Premiere: Warhaus' "The Good Lie"
For over 10 years now, Belgium-based indie rock band Balthazar has been peppering the international music scene with clever, cutting and eerily atmospheric tracks. And while they'll continue to do so, founding member and lead singer Maarten Devoldere...
Patti Smith Sweater
When concert T-shirts can't fully express just how much you love your rock hero, go for a lambswool sweater made in Scotland. Independent designer Cassie Holland launched Hades to celebrate bands she loves, simply and boldly, with the quality they...
Premiere: "Second Nature" by Thin Lear
New Queens-based band Thin Lear, headed by Matt Longo, requested the talents of Renaissance man FaceHeads (aka Moscow-based artist Dmitry Kopytin) to create visuals for their song "Second Nature." The carefully produced light classic rock tune...
Premiere: "Stargazer" (Live) by Nap Eyes
Hailing from Halifax, Nap Eyes recorded their debut full-length album Whine Of The Mystic (2014) straight to tape in live takes and no overdubs. Even within the different layers beneath the canopy of alt-rock, the band sets itself apart from the...
For True Fans Only: Merch Junkies
It started out with a Bowie jacket NYC-based stylist and photographer Zara Mirkin made for herself. "I was always painting on the back of jackets and jeans," she tells CH. "The idea came about after I had so many people take photos of my Bowie jacket...
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Cover Eagles of Death Metal and Support Paris Victims Proving that beautiful things can come from terrible events, the Eagles of Death Metal are urging musicians to cover their sweet rock tune "I Love You All The Time"—and for every cover sold...
This is All a Dream We Dreamed
Read about one of America's most significant bands in "This is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead," written by two of the Dead's most-respected historians, Blair Jackson and David Gans. The duo writes (with thanks to band...
Premiere: "Lover Knows" by Steady Sun
Brooklyn band Steady Sun is made up of quite a few passionate music nerds. Frontman Dylan Nowik met drummer Andrew Emge at NYU while they both pursued music studies, while fellow NYU alum and bassist Danny Rose owns his own recording studio in...
101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die
While listicles can sometimes feel like lazy writing, the book "101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die" from Spanish illustrator and music lover Ricardo Cavolo is anything but. Inside, he dedicates two pages to each artist who has had an impact on...
WAH-WAH Australia's Unconventional Knitwear
As the season of the "ugly sweater" approaches, the marijuana-themes and Tumblr-esque designs abound, but one label—WAH-WAH Australia—has taken a different (albeit still delightfully gaudy) approach. Helmed by Kaylene Milner, WAH-WAH creates unconventional...
Premiere: "Turnstile" by Lionlimb
Nashville-based guitarist Stewart Bronaugh put his music project Lionlimb on hold to join Angel Olsen’s backing band for her 2014 album Burn Your Fire For No Witness and on tour. Now, after recruiting fellow tourmate and Brooklyn-based drummer...
Interview: Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra
On their first two albums, Portland-based Unknown Mortal Orchestra charmed fans with dirty low-fi tracks—poppy but unafraid to be thought-provoking—recorded out of a basement studio. Their third and latest effort, Multi-Love (out now via Jagjaguwar...
So This Is Permanence
"This is Permanence" reveals the personal writings of Joy Division songwriter and frontman Ian Curtis in a beautiful cloth-bound anthology. Curtis committed suicide in 1980, and the insightful book includes a foreword by his widow, Deborah, as well...
Icelandic Acts at Iceland Airwaves
While only a handful of bands from Iceland have reached global acclaim, that doesn't mean the magnificent island isn't erupting with talent. During the most recent Iceland Airwaves music festival—our first time returning to the multi-venue international...
Chris Stein / Negative
40 years ago, Chris Stein and Debbie Harry co-founded one of the most influential punk rock bands in Blondie. Stein, a photography student at NYC's School of Visual Arts, was already documenting the scene that they would help define. From those early...
Nightmare and the Cat + Gary Baseman
When artist Gary Baseman was asked to collaborate on the album cover art for the band Nightmare and the Cat, he did more than art direct the band’s photo shoot, captured within his interactive museum exhibition "The Door is Always Open" at the Skirball...
Playing for the Benefit of the Band
Lee Friedlander's seminole 1992 monograph, "The Jazz People of New Orleans, Playing for the Benefit of the Band," has been re-released in an expanded edition available through Fraenkel Gallery. With more than 200 photographs in the new version, some...
Vancouver Sleep Clinic: Flaws
Australia's 17-year-old Tim Bettinson, the sole talent behind Vancouver Sleep Clinic, offers a stunning addition to the world of electronic folk with his latest track "Flaws." There's the ethereal soundscape and falsetto vocals that we've come to expect...
RAC: Tear You Down feat. Alex Ebert
SoundCloud hosted their first official SXSW showcase this year, and the lineup included a stellar mix of emerging and established artists. One falling somewhere in the middle is André Allen Anjos, better known as the main remix master behind the former...
NPR Music at SXSW 2014
For music publications, SXSW is what New York Fashion Week is to the Vogue editorial staff—exciting, exhausting and ultimately a sink or swim string of parties, content and cut-throat editorial decision-making. Luckily, the deft-eared team at NPR has...
Big Huge: At The Movies Self-described as "a frightful/delightful five-piece of ditty pumpers with a heart that bleeds for the wild child, the mood swinger and the lost thought found again," NYC-based Big Huge and their garage-pop sound is a legitimate...
La Femme: Amour Dans Le Motu
Armed with their 2013 debut album named Psycho Tropical Berlin, La Femme are hitting North America and shaking things up, including performances at SXSW. And within the first 10 seconds of their song "Amour Dans Le Motu," we were hooked. There isn...
Big Huge: At The Movies
Self-described as "a frightful/delightful five-piece of ditty pumpers with a heart that bleeds for the wild child, the mood swinger and the lost thought found again," NYC-based Big Huge and their garage-pop sound is a legitimate gang of devoted shredders...