Mar 11, 2016 Web Exclusive

You don't have to wear floral shirts and flares to record your guitars backwards, just ask Sunflower Bean's Jacob Faber. His band owe more stylistically to the black-clad cool of The Velvet Underground than Woodstock '69, they make some of the most arresting psychedelic rock of recent times, but Sunflower Bean don't have time for revivalism. More

Mar 08, 2016 Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Pop music and the avant-garde don't need to be mutually exclusive. Gwenno Saunders has boldly delved into both of those disparate extremes in the span of one LP. The sunny-voiced Welsh songstress garnered plenty of praise in 2006 when she and her bandmates in the British indie pop troop The Pipettes released their glossy, hook laden debut LP, We Are The Pipettes More

Feb 26, 2016 Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

New Zealand's Salad Boyshelmed by singer/guitarist Joe Sampson and rounded out by drummer James Sullivan and bassist Ben Oderingare one of the more circumspect bands when it comes to being interviewed. They're clearly passionate about music, but prefer to let the listener come to their own conclusions about the songs.  More

Feb 12, 2016 Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Speaking to Will Toledo, the 23-year-old mastermind of Car Seat Headrest, as he's preparing to release his Matador debut Teens of Style, culled from his 11 Bandcamp releases over the course of five years, feels a bit awkward.  More

Feb 04, 2016 Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Meg Remy doesn't make a habit of taking interviews while bathing, but she insists this instance calls for such quirky multitasking. More

Jan 22, 2016 Web Exclusive

"There are some stories that aren't mine to tell." Given that The Anchoress—the nom de plume of Wales' Catherine Anne Davies—has chosen to call her debut album Confessions of a Romance Novelist, this might feel a bit of a cop-out. At least until you find out that the intense story behind the three-year making of the album begins with her career on the brink of being killed off and the death of a loved one, before spiralling into further trauma. More

Jan 14, 2016 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Briana Marela doesn't require a lot of space. Wearing a floral print top with her dark hair still damp from her morning shower, the 25-year-old Seattle musical artist is sitting in her "room," a makeshift, cordoned-off spot that serves as both her sleeping and work space in the apartment she shares with five other girls. More

Dec 16, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Seoul are in the middle of nowhere-or more precisely, at a cow-lined truck stop halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Although gleeful to be on their first U.S. tour in support of debut album I Became a Shade, the three musicians (Nigel Ward, Julian Flavin, and Dexter Garcia) crowd around the phone to explain that their current surroundings are perhaps the farthest away from a geographical representation of their reverb-drenched sound. More

Dec 11, 2015 Web Exclusive

The melancholic odes that make up GEMS’ debut album Kill the One You Love exist in a twilight land, etched out of a cascade of ones and zeros. More