Mekala Rajagopal


“I’m a Natural Exhibitionist”: A Quick Cig at Church With Writer Rayne Fisher-Quann

June 19, 2024

“We’re at church with our fans and we’re gossiping,” declared the literary it-girl at her sold-out Secrets reading last week. “It’s very Southern Baptist.”


RXK Nephew on Whippets, WET Tanks, and the Trump Trial

June 3, 2024

To mark the release of his new album, “Till I’m Dead 2,” the rapper took the hot seat for this week’s Rorschach Test to sound off on terrorism, Telfar, and the Illuminati.


“Destiny, Blood, Ecstasy”: Meet Genesys, the Fashion Students Throwing Cyberpunk Raves

May 30, 2024

For this week’s Sound Advice, the London fashion students-turned-ravers made the euphoric cyberpunk trance playlist of our dreams.


“Twinks Are Persisting”: A Ten-Minute Cig With Club Rash Boss Jen Sillen

May 16, 2024

For this week’s edition of Smoke Break, we lit one up with the nightclub don diva who recently revived Bushwick hotspot Rash after an arson attack left the club in ruins.


“Explore Page Realness”: A Nine-Minute Cig With Artist Kiernan Francis

May 9, 2024

For our inaugural installation of Smoke Break, we caught up with artist and filmmaker Kiernan Francis at his raucous LES opening.


“It’s Really Fucking Turnt”: Five Minutes With Teyana Taylor at Her Secret Burlesque Show

May 8, 2024

“It’s actually really fucking turnt,” said the singer and actor, who kiki’d with Interview on the dance floor at her secret pre-Met Gala party.


Julia Fox on Dumpster Diving and Fashion Disasters

May 2, 2024

“Just, like, an erect penis on a hat.”


Shoegaze Princess Wisp Makes Us the Ultimate Grunge Playlist

April 19, 2024

In this week’s SOUND ADVICE, TikTok’s shoegaze princess opens up her Pandora’s box and tells us the songs that make her cry and what she’ll be wearing when the world ends.

tour diary

“Pray, Smoke, Take a Shot”: Anycia Takes Us Backstage at Her NYC Show

April 12, 2024

The Atlanta rapper called us from the hair-braiding salon to talk about falling in love with New York City on tour and tell us her backstage tequila of choice.

DJ Dave


Live Coder DJ_Dave Is Logged In to the Algorave Afters

April 11, 2024

The producer and sound selector made us the ultimate futuristic fembot playlist, featuring Kelela and Charli XCX, and tells us who to fear when the machines take over.


“We’re Always On Our Sexy Girly Shit”: Rico Nasty, in Conversation With Boys Noize

April 1, 2024

The sugar trap queen and the producer got together to discuss the cruise raves and late nights that led to their collaboration on Nasty’s new EP, “HARDC0RE DR3AMZ.”


Santigold and Frank Ockenfels 3 Take Us Behind the Scenes of Their Spirituals Videos

March 26, 2024

“When I thought of this record, I thought of this idea of catching the spirit,” says Santigold, who enlisted Frank Ockenfels 3 to shoot a series of vignettes for her comeback album.


“You Can’t Teach Sauce”: Allen-Golder Carpenter Examines Rap Culture at No Gallery

March 22, 2024

“If I really spoke and acted the way I wanted to, I’d scare all the money away,” says the artist, who walked us through their brand-new solo show at No Gallery downtown.


The Beyond the Blinds Hosts Have Some Theories About Kate Middleton

March 19, 2024

For this week’s Search History, the hosts of the celebrity gossip podcast reveal their sordid browsing habits, from mukbang videos to JFK conspiracy theories.


Celine FW24 Honors Richard Avedon With Full ’60s Eleganza

March 12, 2024

“I love when a girl’s a lady. Elegance is something we cannot discard.”

tour diary

Bad Gyal Takes Us From Her Dressing Room to the Afters

March 12, 2024

“Usually I go party,” the Spanish singer says of her post-show routine. “I start smoking my cigarettes and drinking all the champagne.”


Bktherula Is Always Up

February 27, 2024

The Atlanta-based rapper spills on house parties, Pedialyte, and her go-to order at American Deli.


Inside the Couture Archives of Cristóbal Balenciaga

February 21, 2024

The designer’s mid-century golden age is the focus of “Cristóbal Balenciaga: Master of Tailoring,” an archival show on view at Atlanta’s SCAD FASH museum through June.

sound advice

Shygirl Is Tearing Up the Club to This Playlist

February 16, 2024

“I’m so guilty of stealing the aux back always.”


Christopher Udemezue on Ghost Towns and Goth Sensibilities

February 8, 2024

“They’re vibing, they’re in the Blue Mountains, they found a field of mushrooms, they’re falling in love.”