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

Kurt Vile: Lost in the Stars?

In Philadelphia, city of murals and Brotherly Love, there is a piece of wall art hidden from public view, down a cobblestoned alley off of…
David Bevan / June 18, 2013

The SPIN Interview: Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme

Sitting on a bed in a midtown Manhattan hotel room two days after the release of Queens of the Stone Age's …Like Clockwork (Matador), Josh…
David Marchese / June 13, 2013

Splashdown! The Breeders’ Cannonball-Like Re-Entry

In 1990, Kim Deal, bassist for the Pixies, and Tanya Donelly, singer-guitarist in Throwing Muses, ganged up for a new project with Deal as frontwoman…
Amanda Petrusich / May 15, 2013

We Do It Properly: Coast to Coast With Phoenix

1. THE FOCUS: “I love this one.” Two young women are studying Phoenix through a glass window. “Do I know any songs by them?”…
David Marchese / April 22, 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Get Free

“It’s not the strongest, nor the most intelligent species that survive, but the one most adaptable to change.” Those words are printed in white block…
Caryn Ganz / April 2, 2013

Mr. Grohl’s Cabinet of Wonder

So, this happened: Stevie Nicks, microphone in hand, accompanied by Dave Grohl on acoustic guitar, performs “Landslide” to a packed house in Park City, Utah,…
Chris Martins / February 20, 2013

No Fear of Heights: Tegan and Sara Aim for the Top

For the sake of this interview, Tegan and Sara and I are going to get incredibly high — but first we must clear security. As…
Jessica Hopper / January 17, 2013

Ty Segall: A Portrait of the Artist as F***in’ Psyched!

The conversation stops as a guy on roller skates glides across this intersection in San Francisco’s Mission District, just beyond Ty Segall’s dented SUV. He’s…
David Bevan / October 16, 2012

Kendrick Lamar: Not Your Average Everyday Rap Savior

The story of Kendrick Lamar is not the story of a rapper from Compton. It might be the story of the most important rapper since…
Jessica Hopper / October 9, 2012

The Making of Azealia Banks

The invention of Azealia Banks, the Harlem-born rapper, actress, singer, dancer, and — maybe, someday — bona fide music-industry star, took place on November 9,…
Zach Baron / August 28, 2012

Best Coast and Wavves: Feel Good Inc.

"Do you know Cabrillo?" asks the cab driver. I don't, but Nathan Williams does. I'm in a van with the Wavves frontman, the band's bassist…
Phoebe Reilly / July 9, 2012

Waka Flocka Flame Goes Boom

It's the final party of Paris Fashion Week, and the scene is extra fancy in the VIP. Kanye West just presented the runway show for…

Sleigh Bells: Bringin’ on the Heartbreak

Sleigh Bells' hit debut was relentlessly modern and oddly unrevealing. For the follow-up, they drew on hair metal and a personal tragedy. Then came the…
David Marchese / February 20, 2012

One Fucked Up Year: SPIN’s Best of 2011 Issue

Kim and Thurston broke up, Lulu happened, and somewhere in between everybody got pepper-sprayed: 2011 has been a fucked up year all around, but SPIN…
christopherschultz / December 12, 2011

Das Racist Cover Story: These Colors Don’t Run

Why funny is deadly serious: Read guest editor Patton Oswalt's introduction to SPIN's first ever "Funny" Issue.
Hari Kondabolu / October 17, 2011

The New Rave Generation

Almost 15 years after SPIN prematurely declared an American "electronica revolution," it's happening. Led by a former emo foot soldier turned mini-shaman, kids are going…
Philip Sherburne / September 14, 2011

The Style Issue: St. Vincent

Some artists find their voice by conquering their fears. Annie Clark turns hers into nervous -- and nervy -- pop songs.
Julie Klausner / August 15, 2011
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