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Yes, They’re Her Angel: Moby, Death Cab for Cutie, and More Talk Working With Yoko Ono

In many ways, Yoko Ono has always been a permanent outsider. A classically trained musician and intellectual, the 82-year-old Japanese artist has spent decades creating conceptual work, avant-garde…
Rachel Brodsky / February 11, 2016

Danny Daze Became a ‘Total Diva’ For Menacing ‘P.O.P. (Dub)’

Danny Daze almost didn't make it to our interview because he nearly died. "My life just flashed before my eyes," the Miami bass-blaster tells SPIN over the phone from…
Harley Brown / February 11, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Has Already Won in Every Way, But Sure, He’ll Take a Grammy Too

Back in 2009, just as Kendrick Lamar began to gain notice on blogs such as 2dopeboyz.com, he offered this lyric on "I Am (Interlude)," from…
Mosi Reeves / February 11, 2016

El Guincho Isn’t Worried About Disappointing You

Pablo Díaz-Reixa has always operated in his own universe, and when it comes to the off-kilter pop music he makes as El Guincho, that's largely…
Shawn Reynaldo / February 11, 2016

The 1975 Care Because You Do

Yes, this is the line for the 1975 concert. It’s a Friday night in early December, about 45 minutes before the quartet are scheduled to…
Andrew Unterberger / February 9, 2016

Won’t Get Chumped Again

"There never was a plan." That's the most frequently echoed sentiment when talking to Chumped, the now-former pop-punk fourpiece, on Saturday night, hours…
Andrew Unterberger / February 8, 2016

Devon Sawa Is Still Eminem’s Biggest Fan

Unlike Sean, the green-haired hooligan he portrays in the 1998 cult classic SLC Punk!, Devon Sawa has never overdosed on acid. But like the reformed Sean — whom he plays in…
Rachel Brodsky / February 8, 2016

Here’s Why Beyoncé and Bruno Mars Undeniably Won the Super Bowl Halftime Show

First, everybody give a round of applause for Coldplay, the advertised headliners of the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Show. They showed up and put in…
SPIN Staff / February 7, 2016

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
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