Spotlight

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

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
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