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Slowthai: The Duality Of Tyron Frampton
If you’ve ever been in a theater production, you might know how much fun it can be to play the villain. You can yell as loud as you want, break a couple of rules, and indulge in some scandalous vices, all without consequence. In the real world, life in the spotlight is much less forgiving, […]
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Arlo Parks Is The Poet Laureate Of A New Generation
Arlo Parks will be the first to admit she wasn’t one of the “cool kids” growing up in the small artsy district of Hammersmith in West London. But that hasn’t stopped her meteoric rise to popularity over the course of the last year. “The cool kids escaped me,” the 20-year-old singer, songwriter, and poet says, […]
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The Enduring Allure of Dolly Parton
During a year marked by the type of difficulty and surrealism you never actually think you’ll experience in real life, anything that makes you smile is worth committing to long-term memory. So, that day last spring, when I was on lockdown at my sister and brother-in-law’s house in Brooklyn, and caught a glimpse of my […]
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Gorillaz’ Damon Albarn Predicts the Future
Damon Albarn was prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic. In 1995, after his band Blur’s first paycheck from the success of their third album—1994’s Parklife—he bought a farmhouse in the countryside by the sea. “Everyone thought I was mad,” says the Blur frontman, and one half of the creative duo behind virtual band Gorillaz. “Everyone said, […]
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Jorja Smith on Finding Comfort in Stillness & Creating Music
Jorja Smith is lounging in her childhood bedroom in Walsall, her hometown 14 kilometres northwest of Birmingham, UK. “I feel bad that I’m feeling good. People have lost lives, jobs—some people don’t have homes,” she says. Smith has been non-stop since she released her debut single, “Blue Lights” in 2016. In the following months, her […]
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Dancehall Icon Popcaan Keeps His Faith In Check
From the moment Popcaan pops up on our Zoom call, the international dancehall star and CEO of Unruly Entertainment is on his best behaviour—for the most part. It’s an overcast day with light showers in Kingston, Jamaica and the 32-year-old is sitting shotgun in his Range Rover Sport, on his way to pick up some […]
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Maya Hawke on Facing Criticism & Communicating Through Song
Journalists make me nervous,” Maya Hawke confesses one afternoon from her family home in upstate New York, where she’s been holed up since March. She recently packed up her belongings from her just-rented Manhattan apartment to move back indefinitely with her mother and siblings.  The 21-year-old actress and singer-songwriter tells me that her apprehension in […]
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Diplo on His New Country Album & the Tricky Business of Social Media
I don’t have a wild only-with-Diplo interview story to tell you. We are, as you know, in the midst of a big world event that’s relegated us to our living room-turned-offices. But I do have an imagination, and technology. Today Diplo is my penpal. In my mind, the TikTok-loving multihyphenate is shirtless (his most natural […]
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The 1975’s Manifesto For a Brighter Future
When Matty Healy answers the phone, he’s driving through the rainy English countryside, somewhere between Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire past these “big fucking windmill things,” not too far from the studio compound where The 1975 frontman and his bandmates spent the last year working on their latest album—the soon-to-be-released Notes On A Conditional Form. “I’m driving […]
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The Colorful World of Lido Pimienta
Afro-Colombian Toronto-based singer, Lido Pimienta, recently joined a growing number of artists, entertainers, and musicians in canceling the release tour for her upcoming Miss Colombia album due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a darkness that has bestowed itself on one of the most colorful releases of the year. The world as we once knew it […]
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