Queens Of The Stone Age Subvert The Clones

It only took two minutes, forty-three seconds for “Feel Good Hit of the Summer,” the first track off the Queens of the Stone Age’s (QOTSA) sophomore album, Rated R, to remind the world that rock’s primary mission is, as WW II journalist Ernie Pyle said, to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. With blitzkrieg-ing […]

Stephen Malkmus Hits The Pavement With The Jicks

Although the singles started circulating in ‘89, it wasn’t until the release of the band’s 1992 debut album, “Slanted and Enchanted,” that Pavement set the barometer by which all subsequent lo-fi indie rock would be judged. It became known as “slacker rock,” and it came at a time when Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Alice […]

John Prine: In Spite Of Himself

  Folk-country songwriting legend, John Prine, who was once a postman in his native Maywood, Ill., is currently on tour in support of his latest Grammy-nominated release, In Spite Of Ourselves – a collection of duets with a few of his favorite female singers. “It was a pet project of mine,” says Prine from his […]

Shepard Fairey Takes Giant Steps

Thirteen years after starting what he has referred to as an hilariously absurd idea, Shepard Fairey’s Obey Giant sticker campaign has morphed into an art project cum cultural phenomenon with well over a million stickers in circulation, an enormous street presence, and has become a staple of modern pop culture. It all started one afternoon […]

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Hones Its Fangs

“Last year we toured all over the world,” says Jon Spencer as he relaxes at home in New York City. “So this year, we are not touring as much. We have this little string of dates and are trying to work towards another record. Hopefully, by this summer, we’ll be back in the studio.” This […]

The Flaming Lips’ Psychedelic Circus

    It has been twenty years since Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins came together in Oklahoma City to form The Flaming Lips. Since then the band has ebbed and flowed through various lineups. And, as those changes occurred, the music has morphed incrementally, and grown from the quasi-psychedelic punk rock of their first full […]

Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger Hits The Road Again

It’s hard to believe that one of the eminent forces in country music is now nearing 70 years old, but at 67, Wille Nelson has neither become the sanguine voice of nostalgia, nor succumbed to resting on his considerable laurels. In fact, as he continues to push himself in different directions musically, Nelson is as […]

Around The World And Into The Studio With Henry Rollins

If ever there were a blueprint for the intensity of human emotion, Henry Rollins would represent the floor plan of a tight, two-room Tokyo apartment. One that’s housing a family of 11. His mind is as tightly coiled as his brawny exterior – wound to the quick, ready to pounce on any unsuspecting audience. Since […]