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Naomi Punk Thrives With Minimalist Edge and Maximal Sound

When speaking about oft mythicized hometown of Olympia, Washington, caustic surf-scum trio Naomi Punk agrees that the concept of a punk-rock utopia is fickle. "It…
Paula Mejia / August 6, 2014

Misun’s Bittersweet Pop Fuses ’90s House, Dusty Rock, and Doo-Wop

For Los Angeles quartet Misun (pronounced 'me-sun'), songwriting begins with affliction. The crew's moody, yet upbeat recordings uncover the raw emotions behind the loss of…
Jessica Herndon / July 18, 2014

DJ Dodger Stadium Channel Desert Existentialism via L.A. Club Beats

DJ Dodger Stadium's debut album begins with a familiar refrain muttered over a cinematic swell of strings: "There are five million stories in the big…
Philip Sherburne / July 10, 2014

Cold Beat Dodges the Ghosts of San Francisco, Dives Into Surf-Kissed Post-Punk

In the middle of bemoaning the current state of San Francisco, Hannah Lew cuts herself off: "Something that inspires me about the Futurist movement is…
Nim Barshad / July 2, 2014

Nashville’s Bleed the Pigs Grind Against the Grain

Kayla Philips has a lot on her mind. Last October, the Nashville transplant hit upon the perfect outlet when she and guitarist David Hobbs were…
Kim Kelly / June 17, 2014

The Outfit, TX Shoot Country Rap Into Outer Space

"Nobody wants to hear a UGK cover band." At least that's what 25-year-old rapper/producer Mel Kyle, one third of the Houston by way of Dallas…
Brandon Soderberg / June 10, 2014

Kaytranada Channels Dilla, Embraces Up-Tempo Neo-Soul

Don't ask Kaytranada to make another remix. The young Haitian-born, Montreal-based producer (real name Kevin Celestin) did indeed rise to international recognition by way of…
Anupa Mistry / June 3, 2014

Greg Gives Peter Space to Fuse Chamber-Folk With Dub

Dub music is often thought of as an almost mystical force, a kind of ghost in the machine, but to hear Greg Haines and Peter…
Philip Sherburne / May 20, 2014

Broken Twin Commands Devastating Darkness on ‘May’

There's sad music and then there's sad music; music that's just plain devastating. Death Cab for Cutie made sad music, whereas Elliott Smith's was devastating.
Garrett Kamps / May 13, 2014

Bay Area Rapper Issue Reps #Based Experimentalism and His Dad, E-40

"When I first came out with my music, people thought I was on hardcore drugs," explains the mysterious, mask-rocking rapper Issue. "But that was just…
Brandon Soderberg / May 1, 2014

Your Friend Finds Catharsis in Kansas

Taryn Miller, a Lawrence, Kansas-based songwriter who records and performs as Your Friend, once had a dream that she would share the stage with Mount…
Harley Brown / April 23, 2014

Scraper Subvert San Francisco Gentrification With Snarling Punk Assault

Who: Scraper first took shape in 2011, when frontman Billy Schmidt joined forces with bassist Noah Charnow and drummer Chelsea Woodard at Wizard Mountain, a…
Sam Lefebvre / April 7, 2014

Anti-Pop’s Hprizm Draws a New Map for Fourth-World Boom Bap

Kyle Austin is on a mission. Or, as he puts it, "a caffeinated mission," to be precise. Trying to navigate a transatlantic time difference, we…
Philip Sherburne / March 27, 2014

Miami’s Cashy Matches Quirky Trap With Unbeatable, Reverent Hooks

"I'm not trying to sound cocky, but I'm kind of on my own in South Miami," Cashy quietly explains. "I'm bringing something different." When we…
Brandon Soderberg / March 26, 2014

Brooklyn’s Brenmar Sidesteps Trends To Build Bass-Driven Pop

It's almost as if Bill Salas thrives on the grind itself. Chicago-raised and Brooklyn-based, Salas — who has been producing and DJing as Brenmar since…
Anupa Mistry / March 19, 2014
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