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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.

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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.