Sep 16, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

It's hard not to be a third wheel when listening in on a conversation between Sharon Van Etten and The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel. Having met while Van Etten was recording 2010's Epic in a Philadelphia studio near Granduciel's house, the two songwriters share not only a friendship and a mutual admiration of each other's work, but also a set of memories collected while touring together in 2012. More

Sep 11, 2014 Issue #34 - Year End 2010 - Sufjan Stevens

For this Throwback Thursday we revisit our 2010 article on Florence and the Machine (aka Florence Welch). The article was our second print article on her, ran in the Best of 2010 issue, and centered on her crazy year since the release of her 2009 debut album, Lungs. A year later she released her acclaimed second album, Ceremonials, and we hope we won't have to wait too much longer for her third effort.  More

Sep 08, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to David Maclean of Django Django. The band might be based in London (where they officially formed in 2009), but Django Django's members met at the Edinburgh College of Art and Maclean is a Scottish native. In fact, Maclean's older brother, John Maclean, was in the iconic late-'90s/early '00s experimental indie rock Scottish group The Beta Band, a clear influence on Django Django's art rock.  More

Sep 07, 2014 Web Exclusive

In this Scotland Week interview we talk to We Were Promised Jetpacks about their upcoming new album. Michael Palmer is enjoying the time off. For good reason. In a month, We Were Promised Jetpacks, for which he plays guitar, will be on another relentless touring season in support of their forthcoming third LP, Unravelling. 

Sep 07, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to Francis McKee of Glasgow-based band The Vaselines. The Vaselines formed in 1986 and the indie pop duo also features Eugene Kelly. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was a big fan and described McKee and Kelly as his "favorite songwriters in the whole world." The band broke up in 1989, but reformed in 2006. In 2010 Sub Pop released the band's long-awaited sophomore full-length, Sex with an X. The Vaselines' third album, V For Vaselines, is due out on Rosary Music October 7. More

Sep 06, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to Helen Marnie, lead vocalist for Ladytron. The band may have formed in Liverpool in 1999, but Marnie was born in Glasgow, where she grew up before going to the University of Liverpool to study music. Once there she met Liverpool producers/DJs Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu. Bulgarian co-vocalist Mira Aroyo then joined them to form Ladytron, named after the Roxy Music song. In 2013 Marnie released her debut solo album, Crystal World. More

Sep 06, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to James Graham, vocalist for Scottish trio The Twilight Sad. The band formed in Kilsyth in 2003 after its members (Graham, guitarist Andy MacFarlane, and drummer Mark Devine) met in and around high school. Their debut album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, was released in 2007 by FatCat. The Twilight Sad's fourth full-length, Nobody Wants to Be Here, Nobody Wants to Leave, is due out on October 28 via FatCat. More

Sep 05, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to Stevie Jackson of Belle and Sebastian. One of the most iconic Scottish bands of the last two decades, the indie pop six-piece barely needs any introduction (especially to the readers of this website). Read on as Jackson discusses his favorite Scottish albums, bands, authors, and films, as well as his thoughts on the Scottish Independence Referendum. More

Sep 04, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to Franz Ferdinand. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the release of the band's self-titled debut album, a record that was met with near universal critical acclaim and was also a commercial success in both the U.K. and the U.S., among other countries. Franz Ferdinand also won the coveted Mercury Prize in 2004, given annually to the best album by an artist from the United Kingdom.  More