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Torche: The Heaviest Non-Metal Band in Miami

Somewhere in a marijuana field in northern California, Steve Brooks realized he had really better make this music thing work. It was last winter, and…
By: Arielle Castillo / March 10, 2015

The Sound and the Furry: Making a Psychedelic Muppet With Dan Deacon

"Do I have to put the eyes where the eyes go, or can they go anywhere?" Dan Deacon asks, looming over a mess of dismembered…
By: James Grebey / March 3, 2015

Trend of the Year: How PC Music Chewed Up Pop Conventions

Pop is worth parodying. Just ask "Weird Al" Yankovic, who landed his first number-one album in 2014, after it was safe to assume three decade…
By: Dan Weiss / December 17, 2014

I Did It My Way: Hamilton Leithauser Enters His Second Act

Hamilton Leithauser is about to enter a new phase in his life. It's a drizzly April evening and the husband and father of two is,…
By: Kyle McGovern / October 3, 2014

Liberation Days: Peter Matthew Bauer Begins His Spiritual Search

By the time Peter Matthew Bauer steps up to the microphone, he's red in the face. The 36-year-old singer-songwriter appears lit with some mixture of…
By: Kyle McGovern / October 2, 2014

The Wonderful World of Walter Martin

Walter Martin asks to start over. The 39-year-old husband and father of two is recording a May segment for NPR's Weekend Edition and…
By: Kyle McGovern / October 1, 2014

How Composer Brian Reitzell Became Hollywood’s Recluse Whisperer

It's a hallucinatory 110 degrees in a parking lot in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Glendale, where Brian Reitzell stands outside of a nondescript recording…
By: Andy Beta / July 24, 2014

Freak Scene: 2014’s Weird World of Underground Rap

Underground hip-hop is not what it used to be, but that's a good thing. At its peak, "the underground" was its own separate and dam…
By: Brandon Soderberg / July 11, 2014

You Gotta Heal: Strand of Oaks Faces Down His Demons

The tea kettle is whistling in Tim Showalter's Philadelphia apartment as he prepares two pottery mugs of triple echinacea tea. "I need it to combat…
By: Joel Oliphint / June 23, 2014

Hundred Waters Run Deep

You can see it driving south on Interstate 17, a cluster of buildings sticking up like a mirage out of the crags and canyons of…
By: Garrett Kamps / June 16, 2014

Clear Skies for Cloud Nothings

Outside a craftsman home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Eagle Rock is when you begin to hear the screaming. It's a typically sunny spring…
By: Puja Patel / June 13, 2014

Young Adult Friction: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Rebirth

Kip Berman loves to talk about bands. The boyish 34-year-old singer-guitarist — who leads the oh-so-preciously named group the Pains of Being Pure at Heart…
By: Kyle McGovern / June 12, 2014

Nashville’s Son: The Life and Death of an Indie-Rock Prince

Not long ago, Nashville had an indie-rock prince, and his name was Ben Todd. Todd loved local music, the cartoon Adventuretime, and Peach Nehi soda.
By: Amanda Shapiro / June 9, 2014

Joakim Splashes Down and Grows Up

The whereabouts of Joakim Bouaziz's worldly possessions are currently unknown. To be more precise, they're somewhere between Paris and New York, packed inside cardboard boxe…
By: Philip Sherburne / June 3, 2014

Body Music: tUnE-yArDs’ Undulating Brilliance

Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner of tUnE-yArDs are eating dinner at a vegan Chinese restaurant in Oakland called Golden Lotus. The scene is busy and…
By: Geeta Dayal / May 9, 2014

Rhythm & Snooze: From Sohn to Chet Faker, A Global Group of Artists Explore the EDM-R&B Axis

Look, I hate to do it, I don't want to do it, but I have to do it. Reader, it's my job: I have to…
By: Garrett Kamps / April 17, 2014

And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out: EMA Screams Into the Void

"It's like high school stoner shit."It's just past noon on a Friday in early February, and Erika M. Anderson is on the second floor of…
By: Michael Tedder / April 10, 2014

The Hitman and the Trickster: Todd Terje’s Improbable Disco

All dance music is in some sense aspirationalist, and none more than disco, with its cocaine clarity and silky sunset glow, an apotheosis of sex…
By: Philip Sherburne / April 9, 2014

Hashtags and Heartbreak: Iamsu!, Sage the Gemini, and the Bay Area’s New Rap Revolution

Sudan Williams sounds like a particularly aggressive GPS navigator as he rolls through East Oakland on a late-October afternoon. The 24-year-old rapper is slumped into…
By: Andrew Nosnitsky / March 25, 2014

Dance Like No One’s Watching: Future Islands Break Out On Their Own Terms

It's a very cold February night in Baltimore and Future Islands frontman Sam Herring is shuffling across the Floristree stage like a cranked-up Elvis impersonator.
By: Brandon Soderberg / March 21, 2014
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