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Kyle Meredith With... is an interview series in which WFPK's Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Meredith digs deep into the artist's work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2, and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.
 
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New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre joins Kyle Meredith to talk about the group’s latest "MixTape Tour," which also features Rick Astley, Salt-N-Pepa, and En Vogue. (Tickets are available here!) The pop star talks about leaning into their nostalgia for the show, having his son on stage with him, and the group’s 2000’s comeback. He also dives into…
 
Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez sits down with Kyle Meredith to take us into Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind, which continues the "Amory Wars" storyline. Sanchez discusses going deeper into this new story thread while basing much of the foundation on his own experiences of being a dad, as well as creating a misunderstood character that g…
 
Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis drops by Kyle Meredith With… to tell us about the band’s latest album, Life Is Yours, and the experimental mood they found themselves in that led to a more synth-driven record. The lead singer talks about working with multiple producers, making a dance record with deeper meaning, looking back at the sometimes destr…
 
Carly Rae Jepsen joins Kyle Meredith to talk about her latest single, "Western Wind," and more new music. The Canadian artist also touches on the single having its thematic ties back to her upbringing and family, as well as the the Kate Bush-inspired music video. Shen then gives some love to producer Rostam, tells us the backstory on the lockdown-w…
 
Big Time Rush joins Kyle Meredith to talk about their latest singles and upcoming "Forever Tour." (Get tickets here!) Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos PenaVega, and Logan Henderson discuss finding their direction and voice after recently reuniting, the chance to reinvent their older songs, and the impact of their original Nickelodeon show now …
 
Chelsea Cutler dropped by the WFPK studios to talk with Kyle Meredith before her set at Forecastle Festival. She chatted about the deluxe edition of When I Close My Eyes and plans for her next album, as taking on the themes of nostalgia, the passage of time, social media, and mental health. Elsewhere, she talks about her long standing musical partn…
 
Three Days Grace bassist Brad Walst joins Kyle Meredith to dig into the Canadian band’s seventh studio album, Explosions, which found them writing separately for the first time during lockdown. Walst also discusses the anger heard within the songs and finding ways to continue to tap into that emotion, the big searching questions that populate the l…
 
Lyle Lovett sits down with Kyle Meredith to go deep into his new album, 12th of June, and his career as a multi-genre artist. The Texas-born musician talks about covering Nat King Cole, being in a transitional point in his career, and how becoming a father for the first time as he hit 60 impacted his new record. He also touches on his summer tour w…
 
Jamie Campbell Bower digs into his starring role in the latest season of Stranger Things and his new music on the latest episode of joins Kyle Meredith With… The actor/musician tells us how the breakup of his band Counterfeit led to a solo journey that finds him building a musical world around Dante’s Inferno, covering the classic “Run On (God’s Go…
 
Phoebe Bridgers catches back up with Kyle Meredith to update us on her recent happenings. She discusses her single "Sidelines" -- one Consequence's favorite songs of the year so far -- and its involvement with Conversations with Friends, and what she’s up to with her Saddest Factory record label (MUNA, Charlie Hickey). Bridgers also talks about tea…
 
Jewel drops into the Kyle Meredith With… podcast to take us inside Freewheelin’ Woman, which she calls “the most intense creative process I’ve ever been through.” The eclectic artist talks about writing with “You Were Meant for Me” co-songwriter Steve Poltz again, her changing sounds, and having Darius Rucker and Train’s Pat Monahan on the album. J…
 
Finneas joins Kyle Meredith to talk about his latest single, “Naked,” and more upcoming music. The prolific songwriter discusses what his song “The Kids Are Dying” still says in moments of national crisis and using songwriting as a history lesson. We also get to hear about his plans to possibly put out another album this year, scoring B.J. Novak’s …
 
Howard Jones calls up Kyle Meredith to talk about Dialogue, the third album in his planned quadrilogy. The synth legend discusses the importance that the album title carries in our current environment and the polarization of our society, wanting to write the most optimistic and hopeful song he’s ever written, and his naturally hopeful view of the f…
 
The Wild Things sit down with Kyle Meredith to talk about Afterglow, the band’s sophomore album that was co-produced by Pete Townshend. The duo of Sydney Rae White and Rob Kendrick tell us about how the record slowly morphed into a type of concept album, how they landed The Who guitarist as their guide, and what it was like to have their first post…
 
5 Seconds of Summer drop into Kyle Meredith With… to talk about their latest singles and upcoming album, 5SOS5. Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, and Michael Clifford tell us about being a newly independent band, how the single "Complete Mess" directed the sound for the rest of the album, and having major chords on display. Luke then goes on to discuss ho…
 
Mark Indelicato, who plays Damien in the HBO Max series Hacks, joins Kyle Meredith to talk about the second season of the hit show. The actor discusses literally taking the show on the road as the gang travels across America, his character’s admiration for Jean Smart’s Deborah, and perfecting background comedy. Indelicato also talks about the socio…
 
Mandy Moore calls in to talk with Kyle Meredith about her new album, In Real Life, the quick followup to her 2020 comeback LP that finds her once again teaming up with husband Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes to document the big change in their lives of becoming parents. The actress/musician discusses how motherhood is represented in the songs, the variou…
 
Sheryl Crow catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about Sheryl, the new Showtime documentary based on her life and career. The multi-platinum songwriter tells us why it was finally time to tell her story, the shelved album that came before her debut that sounded too much like Sting, and wanting to re-produce 1996’s Love Is a Good Thing. Crow also t…
 
Jack Johnson catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about Meet the Moonlight, an album that finds Jack reflecting the darkness of the past few years through the optimistic filter that he’s known for. The singer-songwriter discusses working with Blake Mills, writing as a reaction, digging into Greg Brown and JJ Cale’s catalog, and singing the bass li…
 
Scott Ian and Pearl Aday drop into Kyle Meredith With… to talk about the latest album from Motor Sister, Get Off. The pair talk about how they decided to take the band much further than just a tribute act to Mother Superior, playing in a different style compared to Anthrax, recording an homage to KISS with the song “Time’s Up,” while and the myster…
 
Chris Parnell joins Kyle Meredith to talk about Senior Year, the new Netflix movie that stars Rebel Wilson as a high school cheerleader who wakes up from a 20 year coma to go back to school with her 2002 mindset still intact. Parnell also talks about his his infamous portrayal of Dr. Spaceman on 30 Rock, as well as the famous Natalie Portman SNL di…
 
Ray LaMontagne catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about Monovision, his 2020 LP that is finally getting its supporting tour. (Get tickets to that "The Monovision Tour" here!) The singer-songwriter talks about re-recording “I Was Made to Love You” with Sierra Ferrell, being a creature of habit, and his work-life balance. LaMontagne also gives us …
 
Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison catches up with Kyle Meredith for an interview about her newly announced record, Sometimes, Forever. The indie singer-songwriter touches on how her sound has one foot in the past and one in the present, referencing The Smiths in the way she wanted to record the record, and choosing to write more biographical than chara…
 
Toro y Moi sits down for a chat with Kyle Meredith about Mahal, an album that touches on his Filipino heritage while also commenting on the world at large. The artist also known as Chaz Bundick talks about the repurposed WWII-era Jeep that he bought and how it ties into the record, landing on a '70s psychedelic soul and funk sound for the LP, and h…
 
Suki Waterhouse joins Kyle Meredith to discuss her debut album, I Can’t Let Go. The actress/musician tells us about looking to Lucinda Williams and Sharon Van Etten for inspiration, distancing herself from the original emotions that the songs were written about, the self-sabotaging moments in "Devil I Know," and the voyeuristic nature of the Intern…
 
Simple Plan’s Pierre Bouvier joins Kyle Meredith to discuss Harder Than It Looks, the sixth album from the Canadian band. The pop punk legend discusses going back to their roots,how this new record arrives on the 20th anniversary of their debut, their current tour with Sum 41, and making a cameo in 2004’s Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie New York M…
 
Graham Nash catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about Graham Nash: Live, a new release that spotlights a complete run through his first two solo albums, Songs for Beginners and Wild Tales. The legendary songwriter talks about the relevancy of songs “Military Madness,” “Oh Camil,” and “Prison Song,” and forever being tied to his late '60s relation…
 
Ashe drops by Kyle Meredith With… to talk about “Another Man’s Jeans” and how it kicks off an era of new music. The singer-songwriter talks about leaning into the '70s folk-pop rock sound on this single, going for a Tarantino vibe with the new music videos, and how all of this new music finds her owning her confidence. Ashe also tells us a bit abou…
 
Screenwriter Michael Hirst and producer Donald De Line drop by Kyle Meredith With… to talk about Billy the Kid, a new series on EPIX based on the famous American outlaw. Hirst, who also wrote Vikings and The Tudors, talks about his love of historical fiction and why westerns endure, as well as putting a spotlight on depression in a time when that w…
 
Mod Sun sits down with Kyle Meredith about his latest single, "Rich Kids Ruin Everything," a song about championing originality and the copycats on TikTok, and the upcoming album that it’s setting up. The pop punk star discusses what it means to have the genre back at a peak, his decision to put a heavy concentration on music videos, and the upcomi…
 
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett gives Kyle Meredith a call to talk about his debut solo EP, Portals, and how it was came out of his horror movie exhibition and Metallica's S&M 2. The guitarist also tells us about just discovering prog rock bands like Genesis, Yes, and Jethro Tull, as well as not being much of a fan of The Beatles. He later talks about wha…
 
Maren Morris joins Kyle Meredith to talk about her latest album, Humble Quest, and how it tells the story of her road to success using specifically personal stories in the vein of classic '60s and '70s country. Morris also discusses finding her way to happier songs after coming out of a depression, taking inspiration from Jack White as a way to kic…
 
Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about Things Are Great, the band's first album in six years. The South Carolina rocker discusses how the LP “almost killed him” with no touring, a divorce from his wife, writing a breakup record knowing that his kids might listen, and masking the truth with tricky wordplay. Bridwe…
 
Gavin DeGraw joins Kyle Meredith to discuss Face the River, his new studio album that serves as a tribute to his late parents. The singer-songwriter tells us about his dad getting to hear the entire LP before passing, working with Dave Cobb as a producer, and wanting to write in the story-style of Bob Seger, Springsteen, and Billy Joel mixed with S…
 
Kae Tempest sits down with Kyle Meredith to discuss The Line Is a Curve. The UK spoken word poet/novelist/playwright tells us about using characters to work out their own issues, having guests Lianna La Havas and Fontaines DC’s Grian Chatten on the record, and the self-fulfilling prophecy found inside one of the tracks. Tempest also talks about rec…
 
Alt-J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about The Dream, the band’s fourth album. The English artist discusses how using more voices in their songs adds deeper dimensions, and why the tracks' characters seem to thrive on dramatic monologues. Unger-Hamilton also touches on the recent Beatles documentary lent some inspiration…
 
Frank Turner joins Kyle Meredith to talk about his ninth studio album, FTHC, which recently landed at No. 1 on the UK Album chart. The English singer-songwriter tells us about his "50 States in 50 Days tour" that he’s currently on (get tickets here!), writing about addiction, acceptance, and mortality, and about his friend Scott Hutchison of Fright…
 
State Champs’ Derek Discanio sits down with Kyle Meredith to talk about Kings of the New Age, the band’s fourth LP, which he says finds them making their biggest statements yet. The lead singer discusses how the band is the middle child of the pop punk scene, the pros and cons of B-sides, and how the album’s narrator is on a bad path but headed in …
 
Solomon Hughes calls in to talk with Kyle Meredith about his role portraying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in HBO’s Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. The actor tells us of the importance of showing Kareem’s backstory in the "Pieces of a Man" episode, getting inside the character, and Abdul-Jabbar being at odds with the "Showtime" atmosphere of th…
 
Paul Oakenfold sits down with Kyle Meredith for an interview about Shine On, his fourth full-length album. The legendary DJ tells us about making a cinematic record, how the opening track traces back to "Ready Steady Go," bringing dance music out of the nightclub, and resurrecting 2014’s "Touch Me." Oakenfold also previews his upcoming tour with Ne…
 
Daryl Hall joins Kyle Meredith to talk about BeforeAfter, his first best-of collection that highlights his solo albums. In diving into the new collection, the Hall & Oates singer takes us back to making Sacred Songs with Robert Fripp (who compared Hall’s work to Bowie’s at the time), being on the forefront of streaming shows on the web a full decad…
 
SASAMI sits down with Kyle Meredith to tell us her adventures in making the album Squeeze. Those adventures include becoming one with Earthly elements, shrinking herself to fit inside of an acoustic guitar to eventually cover System of a Down’s "Toxicity," and inhabiting a river and capturing guitar playing caterpillars. The indie rock artist — who…
 
Christina Perri sits down with Kyle Meredith to talk about her latest single, "Evergone," and the heartbreaking journey to writing after the process of grief and healing after her daughter was stillborn. The “Jar of Hearts” singer-songwriter discusses the importance of talking about her experience, normalizing mental health discussions, and how she…
 
Cypress Hill’s B-Real sits down for an interview with Kyle Meredith about Back in Black, the legendary hip-hop group’s 10th album. Dr. Greenthumb takes us through the process of working with Detroit producer Black Milk and how this new record speaks to Cypress Hill's 1991 debut. He also talks about how their music takes on the current obstacles in …
 
Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about the second Painted Shield album, which finds Mason Jennings, Brittany Davis, and Matt Chamberlain further exploring their sonic palette. The guitarist discusses developing Painted Shield into a multiple vocalist group, as well as releasing the song “4th of July” while the world i…
 
Jared Leto catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about WeCrashed, his new miniseries co-starring opposite Anne Hathaway that chronicles the rise and fall of WeWork and finds him portraying Adam Neumann. The actor/musician tells us what drew him to the story, making sure that it wasn’t a takedown piece, and what it was like to go straight from havin…
 
Les Claypool catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about Primus’ upcoming continuation of their A Tribute to Kings tour, where they play the 1977 Rush album A Farewell to Kings in full. The legendary singer/bassist goes on to discuss his fandom for Peter Gabriel, XTC, and Jerry Reed before giving us an update on the next Primus release (a 13-min so…
 
Michael Chiklis phones in to talk with Kyle Meredith about his portrayal of legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach in the HBO series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. The Shield actor tells us what it was like to play a hero of his as a principal antagonist as seen through the eyes of Jerry Buss and the LA Lakers, getting to spar o…
 
Joan Jett catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about Changeup, her very first acoustic album that finds classics and deep cuts stripped down to their roots. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend takes us into what prompted the project, turning down MTV when they asked her to do the first Unplugged, how songs like "Cherry Bomb" and "Victim of Circu…
 
Mike Campbell catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about External Combustion, his latest album with The Dirty Knobs. The Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers co-founder discusses becoming more of a lyricist, having Margo Price and Ian Hunter guest on the record, and getting songwriting advice from Bob Dylan. Campbell also teamed back up with his Heartbre…
 
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