Mar 31, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Sharon Jones has always been a fighter. Though she has been singing her whole life, doing talent shows and singing backup on some obscure albums in the '70s and '80s, she had to fight for anyone to think she could be more than a former Rikers Island corrections officer with a booming voice. More

Mar 31, 2014 Web Exclusive

In the history of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, how many bands have decided to break up before releasing their first Top 10 single in the U.S.? There can't be many, but Swedish House Mafia is one such band. In June of 2012, the electronic dance supergroup, composed of DJs/producers Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso, announced that their next tour would be their last. "Don't You Worry Child," the trio's final single before disbanding, had yet to be completed at the time of the announcement, but the song made its live debut in England the following month and was released to radio later that summer. For his feature-length documentary, Leave the World Behind, director Christian Larson covered a far and wide range of geographical territories to capture the frenzied sights and sounds of the farewell shows. More

Mar 28, 2014 Web Exclusive

A new Doves album may not be in the cards in the near future, but the group's frontman, Jimi Goodwin, has broken out on his own for his debut solo record, Odludek, which was released this week on Heavenly Recordings. More

Mar 26, 2014 Web Exclusive

Kyle Wilson, central focus of the New York-based Milagres, is aging backwards. The now-beardless prolific songwriter sits in his living room, its walls adorned with framed posters as random as an Andy Warhol movie poster to that of the Next Wave Festival, a music festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from the '80s. More

Mar 25, 2014 Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM

In-demand foursome Temples is on its way to check in at a hotel in Berlin, post-soundcheck for a gig—one of five in a row. Hot on the heels of the release of the quartet's hugely anticipated debut album,Sun Structures, the group is either gigging or promoting, making the whole experience a jumbled whirlwind. More

Mar 21, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

According to Guy Garvey, Elbow's new record includes "wide-eyed, youthful, optimistic celebrations of travel." Not for nothing is the album titled The Take Off and Landing of Everything. More

Mar 20, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Peter Morén, Björn Yttling, and John Eriksson (better known as Peter Bjorn and John) have been friends for over a decade and a half, and have been making music together for almost as long. Still, as bassist/keyboardist Yttling explains, that doesn't always translate to a smooth working environment. More

Mar 19, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

As warmly as Charli XCX's 2013 debut LP, True Romance, was received by fans and critics, the English singer/songwriter wanted to streamline the writing and recording process for her follow-up album, tentatively set for June release. More

Mar 18, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Nirvana, Frank Sinatra, J Dillathose were the three artists Noah Lennox named as the main influences for his fourth full-length solo album, 2011's Tomboy. Of course, if you could hear any of those three acts in that album's stripped-down blend of blissed-out psychedelic pop and drone/dub production techniques, you were probably listening to a different album or under the influence of heavy pharmaceuticals. More