• Telekinesis / Photo by Kyle Johnson

    Telekinesis Reveals Which Rock Stars Are Aliens, Performs 'Dormarion' Beauties

    "I love straight-ahead rock records," Telekinesis mainman Michael Lerner told SPIN, speaking on the phone during a recent interview, "but I also love records that that took a lot of risks." Those twin affections are in full flower on the band's third full-length album, Dormarion, due April 2 on Merge.

  • The Joy Formidable's Ritzy Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd, Matt Thomas / Photo by James Minchin

    The Joy Formidable on Breakups, Bones, and Moving Fans' Bowels

    On an unseasonably warm Manhattan afternoon in late January, as the Joy Formidable prepped backstage for their first performance on Late Night on NBC, they had at least one goal in mind. "We're going to make Jimmy Fallon shit himself," said frontwoman Ritzy Bryan. The band cackled, but this wouldn't be the first time their loud and energetic live show rendered a large part of the audience incontinent. It happened once before, when the trio played an intimate concert for 200 people and a group of ducks in a barn in their home country of Wales."The ducks all shat on the floor the minute we started playing," singer-guitarist Bryan said, her bandmates laughing. "I thought it was a good sign. I wish our fans would do that more. We were a bit worried, though, because we didn't know if you could deafen a duck.

  • Paloma Faith / Photo by Rebecca Pierce

    Paloma Faith: Everything You Need to Know About the U.K.'s Sassy Pop Star

    She's sassy: Paloma Faith has no problem speaking her mind. "This place is full of wankers," says the burgeoning British pop star, speaking at a mostly empty sushi restaurant in Manhattan. "This is why people don't come to posh restaurants," the 26-year old singer adds. "I really hate bureaucracy and the idea that I'm not a free person. As soon as someone says I can't sit somewhere, I'll sit there." Faith, dressed in a two-piece sequined bare-midriffed outfit with gigantic and elaborate orange beehive-ish hair, had literally done just that, seating herself at a table and then refusing the waiter's polite request to move to a nearby one. Her issues with authority, however, go beyond restaurants. She readily criticizes those who she felt hindered her creative process on her 2009 debut, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? "People were scared to let me have freedom," she says.

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