Esperanza Spalding, the Grammy-stacking perpetual “jazz darling,” has made a prog album. Well, it’s a very soulful, jazz-streaked, noisy rock record called Emily’s D+Evolution, which is a concept LP about that titular character, who is Esperanza’s alter ego. (When you talk to her, it starts to make sense.) For the story, I also got to interview the legendary Wayne Shorter, who name-dropped Haruki Murakami and Neil deGrasse Tyson during our chat. That part didn’t make it into the piece, but, well, now I’m name-dropping.
Anderson .Paak and I went cruising down the PCH on the first day that El Niño truly dumped on us. It was a little harrowing, but you wouldn’t know it from watching our video interview. Plus, if you read the story (which includes a chat with the mighty Talib Kweli), you’ll see that this dude’s made it through much much worse. His crazy soulful new album Malibu is out now.
I got back together with Selena Gomez to review a little bit of her banner year — specifically, the song that started it all, “Good for You.” This one has more to show in print, but I conducted the video interview with her (and her team) as well. Want more? Revisit our October cover story.
There’s something delightfully cheesy and jaw-droppingly awesome about Pentatonix. If you’ve seen their YouTube-owning a cappella covers videos, then you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve witnessed them sing in person, you probably wanna strangle me for the “cheesy” jab — these five are that impressive in real life, and they’re a lot of fun to talk to as well.
I sat with Machine Gun Kelly to retrace a week in the hard-living MC’s life. Now I feel like I need a shower. Naked groupies, mushroom trips, and Puff Daddy are only half of the story. There wasn’t even room for the $2000 he dropped on an ax-shaped weed pipe. Photo by Casey McPerry.
A week in the life of Disturbed bassist Dan Donegan is endearingly, excellently mundane.
At the heart of the respective careers of Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers (both solo and, um, brolo) is one man who never went to college — instead he went on tour with Britney Spears, then moved to L.A. to build a small empire. Read Phil McIntyre’s story. Photo by Yu Tsai.