Interview: The Austin Chronicle


The Austin Chronicle (November 8, 2013)
Fun Fun Fun Fest Interview: Sparks: A two-man show promises to get bigger and better


"To fit in seems like it’s the absolute kiss of death to us. That’s what’s going on now, is everybody fitting in nicely, you know? And it makes for a homogenous sort of predictability and a blandness to things."




Article: NPR


NPR Music (November 8, 2013)
The Five Best Things About This Year's Mountain Oasis Festival



Sparks - I was so thrilled to see Sparks on the bill. A long-time favorite of mine, I'd actually never seen brothers Ron and Russell Mael before. They are campy, funny and quirky. They've put out more than 20 albums in the last 40 years. The first one won me over back in 1971. Sparks, along with David Bowie and Roxy Music, were my go-to bands back in the early '70s. Sparks came to Mountain Oasis, and are touring this time around, simply as a duo. Ron looked much like a grumpy, stuffy, mustached accountant on keyboard, and Russell a hyperactive child in black shorts and tights. The set was spare, leaving room for Russell and his operatic-styled voice and exuberant persona to always be center stage. The Mael's are in their 60s, but they're incredibly youthful and playful. Any young band could learn a lot about how to take hold of an audience and lead them on an adventure.



Article: The Austin Chronicle


The Austin Chronicle (November 8, 2013)
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 - Sparks


"We present what we think is interesting, and whoever wants to come for the ride with us, we're welcoming them with open arms."



Chicago: Lincoln Hall, November 6

Reviews & Photos
Gapers Block (November 7, 2013)
Review: Sparks @ Lincoln Hall, 11/6

Time Out Chicago (November 7, 2013)
Sparks at Lincoln Hall: live review

Chicago Reader (November 7,2013)
Kimono my concert: Pictures from last night's Sparks show



How Do I Get to Carnegie Hall?




Good Morning




Excerpts from The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman




Suburban Homeboy











Article: Macomb Daily


Macomb Daily (November 4, 2013)
Sparks still flying, now as a duo, 45 years on


"We go at new things with the same kind of intensity and excitement we did 45 years ago."




Toronto: Lee's Palace, November 2

Review
NOW Magazine (November 3, 2013)
Sparks at Lee’s Palace (See 4 photos. You don't need to read it. )



Montreal: Le National, November 1


Sparks in Montreal 2013-11-01






Interview: Cult MTL


Cult MTL (November 1, 2013)
The cult pop band you should see tonight


"Everything has changed and for the worse in so many aspects of the music scene. A song like “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us” would absolutely not be a hit the way it was in the U.K. and Europe in the current musical climate. There’s a lack of tolerance for working outside the norms of what pop music is considered. The whole scene is extremely conservative and backward looking."




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