TheVine story: ‘Top 10 of 2011 – Hip-Hop Rhymes Of The Year’, December 2011

Contributed as part of TheVine‘s round-up of the best moments in music of 2011. Each writer for the site was asked to come up with a list of anything related to popular music to celebrate the end of 2011. I chose hip-hop rhymes. Excerpt below. I’ll be honest: this list could have been a hundred […]

TheVine interview: Matt Sorum, Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver, December 2011

I interview Velvet Revolver and former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum for TheVine. He has some interesting things to say about the prospect of a GnR reunion for the band’s acceptance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Excerpt below. When Matt Sorum sat for the first time on the drum riser behind The […]

TheVine interview: Justice: “All we know is what we do.” November 2011

I interview French electronic duo Justice for TheVine. Excerpt below. It doesn’t feel like Justice have been away for four years. And perhaps that’s because they haven’t, in a manner of speaking. After the release oftheir earth-shaking 2007 debut, †, Frenchmen Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé toured almost continually for eighteen months, compiling a live […]

TheVine interview: Anna Calvi: “I try and look people in the eye.” November 2011

I interview Anna Calvi for TheVine. Excerpt below. The daughter of an English mother and music-obsessed Italian father, London-based singer/songwriter Anna Calvi was exposed to a variety of influences from an early age. But if you pay close attention, there’s plenty of references surrounding her self-titled debut of this year: the nimble Delta blues of Robert Johnson, […]