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In Conversation
Tegan and Sara Keep Graduating

Tegan Quin discusses the sisters’ new album Crybaby, their new TV series High School, and surviving another set of overlapping press cycles.

October 18, 2022
A Small-Scale Introduction to Allison Ponthier

With her debut EP “Faking My Own Death” out this Friday, the songwriter discusses making the leap from Texas to NYC, recording with Lord Huron, and becoming a cowboy.

August 04, 2021
Digital Cover
Julien Baker: Feeling OK in a Different Way

In our latest digital cover story, Baker dives into the experiences that led to her new album “Little Oblivions.”

March 04, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: The National’s Matt Berninger Takes Us Behind the Scenes of “Serpentine Prison”

The songwriter dishes on Booker T’s anecdotes, the inspiration of Willie Nelson’s “Stardust,” and finally going solo.

October 16, 2020
Phoebe Bridgers on “Punisher,” a Product of Patience and Meticulousness

The songwriter discusses what she describes as her treatise on having a personal life during the apocalypse.

June 17, 2020
Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield Turns Inward on “Saint Cloud”

The Alabama songwriter talks her new record and the challenges of being sober in the music biz. 

March 23, 2020
Digital Cover
Then Is Now: The Return of Tegan and Sara

In our first digital cover story, the duo discuss the new album, establishing distinct identities, and how music saved their relationship.

October 02, 2019
In Conversation: Jay Som Talks Family, Race, and Perfectionism

The songwriter on the quick evolution from her 2017 breakthrough to this month’s “Anak Ko.”

August 27, 2019

Frightened Rabbit at Lollapalooza 2016 / photo by James Richards IV

Frightened Rabbit’s Grant Hutchison on Losing His Brother and Keeping the Music Alive

Along with Julien Baker + Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull, Grant remembers Scott Hutchison’s brutally honest artistry.

July 18, 2019
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.

March 05, 2019
Art & CultureIn Conversation
In Conversation: Michael Azerrad on How Breaking Laws Makes for Better Music Journalism

The “Our Band Could Be Your Life” writer has a new book, “Rock Critic Law,” which lays out 101 of the tropes that lazy music writers can’t seem to help but fall back on over and over. But he isn’t mad—he’s just trying to make writers better. 

September 26, 2018
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.

April 18, 2018
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.

March 28, 2018
Film + TVIn Conversation
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.

February 06, 2018
Julien Baker, “Turn Out the Lights”

Across all of “Turn Out the Lights,” Baker doesn’t pull a single punch.

October 31, 2017
Iron & Wine, “Beast Epic”

As much as “Beast Epic”‘s music feels like a look back with a head full of experience, it doesn’t stop Sam Beam from keeping his lyrical gaze on what’s ahead of him.

August 30, 2017
Art & Culture
Tiny Respite: Meet Tiny Fellas, the Littlest Street Art Team in DC

Art at ground level.

June 29, 2017

photo courtesy of Mario Caldato Jr.

That’s a Record ’Cause of Mario

Behind the boards with Mario Caldato Jr.

May 10, 2017

photo by Marisa Bettencourt

Art & Culture
In Conversation: Rob Sheffield on The Beatles and Our Cultural Refusal to Let It Be

The longtime “Rolling Stone” critic’s new book examines the Fab Four in a new light.

April 26, 2017
Art & Culture
Exploding the “Song Exploder”: Hrishikesh Hirway Looks Back on 100 Episodes of Pulling Music Apart

Since starting over three years ago, the song dissection podcast has turned into an institution—but it continues to surprise its creator with each episode.

March 31, 2017
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