My Obsessions

Snus Control: Avicii on His Favorite Vice

We've all got our vices. Some of us drink, some gamble, and others, like mega-DJ Avicii opt for a nicotine fix. The 22-year-old Swede, born…
Tom Charles / August 20, 2012

Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum Obsessively Watches the ‘Thrones’

Wild Nothing singer-guitarist Jack Tatum has some strong opinions about what constitutes great pop, and he brandishes them beautifully on his sophomore album, Nocturne, a…
Thomas Charles / July 26, 2012

Jonathan Wilson May Have Stolen Your Tubes

Jonathan Wilson's intricately produced and gently epic folk-rock debut Gentle Spirit, released last year, sounded, in the best way, like the work of a sonic…
David Marchese / June 7, 2012

Patrick Watson Is Mad About Hats

Montreal folk warbler Patrick Watson isn't built like the rest of us. Sure, he might view the world a little differently — namely, rife with…
Alyssa Noel / May 4, 2012

Tanlines’ Jesse Cohen Is Obsessed With Old Jewish Photographs

When Tanlines' percussionist Jesse Cohen isn't enticing staid graybeards to gyrate to his band's synth-laden dance-pop, you can find him scouring over antiquated photographs in…
Alyssa Pereira / April 23, 2012

Dry the River Are Obsessed With VHS Tapes

A lot of folks are pegging up-and-coming English folk-rockers Dry the River as being the next Mumford & Sons, but when the band isn't making…
David Marchese / March 8, 2012

My Obsessions: School of Seven Bells

Full of ethereal vocal hooks and gorgeously woozy guitar soundscapes, the music of Brooklyn duo School of Seven Bells feels more dreamed than composed. To…
David Marchese / February 24, 2012

My Obsessions: Miike Snow

As one third of synth-pop stars Miike Snow, Christian Karlsson [at left, above] knows a thing or two about wringing human emotion from synthetic…
David Marchese / February 22, 2012