Bartees Strange talks being the musical success story of 2020

It’s rare for an artist to go from being unknown to becoming one of the most talked-about indie artists of the year within months, but Bartees Cox—who goes by the moniker Bartees Strange—has achieved just that. Strange introduced the world to his solo work with his EP Say Goodbye To Pretty Boy on March 13, 2020, a collection of reimagined The National covers. But even a month before the EP’s release, Paramore’s Hayley Williams tweeted that she was sold within the first few seconds into listening

Will Butler on How White Privilege, Race Reporting Informed New Solo LP

The fall after Will Butler’s debut album, Policy, was released in 2015, he went to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to study…policy. After working with Partners in Health, a non-profit focused on providing global medical health care, by donating proceeds from Arcade Fire’s single “Haiti” off Funeral and licensing proceeds from NFL ads that used the band’s “Wake Up,” Butler wanted to help the organization more.

Georgia Maq Wants You To Know Who She Really Is With 'Pleaser'

In December, Camp Cope’s Georgia Maq released her solo pop album, Pleaser, as a continuing act of being unabashedly herself. In the latter half of the past decade, Melbourne-based singer and guitarist Georgia Maq amassed a large following fronting Camp Cope. With the three-piece punk band, she writes blunt, confessional songs that tackle complex emotions, from experiencing sexual harassment to mental health struggles. But Maq’s debut solo album, Pleaser, takes her music in a completely differen

Vivian Girls walked so the next generation of indie rockers could run

I first fell in love with Vivian Girls at the height of my teenage angst. I was 15 years old and looking to connect with music at a deeper level. While white male bands dominated indie rock, Vivian Girls offered something different. They were three women, who weren’t afraid to be loud, or vulnerable, and felt far more accessible than any other women in rock I admired at the time. It was appealing to see a band that didn't try to manufacture a persona; they were being unabashedly themselves.

an interview with Hurray for the Riff Raff on activism, her Puerto Rican heritage, and new LP

Hurray for the Riff Raff's 'The Navigator' focuses focuses on a narrative driven by a character who she refers to as “The Navigator” named Navita Milagros Negrón. Navita fuels the album’s story, giving it a cinematic — or even Broadway musical — feel that could easily make the whole LP a soundtrack to this character’s life. Each song tells a story about growing up in a big city, finding a place within the world, and finding empowerment in her identity as a Latina. Alynda uses Navita as someone to tell her own story, evoking that childlike wonder and teenage rebellion she felt growing up, while also voicing her current resilience.

How Downtown Boys Became One of the Most Vital Voices in Punk Today

Six years ago, some of Victoria Ruiz’s friends and her mother flew from San Jose, California to Providence, Rhode Island to watch her perform as frontwoman of the punk band Downtown Boys for the first time. Ruiz was overwhelmed. She had performed in musical theatre before as a child, but this was different. During the first song, Ruiz—who is asthmatic—had trouble breathing; she didn’t know how to manage her energy or vocal chords.

Flea Says Revisiting His Old High School Sparked His Crusade for Music Education

The Silverlake Conservatory will hold its annual fundraiser on Saturday with guest performances by Anderson .Paak, Randy Newman and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Since 2001, the non-profit Silverlake Conservatory of Music founded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and childhood friend Keith “Tree” Barry has been a bastion for children's music education in and around Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood.

Australian Singer-Songwriter Alex Lahey Talks New LP, Urges Home Country to Pass Gay Marriage Bill: 'It's Not That Big a F--king Deal'

Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lahey captured the attention of indie rock veterans Tegan and Sara after performing at Australian festival Splendour In The Grass, who invited Lahey for a brief stint on tour last year and released the acclaimed EP B-Grade University, which helped get her signed to American indie label Dead Oceans. In the span of a year since then, Lahey released her debut album I Love You Like a Brother on October 6, giving listeners snapshots of her past relationships and her

Radiator Hospital Return With 'Nothing Nice': Exclusive Video Premiere

The quartet makes its return on Oct. 20 via Salinas Records. Today (Sept. 26), they’re premiering new track “Nothing Nice,” a soft, melancholic yet catchy song about the deterioration of a relationship. Its video was directed by Nathan Stephens-Griffin, drummer and former tourmate from English indie punk band Martha. Frontman Sam Cook-Parrott discussed the song and album exclusively on Billboard.

Getting to Know Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender

I first discovered Le Butcherettes after attending a Bosnian Rainbows show almost two years ago. I decided to go because I knew Omar Rodríguez López from Mars Volta and At The Drive-In, was part of the band and wanted to check it out. Teresa Suarez—who goes by the stage name of Teri Gender Bender— is frontwoman of Le Butcherettes and Bosnian Rainbows. The minute I saw her perform, I fell in absolute love with her work.
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