Jon Fine Interviews Ira Kaplan on a Brooklyn Stage Regarding ‘Your Band Sucks’

Ira Kaplan (l) and Jon Fine discuss the realities of indie band economics at St. Vitus in Brooklyn, June 20, 2016. (Ken Kurson) Jon Fine wrote a terrific book called Your Band Sucks of almost eerie relevance to a certain suburban rocker misfit guy who came of age in the late 80s. Jon is my friend through media stuff rather than rock because our bands and taste in music could

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The Last Ramone: Marky Carries the Punk Rock Banner

The last living member of the Ramones on getting sober, his favorite drummers and battles of the band

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A Chat with Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers at Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2010 (Wikipedia) My mother’s name was Annette. So by the time I first heard “My Sweet Annette” from 2003’s Decoration Day, I was already a bit late to the party that the Drive-By Truckers had been throwing in Athens, Ga., since they burst onto the alt-country scene in the late ’90s. And man, it was something. It was like hearing a band as great

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Paul Weller Right Where He Belongs—At the Apollo Theater

Paul Weller at the No Cactus Festival, Belgium, 2009. (Marcelo Costa) “The public gets what the public wants. But I want nothing this society’s got, I’m going underground …” For a certain type of music lover—let’s say a British or American kid who rode a Lammy with a dozen mirrors and wore Fred Perry shirts and skintight trousers and took a handful of brightly colored pills that someone said gave

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Bob Mould, Punk Pop Polymath

Bob Mould and his band—Jason Narducy on bass, Jon Wurster on drums—are joined by Fred Armisen at the Bowery Ballroom, February 27, 2013. (Ken Kurson) Bob Mould is the Ben Franklin of indie pop. Founding member and driving force of ’80s punk trio Hüsker Dü (whose influence resonates today through Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams), Mould has succeeded at everything he’s tried, and he’s tried a lot. Credits include the

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