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Lakeyah and Bankroll Freddie Are Writing the Future for Their Cities’ Rap Scenes

The final story in our three-part interview series on the future of Quality Control Music focuses on the Milwaukee emcee and her Arkansan labelmate, and includes an exclusive “Neighborhoods” performance from Lakeyah.

August 24, 2021
Duke Deuce and Metro Marrs Have Had Rap in Their Blood Since Birth

The second in our three-part interview series on the future of Quality Control Music hones in on two artists at the center of QC’s global vision, and features exclusive “Neighborhoods” performances from both artists.

August 17, 2021
Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas on the Self-Starting Drive of Quality Control

The first in a three-part interview series on the future of Quality Control Music—the label that launched Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, and City Girls—starts at the top with a conversation with the rap-dominating label’s CEO and COO.

August 10, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Armand Hammer Discuss the Magic Behind “Haram”

billy woods and ELUCID tell us how their recent record with The Alchemist came together, and share a few of their favorite Alc records.

May 20, 2021
Ryley Walker, “Course in Fable”

Walker’s latest is a powerful record of prog and jamming and lyrics that are just clever enough to not be silly.

April 07, 2021
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, “G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!”

The ensemble’s 7th album is resistance music built off the back of the most difficult year in the modern era.

April 06, 2021
Dry Cleaning, “New Long Leg”

Florence Shaw’s biting delivery steals the show and elevates the album to great heights.

April 05, 2021
Tim Cohen, “You Are Still Here”

The Fresh & Onlys vocalist’s latest illustrates why he’s a trusted source for catchy hooks and jangly tunes.

March 31, 2021
Film + TVIn Conversation
In Conversation: Tamara Saviano on “Without Getting Killed or Caught” and the Genius of Guy Clark

The co-director of the new documentary on the outlaw country icon discusses her film and Clark’s influence on her life.

March 16, 2021
Tokyo Police Club, “Champ — 10th Anniversary Reissue”

This deluxe edition offers a nice slew of remixes and demos, but its best function is a reminder of how good TPC was the first time around. 

March 11, 2021
DJ Muggs the Black Goat, “Dies Occidendum”

The album functions as a sample pack for aspiring producers, introducing a number of styles that Muggs handles with ease.

March 11, 2021
Painted Shrines, “Heaven and Holy”

Jeremy Earl and Glenn Donaldson construct an effortless cascade of pastoral psych-folk on their debut.

March 10, 2021
Your Old Droog & Tha God Fahim, “Tha YOD Fahim”

The pair’s second release of 2021 smoothly builds on the chemistry they established on that first tape.

March 04, 2021
In Conversation: DIIV Is Reborn on “Deceiver”

The band talks addiction, recovery, and their hiatus—and how these elements led to their heaviest album to date.

October 04, 2019
In Conversation: Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner Would Like to Make a Fun Album

The musician talks grief, her memoir, releasing songs without the pressure of a record press cycle, and her struggle with writing happy tunes.

September 19, 2019
WHY? Settles for the Joy and Heartbreak of the Everyday on “AOKOHIO”

Yoni Wolf details the impulse and happenstance that informed the band’s fractured new album.

August 08, 2019
Foxing Is Nearing Perfection Onstage and in the Studio

Following the band’s Shaky Knees set, Conor Murphy wrestles with musical and existential questions.

May 22, 2019
The National, “I Am Easy to Find”

There are fewer layers, less fireworks; every part coalesces quietly.

May 15, 2019

White Denim

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.

April 18, 2019
Quelle Chris Takes Aim at the Weaponization of Art

On “Guns,” the Detroit rapper continues to defy assigned labels.

March 29, 2019
Film + TVIn Conversation
In Conversation: Bing Liu’s Skate Doc “Minding the Gap” Is About a Lot More Than Skating

The first-time filmmaker on becoming a documentarian-of-all-trades—and trying not to miss anything.

October 12, 2018

Dr. Octagon / photo by Carlo Cavaluzzi

Dr. Octagon Gave Us Two Decades to Catch Up, But They’re Still a Thousand Years in the Future

Tired of waiting for everyone else to join them, Kool Keith, Dan the Automator, and DJ QBert have touched back down on Earth.

July 02, 2018
Film + TV
Soundtracking the Domestic Horror of “Hereditary” with Colin Stetson

With A24’s latest triumph now in theaters, Stetson walks us through his collaboration with director Ari Aster and the film scores that have shaped his work.

June 12, 2018
La Luz, “Floating Features”

La Luz are turning their garage rock early days into something shimmering and alluring, yet laced with venom and sharp edges.

May 17, 2018
H.C. McEntire, “LIONHEART”

On her debut solo LP, H.C. McEntire remains an effusive, unrelenting force amidst a shifted landscape.

January 31, 2018
The Emotional Ingredients of Blue Hawaii

The Montreal pop duo experiments with optimistic themes on their latest musical cocktail.

January 22, 2018

photo by Nick Ebeling

Film + TV
Easy Rider: Gemma Thompson of Savages Goes Behind Her Score for “Along for the Ride”

The Savages guitarist walks us through the making and spirit of her score for Nick Ebeling’s new Dennis Hopper documentary.

December 07, 2017
Spoon, “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” [10th Anniversary Reissue]

“Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” is the logical conclusion of Spoon’s commercial appeal and their innovativeness, an effort seamlessly weaving between earworm melodies and genuine experimentation.

November 15, 2017
Torres, “Three Futures”

Sometimes the best things are the ones that remain the same.

October 03, 2017
Protomartyr, “Relatives in Descent”

Detroit’s most amiable punks explores their sound and considerably extend its boundaries.

September 29, 2017
Kamasi Washington, “Harmony of Difference” [EP]

From a quiet, smooth opening, Kamasi Washington’s new EP grows to enormous heights.

September 27, 2017
Ben Frost, “The Centre Cannot Hold”

Frost’s music can be grating, obstructive, evil, sinister, and ugly. Yet there’s something both charming and beautiful in how he embraces these characteristics.

September 26, 2017
Mount Kimbie, “Love What Survives”

Maker and Campos find a way to bring their collaborators toward their sound, not the other way around, and the results are outstanding.

September 14, 2017
Action Bronson, “Blue Chips 7000”

Most of all, Bronson simply seems fully in control of the world he’s created on “Blue Chips 7000.”

September 05, 2017
Grizzly Bear, “Painted Ruins”

On their first record in five years, the venerable group starts small.

August 25, 2017
The Districts, “Popular Manipulations”

This is how most of “Popular Manipulations” works: starts modest, grows bolder, ends up on a mountaintop.

August 07, 2017

photo by Masayoshi Sukita

In Conversation
In Conversation: With “Mellow Waves,” Cornelius Crashes on American Shores Again

It took eleven years, but the Japanese songwriter has returned.

July 26, 2017
Tyler, The Creator, “Flower Boy”

Tyler’s always been an immensely talented producer and rapper, but he’s never put together an album as cohesively as he does here.

July 26, 2017

Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces Is Ishmael Butler’s Path to Understanding

We speak with the Seattle legend to figure out how, exactly, he always stays one step ahead of the game.

July 24, 2017
PREMIERE: The Dan Ryan Aim for the Stars on “Guidance” LP

A death-defying trip to Glacier National Park inspired the Austin band’s new record.

July 11, 2017
Washed Out, “Mister Mellow”

Ernest Greene is a new musician on “Mister Mellow,” and the results are often outstanding.

July 07, 2017

photo by Adarsha Benjamin

In Conversation
In Conversation: Kevin Morby Reflects on City Life and the Joys of Solitude

The well-traveled musician seeks a quiet place to reflect on his old life as a city dweller.

June 22, 2017
In Conversation
In Conversation: Forest Swords Finds the Barest Way to Beauty

The British producer and sound collagist talks about opening himself to collaboration and simplifying his sound on his latest—and best—album, “Compassion.”

June 01, 2017

photo by Brad Bunyea

PREMIERE: Jake Xerxes Fussell Flips Duke Ellington’s “Jump for Joy”

Ascending to heaven comes with a steep caveat.

March 09, 2017