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Kimbra is still at the start of her Saturn return—she hasn’t even hit thirty—yet speaking with her, it’s clear she’s already wise beyond her years, and surprisingly relatable. The New Zealand songstress burst into millennial pop culture consciousness singing the refrain in “Somebody That I Used To Know,” the aching, xylophone-infused breakup anthem that was ubiquitous in 2012. Lesser artists would have succumbed to one-hit wonderness by now, but the Grammy-winning singer has gone on to put out a string of successful records. Her third full-length...
Alison Sudol keeps busy. Her former band, A Fine Frenzy, has garnered international acclaim, repeatedly breaking into Billboard’s charts. She plays Queenie in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, out today. Now, Sudol is launching her next project: recording music under her own name. We’re excited to premiere the track, “Escape The Blade,” from her new EP, Moon: The track carries her trademarks: haunting vocals, quiet contemplation, palpable yearning. The video, directed & edited by Samuel Aaron Bennett, teases her image among roiling waves and misty mountains. In...

On a small studio stage, backed by a robust band of eight, 23-year-old musical sensation Maggie Rogers belts out two new songs from her upcoming album, Heard It In A Past Life. Barefoot and dressed in a crimson caftan, she glides around the space with a freedom as vibrant and full of life as her sound. Her vocals are luminous—goosebump-inducing, even. And while the magic of her performance feels reminiscent of other legendary artists, it feels singular too. Like a kind of magic only she...
These days, it seems like you see the phrase “The Future Is Female” everywhere you look. While that may be the case, it’s also true that the present is largely female — at least as far as music is concerned. And if you think that present is limited to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, think again. There are probably more talented women out there—young and old, black and white, straight and gay and everything in between—making music than ever before. Here are five of them.  Celisse...
  JON SPENCERSpencer Sings the Hits (In the Red Records) Jon Spencer knows that all you need in order to write a stompin’ rocker is an old guitar, a beat-up amp, and a bit of attitude. On his solo debut, Spencer (of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Pussy Galore, Boss Hog) serves up 12 tracks, all glowing with gritty, golden fuzz just begging to be played at your next late-night after-party, when things start to get a little sweaty, loud, and broken. On the song “I Got the...
  PIP BLOMPaycheck(Persona Non Grata) To hear some people tell it, rock is dead. Yet somehow, promising young musicians keep cropping up. One such person is Pip Blom of Amsterdam, who began her career by writing a bunch of songs in her room. Those first few releases, in 2016, were all breezy pop-rock constructions that landed somewhere between Courtney Barnett and Kate Nash—buoyant, but not very revolutionary. Paycheck is something else entirely. Backed by a full band and armed with a newfound wistfulness, Blom cranks up the...
BOYGENIUSSelf-Titled(Matador)      Boygenius is the new project of indie mavens Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus, catalyzed by an upcoming tour and a mutual affinity for one another, both personally and musically. The six-song seven-inch is collaborative, but balanced by each artist’s own devastating songwriting abilities. Dacus’ album opener, “Bite the Hand,” sets the tone with pared-down instrumentation that builds into beautiful harmonies—each voice distinct yet complementary to the whole. Bridgers’ “Me & My Dog” is a wistful snapshot looking back at an unraveled relationship;...
Parisian indie music group Bagarre's new song "Diamant" (meaning "Diamond") celebrates female masturbation. The video features a teenage girl eager to discover the female orgasm. With the encouragement from the female lead in Bagarre, the girl escapes dinner with her overbearing traditional parents and hides in the bathroom, where she unzips her pants. It’s a social commentary about sexual freedom, but it also playfully addresses the issue of representation. In an interview with The Huffington Post France, lead singer Emma Le Masne says (translated), “I realized that...
  Utrecht celebrates sound and musical boundary-crossing at the 12th annual Le Guess Who? festival, November 8-12, 2018. Taking over the city center of the beating heart of the Netherlands, Le Guess Who? festival returns with performances from rock trailblazers Mudhoney, film-score artist (and yes, brother to Brian) Roger Eno, alt-rock icons the Breeders, and North England rising stars Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. With performances across pop venues, theatres, churches, galleries, and industrial warehouses, there will also be satellite events popping up at nearby...
Riot grrrl legend Allison Wolfe, of the band Bratmobile, interviews indie icon Liz Phair about mansplainers, media manipulation, and the magic of making music. In June of 1993, bedroom-tape prodigy turned indie-music darling Liz Phair unleashed her answer album to cock-rock culture, Exile in Guyville, upon an unsuspecting college radio scene. A song-for-song response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St., Phair’s candid, sex-positive tales dressed in indie pop enabled her to hijack the traditional, male rock ‘n’ roll narrative. And her observations of how...