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The SPIN Interview: Blink-182

"Show me images of Travis Barker," Mark Hoppus tells Siri as he prepares to pose for a SPIN photo shoot. "You'll need to unlock your iPhone first,"
Rachel Brodsky / July 7, 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

Marissa Nadler’s Apocalypse Dreams

There’s a package waiting for Marissa Nadler. The box was delivered to the singer-songwriter’s Boston apartment earlier today — an overcast and alarmingly windy Thursday…
Kyle McGovern / May 9, 2016

Prince: The Oral History of ‘Purple Rain’

This article was originally published in the July 2009 issue of SPIN, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Purple Rain. In the wake of Prince’s death,…
Brian Raftery / April 22, 2016

Prince: The 1991 Cover Story, ‘Fresh Prince’

This article was originally published in the September 1991 issue of SPIN. In the wake of Prince's death, we're revisiting this story here. In…
Scott Poulson-Bryant / April 21, 2016

Madonna: The ‘Ray of Light’ Cover Story, ‘Madonna Chooses Dare’

This article was originally published in the April 1998 issue of SPIN. When a musician rooted in an underground sensibility achieves massive success, she…
Barry Walters / March 3, 2016

Baroness Rides Again

In one of many houses in a row on a winding downslope in northern Philadelphia, Baroness are jamming in the basement. On the front porch…
Andrew Unterberger / January 7, 2016

$ign of the Times

It’s the day before New York City puts a permanent ban on hoverboards, and Ty Dolla $ign is zooming around on one at his label,…
Steven J. Horowitz / December 4, 2015

Punk Begins at 30: A Titus Andronicus Story in Five Acts

Two years after his personal and professional low point, Patrick Stickles, mastermind of Titus Andronicus, has crafted his most ambitious album yet. Now that he's…
Andrew Unterberger / August 20, 2015

Vince Staples: Calm In the Hour of Chaos

It’s a Friday night in late June and I'm at a barbecue restaurant in Los Angeles with Vince Staples, who's trying to help me retain…
Drew Millard / July 28, 2015

Miguel’s F**king Music

Miguel isn't a big man but he knows how to fill the space that he's in. That's not a metaphor — not yet, at least…
Chris Martins / June 29, 2015

Screaming Females Will Take You to the Mountain

"I think this is rigged," Marissa Paternoster confides, after the first winner is a birthday girl from the Upper West Side named Lisa. The 28-year-old…
Dan Weiss / February 18, 2015

Parquet Courts Are SPIN’s 2014 Band of the Year

When Austin Brown first expressed interest in playing the guitar, his father, an accountant and ardent ZZ Top fan, gave him some advice: "Learn just…
David Bevan / December 11, 2014

Young Thug Is SPIN’s 2014 Rapper of the Year

In January, a reporter asked Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman if being called a "thug" by various media outlets bothered him, after he criticized San Francisco…
Dan Weiss / December 8, 2014

Sia Is SPIN’s 2014 Artist of the Year

Sometimes, Sia Furler writes songs in gibberish. During an August appearance on E!'s since-defunct late-night show Chelsea Lately, the fame-phobic singer-songwriter offered a peek into her creative…
Rachel Brodsky / December 7, 2014

TV on the Radio Leave It Behind

There is a man. He is handsome, but right now a little silly. He's wearing flip-flops, for one, and the kind of slack, open-lip grin…
Chris Martins / November 17, 2014

His City of Ruins

When Joe Casey was 12 years old, he heard one woman murder another on the front lawn next to his. "It sounded like somebody was…
David Bevan / August 4, 2014

Corporate Cats Still Suck: The Improbable Tale of Indie Superkitty Lil BUB

Mike Bridavsky could not stop crying. Over the course of two spring weeks in 2012, the foundation of his life had crumbled completely. The Bloomington,…
Camille Dodero / July 29, 2014

Conor Oberst Has Cheered Up

Late last year, Conor Oberst realized that he'd clawed apart his favorite guitar, a small, "parlor size" acoustic he'd bought from a boutique luthier in…
David Bevan / May 19, 2014

Future Is Now

Backstage at The Wendy Williams Show, Future's team are nervous about his early-morning appearance. It's 8 a.m. in late March and the rapper, who is…
Puja Patel / April 22, 2014
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