Jul 22, 2016 Web Exclusive

By any conceivable measure, Keegan-Michael Key and Mike Birbiglia are comedians at the top of their games. Key is fresh off a year which saw him wrap up his hit Comedy Central sketch show, Key & Peele; in which he was invited by President Obama to perform at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and is now headlining comedies. Birbiglia recently completed the run on his acclaimed one-man, Off-Broadway show, and is now releasing his second feature as a filmmaker, Don’t Think Twice, to rave reviews. More

Jul 21, 2016 Web Exclusive

In Don’t Think Twice, Kate Micucci plays Allison, a member of the tightly-knit improv group The Commune, whose performance space is unexpectedly shut down when their landlord gives them the boot. As her best friends and longtime collaborators splinter and go their separate ways, her character turns back to a cartooning career she let fall by the wayside many years earlier. Micucci is a cartoonist herself, which was something that excited the film’s director, Mike Birbiglia. The filmmaker incorporated Micucci’s real drawings into the movie, in which he also stars with Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard, Gillian Jacobs, and Tami Sagher. More

Jul 20, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

It's always striking when such frenzied on-stage performers speak in such a perfectly collected, hushed manner. Yak's Oli Burslem has earned himself a reputation as a captivatingly unhinged frontmanoften locking into visceral repetitions so deeply that he seemingly forgets where he is, chanting arbitrary expressions mid-song, hurling his organ into drummer Elliot Rawson's kit or letting loose on the poor thing with his swinging guitar, leaving both in pieces.  More

Jul 20, 2016 Web Exclusive

Comedian Chris Gethard has been a fixture of the New York improv scene since the turn of the millennium, which made him an invaluable resource to his friend, director, and co-star Mike Birbiglia as he was writing the what would eventually become Don’t Think Twice. The film—Birbiglia’s second, following Sleepwalk With Me—revolves around an improvisation troupe called The Commune, whose close friendships are put to the test when their performance space closes and one of their own is called up to join the cast of a late-night program in the vein of SNL. Jealousies flare, egos are dented, and the six members of the group are forced to re-evaluate the choices they’ve made in their lives and careers. More

Jul 18, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Alex Turner is desperately searching for a signal. "I always get worried that you can't hear me," he says hesitantly, wandering around his hotel in the British seaside town of Brighton. His call has already dropped a number of times in mid-conversation, and each time it does he couldn't be quicker to apologize when he reconnects. More

Jul 15, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Britta Phillips has been making music with her husband Dean Wareham since 2001; in Luna from 2001-2005 and on their recent reunion tour; and in the Dean & Britta project that encompasses a wide breadth, including 2010's 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen TestsMore

Jul 13, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

When WU LYF finally collapsed in November of 2012, bringing to a close four years of breathless "next big thing" predictions and escalating disenchantment among the Manchester band's four members, vocalist Ellery James Roberts was ready to move on.  More

Jul 12, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Slowdive's Rachel Goswell says the word 'supergroup' "sits very uncomfortably with her." She's talking about her new project Minor Victories, which, as the term implies, also includes members of other noted bandsEditors' Justin Lockey, his brother James, and Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite. More

Jul 11, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Burnt out after spending the better part a decade on an unending tour cycle, Yeasayer retreated to the rural Catskills to write and record their follow-up to 2012's Fragrant WorldWhile the rustic setting proved a fruitful place for the band to escape the distractions of city living, they were faced with an unexpected hurdle when a rainstormand a leaky roof over the control roomdestroyed much of their tape.  More