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MICHAEL ROTHER: WILD LOVE, FREEDOM, EXCITEMENT

March 11th, 2019

When Michael Rother’s name floats through a conversation—be it in reference to his seminal work in Neu! and Harmonia, his early ties to Kraftwerk, or his meditative, layered solo output—it commands a special kind of reverence. He spoke to me from the very home within which the first Harmonia records were recorded—a home he has kept for over three decades—while musing about his love of cats, an eternal appreciation for Little Richard, and the surreality of sharing a stage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, much to the bemusement of their audience. Solo, his recent box set release on Groenland, is a collection of his first four solo records and some unreleased work from the same era, and it is this solo period of his life where we began our conversation. This interview by Christina Gubala.

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THE CHILLS: FRIGHTENING BEAUTY AND ETERNAL CHANGE

February 28th, 2019

It’s not hard, listening to the Chills, to go outside your own body. You’re not unsafe or unmoored, rather, you’re well-aware of a self that’s sometimes small, sometimes expansive, oftentimes both. It’s inspiring—sublime, really—and it’s why the band’s current stateside tour will be celebrated as one of those rare instances where the intensely personal and the intensely cosmic seem perfectly, positively aligned. The Chills perform their first California shows in decades on Sat., Mar. 2, at the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa and on Sun., Mar. 3, at the Regent Theater. L.A. RECORD’s Ed Johnson speaks to Chills founder and constant core member Martin Phillipps about joy, lonliness and the lasting influence of Dr. Seuss.

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HARRIET BROWN: FREE BEHIND THE MASK

February 22nd, 2019

On Mall Of Fortune, Harriet Brown’s second record for Innovative Leisure, following 2017’s Contact, the one-man-funky r&b-band explores shopping at the mall as a metaphor for existence. In this interview, Aaron Valenzuela digs into the creative process behind his completely self-produced record, paranoia versus confidence, and finding out that everyone else is as lonely and confused as him. He finishes his February residency at the Echoplex on Mon., Feb. 25. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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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.

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MAXO: I’LL MAKE IT HAPPEN

January 28th, 2019

Maxo is one of those same-time type people. There’s a duality in his art and general conversation—a bifurcation. He’s at once open and shut off, eager to share but hard to reach. This is, of course, irresistible. It doesn’t hurt that his output thus far has been a sanguine and stupendous outpouring of intimate burners, a quiet storm of rage pushed down and processed. His new single “Time” is a crash course in Maxo, a summation of the desire and distance woven throughout his catalogue. We talked about his upcoming album, food and death. This interview by Tolliver.

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INTERVIEW: TERRY AND LOUIE + THE EXPLODING HEARTS DOCUMENTARY

January 17th, 2019

In 2003, with their Guitar Romantic setting the U.S. and Europe on fire, the Exploding Hearts embarked on their first west coast tour. They were set for world domination, but on an overnight drive back from a triumphant debut in San Francisco, a car accident killed three out of four members of the band. Only guitarist Terry Six survived. After nearly ten years of musical silence, Terry Six quietly got together with longtime friend and former Exploding Heart confidant “King” Louie Bankston and they decided to record some songs together. Now Terry and Louie will perform two sets—one of Exploding Hearts songs—at the 7th anniversary of Cretin Hop alongside a special screening of the Exploding Hearts documentary trailer on Sat., Jan. 19, at Zebulon. This interview by Justin Maurer.