Suede plays it anew with 'Bloodsports' album

Sep 26, 2013

Suede plays it anew with 'Bloodsports' album

Ten years ago, Suede was in the process of fizzling out to a backdrop of apathy. For a band whose initial brilliance inadvertently help kick-start Britpop in the 1990s, it all seemed unedifying.

Marr's new message

Aug 8, 2013

Marr's new message

“What I’ve done is revert to type. I’ve gone back to my nature.” It has taken 26 years, but Johnny Marr is finally ready to embrace his past. It is a legacy of immense weight: The five years he spent as guitarist and co-songwriter ...

Tame Impala

| Jul 31, 2013

Tame Impala

You’ve been to Japan as visitors before, how does this trip compare? Kevin Parker (vocals, guitar): It was pretty similar to this, just being overloaded by visual stimulation and generally wowing at all the things in the culture. Japanese audiences are … whenever you ...

Toro y Moi

| Jul 31, 2013

Toro y Moi

You’ve played Japan before, were they festivals? Chaz Bundick: The first two times were at festivals. We haven’t done club shows in Tokyo yet, that’s pretty hard. I’m not really sure about what goes into it, but I imagine it’s difficult with us being ...

Travis returns with 'Where You Stand' after five-year break

Jun 6, 2013

Travis returns with 'Where You Stand' after five-year break

You can’t sell as many records as Travis have without dividing opinion. Like most bands that smash through the commercial ceiling — 1999’s breakthrough second album “The Man Who” sold 2.7 million copies in the U.K. alone — the Scottish four-piece count as many ...

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

May 9, 2013

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

“I hadn’t been anywhere before last year, I’d hardly left England. And now I’m going to Japan. I never thought I’d be going to a place like that. I think it is going to blow my mind.” Jake Bugg is getting used to going ...

Nicolas Jaar: My job is to make music that hasn't been heard

Apr 4, 2013

Nicolas Jaar: My job is to make music that hasn't been heard

Nicolas Jaar, the precociously talented American-Chilean underground electronic artist, makes music that defies conventional description. Of course, that is exactly what the 23-year-old Ivy League graduate aspires to. “For me, it would be boring if you could say to me ‘you make this type ...

Alabama Shakes tap the roots of Southern blues-rock

Jan 23, 2013

Alabama Shakes tap the roots of Southern blues-rock

Here’s a question: what do Russell Crowe, Robert Plant, Jack White and David Byrne all have in common? Incredible talent, fame and money is the obvious response, but the answer is that all four count themselves as part of the growing legion of Alabama ...