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Q&A: Phoenix’s Thomas Mars on Lollapalooza, “Bankrupt!” and the band’s rocket to success

When Phoenix had its breakout release, the band was already a veteran group. The French indie pop band, which headlines Lollapalooza on Sunday, put out three albums before 2009′s “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” became a hit with songs such as the … Continue reading

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Q&A: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic on parody, pastiche and becoming a singles artist

Al Yankovic is a genius. Who else but Weird Al, as he’s known, could turn Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” into “Eat It” or The Kinks’ “Lola” into “Yoda?” Even Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, whose “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was turned … Continue reading

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Interview: M. Ward of She & Him on Zooey D., Monsters of Folk and Omaha’s talent pool

There’s a whole cliche about the sum and the parts and the whole and what have you that I’m not going to use. But I will say that anyone that doesn’t expect magic from Zooey Deschanel’s sweet voice and pop … Continue reading

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Q&A: Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire on ‘Miracle Temple’ and being more confident

Heather McEntire combined her love of writing poetry with her southern roots and past as a punk rocker to craft the songs on “Miracle Temple,” the latest album from Mount Moriah. I was introduced to the band when they opened … Continue reading

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Interview: The Joy Formidable’s Ritzy Bryan on ‘Wolf’s Law’ and falling off the stage

Tonight, two of my favorite bands will share the same stage. California’s Silversun Pickups and the U.K.’s The Joy Formidable will rock Stir Cove under the summer sun. I’ve been waiting for The Joy Formidable to come to us for … Continue reading

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Q&A: John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants on ‘Nanobots’ and trying to be pretentious

As goofy or quirky as you think They Might Be Giants are as a band, they’re actually trying to be serious. A lot of thought goes into songs such as “Tesla,” and as TMBG’s John Flansburgh puts it, “We’re trying … Continue reading

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Q&A: The Lumineers’ Neyla Pekarek on fame, her barbershop quartet and writing new songs

A couple of years ago, The Lumineers were playing tiny bars and, with their many onstage performances, perfecting the songs that would end up on the band’s debut. By the end of last year, the Denver folkies ended up on … Continue reading

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Q&A: Vintage Trouble talks new record, Booker T and those sweet suits

Vintage Trouble are the best-dressed, smoothest-sounding dudes in rock and soul. Just look at ‘em. Those suits harken back to a day when everyone dressed nice for shows from the performers to the audience. The Hollywood rock and soul band … Continue reading

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Q&A: Gavin Rossdale of Bush talks music industry, new record

Bush is an interesting rock band. The grungy alt-rock group is not so popular in bandleader Gavin Rossdale’s home country of Great Britain, but it’s incredibly popular here. Bush has also been derided for aping grunge groups such as Nirvana, … Continue reading

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Q&A: The Thermals bassist Kathy Foster on ‘Desperate Ground,’ Omaha, Saddle Creek

The intense and bouncy audiences at The Thermals’ performances a few months ago in Austin were a welcome site to the Portland punk band. South by Southwest was a chance for the band to show off its then-upcoming album, “Desperate … Continue reading

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