festival preview / interview: phuzz phest

I have a lot of long-running jokes about Winston-Salem, and I have to be honest: most of them aren’t particularly nice. Most of them do involve the notion of time travel and how if we could harness the vortex of six thousand miles from nowhere that Winston seems to exist in, we could actually build…

death to false hope fest ii: if you had a time machine interviews

I took my tiny digital recorder, with the batteries inserted correctly this time, to DTFH Fest, and ran around asking people my favorite interview question: if you had a time machine, and could go back in time and see one show — either one you missed, or one you want to relive — what would…

interview: jon lindsay on ‘summer wilderness program’

The lovely Jon Lindsay indulged a few of my nosy questions about his new record, Summer Wilderness Program, and his life, this week. Behind the jump, read about his writing style, what he’s excited about, and the new new record. Buy Summer Wilderness Program at any of your favorite digital outlets!

interview: christopher paul stelling

Brooklyn’s Christopher Paul Stelling’s debut album, Songs of Praise and Scorn, came out last month; it’s an intricate, intimate portrait of sadness, darkness, and hope, and one of my favorite releases of 2012 thus far. CPS was kind enough to answer some questions for me from the road, and behind the jump, he talks about…

tour preview: jonathan coulton

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of chatting with Jonathan Coulton, the funny, irreverent singer-songwriter who made his name writing and posting a “Thing A Week” in 2006. Coulton is touring in support of his first new album of all new material since 2006, Artificial Heart, and opening up for hipster-nerd icons They…

interview: samantha crain

Amazing songstress Samantha Crain is gracing the Triangle with not one but two shows this week; she headlines the 506 with American Aquarium opening on Tuesday, February 7 (Doors 8:30, show 9PM, $10) and opens for AA and their live CD release show at the Pour House on Saturday, February 11 (Doors 8PM, show 10PM,…

interview: mipso trio

Yesterday I had the undeniable pleasure of sitting down, in a noisy Weaver Street Market, with the three guys who make up fast-rising North Carolina Americana band Mipso Trio. Joseph Terrell, Jacob Sharp, and Wood Robinson will be headlining at the Cradle on Saturday night, with Overmountain Men and Jim Avett. (Details: Saturday 1/14, doors…

interview: wylie hunter

The second of two interviews today! Wylie Hunter and the Cazadores will be opening for Jon Lindsay (my interview with Lindsay is here) at Slim’s on Thursday, 12/1, and Wylie was also nice enough to answer some questions for me in advance of the show. Behind the jump, Wylie on the writing process, how the band takes…

interview: jon lindsay

I had the pleasure last week of thinking up a bunch of questions to ask Charlotte singer/songwriter Jon Lindsay, who’s in the process of recording his second LP, Summer Wilderness Program, as we speak. Type. Read this on our phones, whatever. Behind the jump, he talks writing, recording, touring, Charlotte, human beings, inspiration, and answers the all-important…

interview: cameron mcgill

An unexpected emergency room trip and road closures prevented me from actually sitting down with Chicago singer-songwriter Cameron McGill last Sunday before his show at the 506, but he was kind enough to answer some questions from Florida via email this week. Behind the jump, Cameron talks about Chicago, touring with Margot & the Nuclear So-and-So’s and…