Rock-and-roll memoirs are turning it up to 11 this fall. Nancy Bilyeau leaps into the mosh pit.
When Keith Richards’ hardcover confessional Life made it to the New York Times bestseller list in 2010 and hung on for 22 weeks, it showed the publishing industry just how lucrative a hard-livin’ rocker’s tell-all could be. Baby boomers can now air guitar to the pages of Steven Tyler, Sammy ... More
Musician Mike Hadreas on his new album and the latest in men’s scents
Six years after Mike Hadreas started performing under the stage name Perfume Genius—just as he was beginning work on his third album,Too Bright, out this month—the indie troubadour has had a change of heart.
“I started writing the new album pretty much the same way I always have,” Hadreas says. “Most ... More
The singer chats about her debut album, Hey Hey Hey
When Mapei’s single “Don’t Wait” was released in late 2013, it immediately landed the 30-year-old singer in the spotlight and got tongues wagging about the new-on-the-scene Swedish chanteuse. A year later, Mapei has taken the smart, soulful sound that made “Don’t Wait” so accessible and expanded it to an album’s ... More
Musician Lia Ices on the hotel rooms and frequent flyer miles that went into making her latest album
For Lia Ices, making her third album was more than just collecting songs, it was a journey. As the Connecticut-born, New York-based musician began working on Ices, she was also beginning a move to California, a relocation that would heavily influence the songs she was writing.
The resulting album, out this ... More
Jesse Jo Stark is pretty much the lovechild of a romance between a skull and its dearest crossbones. Her parents are Richard and Laurie Lynn Stark, creators of the L.A. rock 'n' roll luxury brand Chrome Hearts, which has been outfitting trendsetters with products articulating turns of phrase like “Fuck ... More
Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch on making his debut film, God Help the Girl
Since 1996, when his band Belle & Sebastian released its debut album, Stuart Murdoch has been telling stories. The Glasgow-based musician has won a legion of fans thanks to his brainy songs, many of which paint vivid pictures of lovelorn outsiders dreaming of finding their place in the world. That ... More
The globetrotting DJ dishes on how he kicks back in the U.K.
DJ Ruckus gets around. The guy who was once called “the most sought-after DJ in the world” plays about 200 shows a year—clients have included Jennifer Lopez, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey—and seems to always be on the road. “My travel schedule is absolutely crazy; all my friends ask me how I do it,” ... More
Inside the Los Angeles farm that this New Zealand native calls home
When pop singer Kimbra started working on her sophomore album, the just-released stunner The Golden Echo, she knew she needed to try something different.
“I really was craving some stillness after the madness of being on the road for so long and the whirlwind of my first record coming ... More
Get inside the van as the British buzz band tours the States
Brighton-based trio The Wytches haven’t yet released their first album—that record, Annabel Dream Reader, comes out August 26—but the psych-tinged rock band already has quite a following, having been heralded by the British press as the Next Big Thing.
Earlier in the summer, the group made their way across the U.S. ... More