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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

Ceci N’est Pas un Objet: No Age Get Physical for Their Handmade ‘An Object’

Dean Spunt: I was getting interested in manufacturing in general, looking into making and die-cutting my own vinyl labels. But I used thinking about physically…
David Bevan / November 15, 2013

Brooklyn Beardo Michael Mahalchick Calls ‘Picasso Baby’ an Asshole

"I have a history of taking trash and transforming it," says heavily bearded Brooklyn artist Michael Mahalchick. He's not kidding: Some of his more absurd…
Paddy Johnson / November 15, 2013

Yung Jake, Video Prankster and Meta-Rapper, Turns the Hustle into Art

More plugged-in than your average Tumblr-rapper, recent CalArts graduate and hip-hop enthusiast Yung Jake makes music that treats the clichés of digital culture — social-media…
Paddy Johnson / November 14, 2013

Basquiat’s ‘Beat Bop’: An Oral History of One of the Most Valuable Hip-Hop Records of All Time

Jean-Michel Basquiat's history with rap music goes deeper than Jay Z's punch lines and bragging rights. That engagement was most visible in the "Beat Bop"
Andrew Nosnitsky / November 14, 2013

Stream Jake Bugg’s ‘There’s a Beast and We All Feed It’ From His New ‘Shangri La’

Jake Bugg is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter out of working-class Nottingham, England, whose songs paint vivid and often violent images of bar fights, drugs, poverty, and…
Ari Lipsitz / November 13, 2013

M.I.A.: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Artist

"I was the only one who was able to draw in the whole class," says Maya Arulpragasam, a.k.a. pop icon M.I.A., of her earliest school…
Jessica Hopper / November 13, 2013

Reggie Watts on First-Kiss Jams and Loving Industrial Music

Brooklyn-based comedian Reggie Watts is all over the place, from his surreal and wildly entertaining stand-up act to his loop-based music to his role as…
Luke McCormick / November 13, 2013

Jana Winderen, the Gallery Game Dr. Doolittle, Turns Calls of the Wild into Gorgeous Sound Art

Norwegian sound artist Jana Winderen constructs meditative pieces often played in dark rooms or austere gallery spaces — but the way she makes them is…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 13, 2013
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