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‘The Night Of’ Star Riz Ahmed Leads a Double Life as Riz MC

Riz Ahmed might be having the busiest year of his life. Not only does the U.K.-born actor and musician have the lead role on HBO's critically celebrated…
Rachel Brodsky / August 17, 2016

Danny McBride: Kenny Powers Jams Are the Soundtrack of My Life

In addition to reckless drug use, anti-social behavior, and profanity elevated to Shakespearian heights, music is a constant in the TV work of comedian Danny…
Drew Fortune / August 5, 2016

Cillian Murphy: Radiohead Is a Once-in-a-Generation Band, But ‘Peaky Blinders’ Could Use Some Led Zeppelin

"On a gathering storm / Comes a tall handsome man / With a dusty black coat / And a red right hand": Nick Cave and…
Anna Gaca / July 13, 2016

Martin Starr Can Get You Blink-182 Tickets (But He Might Stay Home)

There's no mistaking Martin Starr's voice. The 33-year-old actor has built a career out of playing deadpan, Daria-like characters who communicate in monotone. Among them: a…
Rachel Brodsky / June 22, 2016

Kiefer Sutherland Talks Being a Young Gun in Country Music, Shares New ‘Can’t Stay Away’

For a man who's spent a three-decade career playing vampires, assassins, Musketeers, and counter-terrorist agents, performing the role of a country-music singer would seem like…
Andrew Unterberger / June 9, 2016

Spencer Pratt: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Is the ‘Most Obvious Marketing Stunt On the Whole Planet’

When SPIN interviewed Spencer Pratt seven years ago, he was an aspiring rapper — you know, in addition to being television's most reviled villain on MTV's sort-of reality…
Rachel Brodsky / June 8, 2016

‘Grace and Frankie’ Star June Diane Raphael Won’t Stop Seeing Billy Joel in Concert

Netflix's original dramedy Grace and Frankie was meant to showcase its legendary stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, but episode after episode, comedian and actress June Diane…
Brennan Carley / May 20, 2016

Kristian Nairn Won’t Play ‘Game of Thrones’ Remixes When He DJs, But Thinks Hodor Would Listen to Dubstep

Of course Kristian Nairn has more to say than Hodor, the vocabulary-challenged character he plays on HBO's Game of Thrones. The Irish actor/musician doesn't mind being known…
James Grebey / April 20, 2016

‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’s’ Sterling K. Brown Knows His ’90s Hip-Hop But Listens to KIDZ BOP Nowadays

The 1990s will forever seem like they weren't all that long ago, but as the years go by, reenacting the decade has become more involved…
James Grebey / March 23, 2016

Wyatt Cenac Thinks Morrissey Is the Ron Paul of Music

Aside from Kendrick Lamar's breathtaking performance, this year's Grammy Awards were universally acknowledged to be the most boring in recent memory — but comedian Wyatt…
Harley Brown / February 29, 2016

Juno Temple: ‘Kurt Cobain’s Voice Changed My Blood Temperature’

"There's a great E.E. Cummings quote that says, 'The most wasted of all days is one without laughter,'" Juno Temple tells SPIN over the phone. "But…
Rachel Brodsky / February 22, 2016

‘Dinosaur Comics” Ryan North Has a Playlist for Squirrel Girl and Doesn’t Understand Alvin & the Chipmunks

Dinosaur Comics — a webcomic whose art has been the same single strip for 13 years — is Ryan North's teen. "I’ve been doing this work for 13…
James Grebey / February 18, 2016

Devon Sawa Is Still Eminem’s Biggest Fan

Unlike Sean, the green-haired hooligan he portrays in the 1998 cult classic SLC Punk!, Devon Sawa has never overdosed on acid. But like the reformed Sean — whom he plays in…
Rachel Brodsky / February 8, 2016

Hannibal Buress Matriculated to Ludacris and Admires Eminem’s Fitness

"You know who's an underrated actor? T.I. He was really good in ATL," Hannibal Buress tells SPIN over the phone from a Vegas hotel room. The notoriously deadpan…
Harley Brown / February 2, 2016