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Does pop music really need another tiny, sexy, kooky fashion plate? If that fashion plate is 25-year-old stunner Oh Land, then the answer is a big, resounding 'Yes.' Born in the outskirts of Copenhagen to an opera singer mother and a composer father, Oh Land (n'e Nanna 'land Fabricius) headed to Stockholm to study ballet at 16, but when a back injury ended her dancing career two years later she turned to songwriting. 'I still needed to express myself,' she says, 'so I started making up melodies and lyrics and dealt with the situation.'

April 14 2011 8:00 PM

Justin Vivian Bond—artist, songwriter, chanteuse—comes down from her East Village apartment to meet me. He is wearing a casual black ensemble and her soft hair is done in a
reddish tinted bob.

April 12 2011 8:00 PM

Think you know everything there is to know about the pop star? Think again.

April 12 2011 8:00 PM

A week has passed since she won her Grammy, and Elly Jackson is still reeling. "I'm in a haze," says the 23-year-old singer, one half of the British synth-pop duo La Roux, as she heads to a London DJ gig in a cab in late February. "It's a feeling you expect to pass, but then you realize it's not gonna pass, that you're gonna have a Grammy forever." When asked where she plans to showcase the award, Jackson chuckles before launching into a story of cultural nuance. "On the red carpet I said to one guy that I might put it in the toilet," she says.

March 28 2011 8:00 PM

Two moments defined the start of club-beat sensation Rye Rye's career. The first was rapping into producer Blaqstarr's answering machine, which led to collaboration on a single. The second was meeting MIA, which led to a record deal. With Blaqstarr defining her sound and MIA guiding her look and performances, Rye Rye quickly rose from her Baltimore club roots to break into the mainstream and tour internationally. At 19, Rye Rye's gearing up to release her first album, Go! Pop! Bang! with the lead single, 'Sunshine,' already grabbing attention.

March 28 2011 8:00 PM

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Little Dragon dominates the stage with their chillwave sound and the mesmerizing black-and-white pop art visuals on their clothes and backdrops. We caught up with the band, which recently embarked on yet another world tour, to chat about their collaboration with Gorillaz, dreaming of teaming up with Prince, and why their best remixes are their own.

March 10 2011 7:00 PM

Givers are happier than a litter of tabbies hopped up on catnip. Bred in Lafayette, La., the band pays homage to their jazz roots while sampling from a variety of world genres. Recently signed to Glassroot Records and currently on tour with Ra Ra Riot, the band features Tiffany Lamson (vocals, percussion, ukulele), Taylor Guarisco (vocals, guitar), Kirby Campbell (drums, programming, vocals), Josh LeBlanc (bass, guitar), William Henderson (synths, samples, vocals), and Christine Peirce (synths, percussion, vocals).

March 08 2011 7:00 PM

Will Wiesenfeld surprises. His music, a textured fusion of West Coast chillwave, aching falsetto vocals, found sounds, and fat, stuttering beats, smacks of the work of a seasoned, plugged-in hip-hop producer, when in fact he recorded it in the solitude of his bedroom at his parents' house in the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, before he even turned 21.

February 09 2011 7:00 PM

John O'Regan is the kind of guy who name-checks Dennis Rodman, Salt-N-Pepa, and Ziggy Stardust in the same breath. He also considers Nintendo soundtracks and Vanilla Ice folk music. 'That's the music my generation grew up listening to,' he says. 'To me, it's all folk because it's work created by people for other people.'

January 25 2011 7:00 PM

His name may be unfamiliar to mainstream audiences, but Kristian Hoffman's career has been filled with the stuff of legends. His 40 year journey took him from serving as front man for CBGB's favorite the Mumps to acting as Klaus Nomi's musical director to forming Rufus Wainwright's first touring act to entertaining invite-only audiences with classic vaudevillian numbers at the mansion of Irene Larsen, who, with her late husband and his brother, cofounded the Magic Castle in Los Angeles.

January 20 2011 7:00 PM