Weird Al talks about the music of his life in our latest 5-10-15-20 interview.

"There’s so many millions of 7” records and albums, too, and I don’t see them rising to the top in a unique way. A lot of mainstream indie these days is too many steps removed from rock bands like the Velvet Underground—but that’s just our era now."

— Stephen Malkmus talks to Larry Fitzmaurice about the state of indie (and mainstream) music, and his forthcoming album with the Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags.



"When I came to Interscope 10 years ago, the first thing they did was offer me the chance to work with Timbaland and Missy, to cross me over. They still offer me that. But this is what I am. ‘Paper Planes’ was an accident. It wasn’t a song we made for the masses."

— M.I.A. talks about the past, present, and future of her decade-long music career in Carrie Battan's feature interview.



"I never understood the theory of moving to New York or L.A. to make it—if you want to be noticed as a drop of water, why would you move to the ocean?"

Neko Case doles out some life lessons in her 5-10-15-20 interview.



"We asked each other, ‘What’s more important: This relationship or this band?’ We both said ‘this band’ at the same time."

Cults' Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin talk about breaking up… and then coming back together to make their forthcoming second album, Static.



"I am generalizing, of course, but in hip-hop, it’s like you get this shine for using the word ‘pussy’ a billion times, and I think that that’s weirdly healthier than not doing it at all— even though I really hope it ends soon because, you know, how many decades can we do that? And with white dudes in indie rock— generally speaking, once again— there’s this guilt: ‘Oh, we’re not going to talk about that.’ And there are plenty of people who don’t talk about those things who end up having really unhealthy relationships with sex."

Justin Vernon talks to Ryan Dombal about sexuality in music, and how it relates to his work on the gorgeous new Volcano Choir album, Repave.



"People started to call my phone, I’m like, ‘How did you get my number? Who the fuck is this?’ People saying, ‘We’d like to have Baauer on ‘Good Morning America’ to do the ‘Harlem Shake’.’ I’m like, ‘fuck no!’ It felt invasive."

— Baauer talks about the dark side of the "Harlem Shake" phenomenon.



"At this point, with music in general, especially modern dance music like Skrillex or even ‘Gangnam Style’, there are these bended, twisted synth parts; those feelings that we were exploring has become completely mainstream. I don’t think it came from us, but we explored it first in a lot of ways. It’s a strong element, so because of that I still think we have to make more records and maybe by then a lot more people will get it."

My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields talks about his signature sound (and much more) in his first new interview since the release of this year’s mbv.



"I wanted to draw from Wagner to create an over-the-top love theme, even though masturbation is as close as you get to a love scene in this film."

Drive composer Cliff Martinez talks about his score for the polarizing new film Only God Forgives— read Larry Fitzmaurice's revealing interview with Martinez and director Nicolas Winding Refn.



To clarify: Zomby wore Margiela— not Marc Jacobs— sweatpants to his recent interview with Larry Fitzmaurice. We regret the error.

To clarify: Zomby wore Margiela— not Marc Jacobs— sweatpants to his recent interview with Larry Fitzmaurice. We regret the error.



"If I had any advice for young musicians, it would be to use your own ears, your own common fucking sense, and pay attention to what’s going on around you before you listen to douchebags like me."

The Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison



"Kurt Cobain was a spirit guide in the beginning. I knew what all the fame would feel like already because I read about it in his journals. […] To be told that you’re the voice of your generation is such an incredible amount of pressure, and I haven’t faced that. Maybe by the time our third record rolls around, I will. My goals are to be a band like that in five years."

DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith is a pretty ambitious guy.



"We wanted to show just how ridiculous it is that spring break behavior is considered normal and gay marriage is insane when it’s actually the opposite."

The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer talks about the video for their song "Spring Break Anthem" in our latest feature interview.



"I’ve smoked it in the past, but I find it funny that people consider weed a pretty normal, go-to drug, when it’s the one that can make you paranoid and want to hide in your closet. I’m not a heavy drug user. I’m a family guy."

Kurt Vile is not nearly as stoned as you might think.



"The way I look at it, this is my job. Before all this, I was fucking washing dishes. It’s not like I’m a fucking rich boy who does music in my free time. So I don’t give a fuck what people type on the internet. If they want to say something, they can say it to my face, and then I’ll decide if I should take them seriously or not, in person. But on the internet, I respond really strongly because it’s my heart and soul that I put out there."

— Take heed: Dirty Beaches' Alex Zhang Hungtai takes social media— and pretty much everything else— very seriously, as Larry Fitzmaurice learned in this interview about Hungtai’s forthcoming experimental double LP.