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Band of Brothers: The Bridgeable Divide Between Rap and Emo

If anyone in the almost completely 21-and-under crowd of 15,000 at Long Island's Nikon Jones Beach Theater on the evening of June 25 was still surprised that…
Harley Brown / August 6, 2015

What Should the New Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Album Sound Like?

Yesterday, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released their first brand-new music in years: "Growing Up (Sloane's Song)," an ode to the rapper born Ben Haggerty's two-month-old…

We Won a Tube of Preparation H at the Gathering of the Juggalos

I have never seen a Montana license plate until today. We’re in the parking "lot" of Legend Valley, a grassy farmland in Thornville, Ohio, a…
Dan Weiss / August 4, 2015

Kacey Musgraves, Woman Without a Country

"I'm thinking of wearing the sparkly tights today," Kacey Musgraves says in late June as she speculates about what type of sunlight she'll get during…
Brennan Carley / August 4, 2015

Lollapalooza 2015: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

SPIN headed to the Windy City this past weekend for Lollapalooza 2015, where we caught sets by legends like Paul McCartney and Metallica, alongside rising talent like…
SPIN Staff / August 3, 2015

The SPIN Interview: Destroyer’s Dan Bejar

Twenty or so years ago, Dan Bejar was, as he puts it, "a f**k up" — a nondescript twentysomething, little money to his name and plenty…
Kyle McGovern / August 3, 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

Raekwon Answers 20 Questions for the 20th Anniversary of ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’

"It’s a great thing, man," Raekwon says of this week’s 20th anniversary of his classic solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., which SPIN recently lauded…
Dan Weiss / July 31, 2015

Which ‘Tootsies’ Is Drake Rapping About in ‘Back to Back’?

By now, rap fans are well aware that yesterday, Drake released the second of two diss tracks directed at Meek Mill, responding to Meek's recent accusation that…
Dan Weiss / July 30, 2015

A Timeless Wavelength: An Interview With Alex Lifeson of Rush

From their high school band origins to what’s likely the group’s final farewell now forty years later, Rush have adhered to the simplicity of where…
Jonathan Dick / July 30, 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

Elysia Crampton: Experimental Producer Who Talks to God

Home is a tricky concept for Elysia Crampton. Half-Bolivian by descent, the forward-thinking electronic producer has lived in California, Virginia, and Montemorelos, a small town…
Colin Joyce / July 29, 2015

Vince Staples: Calm In the Hour of Chaos

It’s a Friday night in late June and I'm at a barbecue restaurant in Los Angeles with Vince Staples, who's trying to help me retain…
Drew Millard / July 28, 2015

Is Public Opinion Turning Against Taylor Swift?

Late on Sunday night, Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste tweeted some thoughts about Taylor Swift, along with a photo of an unnamed publication's item about "Mean Girl Taylor Swift's Friendship…
Harley Brown / July 27, 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

Jukebox Jury: Your Friend in Sublime Indie Rock, Matt Mondanile of Ducktails

The thing that you quickly learn about Matt Mondanile while having a conversation with him about contemporary indie music: Dude is friends with everybody. Not…
Andrew Unterberger / July 22, 2015

Forget Rihanna — the Best Video With a Social Message Wasn’t Nominated for a VMA

Every year when the MTV VMA nominations happen, several predictable things occur. Chuckleheads on social media make the same, super-original joke about MTV still playing music,…
James Grebey / July 21, 2015

Protomartyr Won’t Stop Until They Crash

Greg Ahee, guitarist for the post-punk band Protomartyr, tells me a quick story. He doesn't remember exactly when — it was either after the release…
Kyle McGovern / July 21, 2015

HARD Summer’s Gary Richards Likes tUnE-yArDs, Thinks EDM Is ‘Pop Sh—t’

Three years ago, director Agata Alexander finally convinced Gary Richards to let her make the lineup announcement video for 2013's HARD Summer the way she wanted: with…
Harley Brown / July 21, 2015

Nobody Is Nowhere: Willis Earl Beal Talks ‘Noctunes’ and His Hazy Future

Willis Earl Beal is hard to get ahold of. A mid-afternoon call to the casually drifting Chicago-born musician goes straight to his voicemail, which, naturally,…
Colin Joyce / July 20, 2015
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