Yes I’m Changing: The Bold Metamorphosis Of Tame Impala’s Currents

By Chris DeVille / July 1, 2015 - 10:02 am

Kevin Parker was still working when the taxi rolled up to his home. The sun was setting over Perth on one of those early March evenings when a Southern Hemisphere summer is inching into fall. In just a few days, Parker was expected to be in Los Angeles to play Tame Impala’s new album, Currents,… More »

Mitski & Ryan Hemsworth Predict The Song Of The Summer 2015

By James Rettig / June 24, 2015 - 11:07 am

The song of the summer is a slippery, ephemeral thing. You can try to predict it, labels can (and will) try their hardest to make sure that their song is the one that comes out on top, but it’s still an imprecise science. It means different things to different people, certain niches will gravitate toward… More »

A Low Profile: Alan Sparhawk & Mimi Parker On Their New Album Ones And Sixes

By T. Cole Rachel / June 23, 2015 - 10:05 am

For those of us who are old enough to have been of record-buying age back in the ’90s, the early years of that decade remain both deeply nostalgic and weirdly complicated. As the notion of “alternative” music continued to sledgehammer its way into the mainstream, left in its wake were increasingly visible bands that, just… More »

Q&A: TV & Film Music Supervisor Alex Patsavas On Soundtracking The O.C., Mad Men, The Twilight Series, The Astronaut Wives Club, And More

By Ryan Leas / June 18, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Since she began working in TV music supervision in the middle of the 1990s, Alex Patsavas has built a resume that runs from Grey’s Anatomy to Mad Men to The O.C. to Gossip Girl. Those latter two popped up on this site quite a bit back in the day, because they were shows featuring the… More »

Q&A: Gene Ween On His Billy Joel Tribute Band And Lifelong Love Of The Piano Man

By Scott Lapatine / June 17, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Late last month Billy Joel played New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the 63rd time. Meanwhile, across the river, Aaron Freeman played many of the same tunes to a smaller crowd at Brooklyn’s most upscale bowling alley. It was the Ween co-founder’s fourth time belting out a set of these cover songs — “Pressure,”… More »

Q&A: Vince Staples On Falseness In Rap Music, Quitting Before 40, And Summertime ’06 + “Get Paid” (Feat. Desi Mo)

By David Turner / June 15, 2015 - 10:38 am

Vince Staples doesn’t need rap. He enjoys doing it, he’s thankful for the opportunities and stability it provides, but Staples didn’t grow up with dreams of being a rap star. The 21-year-old rapper from Long Beach, California thought more about Allen Iverson and Ash Ketchum than gaudy rap dreams. But after popping up on early… More »

Streets Of Philadelphia: How The Former “Sixth Borough” Became Rock’s First City

By Stereogum / June 8, 2015 - 11:38 am

There’s a small plastic turtle on the dashboard of Cayetana’s old blue van. Her name is Tracy. She wears red glasses and does a little side-to-side dance. The van’s name is “Fast Car,” after the Tracy Chapman hit that the band cranks every time they head out to the next show. They’re aware it’s a… More »

Q&A: Galantis On Their Euphoric Debut Album Pharmacy + “In My Head” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / June 5, 2015 - 10:17 am

Even those who don’t recognize the name Galantis have likely had their adrenaline jacked up by Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw. Though the two Swedes are front and center in their current project, throughout their long careers they’ve often been the men behind the curtain, helping pop songs make the leap from mere machinery to… More »

Q&A: Christopher Mintz-Plasse On His New Band Bear On Fire

By Ryan Leas / June 1, 2015 - 1:19 pm

Christopher Mintz-Plasse is a guy known, obviously, as McLovin, an iconic high school character for the ’00s given to us by 2007’s Superbad and, potentially, an iconic high school figure out of any of the iconic high school figures from high school comedies of any era. And then he was Red Mist in Kick-Ass, rechristened… More »

Q&A: Christopher Owens On His Back-To-Basics Surprise Album Chrissybaby Forever

By T. Cole Rachel / May 27, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Last week, Christopher Owens released the song “Selfish Feelings” along with unexpected news about a new solo album, Chrissybaby Forever. For those who’ve been following Owens’ career, it represents a scrappy return to form. Recorded in San Francisco with engineer J.J. Wiesler, Chrissybaby is arguably the most Girls-ish thing Owens has released since that band… More »

Q&A: James Taylor On Songwriting, Sobriety, & Taylor Swift + “Montana” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / May 18, 2015 - 9:00 am

There probably won’t be a James Taylor radio renaissance upon the release of his thoughtful, elegiac new studio album Before This World. Yet, this advent of new material offers us a chance to take a look at a remarkable man’s life while he continues to create music at the age of 67. I was raised… More »

Q&A: The Darkness On Vikings, Music Media, And Nickelback + “Hammer & Tongs” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Phil Freeman / May 14, 2015 - 10:13 am

Remember the Darkness? They caused a brief sensation in the music press in 2003, when their debut album, Permission To Land, was released. In the UK, it went to #1 and spawned five hit singles, including a Christmas song. In the US, the band was seen as a joke, because … well, mostly because of… More »

Q&A: The Weather Station On Her Breakout Album Loyalty And Her Brief TV Stint With Drake

By Caitlin White / May 6, 2015 - 10:30 am

Tamara Lindeman’s pensive, silvery songwriting as the Weather Station descends upon the listener like a cloud of light. Somewhere in the featherweight folk of her new third album, Loyalty, is a living, breathing human, but her wise, nimble voice tends to manifest like a spirit, all heady haze and unknowable emotion. On Loyalty, she continue… More »

Q&A: The Jesus And Mary Chain’s Jim Reid On 30 Years Of Psychocandy

By Justin M. Norton / May 1, 2015 - 4:14 pm

A few months into my freshman year of high school the resident musical genius in our class gave me a dubbed cassette copy of the Jesus And Mary Chain’s 1985 debut, Psychocandy. At that point I was almost exclusively interested in heavier music and skeptical of everything else. But when my 13-year-old self put o… More »

Q&A: Best Coast On Their Weird Friendship, Ignoring Haters, And California Nights

By T. Cole Rachel / April 15, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Over the past month and a half, Best Coast have been teasing out new material from their upcoming California Nights, the group’s third proper full-length and first since signing with Harvest. So far we’ve had tastes of the record via the title track, “Heaven Sent,” and “Feeling OK” — songs that contrast blissed-out stoner majesty… More »

Q&A: Hop Along On Being Painted Shut + “Texas Funeral” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / April 13, 2015 - 1:17 pm

The first thing you’ll notice about Hop Along is Frances Quinlan’s voice. It’s an evocative thing, scratchy and muscular and resistant in all the right places. It’s capable of soaring at intense heights and burrowing into gritty lows. You can almost hear the blood gurgling in the back of her throat as she strains to… More »

We Took The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle To His First Pro Wrestling Show In 35 Years

By Tom Breihan / April 1, 2015 - 9:55 am

In the crowd at a middle-of-nowhere North Carolina show, an earnest and bearded young man approaches John Darnielle, the Mountain Goats frontman. The young man slides in next to Darnielle, briefly and respectfully praising his music. This is nothing new. Young men in dark rooms have been approaching Darnielle for a couple of decades, and… More »

Band To Watch: Algiers

By Caitlin White / March 26, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Listening to Algiers is like cramming a Marxist treatise in one ear and a church organ in the other. Their music is a heady, vicious condemnation of bankrupt culture, ghosted gospel punk that snarls at the status quo. The text of their debut, self-titled album is a scathing intellectual clash of religion, race, economics and… More »

Q&A: Royal Thunder’s Mlny Parsonz On The Crushing New Crooked Doors + Hear “One Day” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Joseph Schafer / March 26, 2015 - 12:10 pm

“I will come back here one day, my love,” sings Mlny Parsonz, bassist and vocalist of Atlanta’s Royal Thunder, on the band’s new “One Day.” I’m not sure I believe her. This is the kind of ballad that is trying to break your heart — along with the rest of you — and Royal Thunder… More »

Q&A: Chilly Gonzales On Chambers, Poptimism, And Life As A Musical Genius

By Caitlin White / March 25, 2015 - 4:12 pm

Chilly Gonzales has lived so many musical lives it’s hard to keep them straight. Born Jason Beck, he’s a classically trained pianist, composer, and self-proclaimed musical genius (hey, somebody has to say it, right?) who has co-authored musicals; pursued the alt-rock path as the frontman of Son; set Guinness records for piano-playing; tried his hand… More »

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