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Producer DJ Dahi Talks the 5 Songs He Made For Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

Although Kendrick Lamar's new album DAMN. is far more accessible and contemporary than its predecessor To Pimp a Butterfly, the past still plays a major thematic role. There is the…
Brian Josephs / April 24, 2017

Morris Day Remembers Playing With Prince In Their High School Band

Before becoming the Purple One, Prince was part of a high school band known as Grand Central. The teenage outfit, all self-taught musicians, featured two members…
Brian Josephs / April 21, 2017

From Dirty Mind to Diamonds and Pearls: Remember Prince’s Classic Albums

After Prince's passing on April 21, 2016, SPIN writers revisited their favorite Prince albums. Read their essays on Dirty Mind, Controversy, Purple Rain, Parade, Sign o' the Times, and Diamonds…
SPIN Staff / April 21, 2017

Consistently Great Acting Makes Fargo’s Season 3 Way More Than Stock Prestige TV

While watching TV in the past year and a half, no descriptive phrase has come to mind more than "prestige TV snake oil." I recall the…
Winston Cook-Wilson / April 20, 2017

Pile: A Million Sweaty Punks Can’t Be Wrong

If you wanted to pick a single moment of music to explain the phenomenon of Massachusetts post-hardcore quartet Pile--the rave…
Andy Cush / April 19, 2017

Political Chaos Won’t Stop Venezuela’s La Vida Bohème

In 2013, Venezuelan rock band La Vida Bohème stood onstage at the Latin Grammys in black liqui liqui suits, their faces smeared in black paint.
Beverly Bryan / April 18, 2017

In Season 3 of The Leftovers, Everyone Is Waiting Around to Die

The Leftovers has always been a tough show to be a fan of. Learning to do so came through repetition, each episode a…
Winston Cook-Wilson / April 17, 2017

Michelle Branch Is Finally the Artist She Always Wanted to Be

At one time, things happened quickly for Michelle Branch. She moved to Los Angeles and signed to Warner Bros. when she was 16. Her debut album, The…
Anna Gaca / April 13, 2017

Charlie Murphy Was Too Real to Be Overshadowed

Dave Chappelle's best jokes contended with how the truth is tangled up with absurdity, and one of the greatest voices he found within that knotted ball…
Brian Josephs / April 12, 2017

Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst Talks Cassadaga in 2007 SPIN Interview

Bright Eyes’ Cassadaga was released April 10, 2007. Steve Kandell’s interview with singer Conor Oberst originally ran in the April 2007 issue of SPIN. In…
Steve Kandell / April 10, 2017

The Great Thing About Louis C.K.’s Netflix Special 2017 Is That it Has Nothing to Do With Politics

Louis C.K. doesn’t seem to have much to say. He hints at this at the very opening of his new Netflix special, which after thanking…
Jordan Sargent / April 6, 2017

From Big Little Lies to Twin Peaks: Here Are Our Favorite TV Soundtracks of All Time

Television’s hot-button drama of the moment has been the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, which was helmed by veteran TV writer David E. Kelley…
SPIN Staff / April 4, 2017

Mastodon Talk New Album Emperor of Sand and What They Call “Funderwear”

Mastodon's new album Emperor of Sand was inspired by friends and family of the band who received cancer diagnoses, but we caught them in a predictably more lighthearted…
Garrett Kamps / April 3, 2017

Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” Shows He’s Never Better Than When Making Bangers

Over the span of his career, Kendrick Lamar has progressed from hip-hop prodigy, to Cornrow Kenny, a prophet who happens to rap. In the video for his…
Brian Josephs / March 31, 2017

“Do You Know How Hard It Is to Throw a Blunt Upwards in the Air?”: Migos Director DAPS Talks The Group’s Instantly Iconic Videos

Migos' Culture is a triumph because it condenses the trio's best traits—their polychromatic triplets and ear for hooks—into an hourlong project. Also, "T-Shirt" is on there. The Atlanta…
Brian Josephs / March 31, 2017
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