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“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

SOUND ADVICE

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.

COVER

Rihanna Is Ready to Confess

April 9, 2024

Somewhere on the outskirts of Milan, our EIC Mel Ottenberg comes face to face with his former boss. And for the next 90 minutes, she gives him her all.

SOUND ADVICE

Varg2™ Hates the Algorithm. And Your Outfit.

April 8, 2024

In this week’s Sound Advice, the Stockholm-based musician and producer curated a playlist to prepare us for his new record, “Nordic Flora Series Pt. 6: Outlaw Music.”

TOUR DIARY

Flyana Boss Takes Us BTS of Their First Headlining Tour

April 3, 2024

In this week’s Tour Diary, Bobbi and Folayan called us from San Francisco to talk about self-care on the road and being chronically online.

José James

SOUND ADVICE

Singer José James Eats Sashimi in the Studio

April 1, 2024

For this week’s Sound Advice, the acclaimed hip-hop and jazz vocalist readies us for his new album, “1978,” with a playlist of his icons and inspirations.

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“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.”

NOSTALGIA

MGMT Calls Themselves Middle-Aged. Feel Old Yet?

March 27, 2024

The band’s fifth studio album “Loss of Life” coincided with major life changes. “What came with that,” they say, “is a more stable and confident existence.”

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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.

ICONS

“A Champion of the Freaks”: Christeene and Justin Vivian Bond on Sinéad O’Connor

March 25, 2024

Before they get on stage at City Winery to pay tribute to the late Sinéad O’Connor, the drag artists got on Zoom to reminisce on the singer-songwriter’s life and legacy.

SOUND ADVICE

Nourished By Time Tells Us What An Erotic Probiotic Really Is

March 25, 2024

For this week’s SOUND ADVICE, Marcus Brown of Nourished by Time, who’s just dropped a new EP called “Catching Chickens,” curates us a playlist of the pop bangers that inspire him.

IN CONVERSATION

Erika de Casier and Sega Bodega on Sinners, Samples, and Songwriting

March 25, 2024

“I know a lot of artists that force the unhappy artist ideal,” the Danish singer-songwriter told the DJ and producer. “But I don’t think that’s what it’s about.”

OPENING

“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.

SOLO

Big Thief’s Buck Meek Tells Us How to Write a Love Song

March 21, 2024

The Big Thief guitarist, now a solo musician in his own right, joined us to discuss love, ego, made-up words, and his third solo studio album, “Haunted Mountain.”

SOUND ADVICE

Only Fire Tells Us Which Lana Del Rey Song He Wishes He’d Written

March 21, 2024

In this week’s SOUND ADVICE, the 24-year old Croatian DJ and producer makes a playlist of his faves to prepare us for his new EP, “Moana Lisa.”

ALBUM

How Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee Learned to Tune Out the Noise

March 20, 2024

As the singer-songwriter prepares to drop “Tigers Blood,” her follow-up to the pandemic smash-hit “Saint Cloud,” she talked to us about love, fame, and starting a Substack.

SOUND ADVICE

Whistling Wunderkind Molly Lewis Finds Safety in Her Wired Headphones

March 18, 2024

The LA-based musician and whistler, whose new album “On the Lips” came out last month, makes us a playlist of “beloved tunes,” she says, “sealed with a kiss.”

IN CONVERSATION

The Kills Talk to Ethan Hawke About God, Mortality, and Trashy Art

March 18, 2024

As Jamie Hince and Allison Mosshart tour their first album in seven years, they got deep with Ethan Hawke about out-of-body sensations and the pursuit of happiness.

IN CONVERSATION

Devon Welsh And Sean Nicholas Savage Aren’t Afraid of Sincerity

March 13, 2024

Before releasing his first album in five years, Welsh caught up with friend and fellow Canadian Sean Nicholas Savage to talk poetry and border agents.

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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.”