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Zola Jesus is a walking anomaly: Her vocal range and music videos make her appear massive, but she's only 4'11', and while her sound shifts from Goth to chill wave, she insists she's pop. Hailing from Wisconsin, Zola Jesus (birth name Nika Danilova) adapted the pseudonym to ease stage fright and has since dominated indie music blogs with a ghostlike aesthetic matched with operatic vocals reminiscent of early Kate Bush. All this and she only just graduated from college last summer.

July 26 2011 8:00 PM


The Sounds' whirlwind mini-tour of the US finishes tomorrow, and both the Chicago and New York shows are sold out. Then they're heading back to Sweden to (finally) record their third album. However! I have two pieces of obsessive love to tide you over.

July 05 2011 8:00 PM

See exclusive photos of Robyn.

June 14 2011 8:00 PM

While other singers are busy playing fame games to court fans, Robyn is taking over the world the old fashioned way -- with her music.

May 16 2011 12:12 PM

She had to have her heart broken -- twice -- to break the charts, but Adele is not about to let fame to go her head. As she begins a U.S. tour, the singer opens up about the heartache behind her music, the danger of fan mail, and why she thinks 'singer' is too big a word for her.

May 15 2011 8:00 PM

View exclusive photos of Adele.

May 15 2011 8:00 PM

YACHT may not be from this planet. As described on the band's website, 'YACHT is a Band, Belief System, and Business conducted by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans of Marfa, Texas and Portland, Oregon, USA. All people are welcome to become members of YACHT. Accordingly, YACHT is and always will be what YACHT is when YACHT is standing before you.' With influences ranging from the Mystery Lights of Marfa, Texas, to dogmatic spiritual practices that transcend into the punk genre, YACHT maintains a rich intelligence that blends beautifully with accessible electronic beats.

May 10 2011 8:00 PM

Pop's newest -- and gayest -- superstar pulls back the curtain to reveal all is allusion in the art and artifice of fame.

Photography by Ellen Von Unwerth
Styling by Nicola Formichetti

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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