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Beach Slang: This Band Could Be Your Life

James Alex is about to play to a mostly empty room and he’s noticeably nervous. The lean, fortysomething singer-songwriter is pink in the face and…
Kyle McGovern / November 10, 2015

Download Beach House’s New Album, ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars,’ Right Now

Beach House’s sixth album, Thank Your Lucky Stars, is out now. The nine-song LP — which features the previously shared tracks “Majorette,” “She’s So Lovely,”…
Kyle McGovern / October 16, 2015

Review: Majical Cloudz Are Here for You on ‘Are You Alone?’

Devon Welsh has no interest in small talk. The Montreal-based songwriter, the bug-eyed and baritone half of art-pop duo Majical Cloudz, only seeks out sincere,…
Kyle McGovern / October 12, 2015

Review: Kurt Vile Levitates on the Desert-Warmed ‘b’lieve i’m goin down…’

“I could be one thousand miles away / But still mean what I say.” That’s a line that many reviews of the latest Kurt Vile…
Kyle McGovern / September 21, 2015

The SPIN Interview: Destroyer’s Dan Bejar

Twenty or so years ago, Dan Bejar was, as he puts it, “a f**k up” — a nondescript twentysomething, little money to his name and plenty…
Kyle McGovern / August 3, 2015

Protomartyr Won’t Stop Until They Crash

Greg Ahee, guitarist for the post-punk band Protomartyr, tells me a quick story. He doesn’t remember exactly when — it was either after the release…
Kyle McGovern / July 21, 2015

The Moment Has Arrived for Tame Impala

Kevin Parker’s in Pittsburgh when he answers his phone. It’s early June and the 29-year-old Australian — the ambitious but self-effacing mastermind behind Tame Impala, one…
Kyle McGovern / July 17, 2015

Q&A: Mac McCaughan Revisits ’80s Growing Pains on ‘Non-Believers’

Over the past 25 years, Mac McCaughan has built an impressive resume: singer-guitarist of Superchunk, arguably the hardest-working band in indie-rock history, whose tenth (and most…
Kyle McGovern / May 14, 2015

Some Candy Talking: The Jesus and Mary Chain on ‘Psychocandy’ Turning 30

Nearly 30 years ago, the Jesus and Mary Chain — a band of pop-eviscerating Scots led by brothers Jim and William Reid — emerged with…
Kyle McGovern / April 30, 2015

SPIN 30: Ice Cube Reflects on His Back-Against-the-Wall Debut, ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’

On March 19, 1985, the first issue of SPIN hit newsstands. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re revisiting a handful of records that the staff has…
Kyle McGovern / April 6, 2015

Q&A: Death Cab for Cutie Unpack Chris Walla’s Departure and New Album ‘Kintsugi’

Earlier this week, Death Cab for Cutie returned with Kintsugi, the band’s eighth album and first since 2011’s Codes and Keys. That intervening four-year span…
Kyle McGovern / April 3, 2015

Lollapalooza 2015 Lineup: Paul McCartney, Metallica, the War on Drugs, and More

The lineup for this year’s Lollapalooza festival has been announced and Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + the Machine, and Sam Smith are headlining the bill.
Kyle McGovern / March 25, 2015

Review: Modest Mouse’s Middling Comeback, ‘Strangers to Ourselves’

Eight years and this is it? After several false starts, reports of curious collaborations with two fulcrums from all-time great bands (Big Boi! Krist Novoselic!),…
Kyle McGovern / March 19, 2015

Stream Kendrick Lamar’s New Song, ‘King Kunta’

Update: An earlier version of this post said that Lamar shared the track, when it actually appears to have leaked online. Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming album,…
Kyle McGovern / March 13, 2015

Stream Sun Kil Moon’s New Song, ‘Ali/Spinks 2′

Mark Kozelek has released "Ali/Spinks 2," a new track from Sun Kil Moon's upcoming album, Universal Themes. Musically, the just-shared song strays slightly from Kozelek's…
Kyle McGovern / March 6, 2015

Kurt Vile Talks ‘All Over the Place’ New Album

Kurt Vile keeps late hours. “Somewhere between midnight and three,” the singer-songwriter says, “maybe the best stuff happens.” It’s late February and the 35-year-old has taken…
Kyle McGovern / March 6, 2015

Watch the Foo Fighters Power Through ‘Arlandria’ for ‘Austin City Limits’

Austin City Limits will close out its 40th season this weekend with an episode headlined by the Foo Fighters. First, though, comes this web-exclusive clip…
Kyle McGovern / February 5, 2015

Watch Spoon Flip ‘Austin City Limits’ ‘Inside Out’

The 40th season of Austin City Limits continues on Saturday, January 10 with an episode featuring performances by two outfits reared in the titular Texas…
Kyle McGovern / January 9, 2015

Q&A: Panda Bear Doesn’t Fear the ‘Reaper’

A little more than a decade ago, Noah Lennox left New York City and moved to Lisbon. In the time since, the man who records…
Kyle McGovern / January 7, 2015

Watch Kendrick Lamar Debut a Brand-New Song on ‘The Colbert Report’

As The Colbert Report winds down its ten-season run, the Comedy Central talk show welcomed its final musical guest on Tuesday night: Kendrick Lamar. The…
Kyle McGovern / December 17, 2014

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