In Conversation: Neil Hamburger Is Giving the Vocal Performance of His Life

Gregg Turkington on the intersection of punk rock and easy listening and bringing absurdist sincerity to the masses.

Soccer Mommy Is Taking Time to Reflect

Sophie Allison talks fate, knowing your angles, and what you can’t learn in school.

CHAI Wants to Know What Words Are Worth

The Japanese band is rocketing into the West with a full-blown stylistic vision firmly in place. And that vision doesn’t include any preconceived notions of what it means to be “cute.”

The Real World and Road Rules of Swearin’

Allison Crutchfield, Kyle Gilbride, and Jeff Bolt were just getting started when Swearin’ first called it quits. But then they said fuck all that and made something new.

Dead Can Dance: Dionysus Returns

Brendan Perry talks All Souls’ Day, spring festivals, and the controlled chaos of Greek tragedy that led to DCD’s latest album.

Grapetooth Built the Table They’re Sitting At

Twin Peaks’ Clay Frankel and Home-Sick’s Chris Bailoni decided to make a group casually, even though the music ended up sounding anything but.

The Language Theory of Julia Holter

“Aviary” walks like a duck and talks like a duck, in album terms, anyway, but the more you pay attention, the less it fits in.

Lala Lala Finds Her Feet

On Lillie West’s debut for Hardly Art, her recent sobriety and a newfound gratitude for life stand resiliently among Chicago’s freaky music scene.

boygenius Are Compatible, Not Comparable

Unlike most supergroups, the debut EP from the songwriting team of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus invites listeners to hear each artist as an individual.

Say Goodbye to Moonface and Hello to Spencer Krug

The Wolf Parade cofounder sends off his latest side-project with his most experimental record to date—and a promise to dive back into the unknown.

At Home with Spiritualized, an Orchestra of One

Jason Pierce considered having the bedroom-recorded “And Nothing Hurt” be the last Spiritualized album—and even though it might not be, it still sounds like quite the finale.

A Visit to Wayne Kramer’s America

Fifty years after the MC5 played the Democratic National Convention, hoping to jumpstart a new era, things don’t look much different in the USA. But Wayne Kramer knows that it’s still on us—and him—to change.

The New Wilderness of Liars

Angus Andrew has stepped off alone with his group, and returned to Australia in the process. And if you’re still looking for a theme, he’ll be glad to explain it to you.  

Wu-Tang Clan: Twenty-Five Years Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit

Our FLOOD 9 cover story on Wu-Tang Clan, the rap group with a religious following.

The Rage and Resistance of M.I.A.

Our FLOOD 9 cover story on the pop star and fervent activist.

Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez Is a Very Easy Scare

The experimental rock vets put their spin on two creepy classics from “The Shining”’s soundtrack—and Rodriguez, who took the helm on the project, might have been the most spooked out of everyone involved.  

In Conversation: Dave Davies of The Kinks Still Believes in the Village Green

Out of place and underappreciated in 1968, “The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society” has finally reached the status it deserves in the highest tier of rock——and Dave Davies sincerely appreciates that, late as it may be.

Young Jesus Are Alright with Getting It Wrong

Ten-minute jams aren’t exactly in vogue right now, but the LA quartet have no problem pushing for a second coming of experimentalism in rock.

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