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SPIN 30: System of a Down Revisit Nu-Metal’s Greatest Album, ‘Toxicity’

On March 19, 1985, the first issue of SPIN hit newsstands. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re revisiting a handful…
By: Dan Weiss / April 14, 2015

Madonna and Diplo Perform ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

Madonna took the stage with Diplo on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night...eventually, doing "Bitch, I'm Madonna" from Rebel Heart, in a performance…
By: Dan Weiss / April 10, 2015

Review: The Mountain Goats Remain Undefeated on the Bloody ‘Beat the Champ’

The question isn't why John Darnielle made an album about pro wrestling but why he didn't do it sooner. With a catalog that eulogize…
By: Dan Weiss / April 9, 2015

Tyler, the Creator Announces New Album ‘Cherry Bomb’

Because it's still 2015, another rap superstar has announced that in a week we'll have an another entire new album in our hands. In thi…
By: Dan Weiss / April 9, 2015

Young Thug Announces Release Date for ‘Tha Carter 6,’ Shares Album Art

Young Thug has shared the cover art for his long-rumored album 'Tha Carter 6' on his Instagram, along with the caption "4/17," which presumably…
By: Dan Weiss / April 8, 2015

Review: iLoveMakonnen Unleashes the Real Pretty-Boy Swag on ‘Drink More Water 5′

Makonnen Sheran is as close as it gets to a left-field success story in 2015 that doesn't involve a viral video or a reality show.
By: Dan Weiss / April 8, 2015

Q&A: The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Talks Pro Wrestling-Themed New Album ‘Beat the Champ’

John Darnielle is this indie-rock generation's poet laureate, strumming too hard and singing too passionately to be a mere folkie, despite much of his catalog…
By: Dan Weiss / April 7, 2015

St. Vincent Plays Her Song From ‘Girls’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

Not resting for even a moment after her self-titled 2014 album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album, St. Vincent took to…
By: Dan Weiss / April 7, 2015

Review: Death Grips Reach Their Punk Zenith on Double Album ‘The Powers That B’

At least one trick on Death Grips' The Powers That B is one of the oldest in the book: the double album that could…
By: Dan Weiss / April 3, 2015

Quizzing Action Bronson About Other Musicians From Queens

Action Bronson is hardly the first great rapper to hail from Queens, but it's admittedly been a while since the heydays of Run-D.M.C., LL Cool…
By: Dan Weiss / March 30, 2015

Review: Action Bronson Painlessly Graduates From Mixtapes to Albums on ‘Mr. Wonderful’

While the serious emotional response to Kendrick Lamar's epic To Pimp a Butterfly last week led to entire thinkpieces on its "overwhelming blackness,"…
By: Dan Weiss / March 25, 2015

Q&A: Lightning Bolt Talk ‘Fantasy Empire,’ Working With Battles and Bjork

Providence duo Lightning Bolt have sustained a brain-melting career in so-called "noise" rock for an unfathomably long time. For two decades running, bassist Brian Gibso…
By: Dan Weiss / March 24, 2015

Review: Kendrick Lamar Returns With the Great American Hip-Hop Album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Azealia Banks — the immensely skilled and completely without-filter rapper who appeared in Playboy the same day that Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited To Pimp a…
By: Dan Weiss / March 20, 2015

Q&A: Professor Who Teaches a Kendrick Lamar Course Talks ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Professor Adam Diehl teaches a course on Kendrick Lamar's classic 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, incorporating the writing of James Joyce and showings of…
By: Dan Weiss / March 17, 2015

Q&A: Rapsody Talks Secretly Working on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

One of the most striking names in the track listing of Kendrick Lamar's surprise-released To Pimp a Butterfly — which went on sale around…
By: Dan Weiss / March 16, 2015

Review: Heems Confronts His (And Hip-Hop’s) Dualities on the Surprisingly Mournful ‘Eat Pray Thug’

Why does it seem like only the best bands break up? Perhaps because the weight of what they made was too great for their shoulders:…
By: Dan Weiss / March 11, 2015

The Replacements Will Reissue All Their Studio Albums in a New Box Set

The reunited Replacements have been playing shows and discussing new material for the past couple of years, but to tide fans over…
By: Dan Weiss / March 6, 2015

Method Man Calls the 88-Year Wait for Wu-Tang’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ ‘Stupid’

Wu-Tang Clan's upcoming Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album has already developed quite a fabled history: Only one copy will be produced, and…
By: Dan Weiss / March 5, 2015

GZA and Tom Morello Perform ‘The Mexican’ With the Roots on ‘Fallon’

You might recognize bits and pieces of Babe Ruth's 1972 flamenco-funk song "The Mexican" from its use in classic hip-hop songs by…
By: Dan Weiss / March 4, 2015

Review: Skrillex and Diplo Put the Umlaut in Wüb-Wüb-Wüb on ‘Jack Ü’

Skrillex and Diplo surprise-dropped an album last week as Jack Ü, a moniker that takes half a Prince song title and adds umlauts —…
By: Dan Weiss / March 3, 2015

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