Interviews

Advice From a Brother in Streets of Laredo

Advice From a Brother in Streets of Laredo

By Ariana Hwang   Normally I wouldn’t be sitting inside some lofty bar waiting for an indie band to play a set. Some girl furrowed her brow and asked me who was playing because she had expected jazz from what she’s been told before. Streets […]

Going Solo—From Dum Dum Girls to Kristin Kontrol

Going Solo—From Dum Dum Girls to Kristin Kontrol

By Ariana Hwang Happiness can be formed by reinvention. And sometimes the change needs to be drastic. This is one lesson we can take from  Kristin Welchez and her music career. Eight years ago, Welchez began her successful career with an alter-ego, “Dee Dee.” She was the […]

Talking About NYC And ‘On Desire’  With Drowners’ Matt Hitt

Talking About NYC And ‘On Desire’ With Drowners’ Matt Hitt

By Ariana Hwang   I saw him smoking in front of New York City’s Terminal 5, just after Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy anniversary show. He leaned against the venue looking like a clean-cut punk—he was a few inches shorter than his six foot two height, and wore dark, […]

The Strokes Guitarist Nick Valensi On His New Band & College Days

The Strokes Guitarist Nick Valensi On His New Band & College Days

By Ariana Hwang Without double guitars in each song, the Strokes wouldn’t be half as exciting. Every fan of The Strokes knew that there were two talented guitarists in the band. They were Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr.. It was Valensi who usually played lead—Hammond was rhythm […]