INTERVIEW: Brett Harris (Solo Artist / Big Star's "Third")

INTERVIEW: Brett Harris (Solo Artist / Big Star's "Third")

Since his 2010 debut Man of Few Words, Durham, North Carolina based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brett Harris has been garnering accolades everywhere he goes. Part of the reason for that is that besides his own work and time on the road as a member of the dB’s, he has been a core member of the Big Star’s Third touring company since its inception. Part tribute, part exploration, and all rock n’ roll, the Big Star’s Third tour has brought together some of the world’s best musicians to bring to the masses some of the greatest pop/rock music ever made.

This Saturday Brett, along with his friends Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Pat Sansone (Wilco), Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Chris Stamey (The dB's), Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, Lesa Aldridge and more are bringing the magic of Third to DC at the legendary 9:30 Club. We caught up with him in advance of the show to ask him a few questions about the tour, the music of Big Star, and what effect it’s had on his own songs.


Episode 76: David Schlank (CD Cellar)

Episode 76: David Schlank (CD Cellar)

This week Kevin and Adam take a road trip…to Clarendon, VA. In our latest podcast we sit down with David Schlank, proprietor of CD Cellar - one of the few record stores left standing in the DC area - to talk about out how they have weathered the digital storm, what he sees as the future of retail music and much, much more. Live from the record store, it’s ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast Episode #76! 


Episode 75: Ben Tufts and Friends (Craig Tufts Memorial Fundraiser)

Episode 75: Ben Tufts and Friends (Craig Tufts Memorial Fundraiser)

 On Saturday, August 16th, Vienna’s famed Jammin’ Java will host the Fourth Annual Ben Tufts and Friends fundraiser for the Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund. With a promised SEVEN HOURS of music from the best of the regional scene and more, it’s sure to be one of the most memorable events of the year. With his brother Dan and friends, Derek Evry, Ryan Walker, Jasmine Gillison, and Aaron Mason in tow, Ben stopped by the basement yet again to talk in depth about the Craig Tufts Memorial Fund, share stories of how he and his friends met, the music they’ve created together over the years, and much, much more.  


Episode 74: The Rosebuds / Eric Johnson

Episode 74: The Rosebuds / Eric Johnson

In our latest podcast, pop mastermind’s is the name, new music is the game as we talk out Sand + Silence, the latest release from indie-pop icons The Rosebuds, and EDJ, the first post-Fruit Bats material from the consistently prodigious Eric Johnson.

PLUS!! Did Coolio really sign a record deal with a PORN site? Could PORN be the way forward for the music biz? Is Paul Really a “Cooliologist”?

And last, but certainly not least, the van runs out of gas as we say [a temporary] goodbye to Andre, as he heads off into the great unknown – otherwise known as Turkey – to experience new adventures, oil wrestling, and most assuredly lots and LOTS of music


Episode 73: Mother Falcon

Episode 73: Mother Falcon

Since 2008, the Austin, Texas collective known as MOTHER FALCON have been making rock, quite literally, the old fashioned way. With instrumentation that you’re more likely to see in a symphony orchestra or jazz quartet, the [currently] seventeen piece group turns out soaring, triumphant songs that challenge the notion of what “pop” can be as much as they fit comfortably into that tradition.

Recently the band staged a run of East coast shows and, several of the members stopped by the basement to talk about the history of the band, the challenges of touring with a small army of musicians, and the ambitious Summer Camp program launched in 2011 that teaches younger musicians the ins and outs of songwriting, arranging, and pretty much everything else you would want to know on how to “make it” in a band.


Ex Hex @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 7/24/14

Ex Hex @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 7/24/14

When we last caught up with DC’s Ex Hex back in April, they were just about to launch their first official tour, then head down South to record their debut album Rips, due out October 7th on Merge Records. Armed with largely untested material, the trio was visibly excited by their immediate future.

And they were right to be. Last Thursday’s show at the Rock & Roll Hotel showed the Ex Hex is anything but untested, but rather a tight, feisty, and amazingly FUN rock and roll machine. With a sound that pulls in equal parts from the Ramones, the poppier end of the riot grrrl sound, and the guitar driven stadium rock of the 70’s, it’s clear that the band hasn’t just tightened up, they’ve learned how to utterly and completely…ahem…rip.