Laura Studarus

Discovery: Wolf Alice

November 6, 2013

If Tumblr has yet to crown a banner band, it scarcely find a better candidate than the London-based four-piece Wolf Alice.

Discovery: Clementine and the Galaxy

November 4, 2013

Julie Hardy and Mike MacAllister are Clementine and the Galaxy—a pop duo with their hands on synthesizers and heads in the clouds.

Discovery: Woman’s Hour

October 3, 2013

Siblings Fiona Jane and Will Burgess swear that until the advent of Woman’s Hour (their shadow-pop band that also includes drummer Josh Hunnisett and bassist Nick Graves) they never once thought of working together.

Discovery: Alpaca Sports

October 1, 2013

Andreas Jonsson doesn’t do ironic. The Gothenburg, Sweden-based musician, who fronts a rotating cast of musicians known as Alpaca Sports, shows up for our meeting in a sweater and big smile.

Discovery: Azure Blue

October 1, 2013

Tobias Isaksson is a fan of a good party. After having made upbeat slop pop with his previous band Irene, and scaled-back folk as part of Laurel Music, he’s been around the block a few times—able to laugh about things like entourages and riders. (Memo to booking agents: he loves a dry white wine.)

Exclusive Song Premiere and Interview: ‘Says,’ Nils Frahm

September 23, 2013

Over eight years and nine releases, Nils Frahm has slowly etched out a career by bringing the listener into his personal space, his intimate recordings seemingly meant for an audience of one. But now, for his 10th offering Spaces, the 31-year-old pianist is moving his classical compositions out of the bedroom and onto the stage.

Discovery: Brodka

September 20, 2013

Monika Brodka was minted Poland’s pop princess at the age of 15 after winning the country’s Pop Idol competition in 2004. Nine years and three albums later, she laughs at the memory, praising the opportunity and shaking her head in equal parts.

Exclusive Song Premiere and Interview: ‘Hot Sun,’ Club 8 x Misfit Mod

July 1, 2013

Club 8’s Johan Angergård and Misfit Mod’s Sarah Kelleher have never met, but it’s easy to see how the musicians would hold each other in high regard. The two singer/songwriters have tapped into a likeminded sense of sweet melancholy—manifesting in Misfit Mod’s minimal pop debut Islands and Islands, and dappling Club 8’s eighth album, Above the City.

Exclusive Song Premiere and Interview: White Sea x Susanne Sundför

June 5, 2013

Until recently, Morgan Kibby (who writes music under the name White Sea) and Olso-based singer/songwriter Susanne Sundfør had never had a proper heart-to-heart.

Discovery: OOFJ

May 24, 2013

That Danish/South African duo OOFJ (Jens Bjørnkjær and Katherine Mills Rymer) calls Los Angeles home may come as a surprise, given the sensuous, dark songs of their debut full-length Disco to Die.

Discovery: The Colourist

May 22, 2013

With its crashing guitars and caffeinated refrains, The Colourist (yes, that’s a British “u,” and no, they aren’t actually British), is pop joie de vivre personified.

Discovery: Big Scary

April 18, 2013

Big Scary counts “cups of tea with plenty of sugar” among their greatest inspirations. Their music flush with subtle orchestral flourishes, it’s not a stretch to say that the Melbourne-based duo know the sweeter side of life.

Exclusive Remix Premiere and Interview: Nervous Nellie x Shout Out Louds

February 19, 2013

Some friendships are meant to be. Case in point: Stockholm-based musicians Adam Olenius (Shout Out Louds) and Henrik Jonzon (Nervous Nellie). Having weathered their awkward teen years together, they’re able to spot the opportunity to make a playful joke at the other’s expense from a mile (or a kilometer) away.

Discovery: Heyerdahl

January 18, 2013

Named for a 20th-century explorer, Heyerdahl is a rare band determined to deliver on their adventurous mandate.

Exclusive Song Premiere and Interview: ‘Rocket and the Crow,’ The Deer Tracks

December 25, 2012

Caviare Days’ Maja Westin joined Interview for a conversation with The Deer Tracks’ David Lehnberg and Elin Lindfors about the creative process, odd and unusual spaces, and the art of forging a musical language.

The Mary Onettes Warm Up

December 3, 2012

Over their past two albums (2007’s self-titled debut and 2009’s Islands), The Mary Onettes have compacted stadium-sized heartache into a darkly theatrical package.

Exclusive Video Premiere and Interview: Paradise x Kenny Gilmore

November 21, 2012

Nedelle Torrisi is that girl you don’t know you already know. The beguiling female vocalist woven through Blood Orange’s Coastal Grooves, a member of Sufjan Stevens’ musical entourage, the frontwoman to gone (but not forgotten) Asthmatic Kitty fractured-pop act Cryptacize—Torrisi has worn a lot of hats. Paradise (Torrisi’s solo project) is the work of a woman in love with pop and jazz in equal parts, and finally free to follow her twisted musical inclinations wherever they might lead.

Exclusive Remix Premiere and Interview: Chad Valley x El Perro Del Mar

November 6, 2012

Even though they’ve never met face-to-face, El Perro Del Mar (Sarah Assbring) accepted Chad Valley (Hugo Manuel)’s request to collaborate with him on his full-length debut Young Hunger‘s feathery dance-driven duet, “Evening Surrender.” Interview joined Assbring and Manuel for their first-ever Skype conversation; we’re also pleased to debut an exclusive Chad Valley remix of El Perro Del Mar’s “Walk On By.”

Discovery: Sambassadeur

November 1, 2012

The first time they recorded together—or so the story goes—Swedish pop quartet Sambassadeur (Anna Persson, Daniel Permbo, Joachim Läckberg, and Daniel Tolergård) were too shy to make eye contact.

Discovery: The Well Pennies

October 9, 2012

The Well Pennies perform in their Sunday best, often slotted into bills featuring Los Angeles’ finest screamo, rock, and noise acts. Their defense? Lush folk harmonies and crystalline male/female vocals, set against a wash of banjo, guitar, piano, violin, and the occasional suitcase-based percussion kit.