My Influences

Boys Noize on Berlin and Chicago House Institution Dance Mania

Boys Noize is a famous DJ, but he's not that famous. He regularly plays prime-time sets at massive EDM festivals, but his performances are often…
Elissa Stolman / December 17, 2013

Underground Dance Music Hero Paul Woolford on Old School Rave and Classic Synths

After more than 10 years of recording and DJing, U.K. native Paul Woolford will make his major label debut next month, when Sony imprint Relentless…
Elissa Stolman / October 30, 2013

MS MR Talk Public Access TV, the Apocalypse, and Other Dark Influences

A little bit of darkness swirls around MS MR — singer Lizzy Plapinger's perpetually neon hair notwithstanding. The Brooklyn synth-pop duo released a Revelations-referencing debut…
Maud Deitch / October 16, 2013

Parquet Courts ‘Tally’ Their Favorite Things

Light Up Gold, a half-hour frenzy of wit and twentysomething problems, twitchy guitar hooks, and the occasional toy-flute solo, earned Parquet Courts a warm embrace…
Zara Golden / October 2, 2013

Huerco S Explains Why Dance Music Is More Punk Than Punk

For Huerco S. (born Brian Leeds), gritty recordings are a form of rebellion. The Brooklyn-via-Kansas City producer's degraded textures and ambient-leaning arrangements are an act of…
Elissa Stolman / October 1, 2013

Diarrhea Planet Dig the Not-Sucky Parts of Steely Dan, Ride Hard for Classic Rock

Don't be fooled by the scatological moniker and six-string shredding—Diarrhea Planet is a gang of goofballs with a keen taste for pop. "All of us…
Julia Selinger / August 20, 2013

Mayer Hawthorne: ‘If You Don’t Like Steely Dan, I Don’t Like You’

For his third record, Where Does This Door Go (Universal Republic), released July 16, retro-soul smoothie Mayer Hawthorne was determined to do more than just…
Paula Mejia / July 16, 2013

Bass God Thundercat Gives the Lowdown on Sonic the Hedgehog and Singing Like Tiny Tim

Before striking out on his own as Thundercat, singer and bass-master Stephen Bruner spent plenty of time in the sideman shadows, lending his virtuosic low-end…
Dani Bronstein / July 9, 2013

Dance Wunderkinds Disclosure on SBTRKT, Seal, and their Parents’ Record Collection

Sitting on a couch in the spacious Manhattan offices of Universal Music, Disclosure brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence seemed unruffled — by either three days…
Dani Bronstein / June 5, 2013

The Thermals’ Hutch Harris on How Green Day, ‘LARP-Metal’ Shaped ‘Desperate Ground’

The Thermals' Hutch Harris had some small regrets. After 2010's Personal Life — a relatively stripped-down collection of mid-tempo tunes— he quickly realized that what…
Colin Joyce / April 15, 2013

Iron & Wine Tips His Cap to Paul McCartney, Marvin Gaye

"I didn't really intend on having a music career," Iron & Wine mainman Sam Beam explained over the phone before a recent North Carolina show,…
Kiran Herbert / April 11, 2013

Devendra Banhart Riffs on Britpop, Drag, and German Mystics

Devendra Banhart, 31, greets me with an awkward hug, attempting to not get his paint-covered hands all over my coat. We're at his studio on…
Kiran Herbert / March 7, 2013

Neurosis Reveal Inspirations Behind ‘Honor Found in Decay’ (and Their Full 30-Year Career)

The way the frontmen of psychedelic metal heavyweights Neurosis tell it, making records is a mercurial process. There may have been a five-year gap between…
Kory Grow / November 27, 2012

Apocalypse, Wow: Behind Prince Rama’s Concept Album

Brooklyn's psychedelic sister act Prince Rama are on a good cosmic trip. Bandmembers' Taraka and Nimai Larson's new album Top 10 Hits of the End…
Lindsay MaHarry / November 14, 2012

Sabbath and Sci-Fi: Behind the Sword’s ‘Apocryphon’

Austin, Texas' sci-fi metal masters the Sword stocked their October 22 album Apocryphon with fantastical lyrics and rollercoaster riffs, but it also evinces a new…
Lindsay MaHarry / October 25, 2012
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