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A Coney Island of the Mind

A Coney Island of the Mind

A Coney Island of the Mind A Q&A with Neal Shulman Of Aztec Two-Step   By Geoff Gehman   Aztec Two-Step shows are mini-holidays, one-night vacations from the grind and the gristle. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman unwrap gifts they’ve been creating together for over 40 years. Fluid, flashy acoustic guitars. Branching, brotherly vocals. Topical, ... Read More
 
Deadicated

Deadicated

Deadicated A Q&A with Butchy Sochorow Of Splintered Sunlight   By Geoff Gehman   Butchy Sochorow was way too sick to show up at the show but he showed up anyway. There was no way in hell or heaven that the teen-aged musician would miss the final concert of his first tour with the Grateful ... Read More
 
Wizardly Warrior

Wizardly Warrior

Wizardly Warrior A Q&A with Shawn Phillips   By Geoff Gehman   Somewhere in amazon.comdom is someone who ranks Shawn Phillips’ 1970 LP “Second Contribution” among the all-time top pop albums, way up there with Cat Stevens’ “Tea for the Tillerman.” Somewhere in Canada is someone who whistled Phillips’ tunes to make planting trees more ... Read More
 
My Make-up Is My Makeup

My Make-up Is My Makeup

My Make-up Is My Makeup A Q&A with Janis Ian   By Geoff Gehman   Many thoughts glow in Janis Ian’s song “I’m Still Standing Here,” a radiant declaration of pride in a body that’s well-lined and well-used. The one thought that glows in the dark concerns bruises and scars so tactile, they can be ... Read More
 
Raise the Roof and the Soul

Raise the Roof and the Soul

Raise the Roof and the Soul A Q&A with Winifred Horan of Solas   By Geoff Gehman   For nearly 20 years Winifred Horan and Seamus Egan have run Solas as a global experience with an Irish tilt and a Gaelic lilt. The American-born children of Irish parents have used traditional idioms–reels, waltzes, keening ballads–to ... Read More
 
Love’s Rock-and-Rollercoaster

Love’s Rock-and-Rollercoaster

Love’s Rock-and-Rollercoaster A Q&A with Ward Hayden Of Girls Guns and Glory   By Geoff Gehman   Ward Hayden has lived, sung and written plenty of songs about love’s rock-and-rollercoaster His former muse was an eight-year relationship that ended badly and inspired therapeutic tunes like “Inverted Valentine.” His current muse is a four-year relationship going ... Read More
 
‘The Strange, Beautiful, Painful Parade’

‘The Strange, Beautiful, Painful Parade’

‘The Strange, Beautiful, Painful Parade’ A Q&A with Simone Felice   By Geoff Gehman   Simone Felice aims to write about, sing about and march in “the strange, beautiful, painful parade of being a human being on earth.” Over the last four years his parade has been a fish-tailing, cork-screwing, heart-warming odyssey. He received a ... Read More
 
Rollicking & Roaming & RubberBanding

Rollicking & Roaming & RubberBanding

Rollicking & Roaming & RubberBanding A Q&A with Ryan Shupe   By Geoff Gehman   Ryan Shupe surfs a different wavelength. He’s a snowboarding, singing, song-writing, fifth-generation fiddler with a shaved head and a seriously sly sense of humor. For 18 years he’s been fronting the RubberBand, an elastic quartet that specializes in a hemi-powered ... Read More