Time now for an exclusive chat with Australian pop star [Missy Higgins](http://www.rhapsody.com/goto?rcid=art.5286498), who holds forth on why she stopped making music for awhile to go to college and do all "the kid stuff that I missed out on," how she re-energized while playing other people's pianos while house-sitting in America, the inspiration for her killer new tune "Set Me on Fire," what got her into environmentally friendly touring, and more. Enjoy.
Modern Folk describes music influenced both by Traditional Folk and Punk -- call it Punk unplugged, or Punk for grownups. Artists like Billy Bragg and Ani DiFranco blend the rawness of Punk -- often using electric as well as acoustic guitars -- with folk-oriented songwriting. On the other side of the Modern Folk spectrum, bands like 10,000 Maniacs and Poi Dog Pondering incorporate folk sounds and attitudes into lighter, adult-oriented rock.