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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
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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

Lucy Dacus / photo by Dusdin Condren

Hometown Hero: Lucy Dacus Rises From River City

The up-and-coming singer-songwriter is the latest in a suddenly strong line of musicians who call Richmond, VA, home.

November 22, 2016

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Art & Culture
Sounds Delicious: Chef Heston Blumenthal on How Synesthesia Influences His Michelin-Starred Cooking

Many associate the sense-blending experience of synesthesia with music and painting, but for one chef at least, it’s entered the kitchen.

November 03, 2016
Film + TV
Coming Attractions: The Makings of the Modern Movie Trailer

The man who whetted your appetite for some of the best films of the past twenty-five years tells us how a preview comes together.

October 10, 2016

Carseat Head Rest, Photo By Anna Webber

Speak/Sing: Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo Takes the Next Step

The Virginia native has always used his songwriting to confront his anxiety about the future. On the eve of his biggest release to date, he reflects on where that’s gotten him.

May 16, 2016

The Wild Feathers / photo by Frank Maddocks

The Wild Feathers: Following in Footsteps

The Nashville quartet’s 2013 debut won them gigs opening for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. So how do they follow it up? By getting on the road again with a new LP.

March 09, 2016

2016. Ra Ra Riot Need Your Light cover hi-res

Ra Ra Riot, “Need Your Light”

Ra Ra Riot’s journeyed state of identity—adapting to several lost members of the years, incorporating synthesizers to their original baroque pop sound—has managed to culminate in their most balanced record to date.

February 11, 2016

2016. Cross Record Wabi Sabi cover hi-res

Cross Record, “Wabi-Sabi”

While “Wabi-Sabi”‘s wounded specter aesthetic keeps it from becoming a work of frequently repeated listens, it’s probably not healthy for most people seeking an emotional purge to keep picking at scar tissue anyway.

January 27, 2016

Chvrches photo by Danny Clinch

In Conversation
In Conversation: CHVRCHES Have Their Eyes Wide Open

We sat down with the Glaswegian synth-pop trio backstage at Landmark Music Festival to chat about the creation of their new record, “Every Open Eye.”

October 04, 2015

Deradoorian photo by Bennet Perez

Breaking: Deradoorian

Angel Deradoorian returns from the wilderness with her first solo full-length record, “The Expanding Flower Planet.”

August 24, 2015