Over a decade ago, Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre was in the middle of recording "Commit This to Memory" — and in the middle of a battle with addiction. Needless to say, the influence on both was reflexive, but Justin didn't realize how true that was until celebrating the album's 10th anniversary.
Ethan Hawke has lost friends and loved ones to addiction. That fact gave him a visceral connection to the role of jazz legend Chet Baker in the film "Born to Be Blue." We talk about that, dealing with anxiety, and the transcendence of inhabiting a character.
John Waters didn't come by the nickname "the pope of trash" accidentally. His work — and his life, from a very early age — made it something of an inevitability. Which is just downright delightful.
Ian MacKaye might be known as the godfather of DIY punk after forming Discord Records while playing in Fugazi and Minor Threat, but his musical palate is much more diverse.
Hey, who invented rock and roll? Easy question, right? According to bluegrass legend Del McCoury, it's not who you think. We'll discuss that and his musical history in general. Jenny Lewis also talks about how revisiting her album "Rabbit Fur Coat" has given her new insight into the past.
Del McCoury isn't just a bluegrass legend. He got his start thanks to THE bluegrass legend, Bill Monroe. In this interview, McCoury talks about Monroe's formative role in not just bluegrass, but all popular music of the 20th century.