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What Is Left Unsaid: Nicky Mao Interviewed by Stephanie Berzon
A young woman with long, dark hair sits in profile against a black backdrop.

The sound artist, working under the moniker Hiro Kone, discusses her recent album in the context of migration, emerging techno-fascism, and the pandemic.

What Is Left Unsaid: Nicky Mao Interviewed by Stephanie Berzon
A young woman with long, dark hair sits in profile against a black backdrop.

The sound artist, working under the moniker Hiro Kone, discusses her recent album in the context of migration, emerging techno-fascism, and the pandemic.

Kevin Morby by Jess Shoman
Kevin Morby standing in a field with his hands in his pockets. He has long hair and wears a short sleeve shirt and a medallion around his neck.
Anything But Traditional: Marc Ribot’s Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist by Kurt Hollander
Black-and-white portrait of Marc Ribot, an older white man with white, wispy hair. He is wearing a leather jacket and has his elbows on the table in front of him.

“My relation with the guitar is one of struggle—I’m constantly forcing it to be something else: a saxophone, a scream, a cart rolling down a hill…”

Les Filles de Illighadad’s At Pioneer Works by Nina Katchadourian
Three women (two carrying guitars) and one man walking through an empty square

Les Filles de Illighadad’s music is driven by three guitars but remains free from the “tyranny of the solo.”

He Is Not Appreciated: Two Books on The Fall by Clinton Krute
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In the wake of Mark E. Smith’s passing, two recent releases—Excavate!: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall and Slang King: M.E.S on Stage 1977–2013—chronicle the legacy of The Fall.

BOMB Retrospective: Pauline Oliveros by IONE​
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IONE is Pauline Oliveros’s partner and collaborator of thirty-two years. Oliveros passed away in November 2016, but her powerful presence has left a lasting mark on experimental and electronic music globally. The following is IONE’s intuited conversation with the late Oliveros and a curated playlist expressive of her legacy.

Winning and Losing: Bladee and Mechatok Interviewed by Alexander Iadarola
Two portraits side by side. On the left is musical artist Bladee wearing a black mesh helmet with tall, pointed ears and holding a silver coin up to his right eye. On the right is producer Mechatok, a young man with a buzzcut holding two fingers with acrylic nails that have flames coming off of them.

On techno-spirituality, impending doom, and making failed pop songs.

Spinning and Daydreaming: Kristin Oppenheim Interviewed by Vijay Masharani
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On her newly released collection of circuitous sound works created in the early ’90s.

A Healing Vortex: Taja Cheek Interviewed by Stephanie Berzon
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On the grief, softness, and spiritual mania of L’Rain.

Fire and Smoke: Pink Siifu Interviewed by Branden W. Joseph
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New music, videos, and visuals from the multidisciplinary artist.

Battle and Coexistence: Miho Hatori Interviewed by Paul Ha
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On her latest album, anime, and Édouard Glissant.

Idealism and Cynicism: Psychology Today by Extreme Animals Reviewed by Maxwell Paparella
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Videos that mix children’s entertainment and existential dread.

BOMB Retrospective: Steve Reich’s Playlist
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Celebrating 40 years with curated selections from the archive.

Riding the Spiral: Lubomyr Melnyk Interviewed by Stephanie Berzon
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The revered composer, and fastest piano player alive, discusses his Continuous Music practice as a spiritual force.

Valerie June by Celisse
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June explores the roots—and the promise—of blues, gospel, and folk music on her new album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers.


This excerpt is from BOMB’s Spring 2021 issue.

Listening to the Heart: Jacob Kirkegaard Interviewed by Julie Martin
A landscape shot of a landfill in Nairobi, Kenya, engulfed in flames and smoke.

Recordings of endless border walls, vast piles of garbage, and organs in the human body.

Tashi Dorji and Aaron Turner
Musician Aaron Turner sits on a dimly lit stage, holding a guitar in one hand and controlling electronic music equipment with the other. Musician Tashi Dorji kneels on the stage, also maneuvering between a guitar and electronic music equipment.

In a two-way interview, the musicians talk about their approach to metal and improvisational music that navigates chaos and the division between genres.

Contextualizing the Repertoire: Julia Bullock Interviewed by Arya Roshanian
Headshot of classical singer Julia Bullock in front of an abstract painting.

On addressing systemic issues and creating access in the classical music industry.

Hypnotic and Historical Power: Taibach Interviewed by Alex Lau
dark blue-lit room with two djs standing against a wall with Taibach logos behind them.

The anonymous industrial music duo on engaging the ideological minefield of US-Taiwan-China relations.

What Sustained Us: Music
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For this particularly challenging year, we’ve asked IONE, Lea Bertucci, Craig Taborn, Mary Halvorson, Felicia Atkinson, Miho Hatori, and Matana Roberts to tell us what sustained them.

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