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Cold Beat Dodges the Ghosts of San Francisco, Dives Into Surf-Kissed Post-Punk

In the middle of bemoaning the current state of San Francisco, Hannah Lew cuts herself off: "Something that inspires me about the Futurist movement i…
By: Nim Barshad / July 2, 2014

Michael Jackson’s 1987 SPIN Cover: ‘The Pressure to Beat It’

It is October 1986, and Michael Jackson is holed up in a West Hollywood recording studio trying to complete the follow-up to Thriller, the best-selling…
By: Quincy Troupe / June 25, 2014

Firefly Music Festival 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

This past weekend, Firefly Music Festival once again took over the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware. SPIN dropped in on the four-day showcase…
By: SPIN Staff / June 23, 2014

You Gotta Heal: Strand of Oaks Faces Down His Demons

The tea kettle is whistling in Tim Showalter's Philadelphia apartment as he prepares two pottery mugs of triple echinacea tea. "I need it to combat…
By: Joel Oliphint / June 23, 2014

Read 10 Motherloving Pages of the ‘Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever’ Book

June 23, 1955, some hellish crag opened up and spit out the mighty metal scion now known as Glenn Danzig. Through his work with the…
By: Chris Martins / June 23, 2014

Tiësto Explains the Universe (of EDM)

"It's unbelievable," says a grinning Tiësto of the EDM explosion that's made him one of the highest paid DJs in history: Last year…
By: Dan Hyman / June 20, 2014

Q&A: How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell On Finding Hope in a Godless Universe

When How to Dress Well's Tom Krell was a publicity-shy sharer of amorphous EPs, culminating in 2010's Love Remains, publicity found him. When the…
By: Marc Hogan / June 19, 2014

Bonnaroo 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

SPIN ventured down to Manchester, Tennessee this past weekend to camp out at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. We caught performances by…
By: SPIN Staff / June 17, 2014

Nashville’s Bleed the Pigs Grind Against the Grain

Kayla Philips has a lot on her mind. Last October, the Nashville transplant hit upon the perfect outlet when she and guitarist David Hobbs were…
By: Kim Kelly / June 17, 2014

Hundred Waters Run Deep

You can see it driving south on Interstate 17, a cluster of buildings sticking up like a mirage out of the crags and canyons of…
By: Garrett Kamps / June 16, 2014

Photos: Hundred Waters Run Deep

Over Memorial Day, 2014, L.A.-via-Gainseville quartet Hundred Waters gathered bands, friends, and fans at the "experimental town" of Arcosanti, Arizona, for a three-day celebration of the release…
By: SPIN Staff / June 16, 2014

Clear Skies for Cloud Nothings

Outside a craftsman home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Eagle Rock is when you begin to hear the screaming. It's a typically sunny spring…
By: Puja Patel / June 13, 2014

White Fence Leaves Home-Recording Behind on ‘For the Recently Found Innocent’

While Tim Presley was recording demos for his upcoming Drag City debut, For the Recently Found Innocent, something felt inexplicably off…
By: Paula Mejia / June 13, 2014

Shopping With Travi$ Scott: Houston Grills and Kanye Thrills

After arriving at Manhattan's Dover Street Market, a high-end, multistoried designer boutique on 30th and Lexington, Travi$ Scott sat down on the ste…
By: Puja Patel / June 12, 2014

Young Adult Friction: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Rebirth

Kip Berman loves to talk about bands. The boyish 34-year-old singer-guitarist — who leads the oh-so-preciously named group the Pains of Being Pure at Heart…
By: Kyle McGovern / June 12, 2014

Q&A: Mannie Fresh Talks Bounce, Brass Bands, and Twerking for Pop

When Mannie Fresh released his cheery 1989 single "Buck Jump Time" alongside his friend and rapper Gregory D, he didn't know it…
By: Puja Patel / June 11, 2014

Q&A: Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Challenge Metallica’s Lars Ulrich to Drum-Off

Will Ferrell may have gotten the best of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith in their The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon drum-off…
By: Marc Hogan / June 10, 2014

Q&A: Ice-T Returns With Body Count to Call Out Pop Stars and Scare ‘SVU’ Fans

It's been 22 years since Ice-T released the highly controversial "Cop Killer" with his thrash-metal band Body Count, and though the pioneering rapper has bee…
By: Dan Reilly / June 10, 2014

The Outfit, TX Shoot Country Rap Into Outer Space

"Nobody wants to hear a UGK cover band." At least that's what 25-year-old rapper/producer Mel Kyle, one third of the Houston by way of Dalla…
By: Brandon Soderberg / June 10, 2014

Nashville’s Son: The Life and Death of an Indie-Rock Prince

Not long ago, Nashville had an indie-rock prince, and his name was Ben Todd. Todd loved local music, the cartoon Adventuretime, and Peach Nehi soda.
By: Amanda Shapiro / June 9, 2014
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