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Wu-Tang Clan: Phantoms of the Hip-Hopera

Everything happens in its own time on a lonely street in Burbank when it’s 1:15 in the morning. Time moves like Mrs. Butterworth, especially when…
RJ Smith / June 2, 2017

Revisit Our 2000 Profile of Modest Mouse, On the Cusp of Their First Major Label Album

This profile of Modest Mouse originally ran in the July 2000 issue of SPIN. In honor of the band's EP The Fruit That Ate Itself turning 20 on…
RJ Smith / May 9, 2017

Career Move of the Year: Videos Go Viral

If you diagrammed all the move-ments of all the trained dogs that saunter and woof through OK Go's "White Knuckles" video, it would look like…
RJ Smith / December 14, 2010

‘Celebrity Rehab’ Star Bob Forrest’s Musical Past

Called a lunatic and a wreck by Anthony Kiedis -- his friend! -- Bob Forrest was also the charismatic leader of one of L.A.'s greatest…
RJ Smith / October 19, 2010

All Eyez on Him: Tupac Remembered

This piece originally ran in the December 1996 issue of SPIN, and was published on the website in 2006, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of…
RJ Smith / September 13, 2006

“…You’ve got to hide your love away”

When Elliott Smith played Los Angeles in the fall of 2002, aftermore than a year of semi-seclusion, he didn't look so good.His hands scrabbled across…
RJ Smith / February 18, 2004

Ryan Adams, ‘Rock N Roll’ (Lost Highway)

Supposedly true thing about Tom Cruise: When he enters a roomful of strangers, he slinks around, scopes out the most charismatic person, and starts copying…
RJ Smith / November 11, 2003

Spiritualized, ‘Amazing Grace’ (Spaceman/Sanctuary)

Recently released census figures indicate that Detroit has lost some 26,219 citizens since 2000. However, that loss is more than made up for by all…
RJ Smith / September 29, 2003