Aug 13, 2014 Web Exclusive

Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan were childhood friends before they were bandmates, growing up together and both playing the fiddle. More

Aug 12, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

While Slowdive's early singles rode in on waves of distortion that saw the band lumped in with the rest of the shoegaze pack, by the time they released their 1991 debut album, Just For A Day, they had delved into a more ambient territory that set them apart from their peers. We asked founding members Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswellwho share guitar and vocal duties in the recently reformed bandto tell us about the artists and albums that helped shape Slowdive's sound. While they acknowledged the influence that classic rock groups such as The Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, and The Byrds had on their music, the bands that most heavily informed their sound were practically their contemporaries. More

Aug 11, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Slowdive's reformation after decades of silence is a moment that many of its fans—and, at points, the band itself—never saw coming. The reunion was spurred by an offer from Primavera Sound, the annual music festival in Barcelona, Spain. More

Aug 08, 2014 Web Exclusive

As recently as last year a film festival was the only place you could catch Mackenzie Davis’ work. That’s changed in a big way: since the beginning of 2014, the actress has been all over the place. She landed her first major role in Drake Doremus’ Breathe In, which came out earlier this year and starred Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce; she also appeared opposite Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan in the comedy That Awkward Moment. This summer you could catch her in a starring role on the AMC series Halt And Catch Fire.

In Michael Dowse’s new romantic comeday What If—which hits theaters today—she stars alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, and Adam Driver. Mackenzie Davis spoke with us about her recent roles and her quick rise to stardom. More

Aug 08, 2014 Web Exclusive

Michael Dowse is a rare director who could boast of a cult following just 15 years into his feature filmmaking career. His 2002 film Fubar is a bonafide cult classic, particularly in his native Canada; his 2011 hockey movie Goon is on its way to becoming one. For his latest feature, he’s shifted gears. What If—released as The F Word in some regions—is a Toronto-set romantic comedy about a boy and girl who fall for each other, but are forced to keep their relationship platonic because she has a long-term boyfriend.

What If opens in theaters today and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, and Mackenzie Davis. Michael Dowse sat down with us in New York to talk about the film.  More

Aug 07, 2014 Fall 2007 - Beirut

For this Throwback Thursday we revisit our 2007 article on School of Seven Bells, our first interview with the band and what may have been the band's first ever print magazine interview. At the time the band was still a four-piece and had just released their debut EP. By the time their debut album, Alpinisms (referred to by its working title Wired for Light here), was released the band had pared down to a three-piece, losing early member James Elliott. The three-piece lineup of Benjamin Curtis, Alejandra Deheza, and Claudia Deheza continued through their sophomore album, Disconnect from Desire, after which Claudia left. A year after Benjamin and Alejandra released 2012's third full-length, Ghostory, it was announced in February 2013 that Benjamin had been diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. Benjamin tragically passed away in December 2013, aged only 35. This past June School of Seven Bells released a cover of Joey Ramone's "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)," recorded while Benjamin was in the hospital. And Alejandra has since announced that she is working on a new School of Seven Bells album containing material she recorded with Benjamin before his passing.

Read on as Benjamin discusses the early days of School of Seven Bells: how they formed, where they got their name, their early influences, and how their sound came together. More

Aug 06, 2014 Web Exclusive

Seven years since a pair of quickly written songs landed thousands of clicks and an unintended audience on YouTube, prompting them to turn their sweetly foul-mouthed and subversive brand of musical comedy into a genuine live act as Garfunkel and Oates, Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates) have become the most well-known guitar and ukulele players who have tackled their distaste for smug pregnant women, their ignorance on performing handjobs, and the virginal loophole of anal sex.  More

Aug 06, 2014 Web Exclusive

Raised in Guildford, located approximately 30 miles south of London, Harry Burgess and Tim Slater attended school together as children.  More

Aug 05, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Kip Berman can speak at length about music history, eloquently mull over the idea of success, and articulately explain why the word "twee" has lost its power. But The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's frontman (and only constant member) admits that he also loves a good old-fashioned play on words. More