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Interview: Michael Franti, On Beyond Tree-Hugging

If every administration gets the pop star it deserves, the current White House resident could do a whole lot worse than Michael Franti, with whom he has more than biracial parents in common. Franti released an optimistic single, “Obama Song,” shortly after the election, ended up playing three inauguration galas, and, per his comments below,…

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Interview: Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza On D.C. Do’s And Don’ts

What reflects Washington D.C.’s vibe better than ethereal electronica with a political subtext? The recipe has been working for Thievery Corporation – producer-DJs Rob Garza and Eric Hilton – since the 1996 release of their first twelve-inch single, “2001: A Spliff Odyssey.” Pleasure and politics mingle in Thievery’s music, especially on their most recent album,…

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Interview: Dengue Fever’s Zac Holtzman On ‘Electric Cambodia’

Los Angeles’s Dengue Fever has been reviving, remixing, and retransmitting the otherworldly sounds of Cambodian pop music since 2001. During its 1960s and ’70s golden age, “Khmer rock” split the difference between traditional Southeast Asian vocal styles and the blues-rock Cambodians were heard over the airwaves during the otherwise reprehensible Vietnam War. The rock was…

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Interview: STS9’s David Phipps On The Conspiratorial Nature Of Giving

They may be one of the spacier, more experimental, and more mystically inclined bands on the improv-rock circuit, but Santa Cruz instrumental quintet STS9 also have their feet planted firmly in consensual reality. On their tenth album, Ad Explorata, released earlier this month on the group’s own 1320 label, STS9 blends vintage analog electronics with…

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Interview: Wayne Kramer Opens Jail Guitar Doors

Lead guitarist Wayne Kramer and the MC5, the world’s first political punk band, ruled the Midwest rock scene during the late sixties until they flamed out in 1972. In 1975, Kramer was arrested for selling illegal powders to a government agent, and spent more than two years in the Lexington Federal Prison in Lexington, Kentucky….

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Interview: Nellie McKay’s Animal Objective

Singer-pianist-actor-songwriter Nellie McKay is a kitten with a whip, which she cracks at any sign of cruelty against kittens, cows, donkeys, humans, or any other mammal. Still in her midtwenties, McKay recently released her fourth album, Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day. On this warm and loving shout-out from one fabulous blonde…

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Interview: Monsters of Folk’s Jim James On The Health Care Jam

Folk music, politically inclined or not, tends to bring people together even if the words are describing something that’s tearing people apart. And even though the Monsters of Folk — Jim James (taking a break from longtime cohorts My Morning Jacket), M. Ward, Conor Oberst, and Mike Mogis — employ the F-word with just a…

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Interview: Lotus Bassist Jesse Miller

Last month, Lotus rolled through San Francisco as part of their Pay-What-You-Want Tour, which let fans pay anywhere from $1 to $20 per ticket. Those who paid $15 or more were hooked up with Lotus’s two new EPs, Oil on Glass and Feather on Wood. I asked bass player Jesse Miller a few questions  about…

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Interview: Bruce Hornsby Rises Again

Pianist-bandleader Bruce Hornsby is the only Grammy-winning pop musician to also serve as the Grateful Dead’s utility keyboardist. Hornsby’s last few albums testify to his relentless musical exploration and comfort-zone avoidance. In 2007 he released Camp Meeting with jazz drummer Jack Dejohnette and bassist Christian McBride. Last year he released Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby…

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Interview: Security Pro Marshall Rodriguez On Nitrous

Over the last few years the battle between concert promoters and people who sell nitrous oxide balloons has escalated to almost an all-out war. Standing on the front lines is Marshall Rodriguez, a fan who launched a security company in 2000 that specializes in festivals and jamband-oriented concert events. His company, Marker Security, has since…

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