Interviews

Heartless Bastards find a lot to love on – and off – the road (interview)

Erika Wennerstrom's candid lyrics and no-frills songwriting would not seem to imply a flighty, focus-challenged artist. As lead singer of the Austin, Texas, quartet Heartless Bastards, the 34-year-old Ohio native peddles a sort of rootsy garage rock that recalls — and is frequently compared to — fellow Ohioans the Black Keys, whose Patrick Carney helped give the Bastards their first big break.

Gregory Alan Isakov to close out Chautauqua Auditorium summer concert series on Friday

Gregory Alan Isakov certainly feels a strong connection to Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, which he will headline for the first time on Sept. 21. Isakov and his band have played the venue on several occasions as an opening act, sharing the stage with such renowned artists as Cowboy Junkies, Indigo Girls and Brandi Carlile -- the latter of whom Isakov has frequently sat in with, most recently opening for her at Red Rocks.

Twin Shadow casts a dark, carnal persona on “Confess” (interview)

George Lewis, Jr. is a bracing new voice in pop music — and one that sounds surprisingly familiar. Better known as the ’80s-indebted dance-pop crooner Twin Shadow, 29-year-old Lewis strikes a singular figure on stage and in the press with his confident, world-weary persona and razor-sharp style, which draws from ’50s motorcycle gangs as much as hipster fashion plates in Brooklyn and London.

Gotye says “Somebody I That I Used To Know” almost didn’t happen

I'm thinking of a song. You've surely heard it, and you've possibly sung along with its ubiquitous chorus: "Now you're just somebody that I used to know." Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" has become the biggest song of 2012, and its infectious bounce and memorable melody has taken over our collective short-term memory as much as it has dominated the airwaves.

The Reverb Interview: Scott Hansen of Tycho

The symbiosis of design and music long predates Scott Hansen, a.k.a. Tycho or ISO50, his designer pseudonym. Think of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the Stones’ “Sticky Fingers,” Roger Dean’s art for the Yes album “Fragile,” the almost Munchian debut scream of King Crimson’s “In the Court of the Crimson King,” even Ted Nugent’s “Scream Dream” (ok, maybe not so much the Nuge).

Pop Evil’s Leigh Kakaty talks “The Boss’s Daughter,” touring, more

Pop Evil has been a perpetual "band on the rise" since it was first signed in 2007. The Michigan group has toured nonstop for five years in the supporting role for acts like 3 Doors Down and Theory of A Deadman, but after the release of its latest single, “The Boss’s Daughter” and recent endorsements from hard rock heavyweights Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars of Motley Crue, 2012 may be the band's biggest year yet.

Why So Serious, Tracy Morgan?

Tracy Morgan is no stranger to live television, having been a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1996 to 2003. But since 2006, Morgan has safely plied his trade on NBC’s critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning "30 Rock," a far less... how shall we say... unpredictable, pre-taped environment?

Amy Ray: An Indigo Girl gone solo — but only temporarily

If you listen to enough Indigo Girls music, you know that it's not all frilly harmonies and plaintive contemplations. Fans of the 27-year-old duo know that each of the singers, brunette Amy Ray and blond Emily Saliers, bring vastly different sensibilities to the mix — and that is perhaps the reason for their continued popularity.