James Ryang

The star: Hailey Kilgore

May 1, 2018

The 18-year-old actress was plucked out of obscurity to lead the cast of Once on This Island, in a Tony-nominated performance.

The scene-stealer: Ashley Park

May 1, 2018

The Tony-nominated, 26-year-old actress takes a career-defining turn as Gretchen Weiners in the Mean Girls musical.

The crossover: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

May 1, 2018

Following some time spent pursuing TV, the 32-year-old actor returns to the stage as Belize in Tony Kushner’s magnum opus Angels in America.

The Chilean trans actor who could be in the running for an Academy Award

November 15, 2017

The breakout star of A Fantastic Woman is so convincing and mutable in her role that Chile has made the film its official entry for the Academy Awards.

Ariel Pink is hell-bent on making obscure musician Bobby Jameson famous

August 29, 2017

The lo-fi dynamo, in conversation with The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess, has made it his mission to grow the fan base of the ’60s singer-songwriter

Listen to the soothing, insomniac sounds of female-led trio Wilsen

August 17, 2017

Wilsen—Tamsin Wilson, Drew Arndt and Johnny Simon Jr.—are reinventing sleep sounds with their dreamy music

Sundara Karma

July 18, 2017

In January, the four English rockers that form Sundara Karma released Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, a lively debut LP about aging through adolescence that’s as brooding as it is celebratory.

Discovery: Sophia Bastian

May 24, 2017

For soul singer Sophia Bastian, pursuing classical ballet starting at age four was nearly an act of “rebellion.”

Discovery: Stefania LaVie Owen

March 10, 2017

When we meet Stefania LaVie Owen in Brooklyn for her photo shoot, she is exhausted. She has every right to be; it’s the weekend of the Oscars, and Lucas Hedges, Owen’s co-star in the Off-Off-Broadway play Yen, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Discovery: Billie Eilish

February 27, 2017

Billie Eilish hasn’t slowed down since she posted her tidal wave of a debut, “Ocean Eyes,” online in November 2015, at age 13.

The Next Generation Rapper

January 4, 2017

Taylor Bennett is in a jovial mood, and it’s refreshing.

Faces of 2017

December 14, 2016

From now through January, we’re counting down the actors, musicians, visual artists, comedians, and more that we’re most excited about for the New Year. We’ll be publishing one story a business day, so check back in daily for our Faces of 2017.


November 3, 2016

Back in 2000, the man we now know as Jeezy was Jay Wayne Jenkins, a young, aspiring rapper from Atlanta, Georgia.

Tkay Maidza Takes Over

October 28, 2016

Tkay Maidza is a force to be reckoned with. Her ascent has been as swift as her unremitting verses with torrents of tours, festivals, international performances and today—finally—a debut album.

Cakes Da Killa

October 21, 2016

Cakes da Killa, the New Jersey rapper who spits rapid-fire, ruthlessly witty tongue twisters over pulse-racing, dance-inspired beats, has been working on his album Hedonism for almost two years.


July 27, 2016

At a time when our country seems more divided than ever, in comes 19-year-old emcee Desiigner with a track that’s taken summer hostage with its love-it-or-hate-it appeal.

GAIKA’s U.S. Debut

May 31, 2016

Born and raised the belly of South London, experimental R&B musician and visual artist GAIKA has been steadily making a name for himself in the city’s underground music scene.

This Is An Amy Heckerling

May 11, 2016

During the decades she’s worked in Hollywood, writer-director Amy Heckerling has unleashed some of the most memorable, beloved, and zeitgeisty comedies and characters on the American viewing public.

Discovery: Justin Kuritzkes

April 26, 2016

Written by 25-year-old playwright Justin Kuritzkes, The Sensuality Party explores sexual politics, friendship, guilt, and redemption in the shadow of 9/11.

The Hard Lovin’ Ways of Juliette Lewis

April 25, 2016

Juliette Lewis’ story, that of a rebellious artist seeking connection and fulfillment, is the subject of the documentary short Hard Lovin’ Woman.