Articles by Will Schube

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dry Cleaning, “New Long Leg”

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Painted Shrines, “Heaven and Holy”

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Foxing Is Nearing Perfection Onstage and in the Studio

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

The National, “I Am Easy to Find”

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

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.

Quelle Chris Takes Aim at the Weaponization of Art

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

H.C. McEntire, “LIONHEART”

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

The Emotional Ingredients of Blue Hawaii

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

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.

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.

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