Jóhann Jóhannsson was a Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated composer renowned for his solo work and compositions for films The Theory of Everything, Sicario, and Arrival. Back in April 2017, he sat down with KALX’s own DJ Velvet Einstein to discuss his album Orphée, Ovid’s Metamorpheses, Cold War-era archival sounds, and how the IBM 1401 computer found its way into his work.
Indie rock band Snail Mail returned to San Francisco for a sold out performance on January 24th. To mitigate your FOMO, check out Chandler’s show review!
Charlotte Lawrence, 18, was born and raised in Los Angeles and has always had an incredible passion for music. Now with over 115 million streams on Spotify, Charlotte is a certified popstar that brings a dark edge, lyrical authenticity, and beautiful vocals to each song she writes. On December 3rd 2018, Charlotte stopped by the KALX studio for a conversation before her show in Berkeley that night.
On October 10th, 2019, KALX’s own Pencil Sharpener met up with the members of Boogarins, a psych rock band from Brazil, on the rainy but spirited first night of the Desert Daze Music Festival, held in Joshua Tree CA. Their conversation grazed on where tropicalia is today, the insanity of the Brazilian political landscape and the realities of touring full-time.
Earlier this Spring, Velvet Einstein interviewed Meg Remy from U.S. Girls during her tour stop in San Francisco. Together they discussed Remy’s evolution of her creative process, the influence of Springsteen on her work, as well as a theory for plastic surgery resulting from fear of death.
The Pencil Sharpener spoke with a possibly maybe majorly gifted guitarist heretofore known as Yonatan Gat on the shores of Lake Perris on a stormy Friday during the Desert Daze festival in October of 2018. This is what they talked about:
On December 17th, 2018 KALX volunteer Stormy Phoenix saw Tenacious D at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Read her take on the eccentric performance the group put on.
An excited buzz lingered in the air as a large and bustling crowd waited for Oakland native Jay Som, aka Melina Duterte, and Los Angeles based musician Justus Proffit to take the stage for a sold out show at the Starline Social Club in Oakland on November 30th, 2018. This was the first stop on Duterte and Proffit’s tour together to promote their new collaborative five-track EP titled Nothing’s Changed.
KALX volunteer Elie Katzenson had the opportunity to interview East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (EBABZ) organizers Maira McDermott and June Hong on Method to the Madness before the event took place. Get the scoop on their discussion of the importance of zines and zine-making, inclusive art events, and the ins and outs of organizing the festival.