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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Interpol – “Barricade”

You’ve heard “Lights,” the first single from Interpol’s upcoming self-titled. The second single, “Barricade,” is available now on iTunes. If you liked “Lights” you’ll like…
jessica | July 12, 2010 - 11:41 am
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