Millard Kaufman's publicist demurs slightly when the 90-year-old's possible world record comes up. McSweeney's Books says Kaufman may be the oldest first-time novelist. Even if he isn't the first, publishing a book in your ninth decade is still quite an achievement.
In 2007 Dan Wilson received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year for writing the Dixie Chicks'
"Not Ready to Make Nice".
Maybe 2008 will bring Dan the same fortune for his debut solo CD "Free Life".
Vancouver indie-rock super group The New Pornographers formed in 1996, but didn't release their debut album, "Mass Romantic," until the fall of 2000. Not surprising, given everyone in the band was already involved with successful projects.
The New Mexico born, New York-based writer, vocalist, and guitarist Raul Midon released his debut album "State of Mind" in 2005. He combines his distinct voice, strumming beats, and a cappella sounds to create a one-man show.
Spoon formed in Austin Texas in 1994 and released their debut CD, Telephono in 1996. Their sound and style were immediately compared to Sonic Youth and Pixies. Spoon's latest project is Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, named after a melody from one of the album's songs "The Ghost of You Lingers."
From Kurt Vonnegut to candy to depression, Steve Almond talks about it all.
Named after Jack London's 1904 novel, L.A.'s Sea Wolf is a moniker for singer/songwriter Alex Brown Church's dark, folk-rock project. Formerly the bassist in the pop band Irving,Church plays with a full band including cello and marxophone.
The band's founding member Kevin Barnes made headlines earlier this year when he performed several songs nude during a Las Vegas performance. Their latest CD is called "Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer" and the band has embarked on another US tour to help promote it.
Being one of the few rock bands with a name you can act out in charades, the indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are known for their growing success by doing it themselves. Even with band members in both Philadelphia and Brooklyn, CYHSY have managed to record, produce, and distribute their albums on their own.
While Hot Hot Heat's new CD retains the melodies and witty wordplay fans have come to expect, it's been called one of the band's most adventurous and experimental albums yet.
The lead singer of Pedro the Lion is currently touring in support of his latest solo effort "Fewer Moving Parts." He talked about his other solo projects, touring with Vic Chestnut, and working while wearing pajamas.
"Weird Al" Yankovic's career has outlasted the careers of many the artists he has been parodying since the early '80s. He even had a top 10 single last year with "White and Nerdy."
Brooklyn-born Talib Kweli first got attention as part of Black Star, which he formed with his high-school buddy Mos Def. He's now known for crossing over to work with and sample pop artists such as Justin Timberlake and Ben Kweller.
Chris Osgood's legendary local punk group The Suicide Commandos plays the Minnesota State Fair Grand Stand this weekend. In 1974, when Osgood formed the band with Dave Ahl and Steve Almaas, who would have thought that they would ever play that most mainstream of Minnesota events, the State Fair?
Conrad Sverkerson, stage manager and long-standing icon of the First Avenue nightclub, received a Sound Unseen Festival Artist of Distinction at 2007's multimedia event.