How Perfume Genius Found the Transgression, and His Most Daring Music Yet, in Self-Care    W magazine, March 2017   For a minute and 10 seconds, “Otherside,” the opening track on Mike Hadreas's new album  No Shape , is vintage Perfume Genius: a legato piano arpeggio, his quivering voice hovering over the top before the tiny dark ballad bursts open, sparkling and shimmering, with a bass line you can feel in your bones. It’s the first signal that something has changed since Hadreas’s previous Perfume Genius album, 2014’s  Too Bright .   
   No One Is More Impatient for the Release of Tinashe's  Joyride  Than Tinashe    W magazine, February 2018   In a different world, Tinashe is already huge. Not in the way she is now—with co-signs from Dev Hynes, Nicki Minaj, and Future, with a quarter billion streams on her top single, 2014’s “2 On,” with a still-warm seat in the front row at Opening Ceremony, at Alexander Wang, at Jeremy Scott—but huge like Janet, to whom she performed a tribute, with Jason Derulo and Ciara, at the 2015 BET Awards. Huge like Britney, with whom she made 2016’s “Slumber Party,” and with whom she shared the stage at Spears’s Vegas residency. Huge like she wants to be.
   The Haim Sisters on Their Crazy Year, Sexism in Music, and Why Women Should Dress Women    W magazine, November 2017   n a bright, crisp November day, the Haim sisters were working on procuring pancakes in New York’s Upper East Side. It was the morning of a party before the Guggenheim Museum's annual gala, and Danielle, Este, and Alana were set to be the night's featured entertainment—but first, room service. Surrounding a dining table in a suite at the Carlyle Hotel, the sisters surveyed their spread. Alana sighed audibly as she lifted the lid from a stack of pancakes, and Este took a stab at an omelette. Danielle picked up a couple of slices of toast and a green juice. When someone remarked on the juice, she remarked, faux-defensively, “I’m from L.A.”  (As a bonus, I  also interviewed Haim  ahead of the release of their sophomore album earlier in the summer.)
   Róisín Murphy, European Pop Goddess, Returns to America to Blow Everyone's Mind Again    W magazine, November 2016   Róisín Murphy was getting her nails done. “Shellac,” she said, the hum of the salon in the background vibrating over the phone line when we connected recently. The Irish electronic diva was in her adopted hometown, London, pondering colors. She had been in a green mood lately, she said, but it might be time for a change. She paused over an iridescent chartreuse that caught her eye.
   TVXQ, the Godfathers of K-Pop, on Returning After a Three-Year Break With a New Album, a New Look, and New Instagram Accounts    W magazine, March 2018   On a recent Tuesday afternoon in Seoul, South Korea, a chorus of flashbulbs began to go off in a packed auditorium in the Zaha Hadid–designed Dongdaemun Design Plaza, where the men's wear brand Caruso was slated to present its fall 2018 collection as part of Seoul Fashion Week. The target of the cluster of photographers gathering at the front row: Shim “Max” Changmin and Jung “U-Know” Yunho, the musician duo who comprise the group TVXQ.
   Welcome to the Dark, Magical Kingdom of Banks, Musician and Newest Dior Muse    W magazine, November 2017   In 2013, Jillian Banks posted her cell phone number on her Facebook page. It was a radical move for a musician in the age of the hyper-curated, publicist-mediated pop star, but a quiet sort of radical: It allowed her a more intimate, direct connection with the fans who texted and called than those who engaged with her on social media. And for a woman who started making music as a means of exorcising her own, most private demons, that one-on-one relationship with her audience was tantamount.
   With a New Album, Karen Elson, Fashion's Favorite Model-Chanteuse, Comes Into Her Own    W magazine, March 2017   The night before model and musician Karen Elson caught a flight to Los Angeles to begin recording her new album, she returned home late from a friend’s gallery opening. It was an early evening in the fall of 2015, and thunder crashed outside, a ceiling of humidity shrouding Nashville. Enveloped in a wave of melancholy, Elson picked up her guitar and began to write. An hour later, she had “Distant Shore,” the single that kicks off her sophomore album  Double Roses .
   Laetitia Tamko, AKA Vagabon, Has This Indie Rock Star Thing Under Control    W magazine, February 2017   Three years ago, when the musician Laetitia Tamko was playing her first gigs as Vagabon to an audience of just two people, she thought nothing of referring to herself intimately in the third person: “Run and tell everybody Laetitia is a small fish,” she howls in “The Embers,” which evokes vivid memories of a young girl on a school bus, dwarfed by older students — and compares her to a minnow in a pool of bloodthirsty sharks.
   Meet the Transcendent Kelly Lee Owens, an Alexander McQueen-Approved Electronic Musician    W magazine, March 2017   Last February, Kelly Lee Owens was laying down tracks with the musician Daniel Avery in a tiny studio in London. At the same moment, across town, her song “Arthur” was blasting over the runway at the Alexander McQueen Fall 2016 show. Just a week prior, McQueen’s in-house music curator John Gosling had asked Owens to license the song to include in a mix that would accompany the show, and the musician agreed, eagerly. But as it happened, there was no mix. Only “Arthur” played—in full, twice through—as models filed down the runway in ethereal capes embellished with moons, stars, and surrealist fairytale imagery.
   How French Band Phoenix Transformed the Music in Sofia Coppola’s      The Beguiled   W magazine, July 2017   A clear sky beams down over the woods. Mangroves loom against the deep blue. It’s quiet, save for the rustle of deciduous leaves when a breeze rolls through; a girl’s humming rings clear, her feet crackling the brush below with each step. And softly, pulsing against the pastoral scene, a few quiet drumbeats, so quiet they might pass for interference from the corridor outside the theater, a subway rumbling underground below. The camera pans down; the girl is startled by a body in the brush—a wounded soldier. The drumbeats fade, and they begin to talk.
   Why Everyone from Chloë Sevigny to Beyoncé Is Going to Reykjavik—and Music Is Coming Back Out    W magazine, November 2016   The first thing you notice about Reykjavik in November is the cold rain that peppers down, a thin constant sheet of damp chill. The second thing you might notice is Björk.
   Dan Deacon Is Fired Up About the Resistance: "Art Needs to be a Voice"    W magazine, January 2017   On a cold Saturday night in January, an eclectic group clustered around the David H. Koch Theater, the august home of the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.Young women in sculptural platform heels, leopard-print Kenzo skirts, and embroidered Opening Ceremony bomber jackets brushed up against silver-haired ladies wrapped in furs and velvet, arm-in-arm with their suit-and-tie-clad dates. In the midst of the crowd was someone who might seem like an interloper on first glance, the Baltimore-based electronic musician Dan Deacon, sporting his trademark wide-lensed glasses and a button that read “Education Not Immigration” pinned to his red raincoat. He descended the marble stairs of the theater after completing a sound check—he would DJ the after party later that night—and exited the revolving doors into the brisk winter air.
   23-Year-Old Singer Phoebe Bridgers Is Making the Best Sad Songs    W magazine, September 2017   All the songs on Phoebe Bridgers’s debut album Stranger in the Alps are, to some degree, sad. But when she ascended the stage at Manhattan’s Ludlow House on a recent evening, she pointed out a special sadness in the song she was about to play, “Scott Street”: “This song is about drinking beer outside,” she said, “which is extra sad, because I hate drinking beer. It’s like warm bread water.” Someone in the crowd let out a small whoop of protest. “Come find me after,” Bridgers muttered into the microphone.
   Former Wonder Girls Star Park Ye-eun Opens Up About Love, Gender, and Embarking on a Solo Career as Ha:tfelt    W magazine, March 2018   hen Park Ye-eun was 16 years old, she landed an audition with the Korean producer Park Jin-Young, the mastermind behind the über-management company JYP Entertainment. She failed the audition. But when she returned home, she sat down at her piano to practice—and started composing a melody, the first song she had ever written.
   St. Vincent Loves Falling Asleep to Podcasts, Except When They're About the Manson Family    W magazine, October 2017   Just a week before the release of her forthcoming fifth album, Masseduction, the musician Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, was sitting cross-legged on a tiled pedestal with teal cushions—a plush, sculptural imagining of a hot bath—in mesh, rose-embroidered trousers and a long, matching trench by Adam Selman.
   Chloe and Halle Bailey, Jeremy Scott's Newest Front Row Stars, on Beyoncé, Their New Album, and the  Black-ish  Spinoff    W magazine, September 2017   When they first entered Jeremy Scott’s New York showroom Friday, Chloe and Halle Bailey were a bit overwhelmed. They were confronted by a kaleidoscope of colors, a daunting array of garments, and a wide mandate in the designer's archives. That is, the sisters—who are musicians, actors, and protégées of Beyoncé signed to her Parkwood Entertainment label—had arrived with a deceptively simple assignment: to select looks for the designer’s Spring 2018 show, which they planned to attend that night. But that left them with a lot of choice.
   Julien Baker, Singer of Sublime Sadness, on Her Struggles with "God or an Ex-Lover" In Her New Album    W magazine, October 2017   When the musician Julien Baker was in high school, she saw two school productions of the meta-musical  The Drowsy Chaperone . There was one moment that stuck with her: The narrator, an obsessive, reclusive Broadway fan, explains the function of a musical overture. “It’s supposed to signal to you what’s going to happen throughout the rest of the narrative,” Baker recalled over the phone recently. So for her much-anticipated sophomore album,  Turn Out the Lights , out Friday, Baker decided to open with her own kind of overture.
   Meet Teenage Musician and Photographer Faye Webster, Atlanta's New Double Threat    W magazine, May 2017   A few months ago, the musician and photographer Faye Webster shot a portrait of Atlanta’s upstart rapper-slash-Nautica creative director Lil Yachty. They had been close in middle school—sharing a best friend as perhaps only pre-teens can do—but had grown apart by the time Webster started getting serious about music in high school.
   First, Maggie Rogers's Music Enchanted Pharrell—Now, the Rest of the World    W magazine, February 2017   By her own admission, Maggie Rogers is an unlikely candidate “to become a person of the internet.” She grew up in a rural town on Maryland’s eastern shore; she played harp and banjo and wrote folk music; she runs and hikes. So when, early last summer, a Youtube clip of Pharrell Williams’s stunned response to one of her songs went viral, Rogers did what she knew: She picked up her backpack and departed for the French Alps.
   20-Year-Old Rapper Kaiydo Is Putting Orlando on the Map with His Colorful Turn-Up Tracks    W magazine, April 2017   In a just world, Kaiydo’s “Fruit Punch” becomes the song of the summer. Released in early August 2016, it’s sticky, like fruit punch itself, or those humid summer nights it might best soundtrack. “Fruit Punch” is a hedonistic track, a party song that details its writer’s ambitions (“a few nice things and a comma stream, eight figures,” he raps) with a confident swagger underlined by its trombone-blast bass line. It recalls the jubilance of Chance the Rapper and the blithe late-night energy of Rae Sremmurd without really being  like  either of them.
   Musician Dana Wachs, Guru to Everyone from St. Vincent to Rachel Comey, Is Emerging as a Solo Star at 42    W magazine, March 2017   The musician Dana Wachs spent nearly two decades on the road with the likes of St. Vincent, Perfume Genius, Grizzly Bear, and Cat Power, but only now is she going solo at last. Her new EP  Black Horse Pike , the 42-year-old electro-pop musician's debut as Vorhees (named after the New Jersey town she grew up in) is not a document of her musical career but more a reflection of her teenage years. In fact, it opens with a love letter of sorts to the two-lane highway that cuts across her home state to Atlantic City—maybe the first romantic overture to a throughway since Sufjan Stevens's  BQE  project.
   With a Little Help From Ryan Adams and Elton John, High School Rockers Starcrawler Are Here to Prove Metal Isn't Dead    W magazine, May 2017   A year to the day after Starcrawler played its first-ever show, as part of multi-band lineup at The Echo in Los Angeles, the four-piece band stepped onto the same stage as the headliners—their first-ever top-billed gig.
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