Donna Kern

Interview

KEVIN MORBY: ABOVE THE CLOUDS

May 6th, 2019

There’s always been an element of worship in rock 'n' roll—you can even buy devotional candles with saintly images of Joey Ramone and Marc Bolan. And with his sizable Leonard-Cohen-by-way-of-Lou-Reed charms, it can’t be long now until Kevin Morby’s cherubic face appears on a candle of his very own. Morby’s music has always flirted with the divine, so it’s no surprise that his latest record is a full-on concept album about spirituality, complete with choirs, harps, devils, halos, prayers and a gloriously surreal companion film made with Chris Good. Oh My God is out now via Dead Oceans. Hear the songs in all their glory when Kevin Morby serenades the Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Wed., May 8, in one of his legendary embroidered suits. This interview by Donna Kern.

Album reviews

HARLEY AND THE HUMMINGBIRDS: FUTURE SUPERSTAR

March 8th, 2019

Harley and the Hummingbirds' Harley Hill-Richmond has been lovingly and quietly (too quietly!) crafting classically heartfelt 60s and 70s style pop songs in bedrooms around the globe, from his native swingin' London to a stint in Tokyo, but it's here in the warm and smoggy embrace of Los Angeles that he has released what just may be his magnum opus.

Album reviews

LUCILLE FURS: ANOTHER LAND

February 28th, 2019

This album is guaranteed to leave you groovier than you were before you found it, and maybe even a little bit smarter, too.

Interview

TEENAGE FANCLUB: LOOKING FOR SUNSHINE

February 22nd, 2019

While other bands were busy trashing hotel rooms, hiring stylists and indulging their assorted vices, Teenage Fanclub were pouring their Scottish hearts and souls into their music. In 1991, a year of legendary competition from the likes of Nirvana’s Nevermind and My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Bandwagonesque scored the top spot on Spin’s best of the year list, and their most recent album Here reached number one on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, about 25 years after Bandwagonesque earned that honor. I had the pleasure of chatting with the "nicest man in rock" Norman Blake about the glories of creamy cheese, creamier mature voices, and learning Beach Boys guitar chords from Alex Chilton. Teenage Fanclub will perform for two nights at the Teragram Ballroom on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27. This interview by Donna Kern.

Album reviews

TIM PRESLEY’S WHITE FENCE: I HAVE TO FEED LARRY’S HAWK

February 1st, 2019

Alas, our beloved experimental-psychedelic-bedroom-punk conjurer Tim Presley has decamped to San Francisco, the city from whence he came. If the music he makes up north continues to reach the creative heights of his new offering I Have to Feed Larry's Hawk, however, all is forgiven.

Album reviews

DANNY DODGE: “BLUE AIN’T WHAT I FEEL FOR YOU”

January 16th, 2019

Keith Richards once called rock 'n' roll "music for the neck down" and baby, that includes the heart. Yes, even (punk rock) cowboys get the blues, but it doesn't always sound this sweet.