the '00s is lurking somewhere on the...

By David Malitz | August 28, 2009; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions For ... Free Energy

If you're like me (pray you're not) sometimes you get so obsessed with a song that it takes over your life. This happened to me recently with the song "Free Energy." Which is by the band Free Energy. Clever. The song is a perfect introduction to a new band....

By David Malitz | August 26, 2009; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Kelley Deal 2200 (Word Interview)

I didn't think there could be a more laid back, conversational, entertaining interview subject than Kim Deal. Then I talked to her twin sister, Kelley. And now I really don't know. Just like when I talked with Kim, this turned out to be less an interview and more just...

By David Malitz | August 21, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions for ... Depeche Mode

It's been a bit of a rocky road for synth-pop pioneers Depeche Mode this year. More specifically, it's been rough for frontman Dave Gahan. First he was felled by a bout of gastroenteritis, causing the cancellation of a handful of gigs. Once he recovered from that, he promptly tore...

By David Malitz | July 28, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (6)

Six Questions for ... Tortoise

I couldn't help but start my interview with Tortoise drummer John Herndon by asking him to guess the name of this blog. "I can't answer that. I'm not going to say Post Rock," he said. So that got things off to a great start. How could I resist, though?...

By David Malitz | July 17, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions for ... Grand Duchy

Frank Black has been in the news a lot lately because that old band of his, the Pixies, will be hitting the road this fall on a "Doolittle" tour. But that band still hasn't released an album since the first Bush was president and Black has been keeping very,...

By David Malitz | July 16, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

Being There (On the Phone) With Jeff Tweedy

You saw Chris Klimek's interview with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy in Sunday's newspaper. That was just a teaser. Here's the entire thing, to get you ready for the band's sold-out show tonight at Wolf Trap. You waited seven albums in to do a self-titled disc, but now we've got Wilco...

By David Malitz | July 8, 2009; 09:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions for ... Frodus

Frodus almost certainly wins the award for Most Accidental Reunion. The D.C. post-hardcore/screamo/spazzcore band was one the city's most fiery, unforgettable live acts during the '90s -- and that's saying something -- but had been dormant for nearly a decade after calling it quits in 1999. That was until...

By David Malitz | June 19, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions for ... Nouvelle Vague

(Thanks to special guest contributor Fritz Hahn, everyone's favorite adult beverage drinking hero, for this piece.) Nouvelle Vague burst onto the scene in 2004 with a concept that seemed custom-designed for hipster cocktail parties: Covers of classic new wave songs by Joy Division, the Cure and the Clash, performed...

By David Malitz | June 18, 2009; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Amadou & Mariam: Fluent In Pop Globalism

Guitarist/vocalist Amadou Bagayoko and singer Mariam Doumbia are a blind married couple from Mali who just so happen to make some of the world's most irresistibly funky music. Their latest album is the marvelous if somewhat misleadingly titled "Welcome to Mali," on which they proudly fly the globalist pop...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 5, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

You Will Soon Have Wale's 'Attention.' (Maybe)

If the buzz surrounding Wale seems like it's been building forever, that's because it has. Two years ago -- an eternity in the digital music era -- a Post headline dubbed the Bowie-based rapper who is bidding to become the region's first national star "The Great Rap Hope." Since...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 2, 2009; 10:18 PM ET | Comments (2)

Future of the Left: Every Minute Matters

Consider yourself lucky. Chances are you missed out on McLusky. The Welsh trio was the mightiest band of its day. It made three albums of sinister, biting, bone-jarring tunes, including 2002's flawless "McLusky Do Dallas." The problem was that people didn't catch onto the band's greatness until the band...

By David Malitz | June 1, 2009; 02:17 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nils Lofgren on Springsteen's Audibles, Audience Energy, Set List Criticism, TicketsNow and More

Bruce Springsteen E Street Band, Monday, Verizon Center. High expectations? Only for anybody who's ever been to a show staged by the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, etc.-etc., band. I caught up with guitar whiz Nils Lofgren, Bethesda's former boy wonder, this afternoon to talk about the tour,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 17, 2009; 11:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

All Systems Intact: The Thermals

Here's why I love the Thermals: I had the band's discography on shuffle this morning and heard three awesome songs just while I was waiting in line at Starbucks. And the line wasn't even that long! The Thermals don't overthink things. Rock-and-roll should be fast, loud, catchy, succinct. They...

By David Malitz | May 13, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mowin' Down the Roses With Jamey Johnson

Jamey Johnson's "That Lonesome Song" was the feel-bad album of 2008. And the ache, angst and anger weren't a put-on: Johnson was going through a divorce and had lost his record deal when he began working up the self-released honky-tonk set. But since the brilliant bummer of a country...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 9, 2009; 04:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

In the Flowers with Animal Collective

Here's just what the Internet needs -- another Animal Collective article! But seriously, of all the insane hype cycles we've lived through recently, no album has been more deserving of all of the breathless, long-winded praise as "Merriweather Post Pavilion." Avey Tare (Dave Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) and...

By David Malitz | May 8, 2009; 01:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six-ish Questions For ... Taylor Swift

Play Video Shortly after her shriek- and swoon-inducing concert Tuesday during what would normally be sixth period at Alexandria's Bishop Ireton High School, J. Freedom caught up with Taylor Swift inside the Verizon Mobile Recording Studio Bus that she'll have on the road with her throughout her spring and...

By David Malitz | April 29, 2009; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions for ... Kurt Vile

--> Lately when people ask me for a music recommendation, or what I've been listening to, I invariably and immediately respond: "Kurt Vile." Perhaps you remember my fawning over him in my SXSW recap. What's most exciting about listening to the Philadelphia psych-folk-singer-songwriter at this point is that you know...

By David Malitz | April 24, 2009; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kim Deal Is the Coolest Person In the World

"Here's what I feel/Just want a girl/As cool as Kim Deal." (Only Dandy Warhols reference ever on the blog, promise.) Almost four months ago I had a chat with Kim Deal of the Breeders. You never saw the results on this blog for a number of reasons. I was too...

By David Malitz | April 21, 2009; 01:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Talks Earth Day, Mars Day and "Exaggerated Optimism"

On Sunday, Earth Day Network will host Earth Day On The National Mall. The "inventors" of Earth Day have planned a line-up of environmental speakers including elected officials, environmental activists and cause-oriented celebrities (Matthew Modine!). You'll be able to join The Green Generation Campaign in support of renewable energy,...

By David Malitz | April 17, 2009; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (4)

Benjy Ferree on the Record (Store Day)

The second annual Record Store Day is tomorrow, April 18. It's a pretty simple concept -- "the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music." Now by "celebrate the art of music" they mean "release extremely limited...

By David Malitz | April 17, 2009; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stanley Mouse Talks Grateful Dead, Zig-Zags, Hot Rods, Hippies and What Journey Took From Jimi

Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley were something like the Grateful Dead of rock-and-roll graphic designers. Just as the Dead's spacey jams anchored the soundtrack for the psychedelic 1960s San Francisco scene, Mouse and Kelley's trippy work as in-house poster artists for the Avalon Ballroom (and, later, as album-cover designers)...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 10, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Raul Malo on Great Singers, Being Born 50 Years Too Late and Just What Ailed the Mavericks

When a reader asked me recently who my favorite contemporary vocalist was, the first name that thought-bubbled over my head was Raul Malo's. He first turned heads -- and weakened knees -- with that rich, velvety, golden-toned baritone as frontman for the celebrated, sorta-country band, the Mavericks. The Cuban-American...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 8, 2009; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cleve Francis on Race, Country Music and the Chart-Topping Achievements of Darius Rucker

Cleve Francis is probably the only African American singer/cardiologist ever to have placed a song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He did it four times, in fact, in the early 1990s, with "Love Light," "You Do My Heart Good," "How Can I Hold You" and "Walkin'," each...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 6, 2009; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chris Cornell On 'Scream' Criticism, Soundgarden Reunion, Trent Reznor's Twitter Slam and More

So, Chris Cornell: What's a rock god like you doing in a electro-funk space like this? That's the burning question now that Cornell has released "Scream," a solo album that finds the former Soundgarden and Audioslave singer teaming up on a club-ready R&B record with hip-hop hitmaker Timbaland and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 3, 2009; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nice to Meet Me: In Which John Davis of Title Tracks Interviews John Davis of Superdrag

John Davis and the Superdrag dudes have reunited, and it feels so good. (John Davis of Title Tracks and Jonathan Davis of Korn not pictured. Nor is the John Davis from the "John Davis Plays Blind Boone" and "John Davis Plays Blind Tom" albums.) WWJD ask? Malitz and I decided...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 2, 2009; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

SXSW Leftovers: Talkin' [Expletive] With Psychedelic Horse[expletive]

Psychedelic Horse[expletive], taking no prisoners. As I was talking to Psychedelic Horse[expletive] dude Matt Whitehurst on Thursday night outside of Soho before his band's set at Siltbreeze's SXSW showcase, I knew he was going off. But listening back to it as I was transcribing left me slackjawed and somewhat conflicted....

By David Malitz | March 26, 2009; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

Almost Famous with Clem Snide

Clem Snide is an eminently likable band that plays tuneful, quirky, indie-alt-country songs that are most memorable for frontman Eef Barzelay's often-wry lyrics and appropriately deadpan delivery. For the early part of its career the band seemed always on the verge of a breakthrough; during the second act it...

By David Malitz | March 13, 2009; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions For ... Tindersticks

Stuart Staples, singer/songwriter/guitarist for chamber rock mainstays Tindersticks, has a truly singular croon -- a seductive baritone that serves as the perfect complement to the band's lush, cinematic arrangements. While chatting, though, he sounds just like a regular British dude. Still, he's as thoughtful and insightful as you would...

By David Malitz | March 5, 2009; 07:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

What It Feels Like To Be A Rock Star In Canada (But Not In The United States)

Yes we Can-rock: Sam Roberts, takin' care of business Sam Roberts is a Montreal musician whose eponymous rock band has earned a fair amount of fame in the Great White North: The rock-and-roll classicist has a raft of hit singles ("Brother Down," "The Gate," "Bridge to Nowhere," "Them Kids," etc.)...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 23, 2009; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

What It Feels Like To Win Country's Songwriting Triple Crown

You keep telling me, baby, there will come a time/When all the songwriting trophies will forever be mine. (Susan Biddle/TWP file) Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is one of contemporary country's most prominent power belters, with a distinctive, dynamic voice that's big, brassy, super-emotive and twangier than a Tennessee trucker. But as...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 18, 2009; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best of 2008: Ashton Shepherd

Ashton Shepherd is a 22-year-old Alabama songbird who writes and sings about motherhood, small-town rural life, music, her feisty streak and booze -- not necessarily in that order. Her mission statement: "I like a pint of Crown and a country sound and stayin' out all night." On her debut...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 29, 2008; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best of 2008: Previously on Post Rock

We hope you've been enjoying the chats with some of our favorite musicians of 2008. (So far: the War on Drugs, Jamey Johnson, Thao Nguyen; coming soon, Ashton Shepherd and the Breeders.) Many members of our Top 10s were already featured earlier in the year, so here's a quick look...

By David Malitz | December 26, 2008; 09:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best of 2008: Thao Nguyen

It wasn't the best edition of Secret Santa, was it? Thao Nguyen's "We Brave Bee Stings and All" was the first album that I knew would end up on my year-end Top 10 list. Since its January release I've kept coming back to the Falls Church, Va. native's record full...

By David Malitz | December 24, 2008; 02:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Best of 2008: Jamey Johnson

If Waylon rocked Rob Zombie's look, he'd be Jamey Johnson. Country traditionalist Jamey Johnson is a good ol' boy in a bad, bad way on "That Lonesome Song," a brilliant bummer of an album. The superlative songs are so sad and dark that they'd probably get Vern Gosdin to shed...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 23, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best of 2008: The War on Drugs

Adam Granduciel, singer for John Walters' favorite band. The first in a series where we talk to some of the people responsible for some of our favorite albums of the year. The following paragraph will probably appear in tomorrow's paper in the "Lost Tracks" CD reviews, but I think I'll...

By David Malitz | December 22, 2008; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brightening The Corners With Spiral Stairs

Wave to the camera. (Photo by Marcus Roth) One thing is abundantly clear when talking to Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg: He loves his old band, Pavement. If de facto frontman Stephen Malkmus has sometimes seemed like he's running away from his past with the Best Indie Rock Band of the...

By David Malitz | December 17, 2008; 01:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Kennedy Center Honors: Pete Townshend Riffs! (And Riffs. [And Riffs.])

Pete Townshend picks up his guitar and plays, just like yesterday. David Segal drew the assignment to interview the Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey for the big Kennedy Center Honors package running in this Sunday's Style & Arts. Lucky him! As it turns out, he could have filled the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 4, 2008; 04:11 PM ET | Comments (5)

Short Answers with Brian Wilson

Smile! (Jonathan Alcorn FTWP) You don't turn down a chance to talk to Brian Wilson, even if you're pretty sure that it's going to leave you feeling a bit uneasy. So a couple of weeks ago I spent a few minutes on the phone with the pop music genius, who...

By David Malitz | November 17, 2008; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (11)

Six Questions for ... Holly Golightly

Here's what I wrote about Holly Golightly when I reviewed her show at Iota last year: "Holly Golightly is the kind of person that can make you start to believe in past lives. The veteran garage rocker is as British as they come -- she confused pretty much everyone at...

By David Malitz | November 6, 2008; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Talk Talk: Toby Keith Unplugged

Toby Keith Covel knows from hits: The country star's new album, "That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy," yields his 14th No. 1 single of the new millennium in "She Never Cried in Front of Me." To non-country fans, of course, the 47-year-old artist is best known for a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 31, 2008; 06:51 AM ET | Comments (5)

Six-ish Questions For ... the Beastie Boys

You've gotta fight for your right to support your political party, etc. The Beastie Boys are about to kick off a short, pre-election tour of several swing states (North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio among them), on which they'll be joined by various artists, from Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson and Norah...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 23, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

On the Phone With Aretha Franklin

The Queen and her scepter. (By Richard A. Lipski -- The Washington Post) Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. She's in town Wednesday night at Constitution Hall, and she's still got it. She called to chat recently, a few hours before a show in Worcester, Mass. 'Nuff said. (Although at...

By David Malitz | October 22, 2008; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (6)

Six (Or So) Questions For ... Rodney Crowell

He once left Louisiana in the broad daylight. "If I could have just one wish/Maybe for an hour/I'd want to be a woman/And feel that phantom power" - Rodney Crowell, on "The Rise and Fall of Intelligent Design," from "Sex & Gasoline," a new song cycle filled with biting...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 20, 2008; 01:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

Six Questions For ... Ne-Yo

So good, he writes hits in his sleep! Shaffer Smith is one cool cat. He's also one of the hottest figures in R&B. As a songwriter-for-hire, Smith has penned some monster hits, several of which have reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100: Mario's "Let Me Love You," Beyonce's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 15, 2008; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions for ... the Spider Bags

Look at all those Chuck Taylor's! If you watched "The Wire" the band name Spider Bags might mean something to you. If you didn't watch that show, well, I'm sure you're pretty sick of at least one of your friends telling you, "Man, you gotta watch 'The Wire!' You...

By David Malitz | October 10, 2008; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions (And Then Some) For ... Nils Lofgren

"Bullets Fever -- happens to me every year!" Long before Nils Lofgren joined the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, etc.-etc., legendary E Street Band, he was Bethesda's boy wonder -- a teenaged prodigy with his own, soon-to-be-acclaimed band, Grin, and a memorable side gig, playing on Neil Young's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 8, 2008; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (3)

Way More Than Six Questions For ... Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby: He only had to go to Hull to find her. If Elvis Costello was the King of the Stiff Records crew and Nick Lowe was the Prince, then would that make Wreckless Eric the jester? It might be accurate -- Eric (Goulden) certainly never...

By David Malitz | September 24, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions for ... The Slackers

Actually some pretty hardworkin' dudes (Vic Rugierro, far left). The Slackers were around in the '90s and had a horn section, so naturally they got the lumped in with bands like Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake as part of the brief and unlikely third-wave ska revival. Frontman...

By David Malitz | September 5, 2008; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions for ... Liam Finn

And you wonder why they filmed "Lord of the Rings" in New Zealand. Quickly: Yes, Liam Finn is the son of rock royalty. (At least other hemisphere rock royalty.) Yes, this undoubtedly gave him a foot up in the music world. No, it doesn't change the fact that his...

By David Malitz | September 4, 2008; 05:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions For ... Bo Bice

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Bice. The Southern rocker who came thisclose to being an official American Idol (only to have country prom queen Carrie Underwood take that tiara) is on a rather unlikely tour: "It Was 40 Years Ago Today," a Beatles tribute on which Bice, Todd...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 21, 2008; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (5)

Virgin **MOBILE** Festival Preview: Andrew Bird

He whistles, plays violin, plays glockenspiel ... and this Bird can sing. (Programming Reminder: Post Rock will be blogging LIVE from Virgin Mobile Festival all weekend. Check in often on Saturday and Sunday for updates.) Andrew Bird is just another one of those world-class whistling, sometimes glockenspieling former child...

By David Malitz | August 7, 2008; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

Virgin Festival Preview: The Silver Beats

The Silver Beats won't let you down. (Programming Reminder: Post Rock will be blogging LIVE from Virgin Mobile Festival all weekend. Check in often on Saturday and Sunday for updates.) The most interesting performance at Virgin Festival promises to be Chuck Berry with the Silver Beats. One of rock-and-roll's...

By David Malitz | August 6, 2008; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Virgin Festival Preview: The Stooges

The Stooges: They came to play, to play real good. (Programming Reminder: Post Rock will be blogging LIVE from Virgin Mobile Festival all weekend. Check in often on Saturday and Sunday for updates.) Ron Asheton is in the Stooges. They play loud and hard and fast. See for yourself...

By David Malitz | August 5, 2008; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions For ... OAR

OAR found success the old fashioned way. Deep down, most people harbor at least faint dreams of showing up at their 10-year high school reunion as the biggest success of the class. But for those of us who graduated from Rockville's Wootton High School in 1997 or 1998, we...

By David Malitz | July 25, 2008; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six (More) Questions With ... Thurston Moore

President for life in the daydream nation. Thurston Moore is in full-fledged flogging mode, making the rounds to talk about his new book, "No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980." He called recently for this story - but after 40 minutes of chatter about no wave's cacophonous, confrontational music...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 21, 2008; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions (And Really, Really Long Answers) With ... Steve Miller

Some people call him Maurice. Ben Franklin said, "In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." If Big Ben was still alive today he'd surely add "hearing Steve Miller on classic rock radio" to his shortlist. Songs like "The Joker," "Take the Money and Run," "Rock 'N...

By David Malitz | July 17, 2008; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (12)

Six Questions For ... Love as Laughter

Love as Laughter gets "Holy." Love as Laughter is one of those bands that are easy to root for. Over the course of nearly 15 years and six albums the loosely organized crew led by Sam Jayne has played loosely organized indie rock. They know the power of a...

By David Malitz | July 16, 2008; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

(A Couple More Than) Six Questions for ... Half Japanese

Jad Fair of Half Japanese. One of the many great scenes in the Half Japanese documentary "The Band That Would Be King" finds brothers David and Jad Fair talking about playing guitar, and it perfectly captures the essence of the definitive do-it-yourself band. "Some people worry about chords and...

By David Malitz | July 11, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions With ... The Alarm

Rhyl calling! It rained in Washington yesterday. In the summertime. Perfect! Because Mike Peters of the Alarm was calling, and as anybody who knows anything about '80s Welsh rock recalls, the Alarm had a hit 21 years ago - on both sides of the pond - with the anthemic,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 10, 2008; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (3)

Post Rock Podcast: David Berman of Silver Jews, Part 3

Good thing he already has a cap, because $12 seems steep. The final installment of the David Berman interview should be especially interesting to devoted fans, as I was able to get his thoughts on each album in his discography. As was the case for the entirety of our...

By David Malitz | June 27, 2008; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

Six Questions With ... Ricky Skaggs

The man and his mandolin. Ricky Skaggs was a bluegrass prodigy, performing with Bill Monroe at the age of 6, sharing the stage with Flatt and Scruggs when he was 7 and joining Ralph Stanley on tour as a teenage mandolin virtuoso. In the 1980s, Skaggs became a Nashville...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 25, 2008; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keeping It Lo-Fi With Times New Viking

Times New Viking: Fuzz and buzz. Times New Viking is a Columbus, Ohio, trio that writes short, punchy, catchy rock songs with wonderful boy/girl ... well, not quite harmonies, but it sounds really great when they sing together. That these songs are slathered in noise, fuzz and tape hiss...

By David Malitz | June 24, 2008; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (4)

Post Rock Podcast: David Berman of Silver Jews, Part 2

When he goes to the Old Stamp Office, he always wears a camelhair suit. The second part of the interview with David Berman (download here, stream below) is like some beautiful dream I've often had - me and Berman, sitting around, dissing Radiohead. And it wasn't even me who...

By David Malitz | June 18, 2008; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Post Rock Podcast: David Berman of Silver Jews, Part 1

In 1984, he was hospitalized for approaching perfection. Today is an exciting day for music lovers. That's because the greatest band in the world, Silver Jews, releases its new album, "Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea." (The whole thing is streaming on their MySpace page.) The greatest band in the world?...

By David Malitz | June 17, 2008; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (3)

Six Questions (And Then Some) For ... R.E.M.

Mike Mills (right), straight shooter. No real introduction needed here, right? Now down to a trio: Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck. New album, "Accelerate," released in March. Currently on tour, with a show scheduled for Wednesday at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Mills - R.E.M.'s bassist- keyboardist- background singer- "secret...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 9, 2008; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Quote Of The Day

"We don't know what the show will be yet. It's just like the beginning of sex. You know what the goal is, but you don't know what the path is to get there." - Morris Day, on The Time's upcoming reunion concerts at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Day, Jesse Johnson,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 4, 2008; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions For ... Clinic

Who are those (surgically) masked men? "Always the same, always different," was how legendary British DJ John Peel described the Fall, but that tagline could fit just as well for Liverpool's Clinic. There's no mistaking the band's sound, even as it ranges from thrashy, organ-fueled punk to melodica-heavy spaghetti...

By David Malitz | May 28, 2008; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (2)

Al Green: Call Me (And Much Hilarity Will Ensue)

Deep in (possibly crazy) thought. Interviewing Al Green is always an adventure. You just never know where things might go during the course of the conversation with the man. When we did this interview, for instance, he became fixated on my last name. As we discussed producer Ahmir Thompson's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 27, 2008; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions For ... the Old Haunts

The Old Haunts: Better than Radiohead. To refer to an album as stunningly solid may seem like a backhanded compliment but it works perfectly for "Poisonous Times" by the Old Haunts. On its third full-length album the Olympia, Wash., trio takes a tried-and-true sound - punky garage rock in...

By David Malitz | May 9, 2008; 05:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Six (And A Half) Questions For ... Seether

Seether: Now with 20 percent less Veruca Salt! South African post-grunge band Seether has scored consecutive No. 1 hits on Billboard's hot modern rock chart, with "Fake It" and, now, "Rise Above This." Saturday, the band performs at DC101's Chili Cook-Off in the downtown D.C. parking lot where the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 9, 2008; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions For ... Liars

Angus Andrew, right, and his bandmates. That horse plays a mean mellotron. When Liars burst onto the scene in 2001 with a dynamic dance-punk sound it was easy to lump them in with similar New York-based bands like the Rapture, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol. Liars responded to this...

By David Malitz | May 8, 2008; 06:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions For ... Wanda Jackson

Let's have a party! All hail the queen of rockabilly! That'd be Wanda Jackson, the tough-voiced trailblazer who in the 1950s helped sire this thing that eventually came to be known as rock and roll. On May 18, a new documentary about Jackson - "The Sweet Lady With the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 8, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions For ... The Moaners

Melissa Swingle, left, and Laura King wear sunglasses at night. And during the day, on stage... "If Sleater-Kinney and Mary Timony had a baby named Lightning Johnson." That's how the Moaners are described on a flier for tonight's show at the Black Cat and it was such a good...

By David Malitz | April 30, 2008; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions For ... Eric Hutchinson

'All hail the Queen, Perez!' Eric Hutchinson was scuffling on the music scene, flying beneath the radar, when he got an unlikely boost from celebri-blogger Perez Hilton. In a breathless, exclamation point-heavy post last September, Hilton noted that he was "obsessed" with Hutchinson and raved about his "beautifully crafted...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 18, 2008; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions For ... Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen Edwards will probably be asking for Senators/Penguins score updates from the Birchmere stage tonight. The Canadian Invasion isn't limited to indie-rock bands with too many members. Ottawa native Kathleen Edwards has been a fixture on the alt-country scene since she was 24 when her 2003 debut album "Failer"...

By David Malitz | April 14, 2008; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions For ... Wye Oak

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner, normal people in a Baltimore band. A year ago there was no Wye Oak. There was just Monarch, a Baltimore duo consisting of Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner, who self-released an album of shimmering folk-shoegaze called "If Children." As the Charm City was gaining...

By David Malitz | April 11, 2008; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Getting Crazy with Monotonix

Just a hint of the chaos that is Monotonix. Monotonix (listen) has to be seen to be believed. And once you see them, you'll likely be a believer. The Israeli garage-punk trio is unlike anything you've ever witnessed. Unless, of course, you have seen a band fronted by a...

By David Malitz | April 8, 2008; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions For ... Caribou

Every day is "Melody Day" for Dan Snaith. Arcade Fire and Feist got all the attention, but my favorite Canadian import of 2007 was Dan Snaith, the artist-composer-producer formerly known as Manitoba - until singer "Handsome Dick" Manitoba threatened legal action and Snaith switched to the nom-de-studio to Caribou....

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 28, 2008; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Questioning Keef

Yeah! What? Ehm, can you repeat the question? A Keith Richards interview is an exciting yet terrifying proposition. Richards is one of rock 'n' roll's greatest living* characters; but he's also a notoriously challenging interview subject, given his penchant for indecipherable, fragmentary speech. I love a good challenge, though....

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 27, 2008; 06:30 PM ET | Comments (15)

Her Song: Talking Taylor Swift

An A-plus interview. Why can't they all be like Taylor Swift? The young country super-starlet is a flat-out fantastic interview subject. So open and honest and funny and interesting; so willing to play along - to go here, there or anywhere during the course of an interview. (And I...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 28, 2008; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions For ... Georgie James

More lights! (And cameras, etc.) Georgie James, the darlings of the D.C. indie-pop scene, will soon be As Seen On TV: The band has been invited to perform on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" next Wednesday. John Davis, who fronts the group with Laura Burhenn, says they'll perform "Need...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 21, 2008; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Once' Again

Hansard solo? Nope. (By Jonathan Alcorn/For TWP) Spent some pre-Oscars time with "Once" co-stars Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in Hollywood, and the resulting story can be found here. As always, much was left on the cutting-room floor. Herewith, some extras. Hansard and Irglová on her role in their...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 19, 2008; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (2)

Talk Talk: Willie Nelson

Ain't it funny?! Willie Nelson called for a brief interview, and all you got was this lousy 550-word Q&A. (Space considerations and all.) So now, for the rest of the story: The Willie Nelson Q&A (Writer's Cut). Iconoclastic country star Willie Nelson never wants for work. In between rounds...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 28, 2008; 08:49 AM ET | Comments (5)

Talk Talk: Panda Bear

Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox), showing his old-school Baltimore pride. It's hard to think of too many people in the music world who had a better 2007 than Panda Bear, aka Noah Lennox. It was the best year yet for Animal Collective, the forward-thinking, avant-garde, indie rock quartet that...

By David Malitz | January 15, 2008; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Talk Talk: A Conversation With Spoon's Britt Daniel and Jim Eno

Spoon, looking sharp. (By Autumn De Wilde) Here's something leftover from our Virgin Festival coverage. I had a few minutes to chat with Britt Daniel and Jim Eno of Spoon after their (admittedly) lackluster set at Pimlico and was too lazy to transcribe it after the fact. So why...

By David Malitz | December 19, 2007; 08:48 AM ET | Comments (4)

Brian Wilson: Writing Chords Is 'Godly,' Phil Spector Is 'Zany'

(Jonathan Alcorn) I had lunch with Brian Wilson, and all you got was this lousy story. Here, then, are some bonus outtakes from our interview. On stage fright: "It's the worst. I have stage fright every single concert I've ever done. I have at least four or five minutes...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 5, 2007; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

Talk Talk: A Conversation With David Kilgour

It's Legends Week in D.C. Jay-Z was in town on Friday (after a stop in Baltimore), Bruce Springsteen on Sunday and Monday (perhaps you heard?), Neil Young will be here tomorrow and Friday and David Kilgour plays DC9 tonight. Wait, who? David Kilgour?...

By David Malitz | November 14, 2007; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (4)

 

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