Jukebox Jury

Digital Crate Digging With DJ /rupture

  When DJ and music writer Jace Clayton began working on his new book Uproot, he had a deceptively simple premise in mind: "that really…
Andy Cush / October 6, 2016

Jukebox Jury: Esperanza Spalding on Writing an Opera and Doris Day’s Street Cred

On first listen, the final song on Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution feels very familiar, but that sense of comfort gets warped into something more sinister and…
Connor O'Brien / June 13, 2016

Jukebox Jury: The Range Selects His YouTube Hall of Fame

Brooklyn-based electronic producer James Hinton is quickly becoming as closely associated with YouTube as Rebecca Black or Tay Zonday, thanks to his second album as…
Andrew Unterberger / March 18, 2016

Jukebox Jury: Lil BUB Lets Us Know Which Famous Feline Songs Are the Cat’s Meow

Having already taken over ancient Egypt, the Internet at large, and your great-aunt's hairball-covered apartment, it's really no surprise that cats are making a move…
James Grebey / November 23, 2015

Jukebox Jury: Dâm-Funk Interprets Funkadelic’s Album Art and Waxes Nostalgic About MySpace

"Invite the light." That's the title of the latest record from supreme soulster Damon Riddick, a.k.a. Dâm-Funk, as well as the life philosophy he explains…
Harley Brown / September 3, 2015

Jukebox Jury: Beirut’s Zach Condon Thanks Thom Yorke And Explains Mariachi Trumpet

Beirut’s Zach Condon is notorious for his eclectic collection of influences. From Balkan folk’s heavy-handed impression on his debut Gulag Orkestar in 2006 to the infusion…
Margaret Farrell / September 1, 2015

We Quizzed Disclosure on Their Big-Name ‘Caracal’ Collaborators

Though it's early in the morning at the Meatpacking District's hottest hotel, the Standard, the Disclosure brothers — Howard and Guy Lawrence, British dance's biggest…
Brennan Carley / August 24, 2015

Jukebox Jury: Your Friend in Sublime Indie Rock, Matt Mondanile of Ducktails

The thing that you quickly learn about Matt Mondanile while having a conversation with him about contemporary indie music: Dude is friends with everybody. Not…
Andrew Unterberger / July 22, 2015

Jukebox Jury: Martin Garrix, The DJ Who Sings Along

Martin Garrix has the energy and glimmer of a 19-year-old house enthusiast who can't wait to get his shot at superstardom. Except that shot already…
Andrew Unterberger / June 12, 2015

Jukebox Jury: Unknown Mortal Orchestra on Dad Sax and Competing With Tame Impala

The title of Unknown Mortal Orchestra's latest LP, Multi-Love, may be an explicit reference to the complicated three-person live-in relationship frontman Ruban Nielson spent a year…
Andrew Unterberger / May 14, 2015

Quizzing Action Bronson About Other Musicians From Queens

Action Bronson is hardly the first great rapper to hail from Queens, but it's admittedly been a while since the heydays of Run-D.M.C., LL Cool…
Dan Weiss / March 30, 2015

Twin Shadow Promises Acid House Album, Prefers His R&B ‘Dark and Dirty’

The sound of George Lewis Jr., a.k.a. Twin Shadow, can be a tricky one to put your finger on; drawing from a wide variety of…
Andrew Unterberger / March 25, 2015

Listening to ’90s Music with ’90s Music’ Singer Kimbra

Few 2014 singles have been as delightful as Kimbra's barbed-wire kiss of a pop song, "90s Music." The Golden Echo head-bopper is at once a…
Andrew Unterberger / November 18, 2014

Ariel Pink Hates the Eurythmics (And Other Opinions on Weird Pop Hits)

Ariel Pink is surrounded by contradictions. The 36-year-old singer-songwriter possesses a preternatural gift for straightforward, hook-filled songcraft, but injects his work with just enough eccentricity —…
Kyle McGovern / November 14, 2014

We Tested 5 Seconds of Summer’s Pop-Punk Chops

If there is one consistency in pop-punk, it's the "get me out of this fucking town" teen escapism that floats through every lovelorn power chord.
Maria Sherman / October 17, 2014
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