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On the Radical Anti-Algorithmic Appeal of André 3000’s “New Blue Sun”

After five years of wondering where the OutKast co-founder’s flute thing was headed, his instrumental debut proves to be a bold message of creative liberation.

December 08, 2023
Vyle, “A Ü T O/M Ö T O R”

The debut album and VR piece from the Chicago-native rapper/producer/creative paints a portrait of his hometown rendered in grainy digital tones, where spirits crowd the frame.

September 26, 2023
Jimmy Whispers, “The Search for God”

In 15 all-too-brief minutes, the LA freak-pop songwriter paints pressing existential issues as simple facts of life in America, the man-made horrors of our everyday existence.

June 09, 2023
In Conversation
Frost Children Are Tearing Up the Techno Rulebook

Angel and Lulu Prost talk putting fun first on the sibling duo’s latest collection of songs, Speed Run.

April 18, 2023
In Conversation
Special Interest Can Make a Good Time Out of Anything

The New Orleans punk quartet talk their new LP Endure, Florida goth clubs, partying through the fall of Western civilization, and being here to freak.

November 04, 2022
WENCH (Arca & Shayne Oliver), “Greatest Hits ’88-’16”

This new collection presents a curated overview of two brilliant creative minds at a formative stage of their development.

August 26, 2022
In Conversation
Vic Mensa Introduces His New Community-Focused Weed Brand 93 Boyz

The Chicago rapper discusses his foray into the legal weed game, how he’s giving back, and where he’s going next.

August 11, 2022

The trio’s self-titled third album offers a type of pleasure that’s hard to find much of these days: complex but uncomplicated, emotionally intelligent, and aimed at transcendence.

June 30, 2022
Kendrick Lamar Leads the Way Toward Spiritual Progress on “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers”

On his fifth full-length, Kendrick takes a deep look in the mirror and challenges his audience to start doing the hard work on ourselves that we’ve been avoiding.

May 27, 2022
Ethel Cain Is Making Southern Gothic Pop Music for the End of the American Empire

Hayden Anhedonia discusses her debut album Preacher’s Daughter and the endless possibilities of rewriting the pop star formula.

May 16, 2022
Frost Children, “SPIRAL”

The hyperpop duo’s second LP is dense with sugary hooks, surprising ideas, and the self-assuredness of a band that’s fully aware of how good it’s getting.

May 02, 2022
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Syd: Life Beyond The Internet and Odd Future

From her days in Odd Future to her new solo album Broken Hearts Club, we talked to Syd about how LA’s diverse pockets of forward-thinking music have helped her push the boundaries of her own sound.

April 01, 2022
In Conversation
Animal Collective Discuss Returning to Form on Time Skiffs

Deakin walks us through the writing process for the band’s 11th LP—their first as a four-piece since 2012.

February 04, 2022
Poppy, “Flux”

The ex-YouTuber’s latest LP offers yet another stylistic makeover, this time diving into punchy, crunchy, ’90s-style grunge-pop.

October 27, 2021
Bedouine, “Waysides”

Azniv Korkejian brings a new level of craft and confidence to her third album, proving sometimes the best direction is just to dig deeper.

October 25, 2021
Halsey, “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power”

Halsey’s unexpected collaboration with Trent Reznor is possibly the most recklessly ambitious pop album of the year—and for sure one of the catchiest.

September 01, 2021
Justice’s Gaspard Augé on Resurrecting the Golden Age of Maximalist Pop on “Escapades”

The French producer discusses his debut solo album, which taps into a vibrant palette of sound and imagery lifted from the ’70s.

June 25, 2021
With “Fires in Heaven,” Salem Wrote a Meditation on Giving Up Control

The duo’s first new music in ten years takes a frank look at personal and political collapsitarianism.

October 30, 2020
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The Provocation and Paradox of Vic Mensa

The Chicago-reared rapper returned home before recording his latest project, the “V TAPE” EP, and engaging in the city’s turbulent moment in politics.

October 08, 2020
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