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This is how MGMT spent the last decade

February 13, 2018

We talked to the indie-pop heroes about returning with their catchiest record since their 2007 debut.

Rostam Batmanglij is striking out on his own

September 11, 2017

He left Vampire Weekend. He worked on records for Frank Ocean and Haim. Now the ex-Vampire Weekender is putting the focus back on himself.

Repurposing Love

May 28, 2015

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest release, Multi-Love, is a lush, bizarre, future-funk collection that feels far removed from the darkness of its predecessor.

Exclusive Album Stream: ‘Birth,’ Young Wonder

May 11, 2015

Young Wonder’s name doesn’t conjure a sound so much as a feeling, and nowhere is that feeling more apparent than on the electro-pop duo’s forthcoming full-length, Birth.

So Long, Sally Draper

April 1, 2015

Of the many careers Mad Men has helped launch, few are showing as much promise today as that of young Kiernan Shipka.

Lower Dens Looks Inward

March 30, 2015

On Lower Dens’ latest album, Escape from Evil, there is a beguiling sense of menace—aided and abetted by frontwoman Jana Hunter’s minimal guitar work and deep, slick vocals—but the subject matter hits close to home.

Exclusive Track Premiere: ‘Do You Ever?’ Nic Hessler

March 16, 2015

Five years, one name change, and plenty personal growth later, Nic Hessler re-introduces himself with Soft Connections.

Tobias Jesso Jr. Resets

March 11, 2015

Tobias Jesso Jr.’s debut LP, Goon, lives up to the hype through its beautiful, modest, and heart wrenching songs.

Run the Jewels’ Dead Sprint

November 28, 2014

If Run the Jewels’ 2013 debut came as a surprise, then this year’s follow-up plays out like an affirmation.

The Pink Album

November 18, 2014

In 2010, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti released its left-field breakthrough album, Before Today, and since then, 36-year-old Ariel Rosenberg has graduated from a quasi-obscure musician to something of a household name.

Saint Saviour’s Sense of Self

November 5, 2014

Listening to Saint Saviour’s sophomore album alongside her debut, the shift is palpable.

Exclusive Video Premiere and Interview: ‘Name on a Matchbook,’ Springtime Carnivore

October 29, 2014

In the video for “Name on a Matchbook,” which we’re premiering below, director Bryce McGuire plays up Springtime Carnivore’s ’60s girl group touchstones by putting Morgan and her all-female band in front of a screaming, fainting mob of dudes.

An Older, Wiser Weyes Blood

October 21, 2014

At 15, Natalie Mering started writing and recording songs under the name Weyes Blood. In conversation today, Mering still seems wise beyond her 26 years.

Co-Operative: King Tuff x J Mascis

September 23, 2014

Somewhere along the way, King Tuff was recruited to front stoner metal band Witch, which famously featured Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis on drums. Nowadays, Thomas lives in East L.A. and Witch is lying mostly dormant, but he and Mascis are still running in similar circles, thanks (at least in part) to a shared label home at Sub Pop Records.

The Next Generationals

September 16, 2014

When high school friends Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer formed Generationals in 2008, it was on the heels of another, larger band’s breakup.

The Reeducation of Avi Buffalo

September 8, 2014

Avi Buffalo’s At Best Cuckold is a record marked by uncertainty about love, life, and creativity, informed by four years’ worth of musical immersion.

Bear in Heaven Tackles Time and Space

August 4, 2014

Anniversaries are usually a time for reflection and nostalgia, but as Brooklyn’s Bear in Heaven turns the corner on its 10th birthday, founding members Jon Philpot and Adam Wills are firmly focused on the present.

Inhabiting Shabazz Palaces

July 29, 2014

Lese Majesty, out today via Sub Pop, is titled after a French phrase that essentially means a violation of the reigning power, and over the course of the album’s 18 tracks and seven suites, Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire lodge a fluid, otherworldly attack.

Exclusive Song Premiere and Interview: ‘Like That,’ White Fence

June 17, 2014

Home recording nerds looking for their stoic-cool icon may have found a patron saint in Tim Presley.

Exclusive Song Premiere and Interview: ‘Mono,’ Dub Thompson

June 9, 2014

The 19-year-old friends behind Dub Thompson met as junior high schoolers in Agoura Hills, CA, a small, upper-middle-class suburb just north of Los Angeles.