“Who Said We’re Sane?” An Interview with Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards


Last week I had the opportunity to correspond via email with Erika Wennerstrom, chief songwriter and singer for Heartless Bastards, on the cusp of her band’s nationwide fall tour.  Heartless Bastards’ music falls aptly into the 21st century “Americana flood,” a genre movement that blurs the line between folk and rock, but it’s Wennerstrom’s piercingly [...]

TST Interview: Hardy Morris of Diamond Rugs, Dead Confederate

Hardy Morris

Diamond Rugs is the raucous indie rock supergroup comprised of John McCauley (Deer Tick), Ian St. Pe (Black Lips), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Brian Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite), and Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick). Earlier this year, the band released the self-titled debut LP, an album I called a hard-grooving, rowdy, rock [...]

Interview with Jeff Klein on My Jerusalem and Preachers


Jeff Klein, I think it’s fair to say, is a well travelled musician. Having worked with artists as diverse as Ani DiFranco and The Gutter Twins, he’s also enjoyed a long-running solo career and frequent touring. In 2009 he joined forces with Cully Symington, Ashley Dzerigian, Rick Nelson and Dave Rosser to form the band [...]

Watch: Dispatch Stream Full Radio City Music Hall Concert


On August 21st Dispatch cemented their comeback when they released Circles Around The Sun, their first full-length record in 12 years. The album quickly climbed to #24 on the Billboard chart, marking their highest commercial water mark and beginning a new chapter in the story of a band often called the original “indie” group. On Friday Oct. 5th, [...]

Live Review: Zammuto at The Basement

Zammuto The Basement

Back in June, The Books’ former half Nick Zammuto opened for Explosions in the Sky at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Replacing Paul de Jong with an arsenal of top-notch musicians and a solo moniker, Zammuto rebounded from The Books’ breakup with astounding tact. I had the opportunity to talk with him back during their first [...]

Listen: Pig Destroyer – The Diplomat

Pig Destroyer

Is there a better way to celebrate your Wednesday than a little grindcore? We didn’t think so. Off of the Virginian outfit’s forthcoming record, Book Burner, Pig Destroyer have provided a stream of their second single, “The Diplomat.” With relentless double bass, low-register growls and overall brutality, Pig Destroyer are delivering their typical rage as [...]

Interview wih Michael P. Falk of Les Jupes on the Modern Myths.


Les Jupes are an awfully interesting bunch. Their first album, Modern Myths dropped Stateside in August and instantly turned heads. From the clandestine lyrics to lead singer Michael Falk’s commanding baritone, Modern Myths was a record that captured the imagination and demanded attention. We got in touch with Michael Falk to discuss the album, along [...]

A Highly Anticipated Comeback : An Interview with Pete Francis of Dispatch

Dispatch Press Photo

“There was a decorated general with a heart of gold.” If those words do not induce nostalgia or call to mind the image of a dorm-room troubadour, then you probably did not “come of age” in the late 90s or early 2000s. These words are the opening lyrics of Dispatch’s iconic 1998 song “The General,” [...]