Interviews

Dec 18, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Coves hail from the picturesque spa town of Leamington, in central England. Though the city is not particularly large, the duo (Beck Wood and John Ridgard) may never have come together had it not been for The Assembly, its prominent rock venue, where they were co-workers. More

Dec 15, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Mikey Young usually likes to keep busy. In addition to being guitarist/keyboardist/co-songwriter of the Australian five-piece Total Control, Young has played with bands such as Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Ooga Boogas, and Lace Curtain, and currently spends much of his time doing studio work with various Australian indie acts. More

Dec 03, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

"I don't really have any fear of using the P-word," declares Molly Rankin, vocalist for Toronto-based quintet Alvvays. Over the past few years, the band has grown accustomed to being described as a "jangle-pop" act, but rather than swat away the descriptors, Rankin openly embraces them. More

Nov 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

“When I was 14, I just wanted to play stuff like AC/DC,” Dinner says. “I even wrote AC/DC with an ink marker on my cheap guitar and it rubbed off on my arm. I just imagined that when I started playing guitar I would wind up in a scenario pretty close to the ‘Thunderstruck’ video … You have scaffolding in an arena, and kids are hanging out there being cool and headbanging, with AC/DC playing in the middle. I imagined that six months after picking up my guitar, that’s what my life would be like. But I’m not at that point yet, unfortunately. I just need to keep at it.” More

Nov 12, 2014 Web Exclusive

According to the bio on Springtime Carnivore’s Facebook page, Greta Morgan once joined a traveling circus as an acrobat and tightrope walker, where she suffered a fall which broke her leg. While rehabbing from the injury, she rediscovered the old family piano and began writing music. More

Nov 05, 2014 Web Exclusive

Vocalist Rosie Blair embarked for Berlin with little else beyond a plan to form a band. One night, by chance, she overheard Michel Collet busking in the U-Bahn, Berlin’s underground mass transit system, and was struck by his beautiful, complex guitar style. She approached the guitarist; they bonded over shared musical tastes, and decidedly quickly that they were meant to work together. More

Oct 03, 2014 Web Exclusive

Who better to give us all tips on new music than accomplished musicians themselves. For this series we have asked more established artists one simple request: tell us who your new favorite band is. For this My Favorite New Band Grant Widmer of the duo Generationals tells us about their tour mate/opening act, Springtime Carnivore (aka Greta Morgan). More

Sep 26, 2014 Web Exclusive

Who better to give us all tips on new music than accomplished musicians themselves. For this new series we have asked more established artists one simple request: tell us who your new favorite band is. For this My Favorite New Band Christopher Prudhomme of San Francisco-based duo Painted Palms tells us about a former tour mate/opening act, Saint Pepsi (aka Ryan DeRobertis).  More

Sep 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

After playing in various bands throughout their youth, Angus James and his brother Oliver (Ollie) began writing songs over the Christmas holiday in 2012. When the first two songs they had written, "Nowhere" and "Don't Hang Around," were discovered by British blog Crack in the Road, Angus (guitar/vocals/keys) and Oliver (guitar/vocals) recruited their other brother Thom (drums), as well as Isaac Jones (bass) and George Abram (a non-musical fifth member of the band who assists in writing and does the band's artwork) and started a proper band. More