Rebecca Black is ready to re-introduce herself

It’s been a decade since Rebecca Black became an instant viral meme at just 13 years old with her video for “Friday.” After teasing a new era of her music in 2020 with singles like “Self Sabotage/Closer” and her collaboration with Dorian Electra, “Edgelord,” Black released Rebecca Black Was Here this past June. It’s a collection of tracks unlike anything the singer had released before, exploring hyperpop territory, among other genres.

Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner on fighting to obtain joy

Michelle Zauner first introduced the world to Japanese Breakfast, her solo musical project, with 2016’s Psychopomp, an album that detailed her mother’s cancer diagnosis and death. Zauner further delved into her grief and fear of dying on sophomore album Soft Sounds From Another Planet; most recently, her memoir about her mother’s death, Crying In H-Mart, became a New York Times bestseller. But for her latest Japanese Breakfast record, Jubilee, Zauner wanted to try something different.

Adam Lazzara looks back at Taking Back Sunday's "MakeDamnSure"

In 2005, Taking Back Sunday signed to Warner Bros., marking a big shift for the group’s career. TBS had contributed one of the Louder Now tracks, “Error: Operator” to the Fantastic Four soundtrack before Louder Now came out, but the band still needed a lead single to introduce audiences to a new era of Taking Back Sunday. “MakeDamnSure” proved to be the perfect choice. It was devoid of the Myspace emo fare of overly dramatic references to self-harm (though they’re still addicts for dramatics in the Louder Now era), retaining the emotionally charged essence of the band’s previous hit singles, with a chorus that begs to be sung along to: “I just want to break you down so badly in the worst way.”

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.

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

Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball Discusses Solo Project Slaughter Beach, Dog & Band's Final Shows Before Hiatus

Throughout their six years together, Modern Baseball created a community of fans who fervently supported the band and formed friendships through it, relating to their honest songs about finding your place in the world and surviving through mental health struggles. Modern Baseball, affectionately referred to as MoBo by fans, played their final shows (for now) at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer to sold-out crowds on October 13-15. The young fans fervently shouted along to every word in a moment of
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