Digital Crate Digging With DJ /rupture

  When DJ and music writer Jace Clayton began working on his new book Uproot, he had a deceptively simple premise in mind: "that really…
Andy Cush / October 6, 2016

Q&A: Kamasi Washington Talks Jazz and Playing Major Music Festivals Worldwide

If you’ve heard Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly or Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead!, then you’ve heard Kamasi Washington. He's one of the…
Josh Rosenberg / October 4, 2016

Q&A: Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge on Crafting Luke Cage’s Harlem-Rooted, Wu-Tang-Influenced Soundtrack

Luke Cage isn't the first black comic book hero to get a television series. Static Shock was a Saturday morning staple at the turn of the millennium, and…
Brian Josephs / October 3, 2016

Q&A: How to Dress Well on Boy Bands, Emojis, and Radical Tenderness

Tom Krell is not a self-help guru, but not because he’s unqualified. The 32-year-old delayed finishing his philosophy dissertation to work on being a pop star.
Anna Gaca / October 3, 2016

Q&A: Chicago Rapper Mick Jenkins Wants to Spread Love

The diversity of Chicago hip-hop isn't a secret, but in 2016, it's been more visible than ever. There's the religious guidance of Chance the Rapper; Noname and Jamila…
Brian Josephs / September 22, 2016

Billy Ray Cyrus: There’s a Thin Line Between Elvis and Jesus

Billy Ray Cyrus is a man of faith. Yes, the religious kind; he is quick to reference a Bible passage in conversation (specifically, the one about Jesus…
Rachel Brodsky / August 23, 2016

Q&A: Philly Quartet Good Girl on Trying to Resurrect the R&B Group

When Philly girl group Good Girl took the stage at America’s Got Talent this year to perform their a cappella rendition of En Vogue's "Don’t…
Maya Lewis / August 23, 2016

20 Years, 20 Questions: Big Boi Reconnects With OutKast’s ‘ATLiens’

August 3, 1995: a day that will live in rap infamy. The Source was hosting its annual award show that night at the Paramount Theater…
Corbin Reiff / August 22, 2016

A Conversation With James Ferraro, Critical Futurist

A day or so after I talked to James Ferraro, the 28-year-old "god of vaporwave," I found myself deep into my bank's automated phone system and…
Anna Gaca / August 18, 2016

Q&A: Jay Som on Her Drunkenly Bandcamped Debut and ‘Mind-Blowing’ Tour With Mitski

"We love you, you little twerp," says Michelle Zauner, frontwoman to dream-pop outfit Japanese Breakfast. It's the last night of tour, and Zauner's onstage sending love…
Matt Malone / August 12, 2016

Q&A: Discussing the Ed Sheeran Lawsuit With ‘Let’s Get It On’ Heir Kathryn Griffin-Townsend

Earlier this week, news broke that the heirs of late soul songwriter Ed Townsend had officially taken legal action against British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. The…
Andrew Unterberger / August 12, 2016

Watch: Frank Turner Talks Favorite Lyricists and Discovering Punk Rock

Like a gut punch of raw honesty, UK folk singer/songwriter Frank Turner brought a fiery set to the SPIN stage at Lollapalooza's Toyota Music Den…
Drew Fortune / August 4, 2016

Q&A: Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Talks Gawker Controversy, Trump, and Black Lives Matter

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor doesn’t typically sing about politics, but that hasn’t stopped his band from becoming politicized this year. Former Gawker…
Joseph Schafer / August 4, 2016

Gabriel Hart Directed 12 Gucci Mane Videos in Five Days (Despite Guwop’s House Arrest)

Making an album in six days is the work of a Trap God, but the miracle of Everybody Looking's existence isn't enough. True to his marketing…
Brian Josephs / July 29, 2016

‘Pokémon Theme’ Singer Jason Paige Still Wants to Be the Very Best

The "Pokémon Theme" is one of the few television openers that immediately inspires a Pavlovian reaction from humans 30 and under. The first few seconds —…
Brian Josephs / July 21, 2016
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