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Dan Boeckner: Sound Politics

It’s a nice day because Dan Boeckner says Wolf Parade have written about six new songs and will put out some new music this year.
Jeremy D. Larson / April 11, 2016

3Pac: To Live and Die on 4chan

You could say that Ryan Harryman died twice. Or that he was two people, only one of whom was named Ryan. The other one was…
Drew Millard / April 7, 2016

Teen Suicide: Quarter-Life Riot

In a suburban living room outside of Baltimore, Maryland, I am about to bear witness to Sam’s Big Jump. The event, mysteriously hyped to me…
Andrew Unterberger / April 6, 2016

Frankie Cosmos Is Ready to Be Herself

Greta Kline needs a haircut. When we meet in early February at a Williamsburg coffee shop, the Frankie Cosmos frontwoman bounds in and suggests a change in evening plans: Instead of…
Rachel Brodsky / March 15, 2016

Transgender and Black, Searching for an Audience

Thirty-seven-year-old ShaGasyia Diamond and 27-year-old Genuwine Beauty are spending Halloween afternoon at a recording studio with music producer Idris Swatts. It’s a makeshift set-up: a…
Brian Josephs / March 8, 2016

Paul Westerberg: Throwing Out the Past

He’s gonna cancel on me. A blizzard is on the way, and the first flakes have started falling on this nervous Friday morning, two days…
Drew Fortune / March 7, 2016

Eric Prydz Does Whatever the F**k He Wants To Do

Eric Prydz is barely visible inside the largest hologram in North America. The enormous, luminescent box projects 3D images — undulating geometric landscapes, glowing meteorites,…
Harley Brown / March 2, 2016

Scott Isbell Wants to Make America(n Music) Great Again

It’s quarter past 9:00 p.m. on the first Friday of February, and Scott Isbell is ten minutes into a 15-minute set at a small Emerson…
Max Cea / March 1, 2016

DIIV: To the Darklands and Back

For most of his life, Zachary Cole Smith has provoked strong reactions from people. The yellow-haired 31-year-old remembers that even as a kid, his fourth-grade…
Kyle McGovern / February 25, 2016

Wild Nothing Doesn’t Need Your Nostalgia

On a frigid, windblown evening a week before Thanksgiving, Jack Tatum emits stress. Hunched in a green leather booth backstage at Baby’s All Right, a…
Harley Brown / February 18, 2016

Pusha T Is President

When I shake Terrence "Pusha T" Thornton’s hand in late December and congratulate him on the then-upcoming release of his new record, he smiles and…
Dan Weiss / February 12, 2016

El Guincho Isn’t Worried About Disappointing You

Pablo Díaz-Reixa has always operated in his own universe, and when it comes to the off-kilter pop music he makes as El Guincho, that's largely…
Shawn Reynaldo / February 11, 2016

The 1975 Care Because You Do

Yes, this is the line for the 1975 concert. It’s a Friday night in early December, about 45 minutes before the quartet are scheduled to…
Andrew Unterberger / February 9, 2016

Kevin Gates: The Day They Make Me a Boss

It’s a couple of days after New Years and Kevin Gates and I are on the seventh floor of the Beverly Center mall in Los…
Drew Millard / January 21, 2016

Tinashe Knows How Dope She Is

It’s 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in the middle of November, and Tinashe is curled up, fast asleep, on the couch in the Upper East…
Brennan Carley / December 22, 2015

Folk Metal, Cubist Cupcakes, and Interplanetary Bass: Inside the 2015 World Music Expo

Recently, Afrobeats phenom Fuse ODG hopped on Major Lazer’s "Light It Up" remix and posted a clip of it to his Instagram. He called it, "WORLD…
Minna Zhou / November 30, 2015

Fetty Wap Is 2015’s Rookie of the Year

"I write most of my music now in the airplane." So says the dude grinning across from me on a July afternoon at…
Dan Weiss / November 30, 2015

Steve Angello Tells the Non-EDM Version of His Crazy Life Story on ‘Wild Youth’

Steve Angello used to be, in his words, a "s**thead." Growing up in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden — an immigrant-heavy neighborhoods that periodically erupts…
Harley Brown / November 24, 2015

Vanessa Carlton Has Never Been Farther From ‘A Thousand Miles’

Vanessa Carlton is hours away from playing a show at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha, Nebraska, but she has a few things to do…
Rachel Brodsky / November 24, 2015

Beach Slang: This Band Could Be Your Life

James Alex is about to play to a mostly empty room and he’s noticeably nervous. The lean, fortysomething singer-songwriter is pink in the face and…
Kyle McGovern / November 10, 2015
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