In the Studio

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

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…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 26, 2015

Girlpool Revisit Childhood on Their Debut Album, ‘Before the World Was Big’

When Girlpool's Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker turned 18, they packed up, left their native Los Angeles, moved to Philadelpha, and finished their first studio…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 10, 2015

Kurt Vile Talks ‘All Over the Place’ New Album

Kurt Vile keeps late hours. "Somewhere between midnight and three," the singer-songwriter says, "maybe the best stuff happens." It's late February and the 35-year-old has take…
By: Kyle McGovern / March 6, 2015

ASTR Talk Uptempo ‘Homecoming’ EP and Meeting Drake for the First Time

Zoe Silverman and Adam Pallin only met a couple of years ago, but their musical backgrounds stretch back further. The latter is a producer and…
By: Brennan Carley / January 27, 2015

Purity Ring Achieve Their Moment of Clarity on ‘another eternity’

Given the gauzy, atmospehric sound of Purity Ring's debut album (2012's Shrines) and their presence on 4AD (the label that came to prominence i…
By: Andrew Unterberger / January 22, 2015

Speedy Ortiz Quit Their Day Jobs for New Album ‘Foil Deer’

Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis has more free time these days than usual. Spending the last three years teaching at the University of Massachusett…
By: Rachel Brodsky / January 21, 2015

Q&A: Waxahatchee Talks ‘Ivy Tripp’ and Resisting Liz Phair Comparisons

Katie Crutchfield, a.k.a. Waxahatchee, is not a fan of studios. Renting a snug house with her boyfriend and bandmate, Keith Spencer, the Alabama…
By: Rachel Brodsky / January 13, 2015

Q&A: Ghostface Killah Talks Ambitious New Concept Album ’36 Seasons’

Rap legend and Wu-Tang Clan MVP Ghostface Killah is one of the most consistent rappers of the last two decades, peaking in the 2000s o…
By: Dan Weiss / November 24, 2014

White Fence Leaves Home-Recording Behind on ‘For the Recently Found Innocent’

While Tim Presley was recording demos for his upcoming Drag City debut, For the Recently Found Innocent, something felt inexplicably off…
By: Paula Mejia / June 13, 2014

White Lung Embrace Change on the Focused ‘Deep Fantasy’

The road to White Lung's upcoming third album began with some major changes for the Canadian noise-punks. A little over a year after their tremulou…
By: Colin Joyce / June 6, 2014

The Growlers Clean Up for Spit-Shined New Album ‘Chinese Fountain’

For the Growlers, putting a record together in anything but a rush sounds like a nightmare.It's a winning formula for the SoCal surf punks, say…
By: Colin Stutz / May 30, 2014

Jenny Lewis Battles Loss and Insomnia With Ryan Adams’ Help on ‘The Voyager’

Jenny Lewis has built a deceptively sturdy body of work over the last 15 years. To date, the 38-year-old's oeuvre includes four albums with the…
By: Kyle McGovern / May 22, 2014

The Antlers Seek Peace in the Unknown on ‘Familiars’

When Peter Silberman, frontman for the Antlers, read the funerary text Tibetan Book of the Dead this past fall, he started thinking about people's inner…
By: Harley Brown / May 20, 2014

Pantha du Prince Reboots His Experimental Techno With the Triad

Is Pantha du Prince's Hendrik Weber unpredictable? Count on it. How do you peg a mercurial German producer who's been content to spend the last…
By: Scott Mcdonald / May 12, 2014

King Tuff Promises Mystery and Sex on ‘Volcanic’ New Album

"The place you gotta go to change / Is deeper into the strange." So sings King Tuff — a.k.a. 31-year-old singer-guitarist Kyle Thoma…
By: Kyle McGovern / May 8, 2014

Best Coast Salute Gwen Stefani, Sugar Ray on New Album

A little over a week ago, Best Coast finished tracking their third album. Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino makes it a point to say "third" while speaking…
By: Kyle McGovern / May 1, 2014

Amen Dunes Releases Demons on Upcoming ‘Love’

Amen Dunes' Damon McMahon gets ideas for songs "like a dog can sense a storm coming," he says. Once the Brooklyn-based psych-folk songwriter feels the…
By: Harley Brown / April 24, 2014

Cerebral Ballzy Serve Up ’70s Power-Pop on New Album ‘Jaded & Faded’

"I think our first album has shredding, ripping tunes, but the second album," says Cerebral Ballzy leader Honor Titus, "has tunes that are just plai…
By: Jeanette D. Moses / April 17, 2014

How Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium Became Inventions

Since 1999, guitarist Mark Smith has been beholden to his post-rock outfit, Explosions in the Sky, applying post-Spiderland dynamics to cinematic grandeur worthy of a…
By: Andy Beta / March 6, 2014
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