Oct 15, 2009 Web Exclusive

Matt Kindt is a St. Louis-based, Harvey Award-winning designer and comic book writer/artist. The eclectic, compelling style of his body of work is increasingly earning him notice. He's perhaps best known for Super Spy, "52 interwoven short stories about cyanide, pen-guns, heartbreak and betrayal." His version of Marvel Comics' Black Widow is soon to appear in that publisher's Strange Tales series, which showcases short stories from so-called indie artists dipping their hands into the superhero world. More

Oct 13, 2009 Web Exclusive

"Someone going on about how amazing their life is, that's pretty depressing to me. But a song about death, yeah, that really lifts my spirits," laughs Twilight Sad frontman James Graham. And if, like Graham, down for you is up (to borrow from the parlance of Lou Reed), you'll find solace in his act's newest LP, Forget the Night Ahead. More

Oct 12, 2009 Web Exclusive

Lou Barlow may be the unluckiest man in indie rock history. Having been kicked out of Dinosaur Jr. in the late '80s, Barlow saw success with Sebadoh, only to have his musical partner, Eric Gaffney, quit (they only recently reunited for a 2007 tour). Then, to continue the trend, Barlow's post-Sebadoh collaboration with John Davis, The Folk Implosion, tanked when Davis abruptly left on the release of the band's 1999 major label debut. More

Oct 09, 2009 Web Exclusive

Three weeks prior to the release of her new film Peter and Vandy, lead actress Jess Weixler followed through on two major decisions. First, she moved to Los Angeles after living in New York for more than a decade. Second, she bought a car. "I've never had a car, ever," Weixler says with a laugh. "It makes me feel so adult." More

Oct 09, 2009 Web Exclusive

It has been only slightly over a year since Noah and the Whale released its debut album, but the London-based band has come a long way in that time. While 2008's Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down was a collection of songs inspired by love and loss, fueled by the jumpy single "5 Years Time," the band's new album, The First Days of Spring, is a more epic affair. More

Oct 07, 2009 Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

"You go into a supermarket and your face is on a cake and underpants. And all that's very odd. It's not what you imagine when you go to drama school, that you'll be commemorated in plastic and icing, and cotton." Scottish actor David Tennant is very famous in the United Kingdom. Despite his appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Tennant is not that well known in America, although has spent the last four years starring in the British television institution Doctor Who, which was recently honored by the Guinness Book of World Records as "The Most Successful Sci-Fi Television Show." We spoke to Tennant about his reasons for leaving Doctor Who, his childhood experiences with the show, his thoughts on his tenure as The Doctor, which bands he's into, and his future plans. More

Oct 05, 2009 Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

When I was 10 years old I was granted membership with The James Bond Club. I had replied to an ad, using my mom's name (the ad specifically requested that applicants under 18 provide their parent's signatureI must have considered it was less of an offense to pretend to be my mother). More

Oct 02, 2009 Web Exclusive

Michigan native Shannon Eagen has never auditioned in Los Angeles or New York for films, plays or TV shows, yet the young actress, who appears as a beauty pageant contestant in Whip It, has shared scenes with Academy Award nominees Sigourney Weaver, Ellen Page and (winner) Marcia Gay Harden without having to leave her home state. More

Oct 01, 2009 Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

It's one of the most ill-used words in the rock and roll lexicon, but 20 years ago, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne brought new meaning to the word "supergroup" when they formed The Traveling Wilburys. More