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The Transformative Power of Fat Women on Stage

On seeing yourself in your heroes.


Sean O’Hagan’s Everyman Song

The High Llamas’ frontman reflects on a long career and the gentrification of his neighborhood.


Remake/Remodel: John Cale’s New Music for a New Society

The Velvet Underground cofounder and collaborators Jonathan Richman and Chris Spedding discuss Music for a New Society, and its update, M:FANS.


Abuse in Silence: Globelamp’s court-ordered excommunication from Foxygen

Elizabeth Le Fey tells of her abuse and restraining order after being forced out of the band.


Music From Beyond the Grave

Posthumous reflection and the art of keeping music alive.


This Heat’s Polyphonic Revolt

On the eve of new reissues , members of the peerless group reflect on a bloodied meat locker and Thatcher’s noisy England.


Industry Free Georgia? A Quietly Thriving Underground

Georgia’s aspirant indie musicians inherit reputations but few industry resources.

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Seen Your Video: Coldplay, “Adventure Of A Lifetime”

Deconstructing the culture machine, one joke at a time.


Coffins Across Centuries: M. Lamar’s Real Life Negrogothic Horror

“The spiritual-as-revolutionary, apocalyptic rapture thing is a big deal for this whole project.”


Beverly Tender is not another twee problem

Talking gender and genre confines with frontperson Molly Hastings.


How Two Canadian Musicians Helped Oust the Conservative Regime

Dan Mangan and Torquil Campbell asked their audience to #ImagineOctober20th and provoked the ire of the Conservative regime. What happens next?


Driftless Recordings

Reflecting on the power of friendship and a cohesive experimental aesthetic.

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Harder, Softer: Stoicism and vulnerability in hip-hop

Hip-hop’s changing relationship with the public expression of feelings.


Dick Stusso dreams of Nashville

Rife with more emotional texture and creative contours than the artist allows.


Intentionally Degraded: PC Worship’s Compulsive Hysteria

“Grating sounds are not necessarily a byproduct of the process like they used to be—they’re more compositional.”