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Old Slayer and Fresh Fruit: Gojira Frontman Joe Duplantier’s Metal Musts

On October 25 in Las Vegas, French metal beasts Gojira kicked off a North American tour they'll spend tenderizing audiences as the opening act for…
Jeanette D. Moses / November 8, 2013

Kwes Prefers Ridges, Clean Icelandic Lines

Ironically, the most conspicuous aspect of Kwesi Sey's personality is his modesty. Last year, the South London-bred producer/songwriter known as Kwes released a single called…
Elissa Stolman / November 7, 2013

Glasser Gives It Up for RuPaul

Cameron Mesirow's Glasser project debuted in 2010 with Ring, a brooding collection of tropical beats and heart-stopping intimacy. The follow-up, Interiors, was three years in the making.
Ari Lipsitz / October 16, 2013

Jack White and Whiskey: The Head and the Heart’s Must-Haves

Only a couple years ago, the Head and the Heart were struggling to capture the attention of passersby while busking on Seattle street corners. Now,…
Paula Mejia / October 8, 2013

Pond’s Nick Allbrook Envies Death Grips, Explains What Happens When Galaxies Collide

In May, Nick Allbrook left Aussie psych gurus Tame Impala in May after five years with the group in order to focus on Pond, his…
Dani Bronstein / August 22, 2013

Zola Jesus on Mariah Carey’s Oversinging and the Guggenheim’s Inspiring Weirdness

Since her 2011 breakthrough Conatus, Zola Jesus' has built a stirring catalog on the strength of her dramatically keening vocals and icy synthesizers. She's up…
Paula Mejia / August 21, 2013

Smith Westerns Will Ride for Long John Silver’s

In 2011, Chicago glam-garage dude-gamines Smith Westerns impressed with their sophomore effort, Dye It Blonde, an album of lush melodies and golden guitar equally inspired…
Julia Selinger / June 19, 2013

Eleanor Friedberger on Springsteen Covers and Social Media Surprises

Though Eleanor came to prominence recording with her brother Matthew as Fiery Furnaces in the early 2000s, she's recently proven capable of far more than…
Paula Mejia / June 3, 2013

Spanish House Star John Talabot on Rediscovering Destiny’s Child

The music of Barcelona producer John Talabot is what you imagine Spain sounds like. His beats roll along on a sloshing midtempo, the easy deep…
Jordan Sargent / May 31, 2013

Mount Kimbie Big Up the Chili Peppers, Afro-Psych, and Tokyo

In 2010, Dominic Maker and Kai Campos — known as Mount Kimbie — burst out of London as the progenitors of post-dubstep. (A label of…
Josh Stillman / May 3, 2013

Marina & the Diamonds on Her Madonna Love and Daniel Johnston

Marina Diamandis, the Welsh-raised singer-songwriter behind Marina & the Diamonds, didn't start listening to music until her late teens. But you wouldn't be able to…
Colin Joyce / April 25, 2013

King Tuff on How Jimi Hendrix Broke His Mind and Early Oi!

Given his irresistibly raucous, slovenly anthemic songcraft, it'd be easy to think King Tuff frontman Kyle Thomas' favorites skewed towards trashcan kitsch and belching rock'n'roll.
Drew Fortune / April 23, 2013

Antwon Riffs on Martin Lawrence, Danzig, and Sex Marathons

The electrifyingly eclectic Antwon is a pop culture obsessive whose grab-bag interests — from thrash metal to avant-garde film to Fox sitcoms — are well…
Drew Fortune / April 22, 2013

Chrome Sparks on Loving Stereolab, Downing Absinthe Shots

Prolific wunderkind DJ Jeremy Malvin has recorded under the names Professor Purple, I So Garden, Roommates, and DJ Norf Pole. But with his Chrome Sparks…
Drew Fortune / April 19, 2013

Nite Jewel on Aaliyah and a Bedroom Music Obscurity

In 2012, Nite Jewel mastermind Ramona Gonzalez took her project out of the bedroom and onto the dance floor with One Second of Love —…
Drew Fortune / April 18, 2013
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