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Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek talks music, danger, and what the band once did at the First Unitarian Church altar

Chairlift
Chairlift | photo courtesy of the artist

Caroline Polachek, vocalist, songwriter, and one-half Brooklyn pop duo Chairlift, has for many years now earned a reputation as one of indie’s most mesmerizing front women, thanks to her smart lyrics, strong pipes, and ability to completely immerse herself in a performance. Together with band-mate Patrick Wimberly, Chairlift has helped refine and defy expectations about pop music for over a decade, moving from a trendy band in an Apple commercial to an innovative musical force, whose repertoire includes everything from re-appropriated action-flick music to choose-your-own-adventure-style music videos—and has continued to grow and evolve with time.

Case-in-point: the band’s third full-length Moth, which dropped earlier this year and might be their best record yet. A glistening, sun-soaked journey through lows and super highs, Moth navigates vulnerabilities and triumphs while always remaining firmly planted in the groove. This month, the band will bring Moth to Philadelphia, playing Underground Arts on April 12. In advance of the show, we rung up Caroline to talk writing, tour, and what Chairlift once did at the First Unitarian Church altar. Continue reading →

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It’s the End of the World, and I Feel Fine: Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou talks Pale Horses

mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“It doesn’t make me that sad,” muses mewithoutYou frontman Aaron Weiss. He is, of course, talking about the apocalypse — what else? It’s the central train of thought in the band’s new record, Pale Horses, out today. Weiss keeps it all in perspective. Whether the apocalyptic references are talking about death, ISIS, or the potential breakup of the band, he’s chipper throughout our conversation. Continue reading →

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Questlove reveals his impressive wall-to-wall vinyl collection for Dust & Grooves

Questlove and his records | via Dust and Grooves
Questlove and his records | via Dust and Grooves

Philly music hero Questlove recently gave fans a peek into his massive vinyl collection for Dust & Grooves, a project that explores people and their eclectic record collections across the globe. The 43-year-old bandleader, drummer for The Roots, NYU professor and DJ has become a household name over the years, for both his music and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture.

Dust & Grooves founder and photographer Eilon Paz, along with reporter Jameson Harvey, sat down with Questlove this past summer for an in-depth interview about his collection. Continue reading →

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Slingshot Dakota release grungey new jam “Grudge”

Slingshot Dakota | photo by Ryan Russell | www.ryanrussell.net
Slingshot Dakota | photo by Ryan Russell | www.ryanrussell.net

After Bethlehem Carly Commando and Tom Patterson announced their full-time commitment to Slingshot Dakota by dropping their day jobs and jumping on tour with Citizen and You Blew It!, the newly married duo also put out a new track entitled “Grudge.”  The track premiered on Noisey yesterday, along with an interview where Commando discusses the band’s slow-burn approach to its career. Continue reading →