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Natasha Kmeto: Portlandian R&B Singer-Producer Grooves at Max Efficiency

Who: Natasha Kmeto's sensuous, pre-dawn R&B is not what comes to mind when one hears the term "indie act from Portland." But the 30-year-old groove rider…
Jessica Hopper / July 16, 2013

The-Drum, ‘Contact’ (Audraglint)

Despite the fact that The-Drum's debut album is largely instrumental and free of any vocals or narrative that explicitly states, "This takes place in the…
Jessica Hopper / June 26, 2013

Girly Show: The Oral History of Liz Phair’s ‘Exile In Guyville’

In 1993, no rock record was as divisive as Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville. With her 18-song double-LP debut, Phair pried the lid off her…
Jessica Hopper / June 24, 2013

Laura Mvula, ‘Sing to the Moon’ (RCA Victor)

Sing to the Moon begins with a florid blossom of vocal harmonies, of many Laura Mvulas, the English singer's flawless voice multi-tracked heaven-high: "Our love…
Jessica Hopper / June 6, 2013

Laura Mvula: U.K. Soul Singer Shuns Diva Buzz, Spreads Love the Family Way

Who: Laura Mvula, the U.K.'s latest diva export, was shortlisted for the career-making BRIT Awards before she'd even released a proper album. The buzz-crazed English…
Jessica Hopper / May 7, 2013

Tyler, the Creator, ‘Wolf’ (Odd Future/RED)

It's easy to understand why the Internet swooned so hard when Tyler, the Creator first floated along and pricked our bubble. Back in 2010, hip-hop…
Jessica Hopper / April 5, 2013

Wavves, ‘Afraid of Heights’ (Mom + Pop/Warner Bros.)

At the time of Nevermind's circa-'92 zenith, a host of underground bands riffing off Nirvana would've been unforgivably gauche — as craven as aping the…
Jessica Hopper / March 25, 2013

William Tyler: Guitar Phenom Mulls Apocalypse, Replies With Instrumental Grace

Who: The 33-year-old, Nashville-born guitarist William Tyler has played with Lambchop for 13 years, while also serving as an occasional sideman for everyone from Bonnie…
Jessica Hopper / March 5, 2013

Lucky Charms and Dr. Martens: Inside Ellie Goulding’s Bus

Sitting on her orange bus behind a sold-out venue in Chicago, Ellie Goulding is the very picture of polite Englishwoman. She's just finished her tea…
Jessica Hopper / February 15, 2013

Buke and Gase, ‘General Dome’ (Brassland)

General Dome, the latest from outré-rock duo Buke and Gase, is about force. Frontwoman Arone Dyer sings of it often on the first three tracks,…
Jessica Hopper / February 5, 2013

Hey, Hilly Eye, What Are Your Reasons to Live?

Since ending her two-year tenure as guitarist for Titus Andronicus, Amy Rebecca Klein's life has shaken out to being a little less illustrious but much…
Jessica Hopper / January 30, 2013

No Fear of Heights: Tegan and Sara Aim for the Top

For the sake of this interview, Tegan and Sara and I are going to get incredibly high — but first we must clear security. As…
Jessica Hopper / January 17, 2013

Grimes Comes Clean: Synth-Pop Provocateur on Her Big Year

Whether you admire her go-for-it ambition and wildly layered cultural references or think she's a cutesy walking meme with an annoying penchant for appropriation, it's…
Jessica Hopper / December 6, 2012

Sisters Outsiders: The Oral History of the ‘Bikini Kill’ EP

Bikini Kill were more than a band — and intentionally so. They were a beacon and a call to arms. They were "Girl you can…
Jessica Hopper / November 15, 2012

Angel Haze, ‘Classick’ (self-released)

Thank god Angel Haze is so into Jason Mraz and Train. Perhaps if she'd grown up listening to more hip-hop, she might've mistakenly bothered to…
Jessica Hopper / November 13, 2012

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