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LSQ

50 EpisodesProduced by Jenny EliscuWebsite

Conversations about music, with people who love music. Interviews focus on key moments of discovery, and the songs/artists that have soundtracked the guest's life. Hosted by journalist and radio presenter Jenny Eliscu (@jennylsq), these are laid-back but in-depth discussions, with music-makers and m… read more

50 Episodes | 2017 - 2020

Michelle Branch

September 18th, 2020

59:35

A revealing deep-dive with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Michelle Branch about her life in music — from her childhood obsession with the Beatles and Frankie Valli to early songwriting explorations inspired by artists …

Justin Tranter

August 31st, 2020

36:32

Chances are you already love Justin Tranter’s songs, even if you’ve never heard their name before. During the past several years , Justin has written massive pop songs by artists including Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, …

M. Ward // Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck

August 10th, 2020

26:35

Singer-songwriter M. Ward talks about his gorgeous new album, Migration Stories, and discusses how early influences from The Beatles and Bach to  Firehose and Sonic Youth fueled his interest in complex chords and …

Dashboard Confessional - Chris Carrabba

July 10th, 2020

27:14

A candid conversation with Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba about songwriting, skateboarding, the cathartic power of singing (and singing along), and how he overcame a profound moment of self-doubt in his career. …

Empress Of - Lorely Rodriguez

June 22nd, 2020

23:24

The singer, songwriter and producer behind the moniker Empress Of, Lorely Rodriguez connects with Jenny for a conversation about her new album, I’m Your Empress Of, and the journey that led her there: hearing the …

Tim Heidecker

May 22nd, 2020

48:32

Chances are you’re already aware of the genius of Tim Heidecker as a comedian, actor, writer and director. But if you haven’t been paying close attention to his career the past decade, you might have missed that he has …

tUnE-yArDs - Merrill Garbus

May 6th, 2020

52:30

tUnE-yArDs co-founder Merrill Garbus chats with Jenny about her life in music, discussing early musical influences (Ani DiFranco, Johnny Clegg, Ali Farka Touré, to name a few), how her focus shifted from theater and …

Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

April 6th, 2020

35:26

Whether as a singer-songwriter, bandleader, film score composer, app developer or whatever other project he’s taken on, Alex Ebert has always used his various powers to connect with a larger community, and to highlight …

Grouplove's Hannah Hooper

March 17th, 2020

28:57

Hannah Hooper went through a lot in the months leading up to making Grouplove's new LP, Healer: emergency brain surgery, the death of a close friend, recording an album down the road from one of the most notorious …

Tim Kasher (Cursive, The Good Life)

March 4th, 2020

45:52

“It was this really healthy competition where every time one of us did a record, everyone else would go, ‘holy shit, is that what we’re doing now? So …

Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan // Archive clip: Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino

February 10th, 2020

42:43

Natasha Khan, the U.K.-born artist who records under the moniker Bat for Lashes, talks about major musical moments in her life (the Michael Jackson concert her mom took her to, the feeling of laying on her patio in a …

Hop Along's Frances Quinlan // Archive clip: Lana Del Rey

January 24th, 2020

34:41

A conversation with Frances Quinlan, frontwoman for indie rock band Hop Along, exploring early influences -- from Michael Jackson and Ani DiFranco to Bright Eyes and Neutral Milk Hotel -- as well as her thoughts on her …

Hamilton Leithauser

January 7th, 2020

36:43

An in-depth interview with singer-songwriter Hamilton Leithauser (erstwhile frontman for The Walkmen), where he shares the first details about his …

Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew

November 22nd, 2019

39:14

“The problem with good versus evil: Evil has a better publicist,” says Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, describing the difficulty of cutting through …

Caroline Polachek // Archive clip: Scott Weiland

October 30th, 2019

1:02:57

Caroline Polachek, previously known for her work in Chairlift, discusses her intoxicating new solo album, Pang, and key moments in her creative …

Devendra Banhart // David Cross

October 18th, 2019

1:20:02

Singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart talks about his earliest creative experiences, growing up in Venezuela and Southern California, falling in love with music by artists as varied as Caetano Veloso, Nusrat Fateh Ali …

Stephen Malkmus // Archive clip: Angel Olsen

September 26th, 2019

46:36

Indie rock legend Stephen Malkmus chats with LSQ about early influences (Devo, Sex Pistols, Stones), how his songwriting has changed since the …

Laura Jane Grace

September 12th, 2019

44:54

Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace reflects on the music that inspired her as a kid, how her songwriting practice has evolved, and what she's learned …

Adam Green // Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema

August 28th, 2019

1:14:23

On the eve of releasing a fantastic new album, Engines of Paradise, Adam Green (formerly of The Moldy Peaches) joins Jenny for a lively dissection of …

Interpol's Paul Banks // Colin Hanks

August 14th, 2019

54:22

A wide-ranging conversation with Interpol’s Paul Banks about his childhood musical influences (Nirvana, Bruce, the song “Tears of a Clown,” and …

The Drums' Jonny Pierce // Archive clip: The Raconteurs

July 25th, 2019

52:55

A fascinating deep-dive with The Drums' Jonny Pierce about how his songwriting journey was shaped by his strict religious upbringing (including being subjected to conversion therapy by his parents), and how he's …

Superchunk/Merge Records' Mac McCaughan + Laura Ballance // Ex Hex's Mary Timony

July 4th, 2019

1:08:46

As the legendary indie label Merge Records prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary later in Chapel Hill, its founders — Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan …

Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds // Busy Philipps

June 12th, 2019

1:10:01

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds discusses his creative journey, examining influences ranging from Harry Nilsson and ska music to spiritual …

Perfume Genius's Mike Hadreas // Archive clip: Cat Power's Chan Marshall

May 23rd, 2019

41:12

Singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas, who releases his intensely captivating music under the name Perfume Genius, talks about early creative influences including the Edward Scissorhands soundtrack, Liz Phair’s Whip Smart, a …

Kevin Morby

May 3rd, 2019

1:10:13

Singer-songwriter Kevin Morby discusses some of the defining influences on his music, including musical heroes such as Bob Dylan and Mountain Goats, as well as the bigger life stuff: the midwestern cities he moved …

Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry // Archive clip: PJ Harvey

April 12th, 2019

43:23

The magnetic and sharp-witted Lauren Mayberry joins Jenny in Los Angeles for a chat about her creative journey, from growing up in Scotland idolizing …

Twin Shadow's George Lewis, Jr. // Archive clip: Nick Jonas

March 21st, 2019

52:20

Twin Shadow's George Lewis Jr. delves into the evolution of his sound, from the time he was a little kid emulating Boyz II Men, through his early …

Bob Mould // Archive clip: Mavis Staples

February 28th, 2019

45:41

Indie rock icon Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar) discusses his creative journey -- a childhood obsessing over jukebox 45s he got from his dad, his …

Kurt Vile // Archive clip: Weezer's Rivers Cuomo

February 7th, 2019

41:09

Don't even get me started on how much I love Kurt Vile's music, and his entire presence as a dude. In this episode, hear the singer-songwriter …

Sharon Van Etten // Archive clip: Gwen Stefani

January 17th, 2019

47:59

Proving herself a master multitasker, singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten made a brilliant new album in the midst of going back to college, starting a …

Eleanor Friedberger // Archive clip: Amy Winehouse

November 29th, 2018

43:42

Singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger (formerly of Fiery Furnaces) joins Jenny for a discussion of the creative influences that shaped her early songwriting endeavors; how a long trip to Greece inspired her fantastic …

Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth

November 8th, 2018

48:07

Few artists of David Longstreth's generation have pushed back as persistently at the boundaries of their own sound, never settling for something easily categorizable. But does that make Dirty Projectors' music …

Leon Bridges // Archive clip: Jack White

October 24th, 2018

36:59

One of modern R&B's most intriguing new artists, singer-songwriter Leon Bridges discusses how his childhood love of dance evolved into the look …

Conor Oberst, Part Two

October 4th, 2018

32:22

In Part Two of the interview, hear about Conor Oberst's lyric- and songwriting process, how he felt about those Bob Dylan comparisons he used to get, …

Conor Oberst, Part One

September 27th, 2018

42:22

Part One explores Conor Oberst's earliest influences, as a kid growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, tagging along with his brothers to all-ages shows and learning music history at his local record store. He also discusses …

Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield // Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis

September 6th, 2018

48:00

Interviews with two exceptional young singer-songwriters: Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis. Both artists discuss early musical influences, including, for Katie, the impact being an …

Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard

August 16th, 2018

46:10

Benjamin Gibbard, leader of indie rock icons Death Cab for Cutie, discusses key moments in his musical journey, from teen years spent taking the ferry to Seattle to see all-ages shows, to making Death Cab's excellent …

Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino // Archive clip: Christina Aguilera

July 26th, 2018

46:22

A lively chat with Bethany Cosentino, leader of Los Angeles indie rock duo Best Coast, about her creative journey and how missing home helped her discover her voice as a songwriter. Plus, from the LSQ archive, an …

Rostam // Archive clip: Beck

July 9th, 2018

54:20

An exceptional multi-talent, the singer, songwriter, producer, & composer Rostam joins Jenny for a wide-ranging conversation examining his …

Five from the Archive: Beyoncé, Tegan & Sara, Lars Ulrich & more

June 29th, 2018

38:27

Recapping the archival interview clips from the first five LSQ pods, episode 11 features vintage audio from Jenny's interviews with Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Tegan & Sara, Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Paramore's Hayley …

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor // Archive clip: Dave Matthews

June 14th, 2018

1:03:59

Alexis Taylor -- singer, songwriter, guitarist & keyboard player for U.K. electronic outfit Hot Chip -- discusses his early musical influences, from the Farfisa at his grandmother's house to the local record store …

Danielle Haim // Archive clip: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

May 23rd, 2018

38:09

Jenny visits Haim's middle sister and musical leader, Danielle Haim, at home in Los Angeles, for a conversation exploring the singer, songwriter and guitarist's creative journey -- from playing at a clown museum in the …

The Kills' Alison Mosshart // Archive clip: Kanye West

May 3rd, 2018

51:50

Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather) discusses her evolution as a songwriter and artist, her early experiences on the road in the punk band …

Jack Antonoff // Archive clip: Rage Against The Machine's Zack de la Rocha

April 12th, 2018

54:43

Grammy-winning songwriter, artist and producer Jack Antonoff (Bleachers, Fun., Steel Train) joins Jenny for a lively discussion of his NJ punk rock …

Angel Olsen // Archive clip: Avril Lavigne

March 22nd, 2018

55:07

Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen describes her musical evolution (spoiler: her first band played ska punk) and discuss why it was important to her to …

Jonathan Wilson // Porches' Aaron Maine // Archive clip: Paramore's Hayley Williams

March 1st, 2018

58:40

Jenny talks to two of her favorite up-and-coming singer-songwriters: Aaron Maine of the beat-driven indie-rock band Porches, and musical jack-of-all-trades Jonathan Wilson, a singer-songwriter, producer, guitar-maker …

Tegan & Sara

February 8th, 2018

1:24:17

A pair of conversations with the hilarious, neurotic Quin sisters, featuring Tegan and Sara's reflections on their songwriting process, their personal and creative goals for 2018, and the work they plan to do with their …

Spoon's Britt Daniel // Archive clip: Metallica's Lars Ulrich

January 15th, 2018

42:06

The impossibly cool Britt Daniel, frontman for indie giants Spoon, tells Jenny about a time in 1999 when he almost broke up the band, as well as …

The National's Aaron Dessner // Archive clip: Missy Elliott

December 4th, 2017

52:05

Producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Dessner discusses The National's Grammy-winning 2017 album, Sleep Well Beast, and talks about …

Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath // Archive clip: Beyoncé

November 6th, 2017

53:44

Amelia Meath, singer for Durham, NC electronic duo Sylvan Esso describes a creative life that began with learning contortion at age 16. Also, from Eliscu's archive: An interview with Beyoncé from summer of 2000, when …

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