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 »

Q&A: OK Go On 10 Years Of Making Viral Videos

By Shawn Macomber / March 25, 2015 - 12:35 pm

One Of Those Treadmill Guys.

Regardless of how many years he is eventually blessed to squeeze out of this corporeal existence, this is the epitaph OK Go vocalist/guitarist Damian Kulash is absolutely certain will be carved into his tombstone.

And he might very well be right.

After all, the… More »

Q&A: NEEDS On Their Debut Self-Titled LP + “Rescue Don” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 24, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Vancouver is a city that boasts one of the highest costs of living in Canada and has more musicians trying to make things work within its boundaries than there is room for. NEEDS is a five-piece hardcore band facing the seemingly impossible task of carving out their own space within the city’s disparate music scene,… More »

Q&A: Eskimeaux’s Gabrielle Smith On The Road To O.K. + “Broken Necks” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / March 10, 2015 - 11:41 am

I’m listening to Eskimeaux’s new album for what feels like the hundredth joyous time, sitting cross-legged in a café just a few blocks away from where I saw them play live for the first time a few months ago. I’ve just wrapped up my interview with Gabrielle Smith — Eskimeaux’s beating heart — and I’m… More »

Samo Sound Boy – “You Come For Me” Video (Stereogum Premiere) + Q&A

By Caitlin White / March 10, 2015 - 9:50 am

I can’t remember where I was when I first heard DJ Dodger Stadium’s triumphant, solitary house track “Love Songs,” but I do know it was lodged in my brain from that moment on. Tom named their debut record, Friend Of Mine, the Album Of The Week when it came out last summer, and “Love Songs”… More »

Q&A: Elvis Depressedly On Their Forthcoming Album New Alhambra + “Bruises (Amethyst)” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 9, 2015 - 1:22 pm

“Bruises (Amethyst)” is a perfect summation of Elvis Depressedly’s forthcoming LP, New Alhambra. The track commences with the sound of a YouTube puppeteer spouting prophecies, but soon afterward, Mat Cothran’s ability to pair the painful with the sublime comes to the surface: “And your first kiss bruises/ Of amethyst,” he intones. Encompassing every intricate instrumental… More »

Q&A: Radiohead’s Philip Selway Remembers The Bends

By Chris DeVille / March 9, 2015 - 11:32 am

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s first classic album, The Bends, and in honor of the occasion we’ve declared it Radiohead Week at Stereogum. Our array of features will include an Anniversary writeup of the album later this week, but first, we asked drummer Philip Selway (second from left) to share some of… More »

Working With The Scars: Death Cab For Cutie Repair Themselves For Kintsugi

By Ryan Leas / March 9, 2015 - 10:12 am

Music Hall Of Williamsburg is too small for Death Cab For Cutie. The room has a capacity of 550 people, but feels even smaller today, when it’s entirely empty and the band is fine-tuning the little details of the handful of new songs they plan to preview at tomorrow night’s surprise show. Despite having only… More »

Q&A: Carly Rae Jepsen On Her All-Star Indie Collaborators And Really, Really, Really Anticipated New Album

By James Rettig / March 5, 2015 - 11:28 am

Following up a juggernaut like “Call Me Maybe” has got to be intimidating. There hasn’t been a song like that since, one that was so immediately pervasive and so utterly inescapable. The second that track hit, through a series of almost chance circumstances, it was swept up into the zeitgeist and spit out into ubiquity. More »

Q&A: Purity Ring On Indie Vs. Pop, “Hey There Delilah,” And Another Eternity

By Ryan Leas / March 3, 2015 - 11:21 am

Back in the early days of 2011, Megan James and Corin Roddick formed the duo Purity Ring and put a song called “Ungirthed” online without much of an idea of what should happen next. As it turns out, what followed was a steadily increasing bit of internet buzz, a positive reaction to their sound –… More »

Q&A: Ryley Walker Talks Noise Rock & Nail Salons + “Sweet Satisfaction” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Ryan Leas / February 25, 2015 - 10:13 am

Even though his full-length debut, All Kinds Of You, came out less than a year ago, 25-year-old Ryley Walker is already returning with sophomore release Primrose Green next month. Walker’s been getting his fair share of positive attention, often focusing on his guitar playing and the unique and unpredictable forms his vocal melodies and song… More »

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