• RIFF RADIO: The Warning prep 'heavy,' diverse major label debut

    RIFF RADIO: The Warning prep ‘heavy,’ diverse major label debut

    The Warning, courtesy Chino Zenteno. There’s much to be excited about for the sisters of rock trio The Warning. Hailing from Monterrey, Mexico, the band is building a buzz on the heels of a new single, an album on the way and its live shows. “More than excited;…
  • REVIEW: Marina takes to the desert for 'Ancient Dreams' stream

    REVIEW: Marina takes to the desert for ‘Ancient Dreams’ stream

    Marina Diamandis performs during her “Ancient Dreams” streamed performance on June 12, 2021. Courtesy Brendan Walter for Moment House. On the heels of the release of her fifth studio album, Marina Diamandis (formally knows as Marina and the Diamonds, now known simply as MARINA) took to the desert…
  • REWIND: A decade ago, I thought these songs were worth putting on a CD

    REWIND: A decade ago, I thought these songs were worth putting on a CD

    Angus Young of AC/DC performs during the Rock or Bust Tour at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 17, 2016. Courtesy BT PR. This past week… I left the house. After 14 long months I ventured outside and went up to South Lake Tahoe for a…
  • Q&A: Pianist Ben Cosgrove on finding natural beauty outside his door

    Q&A: Pianist Ben Cosgrove on finding natural beauty outside his door

    Ben Cosgrove, courtesy. For more than a decade pianist Ben Cosgrove has quietly combined his lifelong passion for nature and music. He traipses around beautiful wilderness and then composes music about how it moved him. While Cosgrove has also built a career as a touring pianist and sideman…
  • Q&A: Gary Louris of the Jayhawks on the 'purity of creating,' writing as architecture

    Q&A: Gary Louris of the Jayhawks on the ‘purity of creating,’ writing as architecture

    Gary Louris (The Jayhawks) courtesy Tim Geaney. Gary Louris has, off and on since the late 1980s, been one of the mainstays of The Jayhawks, a band that earned its initial fame as an Americana outfit but that, especially since the departure of cofounder Mark Olson, has increasingly…
  • Tim Booth of James searches for a safe haven on 'All The Colours Of You'

    Tim Booth of James searches for a safe haven on ‘All The Colours Of You’

    Tim Booth of James, courtesy. The pandemic has forced artists to turn inward, writing about the ways in which COVID has kept them locked in, without shows to play and a livelihood taken away. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg that Tim Booth touches on “Recover,”…
  • REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots show warmth on 'Scaled and Icy' stream

    REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots show warmth on ‘Scaled and Icy’ stream

    Twenty One Pilots perform during a livestream even on May 21, 2021. Images courtesy: Maestro. By Mason Meyers Twenty One Pilots dip into the world of coronavirus-necessitated livestreams is quite possibly one of the best to have been crafted. Have a favorite song? They played it! Have a…
  • Interview: SHAED looking to relaunch off the 'High Dive'

    Interview: SHAED looking to relaunch off the ‘High Dive’

    SHAED, courtesy. Spencer Ernst is glowing when he rejoins his wife Chelsea Lee and his brother Max at his and Lee’s new home in the suburbs of northern Virginia for a video call interview a week prior to releasing High Dive, their first full-length album as SHAED. High…
  • INTERVIEW: Ashley Monroe finds reasons for joy on 'Rosegold'

    INTERVIEW: Ashley Monroe finds reasons for joy on ‘Rosegold’

    Ashley Monroe, courtesy Alexa King. To understand why Ashley Monroe is holding onto joy and love so tightly on her new album, Rosegold, you have to reach back all the way to her teens. After a fairly typical, joyous life with her parents and brother, her dad was…
  • Interview: Josh Radnor breaks out on his own as a musician

    Interview: Josh Radnor breaks out on his own as a musician

    Josh Radnor, courtesy Ella Hovsepian. If not for his friend, musician Ben Lee, actor-director Josh Radnor would have never picked up a guitar or written a song. Two well-received folk albums later as part of a duo with Lee, Radnor is a legit musician in his own right.…
  • INTERVIEW: Andrew Farriss of INXS finding new frontiers in country music

    INTERVIEW: Andrew Farriss of INXS finding new frontiers in country music

    Andrew Farriss, courtesy. Nearly a decade removed from the twilight years of INXS, Andrew Farriss is living a much quieter, “normal” life. Farriss, who teamed with Michael Hutchence to write some of the biggest hits of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s—Hutchence the lyrics and Farriss the music—is…
  • John McCrea spreads roots with reforestation, talks 1st CAKE LP in a decade

    John McCrea spreads roots with reforestation, talks 1st CAKE LP in a decade

    John McCrea of CAKE performs during 94.7’s 20th Birthday Bash at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on Aug. 16, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images. CAKE singer-songwriter John McCrea didn’t start out as an environmentalist out to reforest the West Coast. His fascination with…