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‘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

The Many Voices of White Lung’s Mish Barber-Way

Mish Barber-Way is ready to tell someone else's story. After spending the past few albums writing only from her perspective, the lead singer of Vancouver-bred punk…
Stephanie Dubick / May 6, 2016

Just Blaze Talks Making ‘Freedom,’ the Beyhive, and His Signature Sound

Beyoncé's Lemonade instantly resonated after its HBO premiere, but the credit list behind the album was a bit of a rigmarole. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs…
Brian Josephs / April 28, 2016

Sorority Noise Come Down From 11 on Elegiac EP, ‘It Kindly Stopped for Me’

On a day off last summer in Redwood National Park, Sorority Noise singer-guitarist Cam Boucher received a piece of disturbing news: A close friend had commit suicide. When…
Natalie Caamano / April 22, 2016

Ask Yourself the Same Question: An Interview With Parquet Courts

Suddenly it felt as if the show was scripted — you know, like that sensation of involuted meta-thought when you get way too high. There…
Jeremy D. Larson / April 21, 2016

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Alters the Rubin Museum

It’s The Garden of Earthly Delights in downtown Manhattan: home to halfway forms, magical creatures, and outlandish "cut-ups." Two wolf heads are rendered in taxidermy;…
Evan Siegel / April 19, 2016

Go South, Young Man: How Philly Rapper Lil Uzi Vert Won Over Atlanta

We’re 15 minutes into Lil Uzi Vert’s set at Philadelphia's Theater of the Living Arts, and one of the rapper’s onstage entourage-members has just doused…
Megan Bradley / April 18, 2016

Hearts of Noise: Jeff Mills, Julia Holter, the Orb, and More Talk Working With Jean-Michel Jarre

It's hard to overstate the legacy and reach of French electronic-music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre. He currently holds the world record for largest outdoor concert (3.5 million…
Harley Brown / April 7, 2016
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