Hop Along Make Contact with the Outside World

Frances Quinlan’s decreasingly solo project shifts toward total collaboration on their third album, “Bark Your Head Off, Dog.”

From Backyard Parties to Coachella, Cuco Is Moving Hesitantly Toward Stardom

Fresh off Coachella, the young multi-instrumentalist continues to prove that his Honda is the only thing average about him.

Bonny Doon Are Who They’re Supposed to Be

For their second full-length (and debut on Woodsist), the Detroit folk-rock quartet stopped thinking too much and just went to the beach instead.

Amen Dunes Is at Your Service

After purging something dark, Damon McMahon came back with something light—”Freedom,” an album meant to pull you up, in one way or another.

The Apotheosis of Jack White

With the release of his third solo record, “Boarding House Reach,” the musician, label-head, and unabashed retrophiliac surveys his career—and the chance cult of personality he’s built along the way.

100 Percent Happy: Courtney Barnett Is Letting It All Go

Courtney Barnett has been building quite the home for herself in our cultural pantheon. But she needs a place for her cat to stay, too.

Soul Food: A Meeting on the Fringe with Roy Choi and Portugal. The Man

On a rainy day in Watts, Los Angeles, John Gourley and Zach Carothers of Portugal. The Man joined their friend Roy Choi at his restaurant LocoL for a bite to eat—and made plans to save the world.

Nothing Can Crack Forth Wanderers

Even with members scattered across different cities and schools, Forth Wanderers just keeps getting tighter.

Dave Sardy: A Playlist for Big Brother

With “≠,” the producer known as DSARDY aims to address technology’s dehumanizing effects by enlisting the help of the industry’s preeminent humans.

Trace Mountains Becomes His Own Partner to Lean On

Dave Benton has quietly—and perhaps reluctantly—played a key role in shaping indie rock throughout the 2010s through collaborative work. Now he’s stepping out on his own.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Natalie Prass Turns Up a New Road

After the election, the Richmond artist threw out the introspective album she’d been working on and started over. What she made next was music for everyone.

She’s #IndieButMajor: Singer DΔWN on Amplifying the Voices of Independent Musicians

With the film industry starting to catch up in terms of the recognition and inclusion of independent film, Dawn Richard is pushing for the same progress to be made in music. 

U.S. Girls’ New One Is All the Rage

With “In a Poem Unlimited,” Meg Remy turns pop into protest.

The Joyously Sad World of Anna Burch’s Bummer Pop

The Detroit-based singer/songwriter juxtaposes buoyant instrumentation with heavy subject matter on her solo debut, “Quit the Curse.”

Leaving Here: Franz Ferdinand’s New Shade

Moving on after the departure of founding member Nick McCarthy, frontman Alex Kapranos explains how his band invented a fresh identity for “Always Ascending.”

In Conversation: The Decemberists’ Chris Funk on “Funk Plus One” and the Hidden Gems of American Music

When he’s not busy playing in one of the most beloved indie bands around, Chris Funk is looking for the stories that get to the core of what drives musicians.

Lived Through That: A Conversation with Hole’s Patty Schemel

The iconic grunge drummer talks about her recent memoir, “Hit So Hard,” and the turbulent years of sex, drugs, and loss that inspired it.

The Emotional Ingredients of Blue Hawaii

The Montreal pop duo experiments with optimistic themes on their latest musical cocktail.

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