Lawrence: Superficial

NYC-based band Lawrence, helmed by siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence and backed up by a talented slew of musicians (including a three-piece horn section), are driving to Austin this very moment to perform over the next three days at SXSW, before continuing on to the West Coast. For those missing out, their debut album Breakfast will keep those pop, soul and funk cravings satiated. “Superficial” …

Interview: Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra

On his fondness for skulls, how polyamory intertwined in music and life, and what makes a record important

On their first two albums, Portland-based Unknown Mortal Orchestra charmed fans with dirty low-fi tracks—poppy but unafraid to be thought-provoking—recorded out of a basement studio. Their third and latest effort, Multi-Love (out now via Jagjaguwar) was born in the same basement studio, but from the ashes of exhaustion, depression and too many drugs. Like a phoenix reborn in explosive sheen of disco and R&B and …