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The Frightened Rabbit Song I Won’t Forget

On Thursday evening, the Scottish police confirmed the identity of a body found near the Forth Road Bridge, in Port Edgar, Queensferry. Scott Hutchison, the vocalist and guitarist in the Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit, was declared dead at thirty-six. Two days earlier, Hutchison had …

Ben Gibbard on the Meaning of Life, 10 Years Later

<i>Ten years ago, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard retreated to the rustic California town of Big Sur to write songs for his band’s new record,</i> …

Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison: a songwriter who found humanity in our flaws

The Scottish musician, who has died aged 36, offered an alternative to blokey songcraft, confiding that sex could be awkward and life could be hard<p>Scott Hutchison was incredibly shy as a child, so much so that his mum called him a frightened rabbit. It’s a poetically neat phrase on its own, vivid …

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Stephen Malkmus Doesn’t Think He Was a Jerk

“I hate being tan,” Stephen Malkmus said almost immediately, standing in the lobby of a Midtown hotel. His olive complexion, the unwanted result of a vacation in Hawaii with his extended family, was startling — not unlike seeing Santa Claus, if he suddenly lost 80 pounds. Since the 1989 debut of …

Phoebe Bridgers interview: ‘Ryan Adams and I got together on his 40th birthday. I’d just turned 20’

Folk-rock singer Phoebe Bridgers tells Patrick Smith how a fling with an older star led to her breakthrough hit<p>The curse of any young female folk star is to be compared to Joni Mitchell. “I’m just lumped in with her,” says Phoebe Bridgers, a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. “It …

Wes’ Moving Castle

Is there a pleasure quite like listening to the soothing and amiable voice of Wes Anderson as he turns his mind towards answering questions on his …

The Recording of Elliott Smith's Either/Or

This year marks the 20th anniversary of <i>Either/Or</i>, the third album by my late friend and co-conspirator Elliott Smith. I was asked by his family and …

Fight and flight: Ezra Furman’s road trip towards liberation

Fast forward the nearly three years since his last full-length record and the person who stands before us is a musician intent on starting anew.<p>“I …

Here’s the Perfect Thing to Say When Someone Is Rude

Recently, the British IVF pioneer Lord Robert Winston was sitting on a train traveling from London, England, to Manchester, when he found himself …

COMFORT IN SOUND – for Danny McCormack vocals & bassist with The Main Grains/Wildhearts

<i>Music can heal and put the pieces back together again. It listens when no one else does. It’s alive. Music makes everything better…and it can trigger</i> …

Red Dwarf to become live stage show

Red Dwarf writer Doug Naylor has said that the team are provisionally planning a live show for the O2 Arena. He also revealed that planning work has …

The National: ‘Even in the hard times, we always loved each other’

The National are one of America’s most revered bands, their music equally at home in concert halls, art galleries, TV shows or on Obama’s campaign trail. Ahead of a new LP, they talk fatherhood, politics and creative tension<p>Matt Berninger, lead singer of the five-piece rock band the National, …

Ginger Wildheart hospitalised due to mental health issues

Ginger Wildheart has been hospitalised due to “serious ongoing issues” with his mental health.<p>His management team have issued a statement saying that …

Neil Gaiman: ‘There’s no point dressing as a cowboy if it’s just you’

The author, 56, talks about writers’ humility, bygone bestsellers, memory loss, heroes and being exactly famous enough<p><b>I used to be exactly famous enough.</b> From 1992 until around 2008 I was never famous enough to get a fancy seat in a restaurant, but if I needed to talk to somebody they would take my …

Studio tour: Feeder's Grant Nicholas reveals his guitar and recording setup

Introduction<p>I still feel excited about it. How can you not?<p>“Music just brings a spark to me,” smiles Grant Nicholas. “I still feel excited about it. …

Craig Charles expects more Red Dwarf - series 13 is likely to happen

We made it pretty clear that last year's <i>Red Dwarf</i> comeback was one of its best series ever, and so it's pretty exciting to know that we don't have to …

First look at Red Dwarf as Craig Charles reveals ‘uncomfortable’ mechanoid transformation: ‘I was sweating through my eyes’

Red Dwarf is back and the first image of the crew morphed into androids, like the character Kryten has been released.<p>The new series’ cast – Craig …

The Strokes and Ryan Adams Had a Messy Relationship

Journalist Lizzy Goodman will publish <i>Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001–2011</i>, a new oral history diving into …

Zach Galligan on Gizmo, ‘Gremlins,’ and More Importantly, Phoebe Cates

One of my favorite interviews that I conducted at Entertainment Tonight was with Zach Galligan of GREMLINS fame. In June of 2014 I had been contacted …

Incubus on Creative ‘Recharging,’ Skrillex Team-Up, ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E.’ at 20

Five years ago, the members of Incubus were experiencing one of the darkest phases of their career. Both internal and external forces were making the …

Track By Track: Fionn Regan - 'The Meeting Of The Waters'

<b>Fionn Regan</b> has always known never to anticipate when his lyricism will strike.<p>A wonderfully talented songwriter, he's aware that to chase the muse, …

The Hour Of The Wildebeest: Ryan Adams Interviewed

When you name your harrowing debut solo album ‘Heartbreaker’, your stall is pretty much set out from the get-go when it comes to heart-on-sleeve …

Douglas Coupland: 'The nine to five is barbaric'

The Generation X author on the future of work and how we’ve all turned into millennials<p>Douglas Coupland has always been one of the sharpest critics of the modern workplace. His literary works – such as Generation X, JPod and Microserfs – revolve around smart and creative young people who are better …

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800 Copies: Meet The World's Most Obsessive Fan Of 'The Velvet Underground and Nico'

<i>The Velvet Underground and Nico</i>, released 50 years ago tomorrow (there is actually some disagreement on the exact date), is the definitive way-ahead-of-its-time album. With a near-peerless collection of songs — nearly all written by frontman Lou Reed — and an iconic, banana-sticker cover designed …

Ryan Adams talks through new album ‘Prisoner’ – Track by Track

Ryan Adams talks death, divorce, recovery and explains his new album ‘Prisoner’ track-by-track

Lykke, Patti, Iggy, and More: Every Musician in Terrence Malick’s Song to Song

Terrence Malick’s new film <i>Song to Song</i> is about two couples (Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender) who “chase success through a rock‘n’roll landscape of seduction and betrayal,” according to the film's description. It takes place in the Austin music scene and will …

Guitar Shopping With Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams bursts through the door of Rivington Guitars, the tiny East Village instrument shop where he’s asked me to meet him, and immediately …