Interviews

Q&A: Philly Quartet Good Girl on Trying to Resurrect the R&B Group

When Philly girl group Good Girl took the stage at America’s Got Talent this year to perform their a cappella rendition of En Vogue's "Don’t…
Maya Lewis / August 23, 2016

A Conversation With James Ferraro, Critical Futurist

A day or so after I talked to James Ferraro, the 28-year-old "god of vaporwave," I found myself deep into my bank's automated phone system and…
Anna Gaca / August 18, 2016

Q&A: Jay Som on Her Drunkenly Bandcamped Debut and ‘Mind-Blowing’ Tour With Mitski

"We love you, you little twerp," says Michelle Zauner, frontwoman to dream-pop outfit Japanese Breakfast. It's the last night of tour, and Zauner's onstage sending love…
Matt Malone / August 12, 2016

Q&A: Discussing the Ed Sheeran Lawsuit With ‘Let’s Get It On’ Heir Kathryn Griffin-Townsend

Earlier this week, news broke that the heirs of late soul songwriter Ed Townsend had officially taken legal action against British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. The…
Andrew Unterberger / August 12, 2016

Watch: Frank Turner Talks Favorite Lyricists and Discovering Punk Rock

Like a gut punch of raw honesty, UK folk singer/songwriter Frank Turner brought a fiery set to the SPIN stage at Lollapalooza's Toyota Music Den…
Drew Fortune / August 4, 2016

Q&A: Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Talks Gawker Controversy, Trump, and Black Lives Matter

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor doesn’t typically sing about politics, but that hasn’t stopped his band from becoming politicized this year. Former Gawker…
Joseph Schafer / August 4, 2016

Gabriel Hart Directed 12 Gucci Mane Videos in Five Days (Despite Guwop’s House Arrest)

Making an album in six days is the work of a Trap God, but the miracle of Everybody Looking's existence isn't enough. True to his marketing…
Brian Josephs / July 29, 2016

‘Pokémon Theme’ Singer Jason Paige Still Wants to Be the Very Best

The "Pokémon Theme" is one of the few television openers that immediately inspires a Pavlovian reaction from humans 30 and under. The first few seconds —…
Brian Josephs / July 21, 2016

Jamila Woods Puts the Focus on Chicago and Black Life

The literary organization Young Chicago Authors lists a pretty simple but powerful mission statement on its website: To transform "the lives of young people by cultivating their…
Brian Josephs / July 15, 2016

Twenty-First-Century Colours: The Avalanches on Growing Their 16-Year-Old ‘Wildflower’

Wildflower's existence is something of a miracle. The Avalanches' long-awaited (and just-unveiled) follow-up to their nostalgic plunderphonics classic, 2000's Since I Left You, comes at a…
Brian Josephs / July 8, 2016

Maxwell Traveled From Haiti to the Bedroom for ‘blackSUMMERS’night’

Over the past decade, R&B has moved into icier and sparser soundscapes while its male stars succeed by giving genuinely bad relationship advice. The genre's focus now is a far…
Brian Josephs / July 1, 2016

Marcy, You Don’t Stop: Roc-a-Fella’s Kareem Burke on Re-Creating Jay Z’s Brooklyn Apartment

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
Rebecca Haithcoat / June 30, 2016

From Lukewarm to Hot: Video Director Steve Carr on Capturing the Early Life and Times of Jay Z

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we're publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper's singular…
Andrew Unterberger / June 27, 2016

Marc Maron: Man on Fire

Marc Maron is old school. He's been around. He was a stand-up comic for 30 years, working the circuit when it was a circuit, an…
Bob Guccione Jr. / June 22, 2016

Dearly Beloved: Bat for Lashes on Becoming ‘The Bride’

At the last minute, the Bride was forced to postpone her march to the altar. Natasha Khan, who records as Bat for Lashes, was scheduled to…
Kyle McGovern / June 16, 2016

Take Me Back to Dear Old Jersey: Chris Gethard on the Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’

One of America's funniest boys with the thorn in his side, comedian Chris Gethard may be best known for creating and hosting the anarchic call-in…
Andrew Unterberger / June 14, 2016

Q&A: Into the ‘Black’ With Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley has gone dark. On his just-released album, Black, the award-winning, chart-topping country artist hits on some heavy-duty life topics, moving well beyond aircraft intoxication to…
Luke McCormick / June 3, 2016

Tegan and Sara’s Pop Life

"I’m wearing fabulous shoes, and nobody can see it," laments Sara Quin from onstage at Le Poisson Rouge in downtown Manhattan. She and twin sister…
Andrew Unterberger / May 31, 2016

Q&A: Mac DeMarco on Staying Friends With Fans and Wearing Bondage Masks

At one of the first shows on Mac DeMarco’s current tour, a couch is set up onstage at Webster Hall to accommodate his friends (including…
Julia Edelman / May 18, 2016

Q&A: Little Scream on the Cult That Inspired ‘Cult Following’

It's been a little while since we heard from Little Scream, a.k.a. Laurel Sprengelmeyer. She's been busy: nearly two years spent touring behind her 2011 debut, The…
Anna Gaca / May 9, 2016
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