Apr 14, 2015 Web Exclusive

As Britpop was taking off in 1994, the Welsh quartet Manic Street Preachers entered the marketplace with an acclaimed, dark classic of an album that exposed the raw nerves of the human experience. In this new interview bassist Nicky Wire discusses the band's iconic 1994 album, The Holy Bible, as well as last year's acclaimed album, Futurology. More

Mar 25, 2015 Web Exclusive

When Laura Marling lived in L.A., a part of her died. Specifically, her ego. The British songwriter relocated to America soon after completing her fourth album, 2013's  Once I Was an Eagle (which became her third album to be nominated for a Mercury Prize). She moved in search of adventure—and got more than she bargained for.  More

Mar 19, 2015 Web Exclusive

The indie rock culture wars are finally over. That's the only real conclusion you can draw when indie bands win Grammys and underground music publications routinely give their most glowing reviews to Top 40 pop stars. For anyone who came of age in the post-Nirvana era of Pavement, Guided by Voices, and Yo La Tengo—bands that could flirt with mainstream approval but never quite escape being placed in the "other" category—this is a strange watershed moment, one that seems to have washed away a whole culture with its arrival. Count of Montreal's Kevin Barnes as one who is still getting used to the new terrain after the flood. More

Mar 18, 2015 Web Exclusive

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. Anders Rhedin, who releases music under the name Dinner, submitted this Self-Portrait. More

Mar 17, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent

Martin Courtney is the lead singer and guitarist of Brooklyn by-way-of New Jersey rock band Real Estate. The group's third LP, Atlas, is warm, laid-back, free-flowing guitar pop at its finest, and was one of Under the Radar's Top Albums of 2014. More

Mar 06, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent

"Maybe we should get a shot of you stood next to that, looking sad?" I jokingly suggest as William Doyle, aka East India Youth, and I spot a poster advertising Mercury Music Prize winners Young Fathers on the door of London's Rough Trade East record store.  More

Mar 04, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent

Following more than three decades as the premier maestro of musical parody, "Weird Al" Yankovic suddenly finds himself having the best year of his career. His 2014 release, Mandatory Fun, was the yuckster-accordionist's first Billboard #1 Album. More

Mar 02, 2015 Web Exclusive

The inspiration for Steven Wilson's new album sounds like the stuff of urban legend. The story goes like this: A young woman dies alone in her apartment and no one notices for more than two years. When her body is finally discovered, her television is still on. More

Feb 25, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent

Enjoying a brief respite before embarking for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Jenny Lewis is sitting in what she calls the "clubhouse," a second bedroom in the hillside home in L.A. she shares with her longtime boyfriend and frequent musical collaborator Johnathan Rice. She's more or less taken over the room with various personal items, among them pieces of recording equipment, thrift store purchases, and lots of clothes. More