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Get inside the minds of your favorite alternative artists with our in-depth interviews. Discover the histories, ideas, inspirations, and opinions of key figures in the indie-music community, as captured in candid conversation.

Interview: Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream
After touring their classic 'Screamadelica,' Primal Scream are back with the 'free-rock' LP, 'More Light.'

Interview: John Paul Pitts of Surfer Blood
After his 2012 arrest, John Paul Pitts knows that Surfer Blood's second album, 'Pythons,' will be judged harshly by many.

Interview: Catherine McCandless of Young Galaxy
The singer of Montreal's Young Galaxy gets philosophical discussing art-making, parenthood, and memories.

Interview: Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.
With Jason Molina's sad passing in 2013, here's a conversation with the man from back in 2002, in the days before he turned Songs: Ohia into the Magnolia Electric Co.

Interview: Raphaelle Standell-Preston of Braids and Blue Hawaii
The singer for Braids and Blue Hawaii talks candid lyrics, growing up on record, and Montréal's amazing music scene.

Interview: Jim James of My Morning Jacket
Inspired by a wordless graphic novel from 1929, the My Morning Jacket set out on a quixotic path towards his debut solo LP.

Interview: Megan James of Purity Ring
Purity Ring's singer is obsessed with bodies. And hopes that doesn't sound creepy.

Interview: Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie
The Death Cab frontman refutes the idea that his debut solo album, 'Former Lives', is a breakup record.

Interview: Christopher Taylor of Grizzly Bear (2012)
Following up 'Veckatimest,' Grizzly Bear struggling through the making of their "heavier" follow-up, 'Shields'...

Interview: Hugo Manuel of Chad Valley
The frontman of English indie act Jonquil talks about exploring glossy synths with his solo alter-ego, Chad Valley.

Interview: Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing
Jack Tatum lives in his own dreamworlds.

Interview: Julia Holter
High-art synth-pop thinker Julia Holter discusses her twin LP studies of Ancient Greece: 'Tragedy' and 'Ekstasis'.

Interview: Oliver Sim of The xx
On the release of The xx's long-awaited second LP, Oliver Sim talks dealing with expectations.

Interview: Jens Lekman
The suave Swedish crooner talks Australia, Alaska, and heartache.

Interview: Geologist of Animal Collective (2012)
On the eve of 'Centipede Hz,' Geologist talks the LP's genesis, it's "rocking" ways, and Animal Collective's refusal to repeat themselves.

Interview: Tom Krell of How to Dress Well
On the release of 'Total Loss,' the How to Dress Well leader, and indie-R&B trailblazers, talks making an album to mediate grief.

Interview: Anand Wilder of Yeasayer
Anand Wilder talks challenging expectations, not being a hippy, and his hope to one day be ushered straight through customs.

Interview: Johnny Jewel of Chromatics and Glass Candy
The mastermind behind Chromatics, Glass Candy, Desire, and the 'Drive' soundtrack talks taking time and finding perspective.

Interview: Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors
No longer chasing kooky concepts and genre-hopping weirdness, on 'Swing Lo Magellan' the leader of the Dirty Projectors courts sincerity, simplicity, and the art of songcraft.

Interview: Alex Scally of Beach House (2012)
"To us, music only makes sense if it's intuitive. It's not an intellectual game. It's not about 'let's just change things up a bit,' like you're redecorating your house."

Interview: Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast
The Best Coast leader talks Jon Brion, backlash, gossip culture, existential angst, and expectations.

Interview: Andrew Bird
Dismay with over-produced digital recordings, Andrew Bird made 'Break It Yourself' straight-to-tape in a barn.

Interview: M. Ward
M. Ward talks Zooey, dreams, songs, old radio, Croatia, inspiration, and 'A Wasteland Companion'.

Interview: Claire Boucher of Grimes
On the release of 'Visions', Grimes talks indie bands as brands, cognitive neuroscience, and Montréal.

Interview: Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius
Mr. Perfume Genius weighs up YouTube controversy, alcoholism, adolescence, Lana del Rey, and male nipples.

Interview: Frankie Rose
The former Crystal Stilts/Vivian Girls/Dum Dum Girls drummer discusses her blossoming solo career.

Interview: Caroline Polachek of Chairlift
The Chairlift starlet talks blog sexism, Gemini nature, neural plasticity, and the songs on 'Something'.

Interview: Alan Palomo of Neon Indian
The chillwave champ was never really a snyth nerd, until now. Also: the Flaming Lips!

Interview: Cass McCombs
In which we try to pry a few wise words from the private, elusive, inscrutable, and most odd songsmith...

Interview: Matt Mondanile of Real Estate and Ducktails
The Real Estate bro talks summer, autumn, and other musical seasons/stereotypes.

Interview: Zach Condon of Beirut
The one-time global wanderer searches for home on 'The Rip Tide'. Does it mark Beirut's move into adulthood?

Interview: Annie Clark of St. Vincent (2011)
The St. Vincent dame had a painful Year of the Tiger.

Interview: Stephen Malkmus of Pavement and The Jicks
Pavement did not reform to pay off Bob Nastanovich's gambling debts.

Interview: Christopher Taylor of Cant and Grizzly Bear
The Grizzly Bear producer wanted his first ever solo record to be like an exfoliating rub.

Interview: Pat Grossi of Active Child
With harp, synths, and warbling choirboy voice, Grossi sought to build "cathedral-like" songs of "creepy beautiful" feeling.

Interview: Dayve Hawk of Memory Tapes
'Player Piano' is Memory Tapes' new album. He just recorded it four years ago. Dayve Hawk talks time, the internet, and chillwave.

Interview: Vincent Moon
The mastermind behind the 'Take Away Shows' talks obliterating the clichés of the concert movie.

Interview: Tom Cowan of The Horrors
Once a band defined by their wardrobe, The Horrors have grown greatly since their salad days. Tom Cowan talks change.

Interview: Ellery Roberts of WU LYF
"We're not out to make up some fantastic myth and hide behind it," the WU LYF frontman claims.

Interview: Katie Stelmanis of Austra
Obsessive classical student becomes budding opera star becomes solo songwriter becomes electro-goth chanteuse.

Interview: Joanna Newsom
Philosophical musings with the harp-playing heroine.

Interview: Stuart A. Staples of Tindersticks
The Tindersticks singer talks a career's worth of collaboration with French filmmaker Claire Denis.

Interview: Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards
On the brink of a breakout, Merrill Garbus is shocked she hasn't had to compromise one iota along the way.

Interview: Julianna Barwick
Julianna Barwick discusses of the 'magic' of her one-woman "dolphin love-songs."

Interview: Jessie Stein of The Luyas
Thank God for mental illness. Jessie Stein talks an LP dealing with schizophrenia and hallucination.

Interview: Theresa Wayman of Warpaint
Theresa Wayman feels out the emotions running deep in Warpaint's debut LP.

Interview: Daniel Bejar of Destroyer
Defending sax solos, puzzling over Frog Eyes lack of fame, and pondering over the death of poetry: Destroyer talks; we listen.

Interview: Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi
You know you're a Southerner when you throw rocks at a dumpster. Toro y Moi talks touring far from South Carolina.

Interview: Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells

Interview: Jenny Hval
The Norwegian singer-songwriter talks singing about sex on her amazing 'Innocence Is Kinky' LP

Interview: Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings
Dylan Baldi didn't agree with an audio engineering teacher who told him Steely Dan were the peak of sound perfection.

Interview: Sufjan Stevens
Is 'The Age of Adz' Sufjan's mid-life-crisis LP?

Interview: Ernest Greene of Washed Out

Interview: Bryan Devendorf of The National
The National's perpetually-pounding drummer talks about dealing with the weight of expectations on 'High Violet'.

Interview: Alan Palomo of Neon Indian

Interview: Tracey Thorn
With the release of 'Love and Its Opposite,' her first indie-label/acoustic album in 28 years, Thorn reflects on the legacy of Marine Girls (amongst other things).

Interview: Quinn Walker of Suckers
Suckers' reluctant frontman discusses attempting to author a debut LP that's a 'magical listening experience' in which no two songs sound alike.

Interview: John McEntire of Tortoise
Fresh off his work with Broken Social Scene, the studio-boffin's studio-boffin talks two decades of that influential instrumental institution, Tortoise.

Interview: Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Indie nerd alert: Kip Berman mentions 26 bands in 20 minutes.

Interview: Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls leader Dee Dee talks about heavily reverbed vocals, distorted guitars, fuzz bass, and owing your music career to Myspace.

Interview: Efrim Menuck of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
The SMZ leader talks traditionals, name-changes, feeling 'goofy' about singing, and the potential of a Godspeed You! Black Emperor reunion.

Interview: Christopher Chu of The Morning Benders
The Morning Benders' frontman talks working with Grizzly Bear's Christopher Taylor on breakout album 'Big Echo'.

Interview: Alison Goldfrapp of Goldfrapp
Hearing Scott Walker as a teenager made Miss Goldfrapp realize she had to "get [her] f**king s**t together." Indeed.

Interview: Zooey Deschanel of She and Him
Zooey Deschanel talks She and Him's second LP, Hollywood's eternal glass ceiling, and childhood memories of 'Twin Peaks.'

Interview: Holly Miranda
With her debut LP 'The Magician's Private Library,' Holly Miranda hooked up with audio 'wizard' Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio.

Interview: Alison Mosshart of The Dead Weather and The Kills
Pulling double-duty in The Kills and The Dead Weather, Alison Mosshart is just trying to keep up with Jack White.

Interview: Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors
Or, how Dave Longstreth learned to stop worrying and love the band.

Interview: Pepi Ginsberg
With the release of her third LP, 'East is East', Ginsberg discusses the finer points of pop-song penmanship.

Interview: JP Pitts of Surfer Blood
"Obviously we all love The Pixies. You can probably tell the influence."

Interview: Owen Pallett
Owen Pallett talks concept records, Destroyer lyrics, and making 'press-release records'.

Interview: Chris Keating of Yeasayer
The Yeasayer frontman talks boxing history, high-school nostalgia, and the inspirational power of Animal Collective.

Interview: Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi
Chaz Bundick talks about talking about people behind their backs right to their faces.

Interview: Victoria Legrand of Beach House
The Beach House vocalist talks about the 'sexual' qualities of their third LP, 'Teen Dream'.

Interview: Dayve Hawk of Memory Tapes
The man behind the mysterious Memory Tapes talks isolation, nostalgia, and feeling like a grandpa.

Interview: Chan Marshall of Cat Power
Working on her ninth album, the Cat Power songstress is reminding of making her classic 'Moon Pix' LP 12 years earlier.

Interview: Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend
The VW frontman defends himself against charges of cultural appropriation.

Interview: Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt
The Bolt's drummer/vocalist on playing on stages and off, and why it's good to take two-year breaks now and then.

Interview: Yoni Wolf of Why?
Why?'s wordy lyricist talks sessions with his psychologist, laying out neurosis, and handling Woody Allen comparisons.

Interview: Luke Top of Fool's Gold
Luke Top talks about his band's polycultural jams, singing in Hebrew, and trying to make something truthful in LA.

Interview: Johan Karlberg of The Very Best
The Swedish half of Radioclit talks homecomings in Malawi, his love of David Attenborough, and making good use of rejected productions made for Lil Wayne.

Interview: Eirik Glambek Bøe of Kings of Convenience
The non-spectacled half of the Norwegian soft-pop bards talks about staying true to their 'Quiet is the New Loud' ideal.

Interview: Geologist of Animal Collective
2009 breakout superstars Animal Collective began life as shadowy and mysterious. Geologist talks about their journey into the spotlight.

Interview: Kurt Vile
Growing up, Kurt Vile dreamed of being signed to Matador Records. Now he is.

Interview: Shannon Stephens
Shannon Stephens played in a band with Sufjan Stevens in the '90s. She disappeared. He became a superstar. She was jealous.

Interview: Èglantine Gouzy of Get Back Guinozzi!
The singer of the mad French duo talks recording in Indian jungles and old post-punk records.

Interview: Nathan Williams of Wavves
Post Primavera meltdown, Nathan Williams talks about being the most hated man in the blogosphere.

Interview: Sarah Assbring of El Perro del Mar
Sarah Assbring talks about her first three LPs: the sad one, the happy one, and the break-up record.

Interview: Jesy Fortino of Tiny Vipers
The stark songsmith laments that, though you can leave your small-town upbringing behind, it never really leaves you.

Interview: Sean Smith of We Were Promised Jetpacks
The young Scottish guitar-rockers talk drinking 'til you hit the gay bars with the Twilight Sad, and the scourge of being called "Scottish Emo."

Interview: Rostam Batmanglij and Wes Miles of Discovery
On hiatus from their Vampire Weekend/Ra Ra Riot day-jobs, the Discovery duo talk of embracing Auto-Tune, buzzy synths, and inevitable backlash.

Interview: Emily Haines of Metric
The chatty Metric frontwoman talks sad songs, Canadian socialism, and music-industry exploitation.

Interview: Dean Wareham
The longtime Luna frontman dishes the dirt on his rock'n'roll memoir 'Black Postcards.'

Interview: Jenny Wilson
The Swedish starlet explains how, artistically, motherhood and war go hand-in-hand.

Interview: Stuart Murdoch of God Help the Girl
The B&S frontman talks of his 'story set to music,' his other band's history, and how there weren't any decent records released in the '90s.

Interview: Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear
Daniel Rossen talks his Elvis-obsessed childhood, mimicking Nick Drake, Department Of Eagle's dark songs, and the joyousness of 'Veckatimest'.

Interview: Nico Muhly
Nico Muhly's talks Coldplay's lack of originality, Nicole Kidman's "botox-ass'd face", and working with Antony, Björk, Will Oldham, and Sam Amidon.

Interview: Annie Clark of St. Vincent
Chit-chat with the chatty and charming St. Vincent "vixen," about on-stage proposals, the creepiness of Twitter, and being a bad telemarketer.

Interview: Alden Penner of Clues
He was born a Unicorn, but now Penner searches for Clues amidst his band's densely-layered, '90s-sounding rock.

Interview: Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic
"There’s a lot of possibility and wonderment in the music, and, to me, that alludes to this idea of magic."

Interview: Bradford Cox of Deerhunter
B-Cox talks blog haters, the Bob Pollard Curse, record stores, and about himself in the third person.

Interview: John Eriksson of Peter Bjorn and John
John Eriksson compares PB&J's hit single Young Folks to "a lucky star in a computer game."

Interview: Jeffrey Lewis
The anti-folk icon talks Daniel Johnston, Donovan, Crass, and Watchmen.

Interview: DJ Riot of Buraka Som Sistema
The man behind BSS's kuduro beats talks about the political agenda of the Portuguese/Angolan party-starters.

Interview: Colin Meloy of The Decemberists
With the release of 'The Hazards of Love,' Meloy welcomes his "belated metal phase."

Interview: Spiral Stairs
Spiral Stairs talks about his forthcoming solo debut on Matador, and the possibilities of a Pavement reunion.

Interview: Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal
The "frisky" OM frontman lays it out: "In the indie-rock world, it’s not very common for people to sing about sex in an explicit fashion."

Interview: Avey Tare of Animal Collective
The wailing AC frontman talks about the authoring of 2009's almighty 'Merriweather Post Pavilion'.

Interview: Aaron Dessner of The National
Aaron Dessner knows charity compilation CDs are awful. The one he assembled, 'Dark Was the Night,' thankfully is not.

Interview: Paul Thomson and Bob Hardy of Franz Ferdinand
After the success of their debut record, Franz Ferdinand found themselves in interesting company: Hulk Hogan, James Brown, and The Nanny.

Interview: Andrew Bird
Bird chirps about doin' time swing-revivalists Squirrel Nut Zippers, the idea that making an album is like "being on a bender," and how his "stomach sinks" when he sees people lining up for his shows.

Interview: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver
The woolly Wisconsinite discusses his blessed 2008, whether he's actually ever read Thoreau, and his skillz on the basketball court.

Interview: Jenny Lewis
The child-actor turned Rilo Kiley indie-rocker turned flame-haired country-soul chanteuse talks in the wake of her second solo album, 'Acid Tongue.'

Interview: Jason Pierce of Spiritualized
A conversation with the rock-n-roll saint about near-death experiences, the reformation industry, and the power of music.

Interview - Ryan McPhun of The Ruby Suns
Ryan McPhun of globe-trotting Kiwi combo The Ruby Suns spills the beans on their internationalist pop.

Interview: Randy Randall of No Age
In the wake of an unexpectedly successful 2008, the No Age guitar-slinger talks Barack, bootlegging, crowd-surfing, and Grammy nominations.

Interview: Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog
The frontman for Philly's goodtime retro-pop jamboree talks life on the road, vintage volume knobs, and whether he's really living the rock'n'roll dream.

Interview: Graham Walsh of Holy F**k
The one-time side-project for Walsh and Brian Borcherdt has far exceeded any of their expectations. Even in spite of their name.

Interview: Danielle Stech-Homsy of Rio en Medio
With the release of 'Frontier,' the freak-folk siren talks the New Mexico snow, Vashti Bunyan comparisons, and trying to create a "field of miraculous occurrences."

Interview: Greg Rogove of Megapuss
The non-Devendra member of the 'puss talks about publicly outing his own member, his dreams of being a Brazilian tranny, the joys of Little Joy, and how his band was built for good times.

Interview: Casey Dienel of White Hinterland
The lady of the Hinterland talks about Brigitte Fontaine, singing in French, and, uh, crotch-grabbing.

Interview: Chris Reimer of Women
The frontman of the noisy Canadian quartet breaks down their experimental, all-analogue aesthetic.

Interview: Max Tundra
An entertaining chat with the London electro-pop midget about death, drugs, Amy Winehouse, and Coldplay lyrics.

Interview: Josh Diamond of Gang Gang Dance
'Saint Dymphna,' Gang Gang Dance's fourth album, and first for Warp, was a long time coming. "There was a good deal of madness in making this record," says Diamond.

Interview: Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie
The wandering traveller talks about his "wilderness time" journal-keeping and his collaboration with Julie Doiron.

Interview: Joey Burns of Calexico
The leader of Tucson's Tex-Mex maestros talks of the border milieu that inspires his band.

Interview: Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper
Portland's Blitzen Trapper play a peculiar brand of Americana, and their leader has particular thoughts on the state of America itself.

Interview: Elizabeth Powell of Land of Talk
The talkative Canadian rocker talks broken bones, Broken Social Scene, Montréal hype, and being mellowed by Bon Iver.

Interview: Chad VanGaalen
The tall Canadian songsmith talks raiding rubbish skips, building instruments, and the everyman inspiration of the lo-fi movement.

Interview: Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen
Eight years and four albums into things, the ultra-moody New Yorkers are in career-best form. Their throaty vocalist talks it like they walk it.

Interview: Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai
The guitarist of the Scottish post-rock heroes is howling.

Interview: Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls
Parenthetical Girls' album 'Entanglements' is an ambitious, impressive orchestral epic. Here, frontman Zac Pennington spills the beans on its making.

Interview: Joel Thibodeau of Death Vessel
The gentle folkie with the high, high voice colors in his pre-Sub Pop musical backstory.

Interview: Alex Scally of Beach House
Baltimore-based duo Beach House's slow, droney, comedown dream-pop has legions of listeners analyzing it for meaning. But the band's Alex Scally isn't one of them.

Interview: Johnny Whitney of Jaguar Love
After the bad break-up of Blood Brothers, screeching vocalist Johnny Whitney is back with a brand new bag: Jaguar Love. He spills the beans on how one became the other.

Interview: Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab
Laetitia Sadier discusses the state of Stereolab, and the state of the modern world, on the eve of her beloved band's ninth album.

Interview: Isobel Campbell
Isobel Campbell, the one-time belle of Belle & Sebastian's twee-pop ball, talks about her true labour of love: a second collaboration with Mark Lanegan.

Interview: Meric Long of Dodos
Meric Long of San Franciscan rattle-folk duo Dodos is shocked that his band holds such appeal for little kids and old people.

Interview: David Berman of Silver Jews
Silver Jews' David Berman discusses his recent embrace of the road, pop's utter lack of message, and whether he's still on a mission from God.

Interview: Jonathan Poneman of Sub Pop Records
On the eve of his record label's 20th anniversary, Sub Pop's Jonathan Poneman talks about its history, present, and future. And masturbation.

Interview: Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater
Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater trawls throug his tawdry musical past, his rampant ornithophilia, and his new record, Rook.

Interview: Amelia Randall Meath of Mountain Man
Mountain Man Meath talks graduating college, touring the world, and taking her band's fragile music into dens of rock'n'roll iniquity.

Interview: Ariel Rosenberg of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Ariel Pink needs to be huge right now. And he's not a self-loathing Jew. A conversation with indie music's strangest little lo-fi sage.

Interview: Michael Rother of Neu! and Harmonia
Michael Rother talks assembling a Neu! box-set over Klaus Dinger's dead body.

Interview: Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast
Just because you follow her Twitter feed doesn't mean you're Bethany Cosentino's friend.

Interview: Will McElroy of Magic Kids
Magic Kids' bespectacled weenie discusses the specter of '60s revivalism and graduating to hi-fi recording.

Interview: Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs
Dan Boeckner talks concept records, Russian travelogues, childhood nostalgia, and the golden days of Canadian rock.

Interview: Hutch Harris of The Thermals
When Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster formed The Thermals, they were thinking: "The Misfits meets Guided by Voices."

Interview: Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils
Dustin Payseur recorded his debut LP in a loft without walls, rolling tape in front of house-mates who hated his music.

Interview: Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons
After finishing the ecological song-cycle 'The Dying Light,' Antony sent it out into the world like a kid going off to college.

Interview: Sharon Van Etten
The sad-voiced songsmith wonders whether sharing her experiences in a destructive relationship is sharing a little too much.

Interview: Jesse Kivel of Kisses and Princeton
With his disco-ish side-project Kisses, Jesse Kivel was hoping to achieve sentimentality and sincerity without cheesiness.

Interview: Trish Keenan of Broadcast
The late Broadcast singer speaks sound as literature, the passing of time, and the power of make-believe.

Interview: Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls and La Sera
Kickball Katy debuts as La Sera, battles stage-fright, and remembers Vivian Girls' super-fast blog-hype joyride.

Interview: Noah Lennox of Panda Bear
The Animal Collective bro talks Coachella, Ariel Pink, chillwave, expectations, depression, and children.

Interview: Ayse Hassan of Savages
With the release of their debut album, 'Silence Yourself,' the London post-punks try to keep calm in the face of hype.

Interview: Katie Stelmanis of Austra
Writing 'more personal' lyrics for Austra's dancey second LP, 'Olympia', Katie Stelmanis was bound to write about more 'gay-related' things.

Interview: Sam Beam of Iron and Wine
The man with the immense beard refuses to make the same album twice.

Interview: Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend
Everyone's favorite Saab-burning, African-pop-riffing, boat-shoes-wearing indie-poppers are back with 'Modern Vampires of the City.'

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