Below is a collection of interviews with special guests from previous radio shows or at the gigs themselves. Click on the link on top of each paragraph to hear to the interview, and feel free to listen to a selection of their songs with the playlist on the left.
Band leader Chris Vos has sage advice for up and coming musicians, talks about their music of course, and about what opening for Bob Seger means to him.
Dave Newington is Boy Azooga and his band has garnered a ton of critical acclaim in their UK home territory. We chatted at The Echo prior to the band's LA debut. They return to the US in March for SXSW and for other tour stops.
Micky came to LA to open for The Struts and to do some promotion. His "Give It to Me Straight" debut single is killer.
Interview with lead singer Jake Smallwood after their smashing set in front of a packed room at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton.
Upbeat chat with this down to earth Stroke prior to his smokin' set at SXSW.
Before their hometown set in Melbourne as part of the Laneway Festival and now known as one of the hottest new bands of 2018.
This rising Liverpool due played to a smiling capacity crowd at The Great Escape and we hung out afterwards.
London band's "retro electro" just hit US shores with successful sets at Bonnaroo and in major cites including LA, San Francisco and New York. Their live show can rock pretty hard.
This quickly-rising LA band blends 50's and 60's girl groups with a more modern punk sound and some heavy social activism.
Chat with leader Dylan Baldi about their slightly different sound this time around, his passion for his native Cleveland, and more prior to their blistering Teragram Ballroom show.
This high-energy Manchester band has been gaining fans especially at home in the UK and were the first artists to be played on Apple's Beats 1 station when it went on the air.
Shortly after SXSW, this fave new 2016 band of mine headlined at The Echo in LA. We sat down to chat a few hours before they killed it live.
Fresh off his best career year, Ezra and I sat down to discuss his career progress, his open lifestyle, and of course the music itself.
A chat with Music Director, Mikey Wells, about their album containing songs written by all stars, such as Death Cab, Flaming Lips, Bon Iver, New Pornographers, Tegan and Sara, and Ben Lee.
Before his successful L.A. show we chatted about his music, his writing process, his advice to UK bands for US success, how Iron Maiden were more punk than punk, and much more.
These guys perfectly blend modern sounds with retro, and their music is produced by Shel Talmy who produced early Kinks and The Who. This was recorded after a Hollywood showcase that they nailed.
This UK band is touring the world with their wicked guitar hooks and high energy. Hopefully they'll hit American shores soon. Here's our full chat that took place at The Great Escape in Brighton, UK the day following their blistering showcase.
Tastemakers around the world are talking about this Manchester band. Here's our full chat that took place at The Great Escape in Brighton, UK.
Second chat with Van of the band. So much has happened for them in the UK and US since we first met in October.
SXSW chat with the band ahead of a week that made them one of the most buzzed-about bands this year.
Bruce Rave was the band's first US A&R exec back in the 80's. He and lead singer Steve talked about old times and new. Neither was happy about the band's tenure on Capitol, and they speak candidly about it.
Follow-up chat with lead singer Murph before their two intimate LA shows. We covered the surprise of 'Jump Into the Fog's" success, their new music, staying healthy on the road, more.
An energetic hang with band leader Van McCann before their LA debut at The Echo. This band is extremely well-positioned for 2015.
A hang with Tom and Serge in their hotel the day before the band's killer Jimmy Kimmel performance.
This rising London band hit the US for two shows each in New York and Los Angeles We covered their music, time in studio with producer Bernard Butler, more.
A live highlight at The Great Escape in the UK, brothers Mike and Daves Champion chat about about how they came together
Another live highlight at The Great Escape in the UK, East India Youth (Will Doyle) chats about his music, his growing UK buzz, and how things have changed as he's evolved from indie rock to melodic elecronic. He went on to become a 2014 Mercury Prize finalist.
Fresh off of an amazing time at Coachella, Temples dropped by the WSUM-FM studios for our chat on the day of their gig at the High Noon Saloon in Madison.
Also off of an amazing time at Coachella, Drowners talk about their music and their lives while hanging at The Rainbow in LA, prior to their jumping on The Roxy stage next door.
The Crookes during their first LA visit, chatting about their new music, how they pick people to work with, the challenge of coming from the same town as Arctic Monkeys, much more.
Hanging with The Orwells prior to their Troubadour show, covering their Letterman appearance, upcoming album, touring with Arctic Monkeys and FIDLAR, etc.
Band leader Nick Thorburn on their "Ski Mask" album, the rockumentary featuring actors Michael Cera and Bill Hader, and an inspiring band trip to Africa.
Ten months following their US debut at SXSW, Toy made it to LA for their steller show at The Echo. Lead singer Tom and guitar player Dom bring us up to date.
We met up at The Great Escape where they played Saturday night. This 20 minute in-depth chat covered their music, recording at the legendary Sound City in LA, the fickle British press as they follow-up their Top 10 debut, and much more.
These Irish guys are in their mid-teens and have been taking the UK by storm with their intense r&b blend of early Stones and The Yardbirds. We chatted at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, UK.
This was a 31-minute video of our recording studio interview and live music session with the band.
Steffen and Soren in the alley behind their SXSW venue, about their fine new album and also their iPad commercial tune.
Chilled with Mark and Ryan before their sold-out Troubadour gig.
Lead singer Jordi tells the story behind their "Awkward" hit and other topics prior to their first heading gig in LA at The Echo.
Hung out with Kianna and Jamie after soundcheck prior to the band's festive Troubadour show.
Chatted with lead singer Tom Burke before their first-ever US show, which took place at the El Rey in LA.
Fun hang with these cool Swedish girls at Culture Collide in LA. Their "I Love It" song is ace.
One of my fave 2012 albums was by Howler. We hung out with leader Jordan Gatesmith before they nailed their set at The Echo in LA.
These San Antonio girls made a great album and are quite the live band as well. We hang out behind The Echoplex prior to their show.
The uber cool Ida and her guitar player Stefan came in to chat and play during my Friday afternoon show after she killed it at The Roxy the night before. You can view the interview in two parts by clicking on the link above.
A band to keep an eye on moving forward, these guys were discovered and partially produced by Albert Hammond, Jr. of the Strokes. We had a quick chat at The Echo just before their soundcheck.
Great pre-show chat with lead singer "Murph". Their New York show the prior night turned out to be their best US gig to date, and their Troubadour show turned out to be just about on the same level.
Their album has just debuted top 5 in the UK. Mike from B3Sci and I hung with them following one of their many SXSW gigs. Lots of times we must break the ice with bands but this conversation turned to penis donation just as I was about to hit the record button. You guessed it: there was no ice to break with these guys.
These guys are mostly finished with their third album, due this fall.. They've won major awards in the UK and have a bright future. . Mike from B3Sci and I chatted with them just prior to their final gig in Austin.
Chapel Club had just arrived in Austin. Mike from B3Sci and I chilled with them just prior to their opening gig soundcheck/
The Drawn From Bees dudes delievred some of the most beautiful harmonies in recent memory, and then we got to hang.
These Australian art rockers Drawn From Bees get lots of radio play back home and dropped into LA to play the legendary Whiskey. The guys stopped by the Rave-Pad on their way to the airport. We hung out and also recorded a chat. Here's the video version.
Here's the full Drawn From Bees LA interview.
Philadelphia Grand Jury ("PhillyJays") won the Australian equivalent of of a 2009 Grammy for Independent Single of the Year. They recently moved to London and stopped in LA on the way.
The Drums from Brooklyn appeared at SXSW in March and we sat down to chat in their hotel lobby. Very energetic live, they're actually quite low-key. Their album hit the UK charts at #16 and they're now out to conquer the rest of the world.
The Constellations from Atlanta were about to play outside on a 41-degree SXSW afternoon. There were no quiet inside spots within blocks so four of us huddled in a doorway.
Shiny Toy Guns were about to play a New Year’s Eve gig before 3,000+, and we caught up late that afternoon following their soundcheck.
Matt & Kim detoured on an open date between Chicago and Toronto to hit SXSW in Austin two months after "Grand" came out. That night's gig attracted one of the most enthusiastic SXSW crowds I've ever seen.
Late Of the Pier hit SXSW at the beginning of their first US tour. Singer Sam had just attacked a security guy twice his size, in mid-set. He wasn't quite up to talking afterwards, but keyboard player Potter was very cool to hang with.
Ezra Furman called into one of Bruce's radio "Rave-A-Thons" as his last album was becoming a critical success.
The Rumble Strips played a show in Madison, Wisconsin and this hang with leader Charlie took place in the famed Rathskeller following the show.
The Redwalls' Justin Baren called into a "Rave-A-Thon". A very promising band that hasn't been heard from in awhile.
Switches' "Lay Down the Law" was a fave album of last decade that deserved far more success. Leader Matt Bishop called into a Rave-A-Thon.
Skybombers' High Gurney called into a Rave-A-Thon from Melbourne as their fine debut album was being released in the US.
The late lead singer Doug Fieger of The Knack called in to a Rave-A-Thon in 2007.
Chris Carter, host of the "Breakfast With the Beatles" show on KLOS and Little Steven's Underground Garage channel on SiriusXM, hung out well into the night and we did a new music show together back in 2006. Chris hosted one of the best weekly new music programs I've ever heard, a decade ago on the old Y-107 in LA.