Heart and soul: Gerrit Welmers, Samuel T Herring and William Cashion of Future Islands. ‘Everyone wants us to keep growing. I was like, can we stop growing this year and leave something for next year?’ Photograph: Timothy Saccenti

Sometime in the next couple of months, Future Islands will play their 1,000th gig. That’s 1,000 gigs after years of touring up and down the US, and(...)

Ben Shepherd and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden perform an acoustic set in Seattle earlier this year.

Ben Shepherd was born in Okinawa Japan (where his father served in the US army), in 1968. When Ben was 3-years-old the family moved to Texas where (...)