The Laid-Back Activism of Chad and JT
Orange County-based surfer bros employ radical kindness, an “aura of stoke,” and hilarious city council appearances to slyly promote grass-roots engagement.
Ghetto Kumbé on Embracing Cumbia, Indigenous Communities, and a Politics of Forgiveness
The incendiary music-making trio from Colombia’s Caribbean coast fuse Afro-house and Indigenous rhythms with a frank, humanist political stance.
Knot on Returning to Music and Living an Explicitly Political Life
The Boston rock band Krill is back with a new name, a new member, years of activist experience, and plenty to say about living politically.
Nabhaan Rizwan Is All About Intentionality
The “Informer” and “Industry” actor discusses the political motivations for his hip-hop alias El Huxley, and why he’s adopted Solange’s mantra “nothing without intention.”
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Kent Talks Humanity and Timeless Violence in “The Nightingale”
The “Babadook” writer/director is ready to terrify you all over again with her new film.
Cola Boyy Is Breaking the Rules of Dance Music
The artist born Matthew Urango is a multi-instrumentalist whose punk-rock youth led to his making spaced-out, modern disco.
Kari Faux Addresses the Shit That Makes Her Uncomfortable
The LA rapper discusses the bad friends and desire for solitude that inspired her recent EP “Cry 4 Help.”
Charly Bliss Has Unfuckwithable Chemistry
Eva Hendricks and her band discuss the honesty and maturity that went into writing “Young Enough.”
William Jackson Harper Is Facing His Fears
The star of NBC’s “The Good Place” and A24’s “Midsommar” is a nervous kinda guy.
Dylan Balliett Wants to Introduce You to His Dylan-Guys
The illustrator and comic book artist walks us through his vision of a world that’s both musical and anti-Seussical.
D’Arcy Carden Will Tickle Your Funny Bone
The actress best-known as a bubbly tour guide in heaven is learning a lot from playing non-human.
Grapetooth Built the Table They’re Sitting At
Twin Peaks’ Clay Frankel and Home-Sick’s Chris Bailoni decided to make a group casually, even though the music ended up sounding anything but.
Lala Lala Finds Her Feet
On Lillie West’s debut for Hardly Art, her recent sobriety and a newfound gratitude for life stand resiliently among Chicago’s freaky music scene.
boygenius Are Compatible, Not Comparable
Unlike most supergroups, the debut EP from the songwriting team of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus invites listeners to hear each artist as an individual.
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya’s Rubber-Hose Raps Are Fit for Saturday Mornings
With a musical portfolio as diverse as it is outlandish, the Chicago-based rapper and multi-instrumentalist rightly insists that you could never be a Nnamdi.
Situating the In-Joke Canvases of Morgan Blair
Between the dregs of Craigslist’s free-stuff listings and “Seinfeld”‘s most obscure moments, there’s always something familiar in the imagery of the NYC-based artist’s work.
The Dueling Talents of Lola Kirke
Now splitting her time between acting and music, the “Gemini” star is conducting to her own tune.
Courtney Marie Andrews Writes Country Music with a Worldly Perspective
Once a touring member of Jimmy Eat World, the Phoenix-born country artist recalls her maturation from emo to emotional.
Hop Along Make Contact with the Outside World
Frances Quinlan’s decreasingly solo project shifts toward total collaboration on their third album, “Bark Your Head Off, Dog.”
Bonny Doon Are Who They’re Supposed to Be
For their second full-length (and debut on Woodsist), the Detroit folk-rock quartet stopped thinking too much and just went to the beach instead.
Nothing Can Crack Forth Wanderers
Even with members scattered across different cities and schools, Forth Wanderers just keeps getting tighter.
Sunita Mani Defies Comfort Zones
From stilt-walking to viral rap videos, your guess as to where the “GLOW” star will appear next is as good as ours.
The Joyously Sad World of Anna Burch’s Bummer Pop
The Detroit-based singer/songwriter juxtaposes buoyant instrumentation with heavy subject matter on her solo debut, “Quit the Curse.”
The Emotional Ingredients of Blue Hawaii
The Montreal pop duo experiments with optimistic themes on their latest musical cocktail.
Exchanging Ideas with The JuJu
Nico Segal’s Chicago quartet is exploring what jazz music can and should be in 2017.