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Strand of Oaks May Go Broke, But He Still Believes in Rock ‘n’ Roll

Tim Showalter is about ten days out from the release of Hard Love, Strand of Oaks’ fifth album, and it seems like the last thing…
Ian Cohen / February 17, 2017

HBO’s Eagles of Death Metal Documentary Leaves Its Most Pressing Question Unanswered

On the night of November 13, 2015, Eagles of Death Metal were on stage at Paris' Bataclan club when terrorist attackers suddenly opened fire on concertgoers. The…
Anna Gaca / February 16, 2017

A Requiem for The Young Pope, The Craziest HBO Show of All Time

The HBO limited seres The Young Pope is now over, and it's never coming back. There's no point in trying to predict Lenny Belardo’s next move, or…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 14, 2017

14 Songs About Heartbreak for Your Sad Valentine’s Day

Don't believe the hype: Love stinks, and no day reminds you of its follies quite like Valentine's Day, as marketers fall over themselves to remind…
SPIN Staff / February 14, 2017

Reevaluating Every Time Beyoncé Lost in a Major Category at the Grammys

In retrospect, there was a sense of finality when Beyoncé read her acceptance speech for Best Urban Contemporary Album at last night's Grammys. Recited from a…
Brian Josephs / February 13, 2017

John Darnielle’s Universal Harvester Is an Unsettling, Gripping Meditation on Grief

Nothing interesting ever goes on in rural Iowa, but nevertheless, something strange has happened to Jeremy Heldt and Sarah Jane Shepherd. Recently, customers at the…
Jeremy Gordon / February 13, 2017

“He Was Different and Was the First to Remind You About It”: Friends and Former Spin Colleagues Remember Marc Spitz

In a profile of Vines frontman Craig Nicholls from a 2004 issue of Spin, Marc Spitz’s opening line was a quip about how he wanted…
SPIN Staff / February 8, 2017

The Criminalization of Poverty

On a recent freezing night in Portland, Oregon, where nearly 2,000 people sleep on the streets each evening, an unnamed infant was found…
Roqayah Chamseddine / February 6, 2017

Priests’ Activist Rock in an Unsettled D.C.

On the night before Donald Trump would be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the Washington D.C. rock band Priests was…
Jeremy Gordon / February 2, 2017

How Howard University’s Republicans Plan to Coexist With Trump’s White Right

On the morning of the Women’s March on Washington, the Youth & College division of the NAACP and Howard University’s Student Association hosted an activists’…
Brian Josephs / January 31, 2017

“FDT”: Scenes from the #MuslimBan Protest in New York City

A little-known fact about the Statue of Liberty: she was born a Muslim peasant. The iconic maiden in the bay currently holds up  a torch…
Dale Eisinger / January 30, 2017

Taco Bell’s New Fried Chicken Taco Doesn’t Need to Exist, But It’s Kinda Nice Anyway

Taco Bell is like Real Estate, or Law and Order: SVU—a single formula subtly refined over several years, giving us the same great taste in new forms that…
Jeremy Gordon / January 26, 2017

Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi on His Optimistic New Album: “I Don’t Feel Like I’ve Wasted My Life Anymore”

In Cloud Nothings’ earliest days, Dylan Baldi essentially shared songwriting credits with Cleveland, Ohio, whose prevailing reputation—see "The Mistake on the Lake," Major League, Hot…
Ian Cohen / January 25, 2017

Why Oscar Voters Fell For La La Land’s Astroturfed Underdog Narrative

A few weeks ago, for the first time in its exponentially rising awards season trajectory, the night belonged to La La Land. And at the…
Emily Yoshida / January 24, 2017

Donald Trump’s Inauguration: A Dispatch From the End of America

The neighborhood of Shaw, a half-hour’s walk north of the National Mall and a stone’s throw from Howard University, was once a center of black…
Andy Cush / January 23, 2017
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