Best of 2015: Music

2015 was another rock solid year for music across genres. While it may have proven short on delivering albums that years from now will be ranked among the classics (To Pimp a Butterfly is the only shoo-in there, Carrie & Lowell perhaps the next closest), most anticipated releases more or less at least came close … More Best of 2015: Music

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Motion City Soundtrack

Frontman Justin Pierre discusses the band’s latest album “Panic Stations,” writing from a more instinctual place, how his relationship with music has changed over the years, struggling with writer’s block, and not planning the future too far in advance. … More Motion City Soundtrack

Vince Staples

Vince Staples discusses his debut full-length “Summertime ’06,” giving people an understanding of where he’s coming from, telling both sides of the story, and wanting to have a legacy in music. … More Vince Staples

Atlas Genius

Frontman Keith Jeffery chats about aiming for a bigger sound on the band’s sophomore effort “Inanimate Objects,” being overwhelmed by the whirlwind touring and success of the first album, and writing songs that always contain a glimmer of hope. … More Atlas Genius

Baio

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio talks about his debut solo album “The Names,” life in London, the challenges of singing for the first time, and not getting bogged down in expectations. … More Baio

MUTEMATH

Lead singer Paul Meany details the four-year process behind MUTEMATH’s upcoming fourth album “Vitals,” continually chasing the euphoric feeling of finishing a record, why the band has come full circle creatively after 10 years yet still pushes forward, and how writing songs that embody a spirit of life has helped him navigate as he’s grown older. … More MUTEMATH

Robert DeLong

Robert DeLong chats about being more intentional on his second album “In the Cards,” approaching dance from an indie/singer-songwriter perspective, his unique musical background, and predicts the future of electronic music. … More Robert DeLong

Joywave

Lead singer Daniel Armbruster dives into the transformative experience of making the band’s debut album “How Do You Feel Now?,” going No. 1 with “Dangerous,” sampling Disney animated classics, growing up in Rochester, and dealing with the bumps in life. … More Joywave

Dustin Kensrue

Dustin Kensrue discusses his long-awaited second solo album “Carry the Fire,” collecting old ideas and turning them into songs, approaching love songs from a different perspective, improving as a storyteller, and what it’s like for Thrice to be back from hiatus. … More Dustin Kensrue

Jim Adkins

Jim Adkins discusses taking a breather from Jimmy Eat World by going solo for the first time, exploring and reinterpreting ‘50s and ‘60s pop music, and why he’s releasing his songs individually instead of as an album. … More Jim Adkins