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20 Questions: Kaada

From quirky pop to classically-affected modern compositions, John Erik Kaada has returned with his first solo album in nine years, so wants to do what any regarded musician would: talk about Homer Simpson and Norwegian environmental policies.

Evan Sawdey
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20 Questions: Ashley Monroe

Ashley Monroe is one of the most critically acclaimed country artists working today, and with the release of her acclaimed new set Sparrow, talks Willie, weed, and borrowing Brandi Carlile's guitar for months on end.

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20 Questions: Alexis Taylor

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor finally gives in to his pop instincts on his new record, working with an outside producer and then telling us why Rubbermaid bins remind him of Star Wars.

Evan Sawdey
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Fave Five: Kwes

UK electronic producer Kwes can write his own future, but outside of pushing his sound in directions, looks back fondly on the records that inspired and taught him.

Evan Sawdey
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The Visual Music of Mind Over Mirrors

Jaime Fennelly of Mind over Mirrors has long incorporated color and textiles into his transcendent live shows, but for Bellowing Sun he went further out onto the spectrum with a 15-foot drum-shaped zoetrope suspended over the stage and a full band.

Jennifer Kelly
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20 Questions: Laura Veirs

After a collaborative album with k.d. lang and Neko Case, Laura Veirs re-emerges with a delicate, deliberate collection of folk-pop wonders, as well as a love for the Pixar film Coco and all things coffee.

Evan Sawdey
Music

20 Questions: George FitzGerald

George FitzGerald's sophomore effort might be the dance album of the year. With PopMatters, he talks Josef K, OutKast, and how his career all started with a cracked copy of Ableton.

Evan Sawdey
Music

20 Questions: Alice Ivy

Can't wait for the next Avalanches album? Melbourne's Alice Ivy cites them as an influence but carves out a sample-based beatscape all her own, making for a compelling listen from one of the year's breakout stars.

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