Profiles

Read An Excerpt From Alex Chilton Biography ‘A Man Called Destruction’

From his teen stardom as lead singer of '60s pop stars the Box Tops to his massively influential work with Big Star to the ups…
Holly George-Warren / March 21, 2014

Warpaint on Safari

"Iiiiiiiiiii swal-lowed a fly," sings Warpaint co-leader Emily Kokal, to the tune made famous by Sugar Ray. She’s staring into the American Museum of Natural…
Puja Patel / February 5, 2014

Amy’s Dad: Mitch Winehouse’s Second Life

Mitch Winehouse is singing tonight because his daughter no longer can. There's no getting around it. Sixty-two years old and handsomely gray, he's onstage in…
David Marchese / November 8, 2013

Smoke Breaks With Satan: The Strange Days and Sinister Nights of Watain

"There is going to be a lot of blood," says Erik Danielsson, standing outside Manhattan's Irving Plaza. "It's a Watain concert."At this point, that almost…
Kory Grow / October 31, 2013

Ryan Hemsworth: Born on the Internet

By the time Ryan Hemsworth, tall and strikingly handsome, walks onstage at Manhattan's 88 Palace on a Saturday night in October, it's 3:15 a.m., and…
Jordan Sargent / October 30, 2013

The Escape Artist: Cass McCombs’ Mercurial Brilliance

Crouching on an island of rotten linoleum, hammer in hand, Cass McCombs proposes some friendly competition. "If you're lucky, you'll get an entire tile to…
David Bevan / October 16, 2013

120,000,000 Ylvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong

I'm standing in the rain outside the entrance to The Today Show, chatting with a hangdog Norwegian journalist about the inevitability of death and whatnot,…
David Marchese / October 15, 2013

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Triumph of Mike WiLL Made It

On a Monday night in early September, having flown from Los Angeles back to his Atlanta hometown, Mike WiLL Made It pops into the city's…
Christina Lee / October 9, 2013

Sons of Anarchy: ‘SLC Punk!’ 15 Years Later

At the end of writer-director James Merendino's 1998 screed of a film, SLC Punk!, the main malcontent, Stevo, played by Matthew Lillard, sits on a…
David Marchese / September 24, 2013

Mazzy Star’s Slow-Burn Return

It is painfully clear that a crackly Skype call is as close, literally and figuratively, as I'm going to get to Mazzy Star. Separated by…
Colin Joyce / September 17, 2013

Bill Callahan Rolls on Like a River

"Bill, can you make some mountains?" A great wind is rolling through Bill Callahan's home, toward a bare corner room that he's made…
David Bevan / September 17, 2013

Mini Masters of Reality: Unlocking the Truth Plot Metal’s Future From Their Parents’ Basement

In early June 2013, the digital art magazine Avant Garde Diaries released a short documentary on two African-American boys from Brooklyn who made heavy metal…
Porochista Khakpour / September 12, 2013

Juicy J: Trippy Nonstop

Memphis rap legend Jordan "Juicy J" Houston is still drunk from last night, nursing a ginger ale alone in the bar at Morton's the Steakhouse…
Jeff Weiss / September 6, 2013

Does Janelle Monae Dream of Electric Sheep?

There's something inscrutable about Janelle Monáe. Speaking with the 27-year-old, Kansas City-born musician, it can be difficult working out whether her intense self-assuredness is simply…
Anupa Mistry / September 5, 2013

Mac Miller Is Cool Now

Mac Miller never pictured himself in Los Angeles. Born Malcolm McCormick, the 21-year-old rapper grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with New York City looming as…
Jordan Sargent / July 18, 2013
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