Nailah Hunter on Building Fantasy Worlds Rooted in Healing
The Kali Uchis and John Carroll Kirby collaborator reclaims the witchcraft aesthetic with her soothing harp music.
clipping. Discuss the Horror, Afrofuturism, and Reality of “Visions of Bodies Being Burned”
The industrial hip-hop group’s allegorical monsters are all too real on their latest LP.
Zero 7 Discuss Returning to Form for Their New “Shadows” EP
Henry Binns on long-distance collaboration, adding Lou Stone to the mix, and continuing to write only for themselves.
Sooper Records Gives Back to Chicago
NNAMDÏ, Sen Morimoto, Glenn Curran, KAINA, and Blacker Face, the label’s co-founders and artists, wind up succeeding as activists without thinking too much about it.
In Conversation: Keedron Bryant Is the Voice of the People
Producer Dem Jointz and the thirteen-year-old vocalist discuss Bryant’s powerful viral hit “I Just Wanna Live” and collaborating on a full EP.
Nicholas Braun Talks “Antibodies,” the Song of the Non-Summer
The “Succession” actor is using his first proper foray into music as a means to help underserved communities fight COVID-19.
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.
S.G. Goodman on the New, Fresh, and Politicized Country of “Old Time Feeling”
The Kentucky-born-and-bred singer-songwriter is shutting down small-minded prejudices.
In Conversation: Chuck D Is Rebelling Against America’s New Gridlock
The Public Enemy rapper expounds on America’s technological dependency and how people on both sides of the fence may be getting duped.
Juan Wauters’ Immigrant Song
Juan Wauters recalls his immigration from Uruguay to Queens, which he commemorates on his recent LP “Introducing Juan Pablo.”
On Their New Album, Dorian Electra’s Agenda Is to Make You Think
The genre-blending songwriter discusses “My Agenda,” their new record dissecting far-right online communities and incelism.
Wayne Coyne’s Bubble Full of Thoughts
Flaming Lips’ leader on COVID, community, and promoting pet causes on social media.
The Wonderful World of Ho99o9
Eaddy and theOGM trace the lineage of conservative fear-mongering in music to the present day, which sees the release of the punk-rap duo’s politically charged “BLURR” mixtape.
Dinner Party Make Room at the Table
Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, and Terrace Martin on how their new supergroup is fit for the post–George Floyd world.
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.
David Byrne’s Undivided Attention
“We Are Not Divided,” the new project from Byrne’s solutions journalism site “Reasons to Be Cheerful,” finds lots of ways to heal our political divisions—and to feel a lot better.
H.E.R. and Cordae Will Lead You to Truth
The two songwriters talk collaboration, inspiration, and fighting the good fight.
Eartheater’s Fiery New Album “Phoenix” Holds a Mirror Up to a Quickly Changing World
Alexandra Drewchin discusses her oddly optimistic, acoustic guitar–driven record about healing and rebirth in a moment when we’re fixated on death.