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Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

Before I get into this week’s picks, allow me to point out that Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea made a video for a song called “Booty.” Hype Williams directed it. It is exactly what you expect it to be. It came out a few years ago, and it has five million views already. At thi… More »

Football season is pretty awkward this year. There’s a widespread unease about watching our modern gladiators destroy each other when so many of them have been accused of battering women and children lately — that is, if the whole concussion thing didn’t already have you feeling vaguely queasy about otherwise amazing moments like this. A… More »

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Watch Interpol Debut “My Desire” And “Anywhere” In Newcastle

Interpol played their first live show since 2011 in Newcastle last night and debuted three new songs from their upcoming fifth album, which they're i…
James Rettig | March 17, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Portishead, Interpol Headline ATP Iceland 2014

The carefully curated festival series All Tomorrow’s Parties is throwing its inaugural Iceland event this July 10-12 at a former NATO base called Ásbrú i…
Chris DeVille | January 6, 2014 - 2:04 pm

RZA & Interpol’s Paul Banks Are Working On An Album Together

Earlier this year, Interpol frontman Paul Banks released a mostly-instrumental rap mixtape called Everybody On My Dick Like They Supposed To Be. It was bad,…
Tom Breihan | October 9, 2013 - 9:31 am

Download Paul Banks Everybody On My Dick Like They Supposed To Be Mixtape

This Friday just keeps getting weirder. Case in point: Interpol frontman Paul Banks just released a new rap mixtape; it's on DatPiff and everything. The…
Tom Breihan | January 25, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Hear Merry Indie X-Mas, Featuring Parodies Of Bon Iver, Beach House, xx, Das Racist, & More

When we posted the 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs we limited our list to yuletide jamz that actually exist. Animal New York took a different…
Scott Lapatine | December 23, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Interpol – “Roland” (Demo)

Next month, Matador will release a 10th Anniversary Edition of Interpol's classic Turn On The Bright Lights -- an anniversary we celebrated as well --…
Corban Goble | November 19, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Watch Paul Banks On Letterman

New York is, more or less, a terrifying underwater mess right now, but David Letterman still did his show as scheduled last night, and another…
Tom Breihan | October 30, 2012 - 8:45 am

Stream Paul Banks Banks

Interpol frontman Paul Banks has, at least for now, ditched his Julian Plenti alter-ego, and now he's releasing music under his very own name. Next…
Tom Breihan | October 15, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Turn On The Bright Lights Turns 10

Turn On The Bright Lights is just one of those records for me. When it hit – ten years ago on Aug. 19 – I…
Corban Goble | August 17, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Paul Banks – “The Base”

Three years ago, Interpol frontman Paul Banks released his first-ever solo album under his Julian Plenti alter-ego. Earlier this year, it looked like that alter-ego…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2012 - 9:43 am

Paul Banks – “Summertime Is Coming”

Interpol's Paul Banks has an EP out today called Julian Plenti Lives ..., and in celebration of that he's letting go of that release's second…
Corban Goble | June 26, 2012 - 9:05 am

SALEM Remix Interpol

I like Salem. If we play the odds, though, chances are you probably don't (unless you're Juno). That said, it was a pretty interesting move…
brandon | April 13, 2011 - 12:34 pm

Reading & Leeds Lineup 2011

If you're a Muse or My Chemical Romance fan, I feel sorta bad for you, but today's your lucky day: The bands are headlining thi…
brandon | March 22, 2011 - 10:07 am

David Pajo Quits Interpol

David Pajo is leaving Interpol, less than a year after joining the band as a touring member. The band announced the lineup change yesterday o…
jessica | February 28, 2011 - 3:17 pm

Interpol, School of Seven Bells @ RIMAC Arena, San Diego 2/2/11

Navigating their way down the coast of California, Interpol dropped down to San Diego bringing along School of Seven Bells for a mesmerizing light show…
Andrew Youssef | February 7, 2011 - 2:07 pm

Interpol @ Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio, Santa Monica 9/6/10

Playing in a space the size of a living room, Interpol worked through an eight-song set along with an interview for KCRW prior to the…
Andrew Youssef | September 10, 2010 - 3:32 pm

Interpol – “Barricade” Video

This video for Interpol's second single "Barricade" shoves together arresting images (mirrors, projections on torsos, nighttime balloons, a lack of Carlos D), but it doesn't…
brandon | August 27, 2010 - 3:03 pm

Interpol – Interpol Premature Evaluation

Considering the details surrounding Interpol's self-produced self-titled fourth album, their first since 2007's Our Love To Admire, it's safe to assume that in some way…
Stereogum | August 20, 2010 - 5:14 pm

Interpol “Barricade” For Letterman

Last night Interpol did "Barricade" on Letterman, which was a good opportunity to check out new bassist Dave Pajo and the band's new live keyboard…
jessica | July 30, 2010 - 9:50 am

Interpol – “Memory Serves”

So far we’ve heard “Lights” and “Barricade” from Interpol’s upcoming self-titled fourth collection. The guys stay mopey and mid-tempo on “Memory Serves.” (Thanks for the…
brandon | July 28, 2010 - 12:58 pm