Getting into the Spirit of the Season and Pulling Double Duty: Q&A with Rhett Miller of Old 97’s

Getting into the Spirit of the Season and Pulling Double Duty: Q&A with Rhett Miller of Old 97’s

Many bands who led the initial alt-country charge have fallen by the wayside, but Old 97’s — Rhett Miller (vocals/rhythm guitar), Ken Bethea (lead guitar), Murry Hammond (bass) and Philip Peeples (drums) — are still very productive, a quarter century after forming in Dallas. The group has released 11 studio albums. 2017’s impressive Graveyard Whistling included […]

Miles Kane: On Suffering for His Art, Admiration for The Fall and His More Aggressive Approach on ‘Coup de Grace’

Miles Kane: On Suffering for His Art, Admiration for The Fall and His More Aggressive Approach on ‘Coup de Grace’

Miles Kane photo: Lauren Dukoff Rock music and professional wrestling are often intertwined. That connection is a close one on Coup de Grace, the third solo album by Miles Kane that was released recently. It was named after Finn Balor’s signature move (“final blow”). The singer/guitarist’s favorite WWE Raw fighter appears during the intense music […]

Alan Parsons on 35+ Years of ‘Eye in the Sky,’ Proper Speaker System Setup and His New Album (Q&A)

Alan Parsons on 35+ Years of ‘Eye in the Sky,’ Proper Speaker System Setup and His New Album (Q&A)

Alan Parsons made his initial mark in the music world by engineering or producing successful late 1960s and ‘70s releases by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney & Wings, Al Stewart, Ambrosia and others. After forming The Alan Parsons Project with Eric Woolfson and a releasing a run of bestselling albums, they emerged with the […]

The Wild Feathers Q&A: On ‘Greetings from the Neon Frontier’ and ‘Finding That Magic Spot’ with Three Singer/Songwriters

The Wild Feathers Q&A: On ‘Greetings from the Neon Frontier’ and ‘Finding That Magic Spot’ with Three Singer/Songwriters

Any band with three singer/songwriters could easily get bogged down by disagreements about who’s going to handle lead and secondary vocal duties — but not The Wild Feathers. “Most of the time it’s pretty straightforward,” said bassist Joel King. “You get in where you can fit in. A lot of times, I’ll be singing the […]

Chris Murphy on Sloan’s New LP ’12’ and the Band’s Journey ‘Out of the 1990s-Sounding Alt-Rock Jail’

Chris Murphy on Sloan’s New LP ’12’ and the Band’s Journey ‘Out of the 1990s-Sounding Alt-Rock Jail’

Sloan has been cranking out undeniably catchy power pop and rock tunes for nearly three decades. Just don’t call them “earworms.” Chris Murphy believes that term has a negative connotation and cited Crazy Frog’s worldwide 2005 chart topper “Axel F” as an example. People would think, “I can’t get this fucking song out of my […]

Martha Davis of the Motels on the Durability of the 1980s and Her New Album, ‘The Last Few Beautiful Days’

Martha Davis of the Motels on the Durability of the 1980s and Her New Album, ‘The Last Few Beautiful Days’

A cinematic quality surrounds several songs on The Last Few Beautiful Days, The Motels’ first new studio release in a decade. Its cover art displays a shuttered Troy, N.Y. movie theater built in 1914. Martha Davis says her compositions serve as time machines or travelling agents and are “supposed to transport you…When I was a […]

Jon Fratelli on the Enduring ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and the Fratellis’ New Album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’

Jon Fratelli on the Enduring ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and the Fratellis’ New Album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’

When The Fratellis appeared on the U.K. music scene in the mid-2000s, they immediately drew attention due to a unique sense of irreverence and exuberance. “Chelsea Dagger,” off the rousing debut disc Costello Music, sold more than a million copies there. Two more top 20 singles and a BRIT Award followed. Meanwhile, “Flathead” was used […]

Grant-Lee Phillips Q&A: On History, Protest Songs, ‘Gilmore Girls’ and Going Against the Grain

Grant-Lee Phillips Q&A: On History, Protest Songs, ‘Gilmore Girls’ and Going Against the Grain

Grant-Lee Phillips first came to national prominence as the leader of Grant Lee Buffalo, a critically-acclaimed Los Angeles alt-rock trio that released four albums in the 1990s and was best known for the songs “Mockingbirds” and “Truly Truly.” Since then, Phillips has put out eight eclectic studio efforts. The latest one, Widdershins (definition: to proceed […]

Simple Minds’ Staying Power: Jim Kerr Talks 40 Years, ‘Worlds,’ and a Return to Abbey Road

Simple Minds’ Staying Power: Jim Kerr Talks 40 Years, ‘Worlds,’ and a Return to Abbey Road

Don’t you – think of Simple Minds as a heritage act. Unlike other bands that formed in the late ‘70s, this Glasgow alt-rock group doesn’t do nostalgia package tours. It releases new studio albums semi-regularly and still retains the original creative core of singer Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill. “I’ve never criticized anyone for […]