by ANN POWERS • Someone once told Andy Warhol that he and his 1970s New York art pals invented punk. "No," he replied. "We just knew a few drag queens." Gender trouble has always been essential to rock and roll, and especially to punk and New Wave, music genres dedicated to tearing apart and restructuring fundamental ideas about identity and power.
“Icebreaker,” the first track from Buxton‘s forthcoming LP Half A Native, is a tongue-in-cheek romp about a guy who, when trying to pick up a woman, uses the cheesy pickup line “Let’s go to the back of my Studebaker.” (Not surprisingly, he gets turned down.) “Saw a girl I’d never seen/ she looked like the cover of a magazine like Vogue/ or Women’s Health/ I could tell she was educated/ readin’ a book about a hundred pages or more/ showin’ off,” frontman Sergio Trevino sings.
MusicRow checked in with critical favorite John Hiatt recently to discuss his enviable songwriting career. His twenty-second studio album, Terms Of My Surrender (New West Records), was released earlier this year. Recorded in East Nashville, it was Hiatt’s first time using his guitarist Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, Jack Ingram) as producer. Despite the change in the control room, Hiatt says the process didn’t change drastically. “We worked really well together, very natural and seamless,” he says.
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This spring, the Whigs released their latest album, Modern Creation, and with lauded producer Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty) at the helm, it's safe to argue this collection is some of their best work yet. Today, we're thrilled to premiere the video for the album's title track. Watch the clip above.
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