Music

Kai Gundelach. © Fredrik Harper.

Vital Stats: Gundelach

Norway’s DJ-turned-solo artist on his choice vice, his fishy obsession, and Oscar Wilde in advance to his debut album Baltus.

Aleksa Palladino (left) and Devon Church (right) of Exitmusic. © Jenny Mörtsell.

Vital Stats: EXITMUSIC

The ethereal dreamscape duo takes some of our quick-fire questions in the lead up to their final album The Recognitions.

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Vital Stats: Adwaith

The hotly-tipped Welsh outfit on their nerdiest equipment fetish, best recent purchase, and two bands to complete their supergroup.

© Christian Zervos.

Vital Stats: Iffy Orbit

The psychedelic pop outfit from Oslo on their nerdiest equipment fetish, choice vice, and who they would marry/fuck/kill/handhold.

Yelle in Seoul, South Korea. © 2017 Jean-François Perrier.

Road Trippin’ with Yelle in Seoul!

A return to our on-going series of talk with touring artists in search of wild banter, laughter, and indispensable “road sage.”

© 2016 Alexander Dahl.

Spotlight: Erik Hassle

Sweden’s soul-inflected pop artist with a Prince falsetto voice returns to fine form with his upcoming fourth album, Innocence Lost.

Johnny Stevens of Highly Suspect. © 2016 Allen Chiu.

Spotlight: Highly Suspect

The Brooklyn by the way of Cape Cod rock outfit plows forward with another Grammy nomination, pitted against industry giants.

MØ in Seoul, South Korea.

Road Trippin’ with MØ in Seoul!

A return to our on-going series of talk with touring artists in search of wild banter, laughter, and indispensable “road sage.”

Peter Bjorn and John

Spotlight: Peter Bjorn and John

Following a five-year absence, the Swedish pop/rock outfit returns to their “playful and melancholic” roots with Breakin’ Point.

Chris Stracey and Jack Glass on the road in North America.

Road Trippin’ with Bag Raiders!

The kickoff to our new on-going series of talk with touring bands, in search of wild banter, laughs, and indispensable “road sage.”

Sean Lennon

Sean Lennon Settles the Score

The multi-faceted musician-turned-composer on his longtime collaborators, tour necessities, and Jordan Galland’s Ava’s Possessions.

Photographed in the Hollywood Hills.

Parson James, As a Matter of Fact

The “conflicted gospel pop” artist on growing up on the margins, cry-watching Selena, and the newly released The Temple EP.

Robbie Furze and Mary Charteris in New York City.

It’s High Time For The Big Pink

Frontman Robbie Furze on his four-year absence, the introduction of his new cohorts, and their new Empire Underground EP.

(left to right) Michael Spearman, Jeremy Pritchard, Alex Robertshaw, Jonathan Higgs

Everything, Everything’s Fucked

Everything Everything’s Jonathan Higgs on his songwriting pet peeve, their show post-Paris attacks, and the new LP Get to Heaven.

Ryder

On the Rise: Ryder

The powerhouse vocalist on growing up a child poet, taking on an artist’s persona, and her brand new single “Ruins”.

Gus Lobban (L), Sarah Bonito (C), Jamie Bulled (R)

Q&A with Kero Kero Bonito

South London’s Anglo-Japanese confetti canon on their saccharine pop stylings, the video games of our youth, and Die Antwoord.

Béatrice Martin

Q&A with Cœur de pirate

Québécoise chanteuse Béatrice Martin on motherhood, the art of crossing over, and the inspirations behind her new album Roses.

Bob Moses

Bob Moses’ Waking Dreamscape

The deep house duo on going to school in Vancouver, Kurt Cobain, and putting together their full-length debut, Days Gone By.

Future Islands

Øya 2015: A Pictorial Roundup

An inside look at the Norwegian music festival, featuring Future Islands, Taake, Susanne Sundfør, Tyler, the Creator, and more!

Olly Alexander

Through the Years & Years

Frontman Olly Alexander on his early years, opening up about his sexuality, and being crowned the BBC Sound of 2015.

The Maccabees

The Maccabees Go All The Way

London’s indie rocker Felix White on growing older, finding solace at KFC, and the band’s first No. 1 album Marks To Prove It.

Matthew Hemerlein

This Course: Matthew Hemerlein

Lo-Fang on his Tilda Swinton trans bar invite, smuggling mushrooms into Singapore, and that lap dance routine of his (basically).

Stromae

Stromae: A League of His Own

Don’t call him a superstar. Don’t call yourself a fan. Do prepare yourself for Paul Van Haver’s imminent North American takeover.

Elliot Wall (L), Peter Lawrie Winfield (C), James Gordon (R)

Catch-Up: Until the Ribbon Breaks

The avant-R&B trio on hitting the road with London Grammar, topless drummers, and their new album A Lesson Unlearnt.

Empathy Test

Q&A with Empathy Test

The London synthpop outfit on the Blade Runner connection, their songwriting process, and their upcoming full-length LP.

Peter Lawrie Winfield (left), James Gordon (center), Elliot Wall (right)

Q&A with Until the Ribbon Breaks

The Welsh trio on picking up their first instruments, their newfound identity as a band, and their future aspiration to score films.

Lo-Fang

Lo-Fang’s Armed To The Teeth

Matthew Hemerlein on his first instruments, his unexpected musical influences and that Chanel N°5 campaign.

Jake Lore

This Course: Jake Lore

The unexpected pop star on the mystique of Lana Del Rey, his entry into music, and celebrity cat Maru.

RomanForAnthem

Q&A With Roman Flugel

The name Roman Flugel has been synonymous with dance music since the 1990s. Here the eclectic producer shares some of what makes him tick from behind the consoles and beyond.

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Q&A With Jokers of the Scene

Linus Booth and Chris Macintyre have covered a lot of ground since starting their Jokers project well over 8 years ago.

Chela

This Course: Chela

Cool girl Chela sounds off on everything—the crab theme, shark teeth, and who she’d include in her supergroup.

Archie Pelago (Photo cred Paul Brooks)

Q&A With Archie Pelago

The vibes of the east coast and the west coast have come together in perfect and natural form with the collaboration of Brooklyn trio Archie Pelago and Bay Area born producer (now LA local) Grenier.

Rilan

The Explosion of a [Dark Pop] Star

Supernova Rilan Roppolo discusses his NOLA upbringing, the musical heroes of his youth, and evildoer Michael Myers.

Moxie

This Girl’s Got Moxie!

The golden age of first-name-only female popstars is here. Moxie sets a fine example as the latest music starlet aiming for big things.

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Q&A With Red Axes

Raised on a steady diet of post-punk, hedonistic warehouse parties, and fogged out basement jams, the formation Red Axes was inevitable.

Broods

Vital Stats: BROODS

New Zealand’s Georgia and Caleb Nott on their favorite nightspots, the hottest popstar and their last bad dream.

Gary Numan

South by Southwest 2014

Our pictorial account of SXSW featuring London Grammar, Tove Lo, Until the Ribbon Breaks and Gary Numan.

NoNoNo

Vital Stats: NONONO

The Scandinavian trio lifts the veil on their favorite night spots, the hottest popstar and the choicest Kanye West lyric.

Luke Million

Q&A with Luke Million

A proper sit-down with the Australian multi-instrumentalist and producer who also serves as the synth half of the Swiss.

Silver Swans

Q&A with Silver Swans

San Francisco’s dream pop duo on the evolution of artists, Miley Cyrus’ shenanigans and their latest TOUCH LP.

Deptford Goth

Vital Stats: Deptford Goth

The self-made UK producer is about to invade North America with his ‘doom pop’. Here’s your pocket guide.

Atoms for Peace

Q&A with Andrew Thomas Huang

We dive deep into the director’s psychedelic wonderland of performance, puppetry and inventive animation.

Touch Sensitive

Q&A with Touch Sensitive

A proper chat with the DJ, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and Van She co-founder in his current home of L.A.

múm

Q&A with múm

Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason on Icelandic swimming pools, cohesive albums, and his band’s forthcoming Smilewound LP.

Palmbomen

Q&A with Palmbomen

An interview with the exciting new Dutch producer whose name, in his native language, tellingly means “palm trees.”

Eddie C

Q&A with Eddie C

A deep look into the self-taught musician, producer, and DJ whose sonic explorations have jumped from hip-hop to house, and techno as his home has moved from Toronto to Alberta to Berlin, where he currently dwells.

Elliphant

Q&A with Elliphant

The Swede has burst out of the gate and is already running with the best of them. Here the siren talks touring, American pop, and those entirely unexpected Rihanna comparisons.

Maniac

Exclusive: “MANIAC” Soundtrack Remix

French duo Get a room! remixed a killer track called “Haunted” off the MANIAC soundtrack and we get the first listen…

Russ Manning

Vital Stats: Rush Midnight

Rush Midnight’s frontman on synths, his preference when it comes to tequila, and the desire to create The People’s Court theme.