Interview

Old Storms In New Places

Scott Hutchison has errands to run. Cigarettes, coffee, snacks -- you know, all the essentials for a day in the studio. We walk down the…
Ryan Leas | February 4, 2016 - 11:54 am
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Q&A: John Cale On Memorializing Lou Reed & Re-Making Music For A New Society

To call John Cale "prolific" is an inexcusable understatement; the multi-instrumentalist and producer is responsible for some of the most formative music in rock's history.
Gabriela Tully Claymore | January 21, 2016 - 1:15 pm
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Artist To Watch: Margo Price

Lots of people live through hard times, but few get as many good songs out of it as Margo Price. She has survived her share…
Stephen Deusner | January 19, 2016 - 11:40 am
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Q&A: Tortoise On The Catastrophist & The Process Of Making Music Without Limitations

For those of us who came of age in the early '90s, Tortoise -- Chicago's iconic post-rock granddaddies -- were a kind of gateway drug…
T. Cole Rachel | January 12, 2016 - 10:38 am
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Catching The Rain

Bob Mould has noticed the changes. Right there across this street in Williamsburg, that's where he used to park his Dodge Omni, the one that…
Ryan Leas | January 11, 2016 - 9:47 am
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Q&A: Matthew Sweet On His ’90s Power-Pop Trilogy & Crowdfunding A New Album

During the early 1990s Matthew Sweet released three albums that, in retrospect, form a loose trilogy of guitar-driven, big-hearted, coming-of-age power pop. It began with…
Stephen Deusner | January 6, 2016 - 1:16 pm
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Patrick Stickles Reviews 2015: The Titus Andronicus Frontman On Grimes, Tidal, Trump, Drones, & More

This was a good year to be a Titus Andronicus fan. Their new album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, wound up being something of a masterpiece:…
Ryan Leas | December 10, 2015 - 2:29 pm
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Wayne Coyne Reviews 2015: The Flaming Lips Leader On Trump, Hoverboards, Baby Hitler, & Heady Nuggs

Last year, I spoke with Wayne Coyne and asked him to review 2014 -- basically, to give us his opinions on a few of the…
Ryan Leas | December 4, 2015 - 1:03 pm
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Q&A: BloodPop (FKA Blood Diamonds) On The Indie/Pop Divide & Working With Grimes, Justin Bieber, & Madonna

When Justin Bieber released his almost-number-one single "Sorry" back in October, I wrote an impassioned screed on the song and Bieber's Redemption-era sound. "Sorry" was…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 24, 2015 - 11:18 am
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Q&A: Fufanu On The Iceland Scene, Damon Albarn, And Their Debut LP

After Reykjavik's Iceland Airwaves last year, I left Iceland with the music of one homegrown artist echoing through my head. The song was "Circus Life,"
Ryan Leas | November 24, 2015 - 11:10 am

Band To Watch: Cross Record

Cross Record specialize in creeping rock songs that blow in and out like storms, as if Sharon Van Etten and Swans started a post-rock band.
Chris DeVille | November 19, 2015 - 9:28 am
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American Beauty: Snapshots Of The National In Transition

I. EAUX CLAIRES In what seems like a quiet hour, loose activity fills the lives of the National's five members. It's that period…
Ryan Leas | November 16, 2015 - 11:59 am
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Out Of The Desert: School Of Seven Bells’ Final Chapter

When Benjamin Curtis died, it seemed like the end of School Of Seven Bells. What began in 2007 as a trio composed of Curtis and…
Ryan Leas | October 29, 2015 - 9:59 am
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Q&A: Jay Farrar On 20 Years Of Son Volt

Son Volt's 1995 debut, Trace, is an album full of highways and backroads, maps and legends. Sturdily constructed from scraps of rusted country and strange,…
Stephen Deusner | October 27, 2015 - 11:58 am
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An Interview With Young Phenom Julien Baker

When I spoke to Julien Baker over the phone, she was on her lunch break. Baker, a Junior at Middle Tennessee State University, works in…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | October 26, 2015 - 12:00 pm
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Modern Baseball Break Down Surprise The Perfect Cast EP Track-By-Track

At the heart of every Modern Baseball song lies a question. Not always a literal one -- though, more often than not, they have those,…
James Rettig | October 23, 2015 - 2:58 pm
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Q&A: Joanna Newsom On Moving Rocks, Annotating Lyrics, And Playing The Hits

Given the nature of her work -- the intricate arrangements; the complicated, often byzantine lyrics; the harp; that extraordinarily wild voice -- it's not surprising…
T. Cole Rachel | October 19, 2015 - 9:14 am
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Band To Watch: Florist

Florist's music centers on moments of specific intimacy. "Hold me when I'm starting to cry," Emily Sprague sings on "Holdly," the title track off the…
Caitlin White | October 6, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Bowling And Birth Charts With Pure Bathing Culture

I shouldn't have taken Pure Bathing Culture bowling. Still, that's what we're doing. We meet at Brooklyn's the Gutter, a bowling alley devoid of the…
Claire Lobenfeld | September 30, 2015 - 9:59 am
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Q&A: Super-Producer Glen Ballard On Jagged Little Pill, “Man In The Mirror,” & His Other Classic Recordings

Given that the wave of '90s nostalgia seems to be cresting right about now, it's only fitting that one of that decade's most successful and…
T. Cole Rachel | September 29, 2015 - 1:15 pm
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