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  The archetypical ’60s American housewife gets a fresh feminist makeover in the Carvels’ new music video for “Scarcity,” off the New York band’s upcoming EP, Life is Not a Waiting Room.  Frontwoman Lynne Von Pang, who has previously performed in bands including Trick Babys and Da Willys—and is also a kickass illustrator whose cover designs graced our second-ever issue back in the ‘90s—calls her video more “#FuckYou” than #MeToo. “I’m talking about the scarcity mentality: the beauty myth, diet culture, and all the other antiquated ideals that...
The Netherlands: they don’t call it the Lowlands for no reason. As the Intercity train hurtles from Rotterdam towards our destination, outside our window, ribbons of water dissect the fields, creating small islands of green where cows and sheep are stranded grazing. But this weekend isn’t some rural retreat. We’re heading for Utrecht, home for the 12th year running to Le Guess Who? Festival, a self-described "city celebration of global sounds." This year’s lineup had a helping hand to crack this brief, with stages curated by...

For many of us, Beyoncé’s music provides a religious experience in its own right, but at one church in San Francisco, a congregation of almost a thousand showed up to read the Bible, worship God, and sing some of Queen Bey’s greatest hits. Reverend Yolanda Norton, who organized last spring’s “Beyoncé Mass” at Grace Cathedral, has always been interested in finding creative ways to connect others to God. “A lot of times when people think about reading the Bible, there’s something that seems unapproachable,” says...
It's no surprise that there are hundreds of talented bands of all different calibers in NYC. I have seen more bands than I can count, but I have to say no band has struck a chord in me quite like the Brooklyn Gypsies. Comprised of a line-up of incredible professional musicians including executive chief Troy Mobiuscollective, Moreno Visini (The Spy from Cairo), Brandon Lewis (B-Riddimz), Takuya Nakamura, and a handful of rotating musicians including, but not limited to, Ilker çıracı and Fatima Gozlan, the Brooklyn...
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 featuring on “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Goyte's aching, xylophone-infused breakup anthem that was ubiquitous in 2012 and earned her two Grammys the following year. Meanwhile, the chanteuse has continued to put out powerful, evocative records. ...
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...