Interviews

Interview

EARTH GIRL HELEN BROWN: I’M A COSMIC OPTIMIST

April 20th, 2018

This month In The Red will release Four Satellites, an LP collecting tracks from each of the EPs that works as a sort of fly-by survey for the Earth Girl Helen Brown universe, with incandescent inspiration from the Raincoats, Dolly Parton, Patti Smith, Sun Ra and more. It’ll show you just enough to make you wanna build a rocket ship of your own. Earth Girl Helen Brown's record release for Four Satellites is Sun., Apr. 22, at Zebulon, and the Earth Girl Helen Brown Center for Planetary Intelligence band also performs on Fri., May 4, at the Natural History Museum. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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JAPANESE BREAKFAST: THIS THING THAT I LOVE

April 11th, 2018

Formerly the frontwoman of Philadelphia emo band Little Big League, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner began her solo career as an experiment in songwriting and self-expression. Her first record Psychopomp was a response to losing her mother to cancer—an album where making music was a method of healing. Critics responded with great enthusiasm, which helped land Zauner a deal with Dead Oceans, and her 2017 follow-up Soft Sounds from Another Planet is in the running for one of the best indie rock records of last year. She's got a series of sold-out performances soon, with Coachella this weekend as well as the Roxy next week and the Glass House in June. This interview by Bennett Kogon.

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KHRUANGBIN: THE UNIVERSE SMILES UPON YOU

March 22nd, 2018

Let’s just get this out of the way: it’s pronounced ‘krung-bin.’ And the word roughly translates to ‘airplane’ in Thai. Formed in Texas over burgers, beers, and mutual appreciation for music and cultures from around the world, Khruangbin might not have anticipated how much their band name would get butchered out loud. The trio’s second full-length, Con Todo El Mundo, was released in January, following their 2015 debut, The Universe Smiles Upon You, with more blissful instrumental-heavy jams honed over hours playing music in a barn. Here, they delve into their writing and recording process, and explain how a croissant is a sort of useful way to understand the never-ending loop of cultural influence in music. They perform Thurs., Mar. 22, Fri., Mar. 23, and Sat., Mar. 24, at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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SHOPPING: YOU CAN DO THIS

March 20th, 2018

I first discovered Shopping when their album Consumer Concerns came out—the artwork caught my eye almost immediately, and the music was the missing piece to fit a void in my new music repertoire that I didn’t even know was there. A queer post-punk dancey band with a political point of view! Their music recalls ESG and Delta 5 but with hints of disco and sharp lyrics that are a call to action—altogether, it's something they're making their own. They successfully balance an exciting dance-able sound while also challenging their audience with commentary on current social issues. Their new The Official Body is out now on Fat Cat and they perform at Resident with French Vanilla and Lithics on Wed., Mar. 21. This interview by Emily Twombly, who was added just before press time to DJ the show as well.

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MOANING: SO MANY ABS

March 9th, 2018

Moaning might look familiar to you. Over the past ten years, musicians Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie have been active members of the local music and arts community built around DIY venues like the Smell and Pehrspace. Playing in such illustrious local bands as Moses Campbell, Heller Keller, and Shit Giver, the three eventually (re)combined their years of experience in the Los Angeles scene by forming the post-punk project Moaning. Demonstrating yet again that great art can indeed rise from the underground, Moaning’s self-titled debut was released last week on the legendary Sub Pop Records. Portions of this interview originally aired on KXLU. Moaning’s record release show is Fri., Mar. 9, at the Echo with Froth and Numb.Er. This interview by Bennett Kogon.

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THE WEDDING PRESENT: THE POP WAY

March 6th, 2018

David Gedge—the man behind and synonymous with the Wedding Present—has made a career out of pushing through the boundaries of sentimentality. Still driven by a restlessness that shows itself in the continued need to create, Gedge remains steadfast in addressing that gnawing desire to connect with others. They're touring to help raise awareness of a documentary on their classic George Best album, and they perform on Sat., Mar. 10, at the Echo. This interview by Nathan Martel.