Interview

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

By James Rettig / March 5, 2015
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
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
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 »


Q&A: Maryn Jones On Her New Solo Project Yowler + “Water” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / February 24, 2015
"Water" is the perfect opening track to The Offer, Yowler's forthcoming debut tape. It sets the stage nicely for the esoteric, fantastical world that Maryn Jones has constructed as her solo project, something far removed from her work with All Dogs or Saintseneca. "Put the pieces in there, watch them disappear/ Worthless to… More »


Q&A: Noel Gallagher On Kanye, Beck, Beyoncé, Moz, Jack White, Black Keys, & More

By Ryan Leas / February 23, 2015
Back when I was first becoming an obsessive music fan, Oasis were big for me. I loved everything: the classic albums, of course, but also the mid-period stuff most people dismiss. As I got older, those last two very underrated albums were special to me, too. I sought out all sorts of Oasis minutiae, from… More »


Q&A: Leviathan’s Jef Whitehead On His Early Years, His Future, & Scar Sighted + “Gardens Of Coprolite” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Justin M. Norton / February 23, 2015
It's hard to remember a world where every type of music imaginable wasn't available at the click of a mouse, but it's the world we lived in just 15 years ago. If you were a fan of black metal in the late '90s and early '00s, you had to work to find the music. Part… More »


Q&A: JEFF The Brotherhood On Getting Dropped By Warner Bros. And Their Severely Stoned, Next Level Wasted On The Dream

By Chris DeVille / February 19, 2015
This week Nashville fuzz-rockers JEFF The Brotherhood announced that they've been dropped by Warner Bros. and will be releasing the upcoming Wasted On The Dream on their own independent label, Infinity Cat. They followed that news with "Black Cherry Pie," a righteous beast of a rock song featuring dense grunge guitars, swaggering Bonham… More »


Q&A: Colleen Green Talks TV, Akon, And Her Intensely Personal I Want To Grow Up

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 17, 2015
Up until now, Colleen Green has been painted as a slightly stoned hero of the DIY underground. She boasts one of the funnier Twitter handles in popular music (@colleengreen420), and has crafted the kind of too-chill-to-stand-up-straight persona that might make her songs seem almost perplexingly simple if you're unfamiliar with her lonely aesthetic; Gree… More »


Rejected By Record Store Day, Father/Daughter Details Its Compelling Faux Real II Comp

By James Rettig / February 11, 2015
The problems with Record Store Day have been well-documented. What started out as an event to promote independent record stores is still that -- in theory -- but, in practice, it feels like, over the past few years, the organization has been losing its independent spirit. Increasingly, Record Store Day releases seem to fall… More »


Q&A: Torche On Sci-Fi Sounds And Feel-Good Metal + “Restarter” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Justin M. Norton / February 11, 2015
For the past decade, Torche have confounded listeners while delighting them at the same time. Are they metal? Pop? Punk? Pop metal? Does it even matter? While several members of Torche have said publicly that they don't consider themselves a metal band, their roster of former touring partners indicates that some very reputable musicians consider… More »


Q&A: Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson Explains His Super-Fi, Hard-Edged Multi-Love

By T. Cole Rachel / February 5, 2015
It's hard to believe that it's been nearly five years since Ruban Nielson -- the mad genius and mastermind behind Unknown Mortal Orchestra -- first started mysteriously posting his music on Bandcamp. In the years since, Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released two increasingly amazing (and at times totally confounding) full-length records of kaleidoscopic psych-pop that… More »


Q&A: Wes Borland Tells Us Whether He Really Hates Being In Limp Bizkit, And Why Fleet Foxes Are Bad For Music

By Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015
Yesterday, I wrote a post about Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland. Bizkit are about to headline the ShipRocked cruise, along with a whole mess of other nü-metal bands, and Borland seemed to be dreading the prospect. In an Instagram post, he said as much: "Whenever we aren't on stage, I'll be curled up fetal… More »


Q&A: Jessica Pratt On Her Mother’s Death, Recording On A 4-Track, And Fusing Fantasy With Reality

By Caitlin White / January 27, 2015
When Jessica Pratt sings, something billows out of her. It isn't merely her remarkable voice -- soft and scratchy with a singularity that's almost chilling -- but a bigger force. Pratt is a songwriter whose lyrics fill space and hang there long after the first utterance. Her singing voice is so mesmerizing that the compariso… More »


Q&A: Twin Shadow On Eclipse, Signing To Warner Bros., & Indie Vs. Pop

By Ryan Leas / January 27, 2015
The first time I met with George Lewis Jr., the man behind Twin Shadow, it was a mild summer day in June of last year and we were sitting at a small outside table at a cafe on the Lower East Side. Though the Twin Shadow project was born in NYC, in Brooklyn, Lewis had… More »


Q&A: Tobias Jesso Jr. On His Mythic Backstory, Sounding Like The Cheers Theme, And His Debut Album Goon

By Chris DeVille / January 20, 2015
Tobias Jesso Jr.'s era of futility ended with whimpers that felt like a bang. Jesso's origin story has already been recycled to the point of myth: Kid from Vancouver moves to L.A. in search of rock stardom, strikes out, and hits rock bottom after his mother comes down with cancer and a hit-and-run leaves him… More »


Q&A: Mark Ronson On His Favorite Records To DJ, Writing With Michael Chabon, And Uptown Special‘s Accidental Law & Order Homage

By T. Cole Rachel / January 16, 2015
This week Mark Ronson released Uptown Special, his fourth proper solo album and the launching pad for the increasingly inescapable Bruno Mars jam "Uptown Funk!" The album -- Ronson's first in nearly five years -- features contributions from Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, Mystikal (!), Stevie Wonder (!!) and Pulitzer Prize-winning… More »


An Annotated Media Guide To Panda Bear

By T. Cole Rachel / January 12, 2015
This week Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox, also of Animal Collective) will release the highly anticipated Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, his fifth proper solo album. In anticipation of the new record, we took a stroll down Memory Lane with Lennox and looked back at some of his past work, including student films, early… More »


Spirit Of 2014: Future Islands Reflect On Their Breakthrough Year

By Ryan Leas / December 22, 2014
There are a lot of things happening in Reykjavik tonight. This is Iceland Airwaves, after all, one of those festivals where there's an endless supply of bands playing various bars and venues, thronged by journalists and musicians converging from a whole bunch of different countries. Apparently, tonight -- Saturday, the festival's penultimate night -- the… More »


Laura Jane Grace Reviews 2014: The Against Me! Leader On Transitioning In Public, Getting To Know Her Fans, And Seeing A Ghost

By T. Cole Rachel / December 17, 2014
Since coming out as transgender in 2012, Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace has been living in a kind of whirlwind, having not only spent the past two years navigating her new identity under the watchful gaze of the public, but also touring nonstop in support of one of the year's best albums Transgender DysphoriaMore »


Wayne Coyne Reviews 2014: The Flaming Lips Leader On U2, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, And What’s Next With Miley Cyrus

By Ryan Leas / December 4, 2014
Wayne Coyne has never been shy about his opinions. Known in recent years for giving freewheeling, often hilarious interviews, he's also made some comments that have understandably pissed people off -- particularly this past spring, when there were a whole bunch of headlines about the Flaming Lips' falling out with drummer Kliph Scurlock and… More »


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