Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Erica Rivera Names Best Albums of 2018


Erica Rivera contributed her top picks for this year's best albums and songs to City Pages' annual list. Find them here.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Asma Mohammed


Erica Rivera spoke to Asma Mohammed, the advocacy director at Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood (RISE), about founding a healing circle for survivors of sexual violence. Read the piece in the December 2018 issue of Women's Press or online here.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Phosphorescent (Again!)


Erica Rivera spoke to Matthew Houck of indie Americana band Phosphorescent about his relationship with alcohol, his marriage to an Aussie musician, and spiritual influences on his new album C'est La Vie. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Rivera previously interviewed Houck in 2013 for Vita.mn. You can read that interview here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Andrea Gibson


Erica Rivera interviewed queer poet Andrea Gibson about their new book Lord of the Butterflies, spoken-word stage fright, and how the personal and political merge in their writing. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Pastry Chef Zoë François


Erica Rivera spoke to pastry chef Zoë François about her new book Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Read all about the new, sweet recipes and the myriad religions and cultures that revolve around bread on City Pages here.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Authors of "The Great Minnesota Cookie Book"


Erica Rivera spoke to Star Tribune food critic Rick Nelson and Star Tribune Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean about their new cookbook The Great Minnesota Cookie Book. The book is based on the annual Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest that Nelson started 15 years ago. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Gaelynn Lea


Erica Rivera spoke to Gaelynn Lea, the 2016 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert, about her new album, touring challenges, and her activism for people with disabilities. Read the piece in the Oct. 24, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Erica Rivera Profiles Bathtub Cig


Erica Rivera spoke to Hilary James, founding member of Bathtub Cig, one of City Pages' "Picked to Click" groups for 2018. Though the band was born of depression, its music is far from a downer. Read all about it in the Oct. 17, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Rebecca Traister


Erica Rivera spoke to feminist and journalist Rebecca Traister about her new book Good and Mad and the historical impact of women's anger on America. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Erica Rivera Profiles Women Organizing Women


Erica Rivera spoke to Habon Abdulle, the founder of Women Organizing Women, the organization that motivated Rep. Ilhan Omar to launch her political career. Read about how WOW inspires East African women in Minnesota to take on leadership roles in the October 2018 issue of Women's Press or online here.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Ben Gibbard


Erica Rivera spoke to Ben Gibbard, frontman of indie pop rock band Death Cab For Cutie, about hero worship, aging in the music industry, and how gentrification affects memory. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Haley


Erica Rivera interviewed musical artist Haley about her new instrumental album Pleasureland. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Rivera previously interviewed Haley for the Star Tribune in 2014. Read that piece here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Julie Schumacher


Erica Rivera spoke to author Julie Schumacher about her new novel, The Shakespeare Requirement. The seriously funny story is the sequel to Dear Committee Members and was influenced, in part, by her 20-plus years as a professor of English at the University of Minnesota. Read the story on City Pages here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Chef Roy Choi


Erica Rivera interviewed acclaimed chef Roy Choi about his latest culinary collaboration. Find out how he created Cheetos-themed The Flamin' Hot Spot pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles on Mandatory here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Ellie Krug


Erica Rivera interviewed attorney, author, and public speaker Ellie Krug about transitioning in middle age and the challenges she's faced since then. Read the piece in the September 2018 issue of Women's Press or online here.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Eliza Blue


Erica Rivera spoke with singer-songwriter Eliza Blue about how she relocated to rural South Dakota to escape her anxiety-ridden musician's life only to end up meeting, and making an album with, Crazy Horse's Billy Talbot. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Mara Altman


Erica Rivera spoke to Mara Altman, author of Gross Anatomy, about her feminist approach to the female body's unsightly aspects. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Film Director Desiree Akhavan


Erica Rivera spoke to Desiree Akhavan, director and co-screenwriter of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a film about a teen's coming-of-age in a gay conversion therapy center. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Chris Thile of Punch Brothers and "Live From Here"


Erica Rivera spoke to Grammy winner Chris Thile, the singer and mandolinist for bluegrass band Punch Brothers as well as host of "Live From Here" (formerly "A Prairie Home Companion"). Read the delightful yet deep Q&A about tiki bars, dark angels, and tackle boxes on City Pages here.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Bad Bad Hats


Erica Rivera met up with Kerry Alexander of Bad Bad Hats to chat about overcoming the sophomore slump with the band's new album Lightning Round and how her songwriting evolved from breakup to long-term relationship tunes. Read the piece in the August 1, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.