We sat down with musicians like Lenny Kravitz and Sky Ferreira to talk about everything from the process of recording an album to the crazy things that happen backstage at concerts. They’re everything you’d hope to hear from talented singers and songwriters. Here, we explore some of our favorite interviews ... More
Nikki Yanofsky is a brilliant jazz vocalist, but a little rosy yet
Nikki Yanofsky doesn’t miss a beat. Maybe the 20-year-old Canadian jazz-pop ingénue, who has sounded like Ella Fitzgerald incarnate since she was 13, has just been improvising the standards long enough for the skill to translate to conversation. Regardless, she’s so sure of herself, and so quick on the draw, ... More
Betty Who talks about her new album and the romances that inspired it
Take note: there is a new princess holding court in the pop queen kingdom. Skipping around the stage in her ‘50s floral prints, letter jackets and disarming mop of a faux-hawk, Betty Who is over six feet of uncalculated, fresh-faced charm—and she’s coming for the crown.
But she won’t be going ... More
Christopher Owens speaks in full sentences. Slowly, deliberately, he brings his thoughts back around on themselves, orating small compositions with artful clarity. But this comes as no surprise. A sharp intellectualism and a willingness to divulge his innermost quandaries and revelations is much of what has made Owens into a ... More
Meet the girl band that learned everything they know from a living legend
They're always on call, and the music never stops. When they're not performing, their lives consist largely of twelve-hour jam sessions at Paisley Park, Prince's mysterious Minnesota recording studio. They pretty much only stop to eat, sleep, and play Ping-Pong (Prince's vice of choice). There's no doubt they're in the ... More
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