Over three years, we've done a number of interviews on the site, from musicians involved in everything from metal to 8-bit, ukuleles to funk. As a short compendium, here are a few of our favorite quotes from our most recent interviews, with links to put them all into context. Above photo of Ben Sollee. "When every member of Mötley Crüe now has...  Read more

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Heard of Good Quality Japanese Guitars? Meet ESP
When you’ve been playing guitar long enough, you can pick up a quality instrument and know right away when the company knows what they’re doing. Speaking of which: the quality control of ESP guitars are excellent, which isn’t easy for big companies to maintain. In an often tough and competitive business, ESP has survived a lot of ups and downs,...  Read more
Twin Cities singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith is a popular guy. With three critically adored indie pop albums, a number of high-profile collaborations and a growing cult of online fans to his credit, he’s doing about as well as any DIY musician could hope for. Still, Jeremy Messersmith ain’t exactly Radiohead. That hasn’t stopped him from...  Read more
Dead Rabbits Talk Minimal Rock, Animal Noise
In preparation for the Strange Daze Festival that we're co-sponsoring, MadeLoud is talking with the acts playing the diverse showcase. Today we're talking with Dead Rabbits, a bluesy duo led by guitarist/vocalist Joshua DeRosa and drummer/vocalist Lucas Fuentes. We talk with DeRosa about the band's evolution, the peculiarities of the Atlanta...  Read more
In preparation for the Strange Daze Festival that we're co-sponsoring, MadeLoud is talking with the acts playing the diverse showcase. To kick things off, we're talking with Vegan Coke, a psychedelic instrumental trio. How did Vegan Coke get together? Was there a certain desire to start making instrumental music that hadn’t been satisfied by past...  Read more
Matthew Steinke is less an artist than a mad scientist. His installations often involve animatronic critters wandering about with adorable sinisterness, while his drawings and animation include disparate, evolutionarily dubious amalgamations of the organic and inorganic bunged peremptorily together. He incorporates that kind of Frankenstein...  Read more
The Runaways, an all-female group featuring founding member Joan Jett, lead guitarist Lita Ford and lead singer Cherie Currie had but a brief moment in the sun - if you blinked, you missed them. Considered a novelty back in the day, it wasn’t until long after the band broke up that they were reevaluated and taken seriously. There’s probably more...  Read more
“I Have No Problem Mixing Anything With Anything” — DJ Lobsterdust Interview
DJ Lobsterdust went nuclear a couple of months ago, when his Nirvana / Lady Gaga mashup “Nirgaga” was picked up by MTV, sparking a minor viral feeding frenzy — and a cease-and-desist letter form EMI. Even before that brush with kind-of-fame, though, Lobsterdust’s underground celebrity was well-established. He’s one of the most inventive mix-up...  Read more
Swimming in Waterloo Records - An interview with Owner John Kunz (Part 2)
In Part I of this interview, John Kunz, the owner and founder of Waterloo Records, described how Waterloo got its start and became what it is today, and how issues of copyright and ownership affect this iconic record store. Part II of the interview follows. Let me ask a wide question: where is the music industry going? Kunz: The trend is going to...  Read more
Swimming in Waterloo Records - An interview with Owner John Kunz (Part 1)
Arguably the most iconic record store in Austin, Waterloo Records has become an important hub in the Austin music scene over the past 28 years by stocking music of all genres and formats, hosting in-store performances and committing to a wide and deep selection of Texas music. I sat down with founder and owner John Kunz to pick his brain about...  Read more
Daphne Carr Interview - Part 2
[Note: this is the second installment of our interview with Daphne Carr. The first can be found here.] I know that many of your own essays are focused on the intersection between art and broader social and intellectual movements. Is that the sort of thing you generally like to see criticism doing, or are there other models? Carr: Again this...  Read more

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