Interviews

Rico Nasty Is So Tired of That Damn Box

When her debut mixtape Summer’s Eve came out in 2014, Rico Nasty was still a high school student in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Since then,…
Israel Daramola / December 27, 2018

Mitski Thinks You Should Take a Vacation From the Internet

It’s been a wild year for Mitski Miyawaki. Her latest album, Be the Cowboy, has been hailed as one of the best of…
Anna Gaca / December 19, 2018

Snail Mail Just Wants to Chill

Lindsey Jordan was inarguably one of the biggest things in indie rock this year. After her 2016 single "Thinning" and her folk-twinged 2017 Habit EP,…
Arielle Gordon / December 18, 2018

Irmin Schmidt of Can on His Love for Beyoncé and Exposing Nazis as a Teen

5 Klavierstücke, the German-language title of a forthcoming instrumental album by Irmin Schmidt, translates to "five piano works" in English. The spare formality…
Andy Cush / November 6, 2018

Julia Holter Finds Herself in Songs of Monks and Birds

"Can I feel you, are you mythological?" asks Julia Holter in the first song from her last album of new material, 2015’s Have You in…
Winston Cook-Wilson / October 25, 2018

Joyce Manor Is Excited to Be Bored

Tattoos snake down Barry Johnson’s right arm, coming just short of gripping his beer. His left arm, at least the part of it that isn’t…
Brad Nelson / October 23, 2018

Interpol Talks Marauder, Avoiding Nostalgia, and Loving 21 Savage and Migos

Interpol guitarist Daniel Kessler is not the most exotic creature haunting Washington Square Park on this sweltering August afternoon. That would be the…
Brian Josephs / August 29, 2018

Bill Hader on Barry and the Anxiety of Working on SNL

Much like Barry Berkman, the hitman turned aspiring thespian he plays on TV, Bill Hader loved heavy music as a kid. Judging by the Metallica…
Maggie Serota / August 1, 2018

DJDS Talk New Album Big Wave More Fire and What They Learned From Kanye

It still boggles the mind a little that a producer who named himself after an internet joke has become one of the most powerful and…
Dale Eisinger / July 5, 2018

Neko Case on #MeToo, Art History, and Becoming a Producer: The Spin Interview

The best Neko Case songs walk familiar paths to new realms. She’s recorded eight solo albums, a half-dozen more with the New Pornographers, plus notable side…
Anna Gaca / June 6, 2018

Q&A: Amen Dunes on the Meaning of Freedom

The first voice on Amen Dunes’ new album Freedom is a child delivering the pep talk from the 2004 hockey…
Anna Gaca / March 23, 2018

Belle and Sebastian: Politics and Religion

Late one night last August, the Belle and Sebastian tour bus headed for a gig in St. Paul, Minnesota, leaving drummer Richard Colburn at Walmart…
Anna Gaca / March 13, 2018

Ravyn Lenae Is Feeling Lovey Dovey

Chicago R&B singer Ravyn Lenae first established herself a few years ago with intimate, romantic confessions that floated gently over local hip-hop producer Monte…
Tosten Burks / February 14, 2018

Interview: Aly & AJ Just Want to Sell Out Shows

It’s not on the charts, but Aly & AJ released one of the best pop singles of 2017. It’s called "Take Me": a rush of…
Anna Gaca / November 17, 2017

John Maus Talks New Album Screen Memories, the Apocalypse, and Wanting to Write Like Mark Ronson

John Maus has an enthusiasm that’s hard to contain. From his fist-pumping, head-banging karaoke-style live performances at the turn of the…
Rob Arcand / October 27, 2017
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