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Devon Ross Makes Us the Ultimate Rock Star Playlist

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This is SOUND ADVICE, a weekly destination for playlists curated by Interview’s friends, enemies, and lovers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gathered playlists from Bapari, Mia Moretti, and Izzy Spears. This week’s guest is Devon Ross, the L.A.-born, London-based rockstar who’s bringing back the effortlessly cool vibe of our favorite ’70s idols. After modeling for the biggest names in fashion and acting in HBO’s Irma Vep, the singer and guitarist made her musical debut last year—an ancestral calling, as she’s also the daughter of Lenny Kravitz’s guitarist, Craig Ross. And on February 16th, Devon’s first EP Oxford Gardens will be out via Thurston Moore’s Daydream Library Series. After cooking up her sexy sophomore single, “Killer,” released last month, at the one and only Abbey Road Studios, she joined us to share her feel-good rock playlist and crown Patti Smith and Charlie Christian as the genre’s royalty.


Where do you dance? Anywhere there’s good music playing.

What’s on your bedroom playlist? Charlie Christian, The Breeders, and Duster.

Bluetooth or wired headphones? My Bluetooth Airpods Max never leave my side.

Who do you trust most with the aux? Honestly, probably myself or my boyfriend.

Who inspires you? My heroes and my friends, Wim Wenders films.

Favorite album cover of all time: Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan.

What song on this playlist makes you dance? “Land” by Patti Smith.

What song on this playlist makes you cry? “Over You” by Velvet Underground.

Your single is called “Killer.” What’s your favorite murder mystery? I’m not that into murder mysteries.

Sunglasses inside, yes or no? Yes and no, time and place I guess!

Dead or alive, who is your dream collaborator? Jonathan Richman or Lou Reed.

Name a song that reminds you of your childhood: Anything from Exile on Main Street by the Stones.

Do you play an instrument? Yes, I play guitar.

Who’s the queen (or king) of rock? Patti Smith and Charlie Christian.