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Just Blaze Talks Making ‘Freedom,’ the Beyhive, and His Signature Sound

Beyoncé's Lemonade instantly resonated after its HBO premiere, but the credit list behind the album was a bit of a rigmarole. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs…
Brian Josephs / April 28, 2016

Sorority Noise Come Down From 11 on Elegiac EP, ‘It Kindly Stopped for Me’

On a day off last summer in Redwood National Park, Sorority Noise singer-guitarist Cam Boucher received a piece of disturbing news: A close friend had commit suicide. When…
Natalie Caamano / April 22, 2016

Ask Yourself the Same Question: An Interview With Parquet Courts

Suddenly it felt as if the show was scripted — you know, like that sensation of involuted meta-thought when you get way too high. There…
Jeremy D. Larson / April 21, 2016

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Alters the Rubin Museum

It’s The Garden of Earthly Delights in downtown Manhattan: home to halfway forms, magical creatures, and outlandish "cut-ups." Two wolf heads are rendered in taxidermy;…
Evan Siegel / April 19, 2016

Go South, Young Man: How Philly Rapper Lil Uzi Vert Won Over Atlanta

We’re 15 minutes into Lil Uzi Vert’s set at Philadelphia's Theater of the Living Arts, and one of the rapper’s onstage entourage-members has just doused…
Megan Bradley / April 18, 2016

Hearts of Noise: Jeff Mills, Julia Holter, the Orb, and More Talk Working With Jean-Michel Jarre

It's hard to overstate the legacy and reach of French electronic-music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre. He currently holds the world record for largest outdoor concert (3.5 million…
Harley Brown / April 7, 2016

The Front Bottoms Get Comfortable With ‘Cough It Out’ Live Video

"It was all very punk rock," explains Brian Sella, singer and guitarist for the Front Bottoms. He’s referring to their self-booked, bedroom-recorded, basement-playing days, but…
Natalie Caamano / April 6, 2016

He’ll Be Back: Composer Brad Fiedel Reclaims the ‘Terminator’ Score

Brad Fiedel never had the chance to mix and sequence his iconic, commanding Terminator score on a record — until now. When the sci-fi/action film got…
Rachel Brodsky / April 5, 2016

Carly Rae Jepsen Reveals Her Favorite ‘Run Away With Me’ Memes

Sure, Carly Rae Jepsen's E•MO•TION was a critical darling with a loyal cult following, but it's somehow still feels like an underdog compared to other Top…
James Grebey / April 5, 2016

They Got the Beat: Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and DJ Ebro Are Together at Last

DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden spin records daily on Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio, but they haven't been in the same room together since the…
Rachel Brodsky / March 30, 2016

Michael Rapaport on Phife Dawg: ‘One of the Most Lovable Figures In Hip-Hop’

A few minutes after I interview him over the phone, Michael Rapaport sends me the following text: "I'll tell you this much / Riding on…
Kyle McGovern / March 24, 2016

Q&A: Rae Sremmurd on SXSW, New ‘Trail Mix’ Tape, and Donald Trump

Alright, so maybe it’s no mistake that South by Southwest's yearly music session happens to coincide with most colleges’ spring break, but you have to hand…
T.M. Brown / March 22, 2016

Q&A: D∆WN Talks SXSW 2016 and Her ‘Red Era’

The sun was beating down plenty on SPIN's Stubbs showcase at South by Southwest on Friday, but D∆WN (a.k.a. Dawn Richard) still brought her own…
T.M. Brown / March 21, 2016

Goodbye to Those Darlins: The Snaggle-Tooth Mamas Hang It Up

Formed in Nashville ten years ago, Those Darlins began as an all-female country trio with fuzz around the edges, and ended as a two-guy, two-gal…
Dan Weiss / March 18, 2016

‘We’re the Junkie F**king Band!’: Bobby Gillespie on Ten Weird Primal Scream Songs

Over their 30-plus-year career, Scottish rock'n'roll wild bunch Primal Scream have covered more ground than entire scenes' worth of bands. They've dipped into hippie, acid-house utopianism…
Andrew Unterberger / March 17, 2016

Tiga: From Montreal to ‘Planet E’

Mid-February marked the first time Tiga had to cancel a show in two decades. When we speak over the phone, it's apparent he’s sick — his voice subdued,…
Evan Siegel / March 15, 2016

Q&A: Miike Snow Weren’t Sure Whether They’d Ever Make a Third Album

Andrew Wyatt is unnecessarily apologetic when I mention that I was at Miike Snow's New York concert last Thursday. "Oh, you were at the terrible one,"
James Grebey / March 10, 2016

Damien Jurado Lists His Seven Favorite Albums

Damien Jurado is modest. Since the mid-1990s, the 43-year-old Seattle songwriter has built a steady audience on the strength of his wintry voice and anxious, evocative lyrics, but he's never quite…
Anna Gaca / March 10, 2016

Q&A: Anna Wise Imagined She Was a Robot on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘untitled unmastered.’

Anna Wise is very good at keeping secrets. The Berklee-trained singer knew Kendrick Lamar's surprise release of To Pimp a Butterfly-era demos, untitled unmastered., was coming for two…
Harley Brown / March 5, 2016

Q&A: Loretta Lynn Talks Her New Album and Inadvertently Champions Country Feminists

Call her Accidental Feminist. From her days touring with Patsy Cline in the '60s, already a mother of four in her early 20s, Loretta Lynn…
Dan Weiss / February 26, 2016
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