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Q&A: Courtney Barnett on Touring America, Snow, and Her Favorite ‘Sex and the City’ Character

The Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is 26 years old and has just seen snow falling for the first time: "Looking out of the car window,…
Mike Powell / April 8, 2014

Haim’s ‘Days Are Gone’ Is a Canny, Calculated Burst of ’80s Art-Pop Perfection

Haim are a band of three sisters from Los Angeles who make cool, wholesome pop-rock that sounds like something you might've heard on the radio…
Mike Powell / September 27, 2013

No Age’s ‘An Object’ Proves Art-Damage Austerity Has Its Limits

No Age always seemed like a punk band for people ambivalent about punk. Born of a Los Angeles community whose Venn diagram included skate shops,…
Mike Powell / August 15, 2013

Review: Vampire Weekend, ‘Modern Vampires of the City’

Halfway through Vampire Weekend's third album, on a hushed, mysterious song called "Hannah Hunt," someone takes a lonely walk from an off-season beach house into…
Mike Powell / May 13, 2013

Kurt Vile, ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’ (Matador)

Ask any teenager: The first step to being cool is to stop trying to be cool. Or, in the starkly uncool terms of author Malcom…
Mike Powell / April 9, 2013

Waxahatchee, ‘Cerulean Salt’ (Don Giovanni)

In rap, the convention is to overstate your strengths: "Welcome, ladies and gentlemen," Jay-Z preened in 2001, "to the eighth wonder of the world." In…
Mike Powell / March 4, 2013

Mount Moriah, ‘Miracle Temple’ (Merge)

Like a lot of bands from the American South, Durham, North Carolina's Mount Moriah sound voluntarily haunted by tradition. Their style is as traceable to…
Mike Powell / February 27, 2013

Atoms for Peace, ‘Amok’ (XL)

Let us begin with praise for the man known to the government as Michael Peter Balzary, but to his fans and the general public simply…
Mike Powell / January 25, 2013

Christopher Owens, ‘Lysandre’ (Fat Possum)

Last July, Chris Owens — the boyish, melancholic singer-songwriter behind indie-rock band Girls — announced he was going solo. Well, what he announced was that…
Mike Powell / January 14, 2013

Lindstrom, ‘Smalhans’ (Feedelity/Smalltown Supersound)

In February, Norwegian disco prince Lindstrøm released a wild and busy record called Six Cups of Rebel: "On this album I've gone further out than before,"
Mike Powell / November 13, 2012

Main Attrakionz, ‘Bossalinis & Fooliyones’ (Young One)

"If we could record every day, we would," the rapper Mondre M.A.N. told The Fader late last year. Since July 2011, he and his partner…
Mike Powell / October 15, 2012

Best Reissues of August 2012: Flatlanders, Frank Zappa, Blur, Dead C, and more

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention We’re Only In It for the Money (10) Zappa Records With nearly 100 albums under his belt (including…
Mike Powell / September 10, 2012


English production duo The KLF accomplished a lot in their time, including inventing the kind of willfully dumb, massively popular stadium techno that basically turned…
Mike Powell / September 6, 2012


Of the 106 artists listed in the liner notes for Panda Bear's Person Pitch, German-based electronic producer Dettinger is third. Like a lot of what…
Mike Powell / September 6, 2012


Excepter was one of the more unpredictable beasts of Brooklyn’s loose experimental music scene during the early and mid-2000s. Though never as friendly as Animal…
Mike Powell / September 6, 2012

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