It probably won’t surprise you that Black Lips bassist/vocalist Jared Swilley’s reckless abandon on stage is tied to his religious upbringing. However, it might surprise you to find out that it’s not because of rebelliousness, but because of how much he enjoyed being in church.
Hopefully the name “The Handsome Family” rings a bell. Even if it doesn’t, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize at least one of the husband-and-wife duo’s songs. That’s thanks to the HBO sensation “True Detective,” which used “Far From Any Road” as its theme.
Six albums in, Laura Jane Grace and the gang have given us quite possible the best Against Me! full-length to date. With the record comes a newfound freedom for Laura Jane as well, considering this is her first since coming out as transgender two years ago. She and I talk about the transition, her early years in punk, and 90 Pound Wuss. Plus she performs an acoustic version of “True Trans Soul Rebel.”
My interview with King Khan is prefaced by a few words about the passing of Robin Williams and the frailty of life. That might seem like an odd pairing dictated solely by circumstance at face value, but my conversation with Arish “King” Khan was largely about living life to its fullest and being present with those around you (in addition to some hilarious and NSFW stuff). So it ended up all fitting together in a strange way.
I knew this was going to be a special time when I walked in on Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator (two thirds of Deltron 3030) arguing with one another about disco. Sure enough, it was a spirited conversation about hip hop, authenticity and secret mandolins. Oh and by the way, their new record, “Event 2,” is badass!
When something goes wrong, it’s comedian Rory Scovel’s fault. Or at least that’s how he seems to feel most of the time. That said, it’s hard to believe Scovel is capable of doing any wrong. In addition to being incredibly funny, he’s just so darn likeable.