Q&A: Ought On David Foster Wallace, Banning Shirtless Bros, & Their New Album Sun Coming Down

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 30, 2015 - 2:30 pm

If post-punk speaks the language of disaffection, then don’t call Ought a post-punk band. The Montreal-based quartet wrote their 2014 debut LP, More Than Any Other Day, in wake of the 2012 Quebec student protests after graduating from McGill University, and though the album grazes innumerable themes, its central message is certain: You’re given a… More »

Q&A: Jorge Elbrecht On What Producers Really Do, What Ariel Pink Is Really Like, And How Mainstream Pop Has Reached A State Of Idiocracy

By T. Cole Rachel / July 29, 2015 - 11:41 am

For the better part of the past dozen years, Jorge Elbrecht has had a hand in creating some of the most beautiful, forward-thinking, and occasionally abjectly weird music to infiltrate the world of contemporary indie rock. In the mid 2000s, Elbrecht first began releasing music with Lansing-Dreiden, a highly conceptual art and music collective (and… More »

Q&A: Gardens & Villa On Their Black Mirror-Inspired Music For Dogs And Frogtown Warehouse Cult

By Ryan Leas / July 29, 2015 - 10:02 am

Gardens & Villa’s new album, Music For Dogs, rarely sounds like it could’ve been made in California. It’s the kind of album that, though it has its lighter moments, mostly maintains the kind of glassy, claustrophobic atmosphere that evokes imagery of some kind of decrepit, not-too-distant-future cityscape. Turns out, that’s not too far off from… More »

The Dude Abides: At Home With Mac DeMarco

By Ryan Leas / July 23, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Up until now, it’s primarily been a merciful and mild summer in New York City. This day, though, possesses the kind of vicious sun that makes you feel like you’ve put yourself in some vague danger by being outside for more than 10 minutes, coupled with the kind of humidity that thickens beyond stifling and… More »

Q&A: Lou Barlow Reflects On The 20th Anniversary Of Kids

By T. Cole Rachel / July 21, 2015 - 2:04 pm

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Kids — Larry’s Clark’s infamous, lascivious, inflammatory film about a bunch of New York City teenagers drinking, drugging, fighting, skating and, most notoriously, having sex with virgins. Given how commonplace such subject matter has become in recent years, it’s easy to forget just how controversial Kids was at… More »

A Day At The Museum With Albert Hammond Jr.

By Ryan Leas / July 17, 2015 - 2:12 pm

The Strokes are the last of a certain breed. They don’t make rock bands like them anymore: the larger-than-life, the mythic, the kinds that can fill an arena with screaming fans that span generations. You can argue this — you have Arcade Fire, or the National, or the Black Keys, maybe. There are still rock… More »

Q&A: Amy Bezunartea On Becoming A New Villain + “New Villain” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / July 14, 2015 - 11:31 am

It’s understandable if you’re not familiar with Amy Bezunartea just yet — her debut album came out five years ago and flew largely under the radar, a collection of songs titled Restaurants & Bars that took her experiences in the service industry and extrapolated them into deeper territory. Her new album takes an even wider… More »

Q&A: Protomartyr On Their New Album The Agent Intellect + “Why Does It Shake?”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 14, 2015 - 10:01 am

2014 was a pinnacle year for Protomartyr. The band released its sophomore album and Hardly Art debut, Under Color Of Official Right, in the spring, which launched them out of the insular Detroit scene in which they’d made themselves a home and into the national gaze. Protomartyr have spoken at length about the uncomfortable reactio… More »

Q&A: Jason Isbell Talks Something More Than Free And Rising From The Darkness

By Caitlin White / July 13, 2015 - 3:19 pm

You can stop asking Jason Isbell about the pressure to follow up Southeastern. He doesn’t feel any. That’s because, two years later, he’s releasing an album that’s even better than his critically acclaimed breakout. Southeastern was Isbell’s first album as a sober man; Something More Than Free is the triumphant proof that he doesn’t need… More »

Q&A: Sic Alps’ Mike Donovan On His New Band Peacers + “Laze It” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / July 9, 2015 - 9:53 am

When Mike Donovan and Matt Hartman founded Sic Alps in 2004, San Francisco’s storied modern-day garage-psych community was still bubbling below the radar. Prolific scene fixtures like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees were just beginning to build zealous worldwide fan bases, and the minds behind the Fresh & Onlys, White Fence, and Sonny… More »

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 »

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