“You change all the time. Everything changes you. But things that are shit don’t actually change you that much, apart from just getting on your nerves, because you’ve heard it all before. But when it’s something different, it actually will change you. That’s what I’m interested in. That’s the whole point.”—Aphex Twin
“[Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner] and I started making music in 2000, and we’d had a writing session the night before 9/11. There was this biblical storm that night, and the next day was beautiful. I’d stayed over at Nick’s Williamsburg loft because we’d been working late—he had a really huge room and I slept on a mattress there. He went to work that morning, and I woke up probably around 11, maybe even later than that. Everyone in the living room was watching the first tower go down on TV. I went on the roof and you could see the smoke coming from across the river. It felt like World War III was happening. It was the beginning of a different, less secure time.”—Karen O
“That’s my problem with fucking trap music: People are rapping about killing niggas and selling fucking drugs all day, but it sounds happy—that’s bullshit. That shit’s stressful: You’re not going to make no fucking money, somebody’s going to end up dead, and you’re not going to be able to pay for his funeral because his mom probably don’t fuck with him like that, and he don’t got health insurance. So now you have to do a fucking car wash to pay for somebody’s funeral and bury him in some cheap shit. Where’s that song?”—Long Beach MC Vince Staples in our latest Rising interview.
“This gig is about more than a night out: It’s about what one woman’s return means, what it represents. Born within a month of Madonna and Michael Jackson, Kate Bush remains a rare female embodiment of complete creative control, something she established when the music business was a proper business. She was the first woman to write and perform a British #1 (“Wuthering Heights”) and have a British #1 album (Never for Ever), and she’s also produced her own work since 1982’s The Dreaming. She still defines her career, resolutely, on her own terms, but this doesn’t mean it’s not right to gawp at her uncritically—although tonight’s gig is a great one, it isn’t perfect.”—Jude Rogers reviews Kate Bush’s first concert in 35 years.
“I feel like it’s not about the music anymore—it’s about how many friends you have on Facebook and your Instagram pictures. I hate that. I feel so bad for the talented new bands that are working so hard, and they have to fight with these monsters where it’s all about the appearance, the way you look, the amount of posts you did this month. I don’t want to be a part of that—going to a festival and taking a selfie on stage and all the EDM shit. I feel like it’s such bad publicity for music and for true artists, and I’ll try to fight as hard as I can to not be like that.”—M83’s Anthony Gonzalez