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Ida Engberg and Adam Beyer, Techno’s Power Couple, Have Had Sex Before the Big Game

Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg, a married Swedish couple and parents of three who also happen to be warehouse rafter-rattling techno DJs, are in a privileged position…
Harley Brown / February 12, 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

Q&A: Naked Raygun’s Jeff Pezzati on New Album, Dave Grohl’s Fandom, and ‘Caustic’ Steve Albini

In the 1980s, Naked Raygun were at the forefront of Chicago's burgeoning punk scene, mixing politically charged melodies and a post-hardcore racket. Their devotees include local…
Dan Reilly / January 8, 2016

Q&A: RAC on His Brand-New Song, ‘Magic Hour,’ and First Grammy Nomination

RAC, also known as newly Grammy-nominated producer André Allen Anjos, is finishing up a big year. After releasing his debut original…
James Grebey / December 23, 2015

Waxahatchee Rates 2015 From One to Ten

An insidious and devastating collection of hard-edged, soft-centered indie-rock gems, Waxahatchee's Ivy Tripp was one of the few early 2015 releases that sounded just as…
Andrew Unterberger / December 15, 2015

SPIN 2015 Exit Interviews: OMI

It's always surprising when a pop song goes from zero to Top 40. There was a time before said song was everywhere, legend has it, but…
James Grebey / December 10, 2015

SPIN 2015 Exit Interviews: D.R.A.M.

For an artist who still doesn't even have a Wikipedia page, singer/rapper D.R.A.M.'s effect on the hip-hop world in 2015 was pretty far-reaching. His fleet-footed…
Andrew Unterberger / December 9, 2015

SPIN 2015 Exit Interviews: Carly Rae Jepsen

At a certain point, Carly Rae Jepsen got sick of "Call Me Maybe," too. "I was kind of getting tired of hearing my own voice on the radio," she…
Rachel Brodsky / December 8, 2015

SPIN 2015 Exit Interviews: Earl Sweatshirt

Because rap itself is an open dialogue, its practitioners are typically very cautious in interviews; someone is always listening. So when you criticize your peers,…
Dan Weiss / December 7, 2015

Annie Mac Is Transforming BBC Radio One Record at a Time

While most folks spend the typical Tuesday night deciding what to cook for dinner, BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac instead busies herself in the booth trying to figure out…
Brennan Carley / December 3, 2015

Dweezil Zappa Plays (His Own) Zappa for a Change After a Decade of Tributes

It might be the case that the only person who can truly play Frank Zappa's genre-bending work is another Zappa. The legendary oddball's eldest son, Dweezil Zappa,…
James Grebey / November 25, 2015

Joanna Newsom Writes From the Harp

Speaking over the phone from Los Angeles, Joanna Newsom apologizes for rambling. What she doesn't realize is that what qualifies as "rambling" for the 33-year-old harpist,…
Harley Brown / November 20, 2015

Q&A: The Neighbourhood Come ‘Full Circle’ on Sophomore LP, ‘Wiped Out!’

The Neighbourhood just released their sophomore record, Wiped Out!, but lead singer Jesse Rutherford is anything but. Just a few weeks after its release in…
Nathan Diller / November 19, 2015

Q&A: Heems Talks About His Label Split and Three — Yes, Three — Upcoming Albums

Himanshu Suri, better known to the rap world as Heems, finally put out his official solo debut, Eat Pray Thug, this past March after a pair…
Dan Weiss / November 18, 2015

Q&A: YACHT Game the System on ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler’

"There’s a good I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler moment right there," says Claire Evans, singer and half of future-forward dance-punk duo YACHT, pointing to…
Harley Brown / November 12, 2015

Pop of Ages: Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott on the Band’s New Album and Non-Metal Roots

For 38 years now, Joe Elliott and his bandmates in Def Leppard have, to enormous success, been unabashedly comfortable in embracing their anomalous genre identity:…
Jonathan Dick / November 12, 2015

Justin Tranter’s Written All of Your Favorite Pop Songs This Year

"I love your promptness," Justin Tranter says happily from his Los Angeles home when SPIN phones him. The suddenly prolific songwriter has reason to require such a…
Brennan Carley / November 6, 2015

Kate Boy Trace the Timeline to Their Debut Album, Single By Single

By the time Swede-Australian synth-pop outfit Kate Boy release their neatly polished, progressively charged debut album One on November 6, more than three years will have passed since the…
Brennan Carley / November 4, 2015

Ellie Goulding: ‘I Was As Influenced By Björk As I Was By Beyoncé’

Ellie Goulding phones SPIN from the backseat of a cab en route to a photoshoot, the latest in a series of promotional appearances for her upcoming…
Brennan Carley / November 2, 2015

Loco Dice Looks Back to Move Forward on ‘Underground Sound Suicide’

Loco Dice is just heading in from a surf session at Venice Beach. The DJ and producer born Yassine Ben Achour, known for fusing techno and…
Ashley Zlatopolsky / October 29, 2015
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