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In Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Well-Meaning White People Are the Scariest Monsters of Them All

Jordan Peele's debut feature film Get Out begins with an homage to one of the most famous horror movies of all…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 27, 2017

Jidenna Wants You to Know What Really Makes a Classic Man

With his slick amber hair and proclivity for three-piece suits, Jidenna is a walking anachronism in most places. The look compounded with his politically charged charisma…
Brian Josephs / February 23, 2017

After Breaking Up, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth Is Making His Best Music Yet

Dave Longstreth’s beard is gnarled and unkempt, the mark of a man who has forgone Western civilization to find himself in a backwoods cabin. It’s…
Jeremy Gordon / February 22, 2017

August Wilson’s 1990 Spin Essay on Fences: “I Don’t Want to Hire Nobody Just ‘Cause They’re Black”

"I don't want to hire nobody just 'cause they're black." Eddie Murphy said that to me. We were sitting in his house in New Jersey…
August Wilson / February 22, 2017

HBO Melodrama Big Little Lies Is More Profound Than It May Appear

It's clear by the end or middle of the pilot of HBO’s Big Little Lies that the show operates in comfortable territory for the production…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 21, 2017

The Composers Behind the Epic Music of Planet Earth II Talk About Scoring the Iguana Chase Scene and Working With David Attenborough

Ten years after Planet Earth blew the minds of every biology student and pot-smoking teen who came across it, the BBC has rolled out the sequel: Planet Earth II, which…
Andy Cush / February 21, 2017

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
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