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Northern Lights, Southern Cross: The Gentle Devastation of Doug Paisley

Outside of Chatsworth, Ontario, Doug Paisley stops for gas and directions. "Excuse me," the 37-year-old singer-songwriter says, to a windburned woman in a white ski…
David Bevan / January 28, 2014

Marc Maron on Playing Black Sabbath for Teens, Trying the Opera, and Being ‘Late to the Party’

Veteran comedian and late-breaking podcast superstar Marc Maron released his latest special, Thinky Pain, via Netflix in October. The 90-minute show — which gets the…
Austin L. Ray / January 23, 2014

Quilt Aren’t Afraid to Go Chasing Waterfalls

Who: Quilt's vintage strain of psychedelic folk first blossomed in the late 2000s, at Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts. "Our early days…
Kyle McGovern / January 22, 2014

Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! on the Tortured Path to ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’

Halfway through a reliably galvanizing Against Me! set last week at Brooklyn's Williamsburg Hall of Music, singer-guitarist Laura Jane Grace noted that, as usually happens…
Michael Tedder / January 16, 2014

S. Carey Maps Lush Terrain on His Gorgeous New ‘Range of Light’

Sean Carey takes his time. For the past two years, the Bon Iver drummer and backing vocalist has been assembling Range of Light, his second…
Kyle McGovern / January 14, 2014

Lydia Loveless Probably Won’t Kick Your Ass

Who: Columbus, Ohio's Lydia Loveless, 23, made her first record, 2010's The Only Man, as a teen, turning heads as much for her powerful, twang-tinged…
Joel Oliphint / January 14, 2014

Sharon Jones on Beating Cancer, Going Onstage Bald, and Fighting for Soul

Sharon Jones was ready to the hit the road. In spring 2013, the vivacious 57-year-old Dap-Kings frontwoman plowed through a riveting SXSW showcase and chatted…
Max Blau / January 10, 2014

Clipping: Los Angeles Noise-Rap Crew Crank Out Scientifically Ugly Party Jams

Who: It's Clipping, bitch. And the Los Angeles trio of William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes, and Daveed Diggs aren't about to let you forget it —…
Philip Sherburne / January 7, 2014

Stephen Malkmus on Leaving Berlin, His Profane Children, and New Album ‘Wig Out at Jagbags’

Stephen Malkmus has returned. After moving his family from Portland to Berlin in 2011, the 47-year-old indie-rock royal has re-relocated to America's Pacific Northwest. "We…
Kyle McGovern / January 6, 2014

Boys Noize on Berlin and Chicago House Institution Dance Mania

Boys Noize is a famous DJ, but he's not that famous. He regularly plays prime-time sets at massive EDM festivals, but his performances are often…
Elissa Stolman / December 17, 2013

Old Doggs, New Tricks: Snoopzilla and Dam-Funk Talk ‘7 Days of Funk’

It's a Friday afternoon in L.A.'s Lincoln Heights neighborhood, and one of the West Coast's O-est G's is holding court at the headquarters of Stones…
Chris Martins / December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s Subversive Musical Legacy

When Jason Bourque began work on his upcoming documentary Music for Mandela, he envisioned the project as a "tribute to our greatest living icon," he says.
Kyle McGovern / December 5, 2013

Vampire Weekend Are 2013’s Band of the Year

"I see the narrative that people want to craft: 'Oh these guys started out as a bunch of fuckin' goofballs, and now they're getting into…
David Bevan / December 4, 2013

Oscar Isaac Talks ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ Justin Timberlake’s Unintentional Intimidation

In Joel and Ethan Coen's upcoming film Inside Llewyn Davis, Oscar Isaac plays the title character, a struggling musician in the Greenwich Village folk scene of…
David Marchese / December 4, 2013

Mack Wilds: Brash Soul Crooner, ‘Wire’ Alum, Channels ’90s New York

Who: Tristan Paul Wilds, 24, most immediately recognizable as Michael from David Simon's Dickensian drug trade epic, The Wire, or, if you prefer lighter TV fare,…
Brandon Soderberg / December 3, 2013

The Odd Couple: Royal Trux’s Curious Legacy

Former Royal Trux singer Jennifer Herrema knows how to get right to the heart of the matter: "It's so hard to put it all together…
Joe Gross / December 3, 2013

PAWS Chase Hi-Fi Glory on New Album ‘Youth Culture Forever’

"I hate whenever anyone uses the word 'mature' near a sophomore album," says PAWS frontman Phillip Taylor. "It just makes you sound like an absolute…
Kyle McGovern / December 2, 2013

Sampha: South London Singer and Drake Co-Conspirator Proves He’s More Than Just a Silky Voice

Who: Sampha Sisay, a British singer and producer born and raised in Morden, a bedroom community outside South London. You may know him mainly as…
Philip Sherburne / November 26, 2013

Sarah Silverman Spreads Her Love Between Elvis Costello and Miley Cyrus

On November 23, Sarah Silverman will star in her first-ever HBO comedy special, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles. Filmed in front of an audience of 39…
Kyle McGovern / November 21, 2013

Brandy Clark: A Pitch-Black Country Songwriter Finds the Joy in Small-Town Pain

Who: Brandy Clark is a 10-plus-year veteran of the Nashville songwriting salt mines, with recent credits on wryly bleak jams from Reba McEntire ("The Day…
Rob Harvilla / November 20, 2013
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