• Soft Focus

    Ian Mackaye

    Mythic DC punk rock figures Ian Mackaye and Ian Svenonius in a friendly, funny, compelling debate.

  • Practice Space

    The Virgins

    Wet-behind-the-ears leisure rockers on opening for Patti Smith at their third show.

  • VICE Music Specials

    Bands Get Robbed

    Members of the Gossip, Modest Mouse, and Decemberists dish about the woeful experience of being on tour and getting your equipment stolen. It happens all the time!

  • Practice Space


    Opiate inhibitors, laser-sighted BB guns, and underrehearsal with Pete Doherty & Co.

  • Soft Focus

    Will Oldham

    Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy) tells Ian about the suffering and degradation audiences want from rock stars.

  • Bands Of Nyc

    We think they would be better named Band of Babes, but whatever. The Virgins have been together for all of 20 minutes and yet have already managed to tour Europe, open for Patti Smith, sign to a major label, and get their genteel young faces all over the "bl…

  • London's Aglow

    Two years ago, the East London music scene was made up of a right bunch of fucking cunts who were all into smoking crack doon the Rhythm Factory in Whitechapel and awl. They wore string vests and trilby hats and played banjos on stage. It sounded like Lonnie Donegan covering the

  • Comme Des Power Electronics

    Luke Younger and Steve Warwick met six years ago at a Trans Am show in London where a shared a love of hardcore and harsh power electronics led to them moving around the country performing together in various weirdly-named outfits but eventually settled as

  • Grimewatch

    So Wiley has decided to retire. We hinted at this a while back when we said he would be moving to New York, so it’s no big surprise for us. Maybe it was Footsie trying to rush him which finally pushed him over the edge. Who knows? All we can be sure of right now is that Roll Deep…

  • Fuck The Fashion World

    Five years ago it was extremely fashionable to be in a garage rock band. You know how it went.

  • Hated In The Nation

    Gallows are the most fashionable and most hated hardcore band in the country. It doesn't take a genius to work that these two accolades may be related. It is a plain fact that it's impossible for any hardcore group to endure any amount of trendiness outside their circle of peers

  • Labels Shmables

    Visit Beach House's MySpace page and two things immediately become clear: they don't use drum machines and they don't like labels. Especially gaylord ones like "folktronica". Beach House, aka Baltimoreans Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, give a shit about

  • Quiet Achiever

    He's not going to prance around with his shirt off like Devendra Banhart but Karl Scullin aka Kes is a bit of a hippie. He admits it but don't freak out cause he's rad and way more into chickpeas and brown rice than acid and love beads. In short, he's the real deal. For years now…

  • Shroud Of Metal

    Last time Watain played live in London the new "no fluids" rule was in effect. It made bringing the rotten blood they use to impregnate their clothes with a little trickier, but somehow they managed to smuggle it onto the plane and into the UK (yay for security). The result was,