interview

RJD2 Refines His Signature Sound on ‘Visions Out of Limelight’

RJD2 Refines His Signature Sound on ‘Visions Out of Limelight’

RJD2 felt he was getting pigeonholed for his sample-based style, only to be lambasted when diverting from it. On his new album, he embraces his true muse.

The Buddy Movie That Is Lake Street Dive

The Buddy Movie That Is Lake Street Dive

To celebrate two decades of joyful jazz-pop perfection, the members of Lake Street Dive had to find new ways to write and record for new album Good Together.

Joan of Arc Are Resurrected at Last (Just Ask Tim Kinsella)

Joan of Arc Are Resurrected at Last (Just Ask Tim Kinsella)

By putting Joan of Arc’s collected works in a dynamic box set, Tim Kinsella gauges how fans and critics are reconciling with the band’s work with modern ears.

The Ophelias Want to Devastate You

The Ophelias Want to Devastate You

The sad queer folk rock anthems of Ohio’s the Ophelias have pierced through the noise, and now, no matter how unusual the venue, they’re road-testing new tunes.

Slum Village Boldly Take Hip-Hop to the Disco

Slum Village Boldly Take Hip-Hop to the Disco

Nearly a decade since their last album, T3 and Young RJ continue Slum Village’s legacy as a duo, bringing the group’s sound into a mature yet danceable space.

“I Just Want to Hear Everything”: A Conversation with Paul Weller

“I Just Want to Hear Everything”: A Conversation with Paul Weller

Paul Weller, one of the most revered figures in British rock, is releasing his 17th studio LP. He discusses creative collaboration, John Coltrane’s influence, and more.

Dark-Pop Queen CXLOE and Her ‘Shiny New Thing’

Dark-Pop Queen CXLOE and Her ‘Shiny New Thing’

CXLOE’s Shiny New Thing is hook-forward pop music, an unrelenting collection of emoto-bangers, and an arch response to a clueless music executive.

Straight from No Man’s Land: A Conversation with Texas Bluesman Scott H. Biram

Straight from No Man’s Land: A Conversation with Texas Bluesman Scott H. Biram

To encounter Scott H. Biram live-and-in-person, you’d figure Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister had kin in Caldwell County, a distant cousin steeped in Willie Dixon and Lightnin Hopkins.

Meet the Beaches’ Beating Heart: Drummer Eliza Enman-McDaniel

Meet the Beaches’ Beating Heart: Drummer Eliza Enman-McDaniel

Getting heard in a band of super-powered women can be challenging, but the Beaches’ Eliza Enman-McDaniel does so much more than bang her drum all day.

‘Free Party’ Director Aaron Trinder on Fighting for the Right to Party

‘Free Party’ Director Aaron Trinder on Fighting for the Right to Party

When the New Age travelers and the newly emerging ravers met in the English countryside, they had to fight for the right to party together for free. They still do.

Shudder to Think Look Back on 1994’s ‘Pony Express Record’

Shudder to Think Look Back on 1994’s ‘Pony Express Record’

Shudder to Think’s Pony Express Record is one of the most enduring releases of the 1990s, evergreen for the very reasons it wasn’t a massive hit upon release.

New Transmissions: An Interview with Brainiac’s John Schmersal

New Transmissions: An Interview with Brainiac’s John Schmersal

With a new book and an upcoming tour, beloved cult band Brainiac are enjoying a resurgence. Lead singer and guitarist John Schmersal discusses this and more.