Interviews

Why So Serious, Moshe Kasher?

Here's the thing about Moshe Kasher: He transcends time and culture, taste and religion. He is, in the words of the almighty Moses, the only comedian we've ever needed -- and the only one we'll ever want.

The Reverb Interview: Gavin Rossdale of Bush

Alt-rock band Bush kicked off its reunion tour on Tuesday in San Diego, and as frontman Gavin Rossdale wound his way through a career-spanning set that included the '90s hits that made him famous — "Comedown," "Glycerine" and "Machinehead" included — he noticed something unexpected in the packed crowd below him.

The Reverb Interview: John Butler of the John Butler Trio

In the John Butler Trio's new "Live at Red Rocks" CD/DVD set, there's a beat that sets frontman Butler apart from the roots-dub-jam pack. A noted Australian environmentalist, Butler took the time in front of his biggest-ever headlining audience in the U.S. last June to thank American Indians, some of whom helped open his Morrison show as a part of the Denver March Powwow Dancers.

The Reverb Interview: Kim Thayil of Soundgarden

UPDATED: Click here for a full review and photo gallery of the Red Rocks show. After penning some of the biggest songs of the grunge era — memorable '90s rock epics such as "Black Hole Sun," "Outshined" and "Spoonman" — Seattle's Soundgarden became a staple of indie music.

The Reverb Interview: Matthew Shipp

If people are open-minded, we tend to assume they won’t strongly defend their beliefs. Matthew Shipp is not one of those people. The free jazz pianist has worked with artists as diverse as DJ Spooky and the hip hop group Anti-Pop Consortium, helping to create a bridge between a music with the absolute least commercial potential and those who work in more popular forms.

Feature: Biggest-ever Global Dance Festival marks a milestone for immigrant Denver promoter Ha Hau

Ha Hau is an affable guy, a first-generation Vietnamese-American with an intense stare, a thin build and a receding hairline. Working in his Golden Triangle offices, wearing a fitted T-shirt and jeans, he doesn't look like a club kingpin, a trendy promoter, an electronic-music tastemaker — until the music of British trance legend Carl Cox starts pumping through his satellite radio.

Why So Serious, Jim Breuer?

Who's that half-lidded creature peering at you through a cloud of white smoke? Why, it's another "Why So Serious?" Q&A, this time featuring stand-up, podcaster and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jim Breuer.

Long and Winding Road: Patrick Lee

Do you remember your first record? Your first concert? Well this isn’t about that. This Long and Winding Road is about three artists/records that influenced you over the years –- you as a musician, Patrick Lee.

The Reverb Interview: Conor Oberst

After a four-year hiatus, Conor Oberst is back with his band, Bright Eyes. The group's seventh full-length album, "The People's Key," is an uncharacteristically glossy and undeniably mature studio release, with themes that range from science fiction to Rastafarianism.

Why So Serious, Heather McDonald?

For this installment of "Why So Serious," we talked to L.A. stand-up and writer Heather McDonald, a pal of E! TV star Chelsea Handler and a regular on Handler's raunchy late-night talk show, "Chelsea Lately." Much like other "Lately" regulars, McDonald mines a raw vein of relationship comedy that never strays far from a certain conversational relatability.