Dec 07, 2016 Web Exclusive

Steven Okazaki is an Oscar-winning director whose latest project, Mifune: The Last Samurai, chronicles the life of Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. Mifune rose from the destruction of post-war Japan to leave an indelible mark on cinema from Tokyo to Hollywood. I spoke with Okazaki over the phone about Mifune, nervously watching the minutes on my recording app be picked off like bandits against Kyuzo in Seven Samurai.   More

Dec 06, 2016 Web Exclusive

With dozens of genre credits to his name spanning the last three decades, fewer names or faces have been more synonymous with the horror genre than Bill Moseley’s. Devotees of ‘80s horror flicks will recognize him as Chop Top, brother of Leatherface, from Tobe Hooper’s wild classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; new school horror fans may better know him as the demented Otis Driftwood in Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects. Others will know him for his music; in particular, the experimental albums he put out with Buckethead under the name Cornbugs. More

Dec 02, 2016 Web Exclusive

To end out the week, we ask Weyes Blood (aka Natalie Mering) some questions about endings and death. Weyes Blood's latest album, Front Row Seat to Earth, is out now via Mexican Summer.  More

Dec 01, 2016 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Jack Cooper of Ultimate PaintingMore

Nov 30, 2016 Issue #58 - The Protest Issue

Angel Olsen's last album, 2014's Burn Your Fire for No Witness, was the sound of her breaking free. Filled with brash songs and strong statements, a certain pent-up aggression present in even its softer moments, the album broke her out of the mold that had previously characterized her art.  More

Nov 29, 2016 Issue #58 - The Protest Issue

On March 23, 2016, the state of North Carolina passed The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, otherwise known as House Bill 2 or HB2. The law, as written, strips out anti-discrimination protections for gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as well as prohibits transgender individuals from using the bathroom of their choice in public buildings. More

Nov 28, 2016 Web Exclusive

"I believe there is an artistic subconscious that people share. I feel like artists and creative types gel up. It's really strange but it happens all the time, that elusive Zeitgeist thing that people talk about. People just unconsciously end up on the same wavelength in the world." Gerard Way and I are sitting in the Donor Lounge of Durham's Carolina Theatre on the second day of North Carolina Comicon. More

Nov 22, 2016 Issue #58 - The Protest Issue

Don't pigeonhole Anders Trentemøller as an electronic artist. It's a disservice to the sheer breadth of his musical acumen. This was reiterated minutes into a small talk conversation with him in which Detroit Techno was broached. More

Nov 21, 2016 Issue #58 - The Protest Issue

The genesis of U.K. quartet Glass Animals' sophomore album, How to Be a Human Being, is one of the more offbeat origin stories you'll read. The 11 tracks which comprise the record began as secret field recordings made of the people the band met on tour; snippets of dialogue clandestinely taped, at first, "for kicks" but later found to be a major source of inspiration.