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2015 Stories by Michael Madden

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  • Waxahatchee

    published May 6, 2015

    Waxahatchee singer-songwriter/g­­uitarist Katie Crutchfield set out to make a poppier-sounding album for her Merge Records debut, Ivy... More >>

  • Young Fathers

    published May 6, 2015

    Summing up Young Fathers as a "Scottish hip-hop trio" never quite fit right, and it's getting even less accurate as the band continues to blossom.... More >>

  • Sufjan Stevens

    published April 22, 2015

    Sufjan Stevens retreated from the electronic experimentation of his last album, 2010's The Age of Adz, in favor of the hushed acoustics of... More >>

  • Neko Case

    published April 22, 2015

    For Record Store Day last weekend, singer-songwriter Neko Case reissued her 2006 album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. That gesture might... More >>

  • Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def)

    published April 22, 2015

    If the name hasn't stuck, it's because Yasiin Bey — best known as Mos Def — hasn't given it the proper push yet. As a rapper, his most... More >>

  • Electric Wizard

    published April 8, 2015

    Dorset, England's Electric Wizard has stayed at the top of the doom-metal genre for 20 years by reliably delivering an impenetrably heavy sound... More >>


    published March 11, 2015

    PARTYNEXTDOOR is the moniker for the enigmatic R&B singer/songwriter/producer born Jahron Brathwaite. The Canadian talent was brought to the... More >>

  • PRhyme

    published February 25, 2015

    Detroit rapper Royce da 5'9" is still making great records on his own terms. As one half of PRhyme, his latest collaboration, Royce joins forces... More >>

  • Hozier

    published February 18, 2015

    The Elton John-like bombast of "Take Me to Church" can only tell you so much about Andrew Hozier-Byrne's sound. Although Hozier worked in... More >>

  • John Mellencamp

    published February 11, 2015

    Two decades after a heart attack kept him from touring for Dance Naked (the one with his hit cover of Van Morrison's "Wild Night"), John... More >>

  • Ariel Pink

    published February 11, 2015

    Despite all the things he does well, Ariel Pink's main struggle seems to be communicating with the world without saying something offensive. It's... More >>

  • Bob Mould

    published January 28, 2015

    Thirty years after Hüsker Dü set a new high-water mark for punk ambition with the post-hardcore marathon Zen Arcade, Bob Mould is... More >>

  • Hamilton Leithauser

    published January 14, 2015

    For well over a decade, Hamilton Leithauser has created dramatic indie rock as the dapper lead singer of the on-hiatus Walkmen, but showed off a... More >>

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