Conversations

“A Very Powerful Thing Our Ancestors Gave Us”: A Conversation With Jon Batiste

“A Very Powerful Thing Our Ancestors Gave Us”: A Conversation With Jon Batiste

In a new single and in the streets, the pianist and bandleader furthers the great tradition of black American protest.

Amidst Uncertainty, the Courage of Rock and Roll: A Conversation With John Doe of X

Amidst Uncertainty, the Courage of Rock and Roll: A Conversation With John Doe of X

The punk veteran talks ‘ALPHABETLAND,’ the first new release from X’s original lineup in 35 years.

Peter Frampton: The ’70s Titan Turns 70

Peter Frampton: The ’70s Titan Turns 70

Catching up with the new grandfather and still-unsung guitar god.

Chords Become Colors: Inside Synesthesia

Chords Become Colors: Inside Synesthesia

CHIKA, Dr. Dog and XTC on this little-understood neuropsychological phenomenon.

J Balvin: “Just the Beginning for Reggaeton”

J Balvin: “Just the Beginning for Reggaeton”

The Colombian superstar on his new album, ‘Colores,’ and his genre’s future.

“The Standards of the ’70s”: José James Pays Tribute to Bill Withers

“The Standards of the ’70s”: José James Pays Tribute to Bill Withers

A still-rising jazz and soul singer remembers an R&B hero.

Tennis’ Alaina Moore: Singing Into the Obliterating Void

Tennis’ Alaina Moore: Singing Into the Obliterating Void

The indie-pop couple balances grief and release on ‘Swimmer.’

The Country Soul of Swamp Dogg

The Country Soul of Swamp Dogg

How a septuagenarian R&B great went from relative obscurity to a late-career renaissance.

Mahler & Motown, Metal & Makeup: A Conversation With Paul Stanley of Kiss

Mahler & Motown, Metal & Makeup: A Conversation With Paul Stanley of Kiss

The Starchild on his wide-ranging influences, from Beethoven to R&B to the New York Dolls’ glam-punk image.

MC5’s “Back in the USA” @ 50

MC5’s “Back in the USA” @ 50

“I viewed it as a make-or-break record,” Kramer tells David Fricke.

R.E.M.’s ‘Monster’ Revisited, 25 Years Later

R.E.M.’s ‘Monster’ Revisited, 25 Years Later

R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck remembers one of his group’s classic albums.

20 Years of Make Yourself: A Lifetime of Making Art

20 Years of Make Yourself: A Lifetime of Making Art

Speedy Ortiz’s frontwoman speaks to Incubus’ Brandon Boyd on his practice as a painter.

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