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‘Vinyl’ Sucked Because Its Fictional Artists Sucked

Despite an exorbitant budget, decades-long production history, prestige casting, and the involvement of a couple of the most famous entertainers of the past 50 years,…
Andrew Unterberger / June 24, 2016

The Hustler’s Manual: Jay Z’s Producers Remember Making ‘Reasonable Doubt’

Jay Z is Top Five, Dead or Alive by default not only because is he a gifted lyricist, incomparable hitmaker, and New York hip-hop ambassador. No,…
Brian Josephs / June 24, 2016

The SPIN Interview: Kathleen Hanna

At 47, Kathleen Hanna has demolished punk and rebuilt it several times over in the name of grrrls everywhere. Fronting her zine-turned-seminal-band Bikini Kill, she…
Dan Weiss / June 23, 2016

Marc Maron: Man on Fire

Marc Maron is old school. He's been around. He was a stand-up comic for 30 years, working the circuit when it was a circuit, an…
Bob Guccione Jr. / June 22, 2016

Martin Starr Can Get You Blink-182 Tickets (But He Might Stay Home)

There's no mistaking Martin Starr's voice. The 33-year-old actor has built a career out of playing deadpan, Daria-like characters who communicate in monotone. Among them: a…
Rachel Brodsky / June 22, 2016

Too Past, Too Present, and Too Future: The Timeline Confusion of DJ Shadow

If you've read anything about DJ Shadow's activity in the half-decade between the release of his fourth album, 2011's The Less You Know, the Better,…
Andrew Unterberger / June 17, 2016

Dearly Beloved: Bat for Lashes on Becoming ‘The Bride’

At the last minute, the Bride was forced to postpone her march to the altar. Natasha Khan, who records as Bat for Lashes, was scheduled to…
Kyle McGovern / June 16, 2016

The NYPD’s Anti-Hip-Hop Stance Isn’t New: A Timeline

On May 25, New York hip-hop suffered a tragedy when a shooting at T.I.'s Irving Plaza concert killed rapper Troy Ave's bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter. Troy Ave…
Brian Josephs / June 15, 2016

Take Me Back to Dear Old Jersey: Chris Gethard on the Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’

One of America's funniest boys with the thorn in his side, comedian Chris Gethard may be best known for creating and hosting the anarchic call-in…
Andrew Unterberger / June 14, 2016

Jukebox Jury: Esperanza Spalding on Writing an Opera and Doris Day’s Street Cred

On first listen, the final song on Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution feels very familiar, but that sense of comfort gets warped into something more sinister and…
Connor O'Brien / June 13, 2016

Let’s Eat Grandma: An Alchemic Pop Duo With an Unbreakable Bond

Best friends Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton have the same favorite composers: Mozart and Debussy, which they like to pronounce "De Boosie." They themselves go by…
Anna Gaca / June 10, 2016

YG: Mama He’s Brazy

YG has gone full vegan. Grill-the-waiter-about-GMOs vegan. Pose-for-PETA vegan. And right now, the Compton rapper — the one who has tattoos snaking up to his…
Rebecca Haithcoat / June 9, 2016

Kiefer Sutherland Talks Being a Young Gun in Country Music, Shares New ‘Can’t Stay Away’

For a man who's spent a three-decade career playing vampires, assassins, Musketeers, and counter-terrorist agents, performing the role of a country-music singer would seem like…
Andrew Unterberger / June 9, 2016

Trip Metal Fest: Smoke Machines and Busted Eardrums

As a study in contradictions, the Mexicantown region of Detroit delivers. A lush, sprawling park sits next to rows of vacant brick buildings and lots…
Raymond Cummings / June 8, 2016

Spencer Pratt: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Is the ‘Most Obvious Marketing Stunt On the Whole Planet’

When SPIN interviewed Spencer Pratt seven years ago, he was an aspiring rapper — you know, in addition to being television's most reviled villain on MTV's sort-of reality…
Rachel Brodsky / June 8, 2016

Governors Ball 2016: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Day three of Governors Ball 2016 was canceled because of threatening weather, which sadly meant no Bat for Lashes, no Courtney Barnett, and no Kanye West.
SPIN Staff / June 6, 2016

Governors Ball 2016: When the ’00s Became Classic Rock

The enduring memory from this year's Governors Ball festival will undoubtedly be its rained-out third day, and the Kanye West headlining spot that was washed…
Andrew Unterberger / June 6, 2016

Q&A: Into the ‘Black’ With Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley has gone dark. On his just-released album, Black, the award-winning, chart-topping country artist hits on some heavy-duty life topics, moving well beyond aircraft intoxication to…
Luke McCormick / June 3, 2016

Betty Who Talks Covering Donna Lewis’ ‘I Love You Always Forever,’ Making Her Second Album

In October 2014, Australian pop star Betty Who released her impeccable debut album, Take Me When You Go, a sparkly-eyed collection of songs that SPIN dubbed its favorite pop…
Brennan Carley / June 3, 2016

Sasquatch! 2016: SPIN Portraits of Rudimental, Frightened Rabbit, and More

Throughout Memorial Day weekend, SPIN was on site at the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Toyota Music Den, where we invited many of the fest's best and brightest…
Drew Fortune / June 1, 2016
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