Apr 04, 2014 Web Exclusive

Minutes before Small Black's energetic and dance-fueled set at one of Under the Radar's SXSW 2014 parties last month, they were lamenting the somber feeling that hovered in the atmosphere, amid the cool spring breeze and food truck smells.  More

Apr 03, 2014 Web Exclusive

It's been four years since Avi Buffalo's breezy guitar pop-infused self-titled debut was released by Sub Pop in 2010. Frontman and songwriter Avi Zahner-Isenberg officially confirmed in February that a new album is on the way. More

Apr 02, 2014 Web Exclusive

Dum Dum Girls' third full-length album, Too True, represents a new chapter in the musical life of frontwoman Dee Dee (who used to go by Dee Dee Penny, but now prefers no surname). After the tragic death of her mother, which informed 2011's Only In Dreams, Dee Dee slowly started to exorcise her pain and hurt. The band's subsequent End of Daze EP found her  More

Apr 01, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Sharon Jones admits that she didn't want to do the video for "Stranger to My Happiness," the second single from her new album, Give the People What They Want. More

Apr 01, 2014

At first listen, one wouldn’t necessarily draw a line between Spandau Ballet and Lou Reed. More

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