You’d expect four coolly sophisticated Frenchmen to know all about wine. But sake? A few days before their recent return to Saturday Night Live, the Versailles-bred indie-pop phenoms Phoenix met up with EW at the posh EN Japanese Brasserie (a favorite of singer Thomas Mars and his wife, director Sofia Coppola, who live nearby with their two young children) to show just how serious they are about fermented rice beverages, among other things. Over a few of their favorite bottles, Mars, bassist Deck D’Arcy, and guitarists Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai talked about childhood fist fights, popular perfumes, and their upcoming fifth album, Bankrupt!, out April 23.
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Between promoting the latest album from his band thenewno2, scoring the movie version of the YA-lit hit Beautiful Creatures, and collaborating with the Wu-Tang Clan, Dhani Harrison has been a busy man lately. We caught up with the son of the Quiet Beatle to find out more about about what he’s been up to.
Speaking on the phone from Los Angeles, Harrison discussed everything from recording at Abbey Road and being in the studio with the RZA to remembering the late Ravi Shankar.
It’s probably the only interview namechecking Catfish Keith that you’ll read all day. Check out the full Q&A below:
Today, Seattle duo Macklemore (pictured, right) and Ryan Lewis (left), hit number one on Billboard‘s Hot 100 with their college-anthem-turned-mainstream-smash “Thrift Shop,” unseating Bruno Mars’ “Locked out of Heaven,” which had held the pole position for six weeks.
When the rapper/producer pair’s independently produced album The Heist opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last October, many music fans above the age of 21 were left wondering who Macklemore and Ryan Lewis even were. (Not us, of course. We chatted with Macklemore back in August.) But the monumental success of “Thrift Shop” has given them millions of listeners outside the college bubble.
EW recently chatted with the pair about their unexpected success, impressing Ellen DeGeneres, repping their hometown of Seattle, and how to thrift like pros: READ FULL STORY »
The Avett Brothers may be one of the hottest acts in the music industry right now — their album The Carpenter debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 last week — but that doesn’t mean they have an entourage cleaning up after them.
Empty pizza boxes and orange peels were strewn throughout their room at New York City’s Dream Hotel — which apparently leaves oranges on your pillows — where I sat down with Scott and Seth Avett (left and right, respectively) as well as bassist Bob Crawford (center) to chat about their new album, the currently hot state of Americana music, and the driving force behind their songs.
On a recent rainy Tuesday afternoon, the day before the band performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the three gents crowded onto the end of one of their hotel room’s unmade beds to talk about their long road to stardom, the changing face of the industry, and why Warrior is the best movie ever.
Below, read the full conversation, and at the end of the interview, check out an exclusive video of the Avett Brothers breaking down the lyrics of their album closer “Life.” READ FULL STORY »
Macklemore interview: Seattle rapper talks pizza parties, social change, new video for 'Thrift Shop'
Pacific Northwest hip-hop heads and glittery man-onesie fans already know Macklemore. For the rest of you, here’s a quick intro: The rapper, born Ben Haggerty, has spent years building a loyal following in his native Seattle and is now reaching a wider audience via his kinetic live shows (he recently impressed at Lollapalooza) and an upcoming debut full-length with producer Ryan Lewis, The Heist.
He’s also an artist who addresses his struggles with drug addiction, takes you back to his high school dances, slips on a sparkly jumpsuit and a British accent, and then invites you over for a pizza party, because that’s just the kind of dude he is.
Now he’s cementing his love for pimp coats and alligator shoes in the sax-tastic “Thrift Shop,” the album’s latest single — and he invited fans to do the same: They tweeted photos of their best thrift shop outfits for a chance to kick back with Mack in Seattle. See? What a guy!
We talked to Macklemore about building his fan base, homophobia in hip-hop, and the creative process behind The Heist, which drops Oct. 9. Catch the video for “Thrift Shop” below, too: READ FULL STORY »
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