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Q&A: After Completing Her Cosmic R&B Masterstroke Trilogy, D∆WN Is Ready to Rest

Since she broke out as a solo artist, Dawn Richard—professionally known as D∆WN—has steadily separated herself from Puff Daddy's Making the Band lineage. She's progressed from textbook…
Brian Josephs / November 30, 2016

How Anthony Fantano, aka The Needle Drop, Became Today’s Most Successful Music Critic

Music criticism isn’t much of a job for those who seek the celebrity that comes with being instantly recognizable. Long gone are the days where a…
Jeremy Gordon / November 30, 2016

Why Arrival Sets the Tone for the Next Four Years of Film

It now seems miraculous that Arrival—a star-studded studio release about process and patience in the face of the incomprehensible—exists at all. Big-budget "thinking…
Emily Yoshida / November 29, 2016

After 22 Years, Pete Rock and CL Smooth Are Finally Ready to Make New Music

On a warm night in late September, minutes before the start of the fall’s first presidential debate, Corey "CL Smooth" Penn sits perched on a folding…
Pete Tosiello / November 28, 2016

Sigur Rós Are Stepping Away From Beauty and Diving Deeper Into the Void

Picture the Sigur Rós fan standing at their concert, transfixed by the orchestral arrangements, lofty melodies, vast instrumentals and crescendos. Their style of post-rock is…
Charles Innis / November 18, 2016

The Wildest Venue in New Orleans Is a Musical Village, Where Every House Is an Instrument

About an hour before the start of performances at the grand opening night of Music Box Village last month, Jay Pennington and Delaney Martin were…
Andy Cush / November 18, 2016

Everybody Get Up, It’s the Oral History of the Space Jam Theme Song

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Aggression at Looney Tune Land--more commonly known as Space Jam. His legend already secure, Michael Jordan was looking…
Brian Josephs / November 15, 2016

Q&A: Sleigh Bells Have No Illusions About Their Difficult New Album, Jessica Rabbit

Derek Miller is his own worst critic. There's a genuine intensity to the 35-year-old guitarist and producer—who makes up one half of the frenetic noise-pop duo…
Kyle McGovern / November 15, 2016

Remembering Leonard Cohen, A Singular Musician and Poet

Leonard Cohen died Monday, but it was not announced until yesterday, on the day that he was buried in his Montreal hometown. His passing, sadly, was…
Winston Cook-Wilson / November 11, 2016

Q&A: Open Mike Eagle on “New Negroes” Comedy Show, and Being Soft While Black

This past Thursday was a big one for art-rapper Open Mike Eagle for two reasons—one scheduled, the other by surprise. For the past year, the…
Brian Josephs / November 8, 2016

Krist Novoselic on Election Reform

With the most important election of this generation looming–and the conversation around the ethics, corruption, morality, and overt xenophobia associated with the presidential campaigns continuing…
Krist Novoselic / November 8, 2016

Esperanza Spalding on Knowing Your Ballot

With the most important election of this generation looming–and the conversation around the ethics, corruption, morality, and overt xenophobia associated with the presidential campaigns continuing…
Esperanza Spalding / November 7, 2016

Vijay Iyer on Musical and Ethnic Identity

With the most important election of this generation looming–and the conversation around the ethics, corruption, morality, and overt xenophobia associated with the presidential campaigns continuing…
Vijay Iyer / November 4, 2016

Celebrating Pop Poetics: 25 Poets Who Draw Inspiration From Music Icons

Last month, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, which sparked a lot of questions of whether music could be considered poetry or…
Andy Emitt / November 4, 2016

Downtown Boys on Immigrant Rights

With the most important election of this generation looming–and the conversation around the ethics, corruption, morality, and overt xenophobia associated with the presidential campaigns continuing…
Downtown Boys / November 4, 2016
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