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Pile: A Million Sweaty Punks Can’t Be Wrong

If you wanted to pick a single moment of music to explain the phenomenon of Massachusetts post-hardcore quartet Pile--the rave…
Andy Cush / April 19, 2017

After Breaking Up, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth Is Making His Best Music Yet

Dave Longstreth’s beard is gnarled and unkempt, the mark of a man who has forgone Western civilization to find himself in a backwoods cabin. It’s…
Jeremy Gordon / February 22, 2017

Strand of Oaks May Go Broke, But He Still Believes in Rock ‘n’ Roll

Tim Showalter is about ten days out from the release of Hard Love, Strand of Oaks’ fifth album, and it seems like the last thing…
Ian Cohen / February 17, 2017

Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi on His Optimistic New Album: “I Don’t Feel Like I’ve Wasted My Life Anymore”

In Cloud Nothings’ earliest days, Dylan Baldi essentially shared songwriting credits with Cleveland, Ohio, whose prevailing reputation—see "The Mistake on the Lake," Major League, Hot…
Ian Cohen / January 25, 2017

Joyce Manor: These Things Take Time

On the way from New York to Nashville to meet Joyce Manor, I listened to a playlist of the band’s entire catalog — three full-length albums…
Andrew Unterberger / September 1, 2016

Jenny Hval’s Art of Failure

Jenny Hval is lost. It's a humid Sunday morning in July, and the Norwegian dream-pop explorer has joined me for a long walk through Brooklyn's Botanic Garden. After winding our…
Rachel Brodsky / September 1, 2016

Gonjasufi Feels Your Pain

"This is going to hurt your ears a bit," Gonjasufi announces over the mic as he cues up a gnarled synth riff on his Roland…
Peter Holslin / August 22, 2016

Nina Sky: Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves

This isn’t the ideal scenario to see someone DJ for the first time. On a rainy night in May, Nicole and Natalie Albino — collectively known…
Andrew Unterberger / August 2, 2016

BADBADNOTGOOD Got the Props

It’s a sunny Wednesday evening and I'm with sitting BADBADNOTGOOD in Williamsburg's Loosie Rouge bar, locked in a conversation about hip-hop. The members of the Toronto-based,…
Brian Josephs / July 28, 2016

Cymbals Eat Guitars Wanna Be Well

Standing in the middle of the crowd for Philadelphia DIY maestro Alex G’s show at Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right, Joseph D’Agostino has…
Andrew Unterberger / June 30, 2016

Pop Producer Ricky Reed Is Living the Nice Life

There are two types of smiles. The first comes from concerted approval; the second spreads reflexively. The former is often feigned, the latter is all natural. Ricky…
Brennan Carley / May 31, 2016

The Strange Is Gone From San Francisco

Now that all my friends are gone / I walk these streets, but don’t belong / I’d keep the faith but I’m not that strong / There’s so…
Steven Edelstone / May 31, 2016

Uffie Reloads the Glock

It's a sweaty mid-April afternoon in Beverly Hills, and Uffie's pacing around a pebble-strewn pathway, lit cigarette in hand. We're in the backyard of producer Benny Blanco's…
Brennan Carley / May 11, 2016

Changes: Charles Bradley’s Life of Love and Loss

Charles Bradley doesn't want your pity. Not for the years he spent homeless in New York City, or hitchhiking across the country looking for a…
Dan Reilly / May 9, 2016

Gimme Some Truth: Life Studies With Homeboy Sandman

On a Thursday afternoon in April, Homeboy Sandman and I are circling the city of New York. We’re at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows…
Andrew Unterberger / May 6, 2016
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