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Marnie Stern, ‘The Chronicles of Marnia’ (Kill Rock Stars)

Optimism against the odds: That's been Marnie Stern's attitude from the beginning. Optimism that, out of the approximate 3,543 notes per song she might attempt,…
By: Zach Baron / March 18, 2013

Action Bronson, ‘Rare Chandeliers’ (Vice)

Action Bronson is a deft rapper, sure: a formalist, a casual virtuoso, a fat man with big lungs and superlative breath control. He's from Queens,…
By: Zach Baron / November 27, 2012

How To Dress Well, ‘Total Loss’ (Acephale/Weird World)

1. I interviewed Tom Krell, he of shadowy bedroom-R&B project How to Dress Well, in early 2010, shortly after he began posting a series of…
By: Zach Baron / September 24, 2012

The Making of Azealia Banks

The invention of Azealia Banks, the Harlem-born rapper, actress, singer, dancer, and — maybe, someday — bona fide music-industry star, took place on November 9,…
By: Zach Baron / August 28, 2012

Rick Ross, ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’ (Def Jam)

On the cover of God Forgives, I Don't, Rick Ross poses in a church, wearing a tangle of gold chains around his neck — te…
By: Zach Baron / August 6, 2012

Usher, ‘Looking 4 Myself’ (RCA)

To the list of revelations that mankind has had while dancing at 4 a.m. on the Spanish island of Ibiza, let us now add Looking…
By: Zach Baron / June 5, 2012

Fiona Apple’s Return: Idle No More

In front of a tangle of abstract sculpture in the corner booth of a deserted restaurant off the lobby of a midtown Manhattan hotel, Fiona…
By: Zach Baron / May 31, 2012