The Buzz On: Ari Shine

Ari Shine has rock and roll written all over him. Really. He's got the Rush song "Free Will" tattooed across his knuckles. So you know this cat is serious.

He's also seriously talented. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter is a multi-instrumentalist, playing all the parts on his two albums, Rocket Summer and A Force Of One.

Shine's sound is a contemporary take on a classic template: literate, tuneful power-pop in the vein of Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello and The Kinks.

MTV Iggy caught up with Shine and chatted with him about (among other things) his early, early days gigging around L.A. as a teenager, negotiating the tension between writing with one eye on success and one eye on aesthetics, and the challenge of re-inventing the three-minute pop song over and over again.

Check out the MTV Iggy video as well as a great performance of Shine's "Here With Me" below.