In 1981, Hall and Oates dispatched their private eyes, Olivia Newton-John wanted to get physical, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts loved rock and roll, and Ben Lev Kweller was born in Greenville, Texas. Twelve years later, when most of his peers were primarily concerned with the weird shit going on with their bodies -- the various uncontrollable outcroppings of hair, a voice that sounds like someone stepping on a squeak toy -- Kweller formed a punk band, Radish, and commenced the sort of career that most people only dream of. Now 21 and already a seasoned veteran of the music biz, Kweller is one of the most down-to-earth rock stars out there. Despite his accelerated adulthood, he is refreshingly puppyish in demeanor: When called to the telephone close to the crack of dawn, he answers with... More >>>