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Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire: Chasing the Clouds Away

"Strong, driving rhythm and easily remembered hooks." That’s how Earth, Wind & Fire founder and mastermind Maurice White -- who died yesterday at 74 --…
Brad Shoup / February 5, 2016

Porches: A Synth-Obsessed Songwriter Learns to Be Alone (But Not Lonely)

On "Be Apart," a morose synth-bit confessional from Porches' crepuscular new LP, Pool, it sounds like Aaron Maine is having a hard time making up his…
Harley Brown / February 5, 2016

Hannibal Buress Matriculated to Ludacris and Admires Eminem’s Fitness

"You know who's an underrated actor? T.I. He was really good in ATL," Hannibal Buress tells SPIN over the phone from a Vegas hotel room. The notoriously deadpan…
Harley Brown / February 2, 2016

Twin Peaks Clean Up Their Sound (If Not Their Act) on New Album ‘Down in Heaven’

Chicago scuzz-mongers Twin Peaks have always been heavily indebted to the '60s — their second album, 2014's Wild Onion, even referenced the Beach Boys in…
Andrew Unterberger / February 1, 2016

FAQ: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About ‘Grease: Live!’

Don't know if you've heard, but there's going to be another one of those live television presentations of a classic stage musical this weekend. Here…
James Grebey / January 29, 2016

Big ‘Hoops’: Behind the Rubens’ Conquering of Australia’s Triple J Hottest 100

With four of the top five songs down, there weren't a lot of surprises to be had this past Monday, when Australian radio station Triple…
Andrew Unterberger / January 29, 2016

Wigging Out: Talking to Sia’s Stylists About the Making of Her Iconic Look

After today, chances are you'll be hearing a lot of Sia, as the singer's seventh album, This Is Acting, the follow-up to 2014's smash 1000 Forms of Fear, drops…
James Grebey / January 29, 2016

Q&A: Rihanna’s Co-Writer Mick Schultz Is Pleased With Batting Fifth on ‘ANTI’

Rihanna's ANTI leak (er, official release) late on Wednesday night was a surprise for everyone, even those who had actually worked on the album — which is a…
Harley Brown / January 29, 2016

Empire of the Sun Hit Hot 100 With Eight-Year-Old Song, Plan New Album for September

Those parsing the lower stretches of Billboard's Hot 100 this week will come across an unexpected sight: Australian space-synth duo Empire of the Sun. Though…
Andrew Unterberger / January 28, 2016

New Songs, Same Old Tracks: A Brief History of Rihanna Doing Underground Karaoke

As stunning as the "Rihanna covers Tame Impala" headlines were from the leak release of last night's ANTI, what was really jaw-dropping was actually listening…
Andrew Unterberger / January 28, 2016

Sia’s Long and Occasionally Unseen Career: A SPIN Primer

Pop sensation Sia Furler will soon release her seventh studio album, This Is Acting — a collection of songs originally written for other artists. It's a…
Rachel Brodsky / January 28, 2016

Rihanna Was Making ‘Tropical House’ Before Justin Bieber — It’s Called Dancehall

On Wednesday morning, the world declared a "pop emergency" when Rihanna shared "Work," the Drake-assisted lead single off of her long-delayed, longer-awaited new album, ANTI. When Rolling Stone called the minutes-and-change radio rip of…
Harley Brown / January 27, 2016

@taylorswift13 Is the Third Most-Followed Person on Twitter — What Happened to @taylorswift-s 1 Through 12?

Taylor Swift became the third-most followed person on Twitter yesterday, surging past fourth-place nobodies like Barack Obama. With 70 million followers, @taylorswift13 is second only…
James Grebey / January 27, 2016

R.I.P. Vampire Weekend Mk. 1

Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork recently observed to Rostam Batmanglij in an interview that "there are probably more young artists in Brooklyn who would rather produce…
Dan Weiss / January 27, 2016

The SPIN Interview: Animal Collective

Animal Collective have taken many different forms over the past 15 or so years. Across nine studio albums, the Baltimore-bred band has toyed with star-charting folk songs, wallowed…
Kyle McGovern / January 26, 2016

In Defense of Kanye West’s 2015

Last night, the rapidly approaching February 11 release date for Kanye West's long-awaited Swish album finally felt real, when 'Ye tweeted a pic of the album's ten-track…
Andrew Unterberger / January 25, 2016

‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’: Arctic Monkeys and the Death of a Subculture

Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was released ten years ago, almost to the day this piece was written, but…
Sean Stanley / January 22, 2016

‘Lazarus’ Lays to Rest: A Look at David Bowie’s Theatrical Finale

A large portion of the crowd waiting in line outside the New York Theater Workshop last Saturday to see Lazarus held bouquets of corner-market flowers.
Connor O'Brien / January 21, 2016

Kevin Gates: The Day They Make Me a Boss

It’s a couple of days after New Years and Kevin Gates and I are on the seventh floor of the Beverly Center mall in Los…
Drew Millard / January 21, 2016

iSHi: The Classically Trained Producer Bridging EDM and Hip-Hop

In May of last year, Swedish beat collagist iSHi released a short black-and-white film with his mixtape Spring Pieces. The 13-minute clip’s surreal vignettes burst…
Harley Brown / January 20, 2016
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