Interviews

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SERPENTWITHFEET: THE REAL PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

October 15th, 2018

With tattoos and piercings framing his eyebrowless face, a wild wardrobe that seems he just rolled through a theatre costume closet, and almost always carrying his favorite Brandy-inspired doll, New York City-based Josiah Wise—a.k.a. serpentwithfeet—has a presence. In this interview, Wise shares details behind that encounter and ensuing friendship, as well as his thoughts on intellect, experience, romance, and of course, the many reasons to love Brandy ‘that-boy-is-mine’ Norwood. He performs Mon., Oct. 15, at the El Rey. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE: IT’S QUITE SIMPLE, REALLY

October 11th, 2018

In 2013, My Bloody Valentine self-released a surprise new LP, 22 years after their critically acclaimed, fan-adored, awe-inspiring—and what many call a masterpiece—Loveless. But what exactly the band were doing during those years in between is a topic that’s provoked equal speculation and frustration, as well as lots of gossip and assumptions. I first met Kevin Shields, the band’s front man and Oz behind the curtains, in 1999, right in the middle of this “off” time. I was happy to have a new conversation with Kevin before he started a tour with My Bloody Valentine. We speak here about future plans for the band, the real way digital and analog fit together, and what he thinks people still get wrong about him. They perform Sunday night at Desert Daze. This interview by Tiffany Anders.

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NIGHTMARE AIR: THE SCAR IS INTENSE

October 5th, 2018

After two long years of recording, mixing, and mastering, modern shoegaze band Nightmare Air has released their sophomore album Fade Out. But guitarist and singer Dave Dupuis has barely had time to celebrate his band’s latest achievement: not only has been he has been traveling the world as Gary Numan’s tour manager and front of house sound guy, he’s preparing to have the rest of the band join him as the opening act on Numan’s fall tour. They perform Sat., Oct. 6, at the Fonda with Gary Numan. This interview by Julia Gibson.

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THE SCIENTISTS: WE WOULDA KILLED IT!

October 1st, 2018

Australia’s Scientists are as deliberate as murder itself. One of the first groups to inject the dark undercurrent of 60s pop into what was then becoming to be known as post-punk, founder Kim Salmon and company were like a lost soundtrack to a Hell’s Angels exploitation flick at their most calculated (“Swampland”) or a willful bad-trip at their most shambolic (“Solid Gold Hell”) ... The Scientists play Zebulon on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3. This interview by Gabriel Hart.

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ALONG FOR THE RIDE: DENNIS HOPPER AND SATYA DE LA MANITOU

September 25th, 2018

Along For The Ride is a documentary about Dennis Hopper, but it's just as much about someone else: the engimatic Satya De La Manitou, who met Hopper on the commune from Easy Rider—he was part of the commune—and who spent the next forty years of his life as Hopper's right-hand man. Think of him as not just a witness to but a part of film history, or think of him—as director Nick Ebeling does—as a psychedelic Sancho Panza. It's an intimate and charismatic documentary, dedicated fully—like Satya—to the integrity and vision of its subject. Along For The Ride screens on Wed., Sept. 26, at the Regent Theater with an extensive Q&A including Ebeling, Satya De La Manitou, Linda Manz and more—get tickets here! Hat And Beard Press will be releasing the film with a companion book shortly—more info on that here. This interview by Tom Child.

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FAT TONY: THERE’S NO END TO THIS

September 21st, 2018

The ubiquitous rapper slash musician slash game show host Fat Tony is a staple of L.A.’s eastside live music scene—think Zebulon or the Satellite—but I would stop short of calling him ‘underground.’ He’s endlessly active and has a breadth of talent that’s rare for anyone, musician or otherwise. His newest album 10,000 Hours (out Sept. 28 on Don Giovanni) is part victory lap and part celebration of an artist who’s mastered at least a few of the five elements. He'll be performing at a voter registration benefit at the Teragram Ballroom this Sunday. This interview by Tolliver.