The widespread success of 2002’s Turn on the Bright Lights nudged Interpol into the position of helping to define the New York sound of the early aughts. A number of albums and band shifts later, the group’s latest, El Pintor, was released in September. Along the way, guitarist Daniel Kessler developed a side passion for food and is now co-owner of Brooklyn restaurant Bergen Hill.
London-born singer Jessie Ware has lived many musical lives: she’s collaborated with everyone from SBTRKT to Chance the Rapper, featured on Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint, and written songs with Ed Sheeran.
Formed in 1991 by Tanya Donelly, she of the shimmering vocals, after leaving the Throwing Muses, Belly released two albums in the early ’90s before disbanding until 2016 when they reunited for a series of shows. Now, the innovators of whimsical alt-rock have a new album slated for April 2018 and a UK tour to follow in June.
The story goes that the New York-born vocalist was inspired to write her landmark hit, “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover,” after being fired by Bryan Ferry; her debut album it appeared on, Tongues and Tails, would nab her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. The prolific Hawkins just released her seventh album and is at work on a musical.
Okovi (Sacred Bones), the fifth album by Nika Danilova, who has recorded under the name Zola Jesus for the past decade, is her most powerfully personal effort to date. Recorded in the remote woods of Wisconsin after a series of traumatic experiences, the result plumbs the experimental sonic territory she has become known for, but with a new rawness and depth.