Interviews

Interview

PATRISSE KHAN-CULLORS: TELL A DIFFERENT STORY

July 12th, 2018

Patrisse Khan-Cullors knows that politics and culture are inextricably linked, that each has a unique function in the struggle towards the liberation of oppressed peoples. Through her lifelong work as an artist, activist and advocate—most visible for her foundational role in establishing the Black Lives Matter global network—Khan-Cullors has helped literally helped us see the humanity in ourselves. Black Lives Matter's five-year anniversary is Fri., July 13, and Patrisse Khan-Cullors' When They Call You A Terrorist is available from St. Martin's Press. This interview by sweeney kovar.

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BOOTS RILEY: “SORRY TO BOTHER YOU”

July 5th, 2018

To be perfectly frank, I don’t know what box to put Sorry To Bother You in. I just know that the film, written and directed by Boots Riley of the Coup, is humane without being saccharine. It’s incisive without being preachy. It’s lighthearted without being shallow. It’s powerful without taking itself too seriously. I am not sure how to introduce Sorry To Bother You because it feels like something new. This interview by sweeney kovar. Sorry To Bother You begins limited release on Fri., July 6.

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MICHAEL RAULT: PATTERNS START TO FORM

June 28th, 2018

Even on his phone while stuck in traffic on his way to the record label office, Michael Rault is more concise, funny, self-effacing, and informative than most rockcrits can manage in 1.5 lifetimes. We join him here as the pace really begins to pick up … Michael Rault plays Fri., June 29, at the Bootleg Theater. This interview by Ron Garmon.

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PINKY PINKY: SO DRASTIC, BUT SO COOL

June 14th, 2018

None of the members of L.A.’s Pinky Pinky take themselves the least bit seriously, and their music reflects that—at the heart of their punchy, timeless rock n’ roll sound is a sly sense of humor that’s like catching a private wink from across a crowded room. They play an early show at the Echo on Sat., June 16. This interview by Julia Gibson.

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LA LUZ: THIS FILTHY MIRAGE

May 11th, 2018

Los Angeles is a city where good and evil mingle in every golden sunset and beautiful moments seem to shine more brightly as they break through the toxic haze. This setting inspired the songs on La Luz’s third album, Floating Features, written after Shana Cleveland, Marian Li Pino, Alice Sandahl, and Lena Simon moved to L.A. from Seattle. Singer/guitarist Cleveland started having intense dreams—even nightmares where dark figures came out of the wall and pinned her to the bed. As the city seemed to take over her subconscious, the stuff of dreams became a focal point for the lyrics she brought to the band. Floating Features is out now on Hardly Art and La Luz will return to L.A. with a show at the Teragram on Fri., June 22. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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VAGABON: IT’S HARD, BUT SHARE IT

May 3rd, 2018

The music industry needs more people like Laetitia Tamko. After moving from Cameroon to New York City when she was just a teenager, she left behind her engineering diploma and her full-time job to explore a completely different path and to create something genuine on her own terms. At twenty-five, she built on the encouragement she’d received from the city’s DIY community and began performing as Vagabon in 2014. Her recent debut Infinite Worlds was one of the most heartfelt releases of last year, and speaking with her was a breath of fresh air during an otherwise painful and soul-searching time in music history. Vagabon performs at the Bootleg Theater on Wed., May 9. This interview by Bennett Kogon.