Interviews

“We’re Post-Post Racial”: Director Justin Simien Talks Making Dear White People in a Different America

Netflix's latest conflagration-starting series Dear White People is a show focused on black life that comes after the successes of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Atlanta, the Best…
Brian Josephs / April 27, 2017

Remembering So Much for the Afterglow with Everclear’s Art Alexakis

Everclear’s So Much for the Afterglow, which turns 20 this year, was one of the first CDs--and rock albums in any format--I ever bought.
Winston Cook-Wilson / April 27, 2017

Feist on Pleasure: “Satisfaction Just Plants a Seed for New Wanting”

Leslie Feist is reaching for something so subtle she can't quite explain it. "The album communicates it fine, but I am a poor translator for…
Anna Gaca / April 26, 2017

Producer DJ Dahi Talks the 5 Songs He Made For Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

Although Kendrick Lamar's new album DAMN. is far more accessible and contemporary than its predecessor To Pimp a Butterfly, the past still plays a major thematic role. There is the…
Brian Josephs / April 24, 2017

Mastodon Talk New Album Emperor of Sand and What They Call “Funderwear”

Mastodon's new album Emperor of Sand was inspired by friends and family of the band who received cancer diagnoses, but we caught them in a predictably more lighthearted…
Garrett Kamps / April 3, 2017

“He Never Got To See the Final Product”: Director Paul Hunter Talks Making Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” Video 20 Years Later

The Notorious B.I.G. introduced the world to the grandeur of his double album Life After Death with the lead single "Hypnotize," released on the first day of…
Paul Hunter / March 24, 2017

Vagabon Is Just Getting Started

There are no elaborate pretenses to Vagabon's music. Laetitia Tamko's technique begins with her own memories and vulnerabilities, which she pours into powerfully understated songs that feel…
Anna Gaca / March 22, 2017

Diet Cig Talk Growing Up and Making Swear I’m Good at This

Diet Cig is the irreverent but hopelessly sincere duo of Alex Luciano, 21, and Noah Bowman, 24, who started making scrappy lo-fi music together after meeting…
Anna Gaca / March 20, 2017

Hanson on 20 Years of ‘Middle of Nowhere’ and Why They’ll Never Break Up

Hanson have never left. Twenty years after the three brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma recorded that indelible chorus to "Mmmbop," Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson—now 36, 34, and 31—are still writing,…
Anna Gaca / March 18, 2017

SXSW 2017: Saba on Personal Loss and Instilling Hope Through Hip-Hop

Saba is an exciting young voice—literally speaking, his dulcet tone is entrancing, and you'd have to make an effort to not be pulled into the melodic…
Brian Josephs / March 17, 2017

SXSW 2017: Kweku Collins Talks Upcoming grey EP, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Being a Black Introvert

With the reality of the internet, "scenes" and "genres" feel like they're becoming increasingly outdated concepts. Consider Lil Uzi Vert's quest to blend hip-hop and emo signifiers…
Brian Josephs / March 16, 2017

Digital Crate Digging: Jacques Greene on Flute Rap, Acid House, and Synths That Sound Like Ecstasy

The word "producer," in the context of dance music in 2017, usually brings to mind a solitary man or woman, cranking out tracks with a…
Andy Cush / March 14, 2017

Jeopardy! Head Writer Billy Wisse On Those Viral Music Questions and Making Alex Trebek Rap

Alex Trebek doesn't actually know everything. Behind the Jeopardy! host, of course, is a staff of writers coming up with the clues that Trebek reads so astutely,…
Brian Josephs / March 10, 2017

Hurray For the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra on Beating Fear as An Activist Musician in the Age of Trump

Alynda Segarra is a musician and activist from New York City. As the singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist for the folk-rock band Hurray for the…
Alynda Segarra / March 8, 2017

Toshi Reagon: “We Have to Put Women at the Center of the Universe”

Toshi Reagon is known as a political musician, but her most consistent topic is love in all its forms. Her whispery, acoustic version of The…
Mikki Halpin / March 8, 2017
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