Past SomaFM Interviews and Festival Reports

Archive of Interviews and Special Programs

Audio interviews from our podcast series are now available, and you can play them in the player above or subscribe to SomaFM Podcasts and have them delivered automatically to your podcast player.

Mission Control Space Shuttle Launches

STS-133 LaunchThe Launch of Discovery: SomaFM's Rusty Hodge gives a behind-the-scenes look at the launch of Space Shuttle mission STS-133 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. You heard it live on SomaFM's Mission Control, now see what it was like behind the scenes. Includes 10 minute audio program. 25-Feb-2010

The Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-132: A photo and video collection shot by the SomaFM team. 19-May-2010

The Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery STS-132:

Up and Coming Artists

Ryan and Josh of Starfucker tell us about the origins and drawbacks of their unique name. 25-Jun-09

Meghan learns how the band Weinland unwittingly became poster children for Beard Rock. 11-Jun-09

Noisepop 2009

Ross and Brian from The Broken West answer Meghan's questions on doing covers of Tegan & Sara, touring during a recesion, and listening to too much Grateful Dead. (Audio plus Transcript)

Dizzy Balloon talks about how they've been writing songs since middle-school and their fascination with the dictionary. (Audio plus Transcript)

We break the news to Maus Haus that they are indie radio darlings. (Audio plus Transcript)

Scissors for Lefty: The guys from Scissors for Lefty tell us about the ups and downs of being an unsigned band. (Audio plus Transcript)

Sugar & Gold: Phil and Nick from Sugar and Gold tell us about their track Neighborhood.

Here Here: We spoke with every single member (there are 7) of Here Here.

Picture Atlantic: Nick and Rico from Picture Atlantic tell us about the time they opened for Coldplay.

Iceland Airwaves 2008

Iceland Airwaves 2008 Updates (Last updated Sunday, 1-Feb-09 09:34:27 PM (PST)

SomaFM's guide to cost-effective eating and drinking during Iceland Airwaves

Treasure Island Music Festival, September 2008

When Travis first met the rest of Okkervil River, he hated them. Then he got over it.

Loquat on SomaFM Loquat tells us about their new album and their adventures in New Mexico.

Psychedelic-folk band Dr. Dog has seen a lot of backsides on the road.

Meghan talks with Foals about the oblivion of touring and getting to play to so many different people.

Rusty Hodge interviews Amon Tobin Rusty talks to Amon Tobin about how he got started manipulating sounds and where he's going with his music. Audio (18 minutes) plus transcript and photos.

John Vanderslice tells us about meeting Stephen Malkmus, sloppy hi-fi and his favorite TV shows.

Meric and Logan from The Dodos and their newest member Joe, talk about bad attitudes, marriage, playing in Montana and taking naps for being bad.

Reporting from the Punkt Festival, Kristiansand, Norway 2008

Nitya with Eivind Aarset Nitya has arrived in Kristiansandfor Punkt 2008, and gives us an overview: Punkt's uniqueness stems from it's live remix concept, and what we can expect.

Day Two: Punkt Opens with a talk by Jon Hassell and Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings, and performances by Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Gavin Bryars, J. Peter Schwalm, Sophie Clements, Eivind Aarset, Tim Harries, Rune Arnesen

Day Three: Nitya turns it over to the Sir Dhahi, known as "The Jazzlander" as they detail the third day of Punkt.

Interviews from the Download Festival (San Francisco) 2008

Yeasayer tell us about their hectic touring schedule and how to be creative on the road, and how they're not from Portland or Seattle.

Blitzen Trapper spots the ghost of Bill Graham's beard at Shoreline Amphitheater.

Louis XIV De Novo Dahl tell us how they met, where they got their name and that everyone should dance.

Natalie Portman's Shaved Head discuss their roots in Seattle, one starlets ill-advised brush with baldness and their facial hair aspirations.

Datarock Datarock - Rock steady Freddy and Ket-ill 2 talk about their influences, traveling plus the secret ingredients of their music.

The Duke Spirit talks with us about recording their album "Neptune" in Joshua Tree in the middle of the California desert.

Louis XIV Louis XIV - Jason Hill and Brian Karscig didn't intend to start a band. They just wanted to go to Paris and record in a basement...

Parlor Mob talks about recording in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, and how they saw Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight almost attack a motorist at a gas station.

Iceland Airwaves 2007

In Reykjavik, we pick up our festival passes and get to know the town a little bit.

It's Wednesday night and Airwaves 2007 begins! We go to a opening pre-party and later check out different bands playing at NASA, one of the best venues in Reykjavik.

A short photo retrospective of our time at Iceland Airwaves 2007.


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