As we present our Spring issue, we look ahead at some of the season’s brightest faces and most exciting voices. And as always, we looked to you—the readers—for your opinion and feedback. The issue includes HAIM, Rudimental, Cold War Kids, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit and James Blake.
We also spotlight some of our TV favorites, including Sam Jaeger, the Parenthood actor that female fans just can’t seem to get enough of, and Jacob Artist, the new eye candy on Fox’s hit dramedy Glee. We also talked to Kevin Alejandro, who co-stars in CBS’s new smash, Golden Boy.
Most excitingly, our cover stars one of our favorite bands of the modern era, an ensemble whose highly anticipated new album readers voted the spring release they are looking forward to most. Coming off a lengthy period of silence, Phoenix returns this month with Bankrupt!, one of the year’s most talked-about new sets. And they’re talking to Variance first.
We also had a little fun this issue, and are offering to you 11 Musicians Who Deserve to Be Bigger Than Pitbull.
05 SPRING MIXTAPE (PLAYLIST) 08 SAM JAEGER
10 PJ MORTON 12 THE FLAMING LIPS
16 SXSW PHOTO DIARIES 22 JAMES BLAKE
26 PASSION PIT
30 11 MUSICIANS WHO DESERVE TO BE BIGGER THAN PITBULL
34 HAIM 36 BLEACHED
37 KATIE AINGE 38 FUTURESOUNDS
50 COLD WAR KIDS 54 JESSIE WARE
56 THE LAST BISON 57 NATALY DAWN
58 DAUGHTER 60 MATTHEW MAYFIELD
62 RUDIMENTAL 64 JACOB ARTIST
66 KEVIN ALEJANDRO 68 EAR CANDY