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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

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…
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…
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 decades…
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,…
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…
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 he's just…
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…
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 damn…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Amanda Shapiro / June 9, 2014
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