Q&A: Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter on Becoming a Band for All Seasons

With Lower Dens' third album, Escape From Evil, the Baltimore-based outfit is pulling quite the Houdini act: Escaping the "cold and dark" place they'd found themselve…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 2, 2015

How Pop Phenom Alex Winston Overcame a Vocal Hemorrhage for Her Second LP

Last January, Brooklyn based vocalist Alex Winston suffered a hemorrhaged capillary in her vocal chords. It happened days before the brood-pop singer's first concert in eight months, the bulk…
By: Brennan Carley / April 1, 2015

Stream Calexico’s Playlist of Guests From New ‘Edge of the Sun’ LP

Tucson folk-rock outfit Calexico has developed a longstanding reputation for organizing remarkable collaborations (recall their 2005 joint EP with Iron & Wine, In the Reins).
By: Rachel Brodsky / April 1, 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…
By: Dan Weiss / March 30, 2015

Matt and Kim’s Matt Johnson Picks His Favorite Song From Every One of Their Albums

Matt and Kim — the simply named collaborative project between Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino — have been making unpredictable, eccentric, and undeniably fun dance-pop for a little more…
By: James Grebey / March 30, 2015

The Lookouts’ Larry Livermore Made Us a Mixtape Featuring Green Day, MC5, the Supremes, and More

Earlier this month, Don Giovanni Records released Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories), a compilation disc by California pop-punk forefathers the Lookouts. Cherry-picking songs from every…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 30, 2015

La Luz Triumph Over Near-Fatal Car Accident on New, Ty Segall-Produced Album

On November 5, 2013, La Luz was driving back to Seattle after playing a show in Boise when they slipped on a patch of black…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 26, 2015

SXSW Lone Stars: Mitski Stole the Show

Of all the performances we witnessed last week at Austin's annual South By Southwest festival, one show stealer was particularly arresting: Mitski. The famously dressed-dow…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 25, 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…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 25, 2015

Q&A: Lightning Bolt Talk ‘Fantasy Empire,’ Working With Battles and Bjork

Providence duo Lightning Bolt have sustained a brain-melting career in so-called "noise" rock for an unfathomably long time. For two decades running, bassist Brian Gibso…
By: Dan Weiss / March 24, 2015
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