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, guitar-wise, she’d manage to hit… More »


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, which automatically makes him a… More »

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 free EPs online. It was… More »

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, 2008. Some might say it… More »


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 — ten of them, to be exact. More »

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 4 Myself, Usher’s seventh studio… 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 Apple is answering questions. It’s… More »