Jun 01, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

One of the first words Starwalker (Air's Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Bang Gang's Barði Jóhannsson) use to describe their efforts is "spacey." The term makes sense. Awash with vintage synths and vocoders, the pair's hypnotic pop seems blessed with an extraterrestrial grace. But as for actually checking out the cosmos themselves? Both artists quickly veto the idea. More

May 26, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Gil Carroll didn't set out to make one of 2016's most buzzed-about dream pop records. Yet he and the other members of Living Hour seem to have done just that, despite the fact that he adamantly says, "When we started this band, I didn't even know what the term 'dream pop' meant." More

May 25, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Losing a longtime band member is often a tough pill to swallow. When Black Mountain bass player Matt Camirand left the band, they had to scramble to find a replacement. Fortunately for them, veteran bass player Arjan Miranda (formerly of S.T.R.E.E.T.S, Children, and The Family Band) stepped in as the band prepared to record their new album IV. More

May 20, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

The last time Courtney Barnett and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy saw one another face-to-face was at the November 2014 Crossing Border Festival in the Netherlands city of Den Haag.  More

May 16, 2016 Web Exclusive

After five gigs at SXSW in March, Gwenno Saunders is returning to the States for an east coast tour kicking off in Boston tonight (May 16) and culminating at Moogfest. "What a line up! It's like a dream festival," the Welsh space-popstress (and former member of The Pipettes)enthuses.  More

May 11, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

After the release of Oshin, their acclaimed 2012-released debut album, no new music was heard from DIIV for three and a half years. With the release of their sophomore album, Is the Is Are, out now on Captured Tracks, DIIV prove that they were no mere flash in the pan. More

May 06, 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.). Read on as Martin talks about the first album he bought, his first favorite song, his first major disappointment, his first celebrity crush, and the first times he got drunk and got fired. More

Apr 29, 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 Michael Lovett from London electro-pop outfit NZCA LinesMore

Apr 29, 2016 Web Exclusive

Baxter Fang is a young adult novelist whose career is floundering. His sister, Annie, is a washed-up starlet and former tabloid “wild child” similarly on the decline. Their parents, Caleb and Camille, are performance artists and provocateurs, infamous for roping their two young children (sometimes unknowingly) into their projects and impromptu “happenings.” The now-grown Baxter and Annie Fang are estranged from the famous parents they feel exploited them, but when Baxter injures himself and is taken in by their folks, it leads to an unplanned—and most unusual—family reunion.  More