Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: How Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss Balances a Life on the Road and a Life in the Wilderness

When she’s not making music, Krauss is climbing crags around the world.

PAWS Confront Grief Without Flinching

Frontman Philip Taylor discusses the difficulty of enduring loss and the ease with which it inspired ideas for “Your Church on My Bonfire.”

“The New Negroes” Takes the Black Renaissance to Comedy Central

Open Mike Eagle and Baron Vaughn’s new show presents a platform for black, left-of-mainstream acts.

White Denim Are No Longer Just an Austin Band

When they’re not on the road, James Petralli and Steve Terebecki are taking creative control with their own studio.

Adrian Younge Is Pushing Music Forward By Recreating its Past

The Los Angeles–based producer learned the value of his music after being sampled by JAY-Z, leading to collaborations with Ghostface Killah and Black Thought.

Straight from the King’s Mouth: Wayne Coyne on The Flaming Lips’ New Album for Record Store Day

Named for Coyne’s 2015 art instillation of the same name, “King’s Mouth” features twelve interconnected songs with narration from The Clash’s Mick Jones.

Priests Are Musicians, Not a Political Party

The D.C. band opened up about national identity, Thomas Frank, and Bowie’s Berlin trilogy.

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on His Books, His Songs, and a Podcast That’s About Neither

The core of TMG talks his upcoming album for Merge and his podcast that’s now in its second season.

PUP Finds a Way to Make Joyful Music in the Face of Life’s Low Points

Stefan Babcock and Zack Mykula break down the dark messages behind “Morbid Stuff.”

Nilüfer Yanya Isn’t Afraid to Confront Herself on “Miss Universe”

The British singer-songwriter’s debut deals with mental health and coming to terms with the limits and manipulations of our wellness industry.

The New Colossus Festival Isn’t Interested in Your Big Headliners

A new Lower East Side music fest is looking to do what CMJ (R.I.P.) and SXSW used to—focus on up-and-coming bands.

In Conversation: Stephen Malkmus Learns New Tricks on “Groove Denied”

The indie King of Slack just released an electronic album, but assures us he’s still the same person.

The Faint Will Always Be Cut from the Saddle Creek Cloth

Todd Fink talks homework, “Egowerk,” and his band’s early emo work.

Your Musical Guidance Counselor Amanda Palmer Will See You Now

The singer-songwriter talks her first solo album in six years, “There Will Be No Intermission,” and how her fans and becoming a mom influenced her music.

Stella Donnelly Talks Bad Male Behavior and Not Pulling Any Punches

On her debut “Beware of the Dogs,” the Aussie singer-songwriter addresses the progress and pain of #MeToo.

Helado Negro Is Smiling Wide

The Latinx indie musician talks us through his new album “This Is How You Smile,” out this week via RVNG Intl.

SASAMI Is a New Artist, But You’ve Heard Her Before

Although her self-titled record is her solo debut, she’s contributed to the works of countless others—and her prowess is apparent.

Meg Duffy of Hand Habits Embraces the Undefinable

Duffy talks about writing a new album in the midst of California’s wildfires, and how queer identity informs their music’s openness to nuance.

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