‘Woodstock Was Extremely Terrifying,' Says Melanie Safka

Melanie vividly recalls the day she busked in London. It was 1983, and the performance she was supposed to perform had been canceled owing to low ticket sales. So she was dining with friends, sipping Pimm's, when she got a phone from someone informing her that admirers had gathered outside the Royal Albert Hall. "I […]

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‘Music Comes to You Like a Dream,' Says Michael Hurley, 80

I believe it's OK to refer to myself as an outsider artist. It took a long time for me to join the group." Michael Hurley, a freak-folk singer-songwriter and artist of over 60 years, is pondering his place in the world on Thanksgiving Friday. He's phoning from his little house in rural Oregon, nestled amid […]

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Shonen Knife Celebrates 40 years: ‘Nirvana Looked Crazy - I Was Afraid!'

Few rock bands survive to be 40 years old. Shonen Knife's achievement is all the more remarkable since there haven't been many all-female rock bands from Japan that have converted their fascination with junk food, beautiful animals, and the Ramones into a global career. Let's Knife, released in the UK by Creation Records immediately after […]

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Billie Eilish: ‘I'm More Confident in Myself'

Billie Eilish's existence in 2021 may be summarized by the fact that she awoke one morning last month, turned over to check her phone, and discovered she'd received seven Grammy nominations. She'd slept through the official announcement. "I stayed up late last night watching Fleabag. Again!” We're talking over Zoom from her Los Angeles home. […]

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No One Can Stop Little Simz on the Mike!

Little Simz is a prominent lady in British rap and an MC whose wit matches that of more well-known artists. Both Stormzy and Kendrick Lamar have praised her abilities. However, on the first night of a UK and Ireland tour, she seemed to be less concerned with hefty labels and more concerned with having a […]

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One to Keep an Eye on Is Logic1000

In dance music, melody is sometimes seen as something you must tolerate while waiting for the rhythm to return. Take your medication with a pinch of sugar. Samantha Poulter is well aware of the situation. Her excellent Logic1000 creations bounce merrily across genres, yet never fail to provide a captivating melody. Her heart is in […]

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