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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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A vast majority of historic sites in Washington DC are dedicated to men in history. When you visit you'll find huge monuments to presidents and military leaders and other men who made an impact on our country. Sites to American women exist but there are fewer of them and you need to know where to look. In this episode you'll hear from Kaitlin Calog…
 
Jack Black and Kyle Gass drop by Kyle Meredith With… to talk about their episode in the Audible Original Words + Music series as they tell the story of Tenacious D from their early beginnings to the present day. The musical comedians tell us about the early '90s alt-comedy scene that also birthed Puscifer and their early run-ins with Harry Shearer …
 
Bananarama’s Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward talk about Kyle Meredith With… to talk about Masquerade, a record that arrives on the 40th anniversary of the band and finds the duo leaning into Europop, “period disco,” and plenty of nods to their 80s beginnings. The London songwriters discuss co-writing with Sara’s daughter, Alice D, themes of inclusiv…
 
Sarah Drew sits down with Kyle Meredith to talk about Apple TV+’s adaptation of Amber Brown, the new show based on the series of realistic fiction children's books. Drew, who plays the mom character, discusses the themes of kindness and the show’s look at the many different ways to make a family and the complications of loving someone. The actress …
 
Amanda Shires catches up with Kyle Meredith to discuss Take It Like a Man, an album that arrives after a time when she thought about giving up making music. The record is also a reflection of the hurdles she faced in her marriage with Jason Isbell at the time. The singer-songwriter and violinist tells us about wanting the music to be dramatic to ma…
 
Billy Howerdel rings Kyle Meredith to talk about What Normal Was, the first solo record under his own name. The album finds Mr. Ashes Divide connecting to his teenage years while watching his kids come into their own discovery era to reflect where he’s arrived at musically. Howerdel reflects on how his listening to The Dead Kennedys is akin to his …
 
Greg Puciato dials into Kyle Meredith With… to talk about Mirrorcell, his second solo album. The former Dillinger Escape Plan frontman discusses his surprise regarding having a solo career, his use of voices, and approaching a record like a movie. Puciato also talks about the focus he’s put on his guitar playing, relating to Sigur Ros-style of abst…
 
The Fixx’s Cy Curnin joins Kyle Meredith to take us into Every Five Seconds, the band’s first album in a decade. The frontman talks about bridging their classic sound with present experiments, the evergreen social and political topics that seem to persist through their lyrics, and the magnified look at our current hurdles as a society. Curnin also …
 
Maya Hawke catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about Moss, her upcoming sophomore album, which finds her taking inspiration from Taylor Swift. and discovering her confidence, curiosity, and rebellion. The actor/musician discusses shaking off her old self within the lyrics, how "Thérèse" spotlights how the male gaze affects growing up as a young w…
 
Midge Ure chats with Kyle Meredith about his current tour with Howard Jones and his next musical projects. The Ultravox and Visage frontman touches on how the last time he and Jones toured together in 1989, Ure had the fresh hit "Dear God" of the album Answers to Nothing. That album also features a duet with Kate Bush, "Sister and Brother," which U…
 
Lance Reddick sits down with Kyle Meredith to talk about his roles in Netflix’s Farzar and Resident Evil. The actor talks about his transition from The Wire-style drama to the comedy he’s been more part of over the past few years. He then touches on finding bluer comedy later in life thanks to Eddie Murphy, his music background, and how he incorpor…
 
My Morning Jacket catch up with Kyle Meredith on his podcast to chat about their latest self-titled album and live archival series. The band's Jim James and Patrick Hallahan discuss how their most recent hometown shows in Louisville (which they ended up having to cancel due to COVID) were meant to mark the beginning of an ongoing festival. They the…
 
Angel Olsen hops on a call with Kyle Meredith to talk about Big Time, an album that finds the songwriter leaning into Americana and taking inspiration from Lucinda Williams, George Harrison, and Big Star. The Asheville-based singer tells us about how her time traveling dreams influenced the album as well as the Twin Peaks-meets-Twilight Zone compan…
 
Journey’s Neal Schon sits down with Kyle Meredith to talk about Freedom, the band’s first new album in eleven years. The guitarist discusses having Chaka Khan, Prince, and Jimi Hendrix as an influence and looking up to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page as an arranger; how this album traces through their 50 years history; and what the future holds for their…
 
ABC’s Martin Fry joins Kyle Meredith to talk about the 40th anniversary of The Lexicon of Love, an album cited by critics as one of the greatest pop albums of all time. He's on tour supporting the anniversary, and you can get tickets here. In addition to discussing the upcoming box set that compiles and celebrates the record, the lead vocalist touc…
 
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…
 
Sometimes it's useful to get a new or different perspective. A fresh set of eyes can highlight things that locals don't notice because we live here and see the city every day. In this episode you'll hear from Megan Marod, a licensed New York City tour guide who has visited Washington, DC several times over the past year. She shares some of the thin…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Washington, DC is a fantastic destination for the Fourth of July. There are major events like the National Independence Day Parade, a Capitol Fourth concert and the fireworks - plus a handful of smaller events. It's a fun day but important to know what to expect so you can navigate the crowds, road closures and summer heat. In this episode Rob cons…
 
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…
 
When you’re planning a trip, where to stay, which hotel, and what area, is a big decision. It’s why one of the first things I did after I started Trip Hacks DC was create a where to stay guide. In this episode you'll learn about all eleven recommend areas. What are the pros of each area? What are the cons of each area? And what are some solid hotel…
 
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…
 
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