In the Studio

Chastity Belt Aren’t Afraid to Get Sentimental on Their Next Album

Chastity Belt's first show was "a total joke" — at least that's how Julia Shapiro, lead singer and guitarist for the Seattle four-piece, tells it.
Kyle McGovern / August 23, 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

Beach Slang Will Keep Doing That Thing They Do on Second Album

When Beach Slang frontman James Alex talks about recording his band's second album, he makes repeat reference to "the thing we do" — as in,…
Andrew Unterberger / April 18, 2016

Car Seat Headrest Conquer Graduation Jitters With New Album ‘Teens of Denial’

Will Toledo, the main brain behind Car Seat Headrest, is glad that it's not 2013 anymore. A few years ago, the bedroom-pop luminary was in a "purgatorial"
Rachel Brodsky / March 24, 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

St. Lucia Embrace Collaboration on New Album ‘Matter’

Brooklyn's St. Lucia specialize in synth-pop anthems so effortlessly danceable it's hard to imagine frontman Jean-Philip Grobler struggling with his inner demons to write them, but that's exactly what happened when…
Nathan Diller / January 8, 2016

Into It. Over It. Go Full Analog for New Album ‘Standards’

"He doesn’t know anything about the E-word... which is great." The E-word — yes, "emo" — may well be the "it" in Evan…
Dan Weiss / January 7, 2016

Bleached Ditch the Surfboards on ‘Super-Confident’ New Album

Earlier this year, when the time came to write their sophomore album, Bleached sisters Jen and Jessie Clavin, along with bassist Micayla Grace, cut themselves…
Rachel Brodsky / December 16, 2015

AlunaGeorge Find the Danciest Pockets of R&B on Their New Album

Aluna Francis cried while writing a song on her as-yet-untitled sophomore album with producer George Reid as London dancewave duo AlunaGeorge. Co-written with synth-punk mistress…
Harley Brown / November 10, 2015

Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane Hansen Says ‘5H2′ Is Better, Bolder, and Realer

When the girl group Fifth Harmony formed in 2012 on the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's immensely popular British hit, The X-Factor, nobody quite understood what a…
Brennan Carley / October 30, 2015

Noonie Bao, Songwriter to the Stars, Is Ready to Sing for Herself

Noonie Bao is one of those artists that you’ve definitely heard — you just might not know it. The fiery haired Swedish singer-songwriter has spent…
James Grebey / October 28, 2015

Nick Jonas Douses His New Album With R&B Heartache

It's late August when Nick Jonas releases "Levels," the lead single from his upcoming, as-yet-untitled new album. Though the former JoBro only just released his self-titled solo debut…
Brennan Carley / October 27, 2015

Modern Baseball Swing for the Fences on Upcoming Album (and New Surprise EP)

It's Week Three of recording for Modern Baseball at their Philadelphia studio, and singer/guitarist Brendan Lukens is pissing off the rest of his band. He's…
Andrew Unterberger / October 22, 2015

Tacocat Want to Keep the Feminist Conversation Going on Third LP

Tacocat are busy recording their third LP, but they can't yet say what form it'll take. They aren't being purposefully evasive; the rambunctious Seattle bubblegum-rock outfit typically save the…
Rachel Brodsky / October 7, 2015

Real Estate’s Martin Courtney Made a Solo Record Because He Couldn’t Think of a Good Band Name

Mark 2015 as the year of the Real Estate solo album. To date, frontman Martin Courtney has mostly chilled out during the downtime following last year's…
Colin Joyce / October 2, 2015

Neon Indian Lost An Album Then Made Another One

Blame the booze, but Alan Palomo's third album as Neon Indian, VEGA INTL. Night School almost didn't happen. Three years ago, on a wild night…
Colin Joyce / September 14, 2015

Metric Already Have Their Next Album Mapped Out

Toronto’s "emotionally primitive" (their description, not ours) synth-rock group Metric are still learning new things about themselves. "It feels like we’re growing, thank God, because otherwise we’d…
Margaret Farrell / August 26, 2015

Duke Dumont Strives for Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ on New EP Series

Duke Dumont won't say he's a businessman. If he were, the U.K. producer insists, he would have tried harder to get more chart-topping, big-name artists on his…
Harley Brown / July 31, 2015

Børns Puts Finishing Touches on Fantastical Debut Album

When Børns calls SPIN from his California studio, he's mere days from putting the finishing touches on his upcoming, as-yet-untitled debut album, likely due in October.
Brennan Carley / July 29, 2015

Widowspeak Move Upstate and Find Their ‘Frasier’ Moment on ‘All Yours’

Molly Hamilton wrote "Girls" — a lazy tire-swing sing-along off of All Yours, the upcoming third album from dreamy country-folk duo Widowspeak — while huddled around a…
Harley Brown / July 23, 2015
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