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Nick Jonas Douses His New Album With R&B Heartache

It's late August when Nick Jonas releases "Levels," the lead single from his upcoming, as-yet-untitled new album. Though the former JoBro only just released his self-titled solo debut…
Brennan Carley / October 27, 2015

Carrie Brownstein: ‘Celebrity Culture Is Not Something That I’m Attracted To’

Carrie Brownstein, in her New York hotel room, is working on a Saturday. But she's had her coffee and is running on West Coast time, so…
Rachel Brodsky / October 27, 2015

Music Apps That Don’t Exist Yet (But Should)

For the next week, SPIN will be venturing into the great unknown to attempt to answer some questions (or at least hazard some guesses) about…
Rachel Brodsky / October 26, 2015

Today’s Top Pop Producers Look Ahead to the Future of Music

Nobody decides the sounds of the future quite like the producers and songwriters of the present. We saw the standard for present-day pop set last…
Brennan Carley / October 23, 2015

Modern Baseball Swing for the Fences on Upcoming Album (and New Surprise EP)

It's Week Three of recording for Modern Baseball at their Philadelphia studio, and singer/guitarist Brendan Lukens is pissing off the rest of his band. He's…
Andrew Unterberger / October 22, 2015

Holding Out for a Guitar Hero: The Uncertain Future of the Six-String

For the next week, SPIN will be venturing into the great unknown to attempt to answer some questions (or at least hazard some guesses) about…
Andrew Unterberger / October 22, 2015

Eartheater: The Former ‘Barefoot Freak’ Making Time-Traveling Folk Music

At the entryway of Alexandra Drewchin's apartment building in Ridgewood, Queens, an art installation is starting to stink. A latticework of bricks made out of…
Colin Joyce / October 21, 2015

Back to the Future of Music: Taking a Second Look at Some Old Predictions

For the next week, SPIN will be venturing into the great unknown to attempt to answer some questions (or at least hazard some guesses) about…
James Grebey / October 21, 2015

The Future of Music

For the next week, SPIN will be venturing into the great unknown to attempt to answer some questions (or at least hazard some guesses) about…
SPIN Staff / October 21, 2015

CMJ 2015: Neon Indian Enters a Laser-Lit Jungle at ‘VEGA INTL. Night School’ Show

Ever since the Internet allowed anyone with ears and fingers to be able to scout new music, CMJ Music Marathon has ceased being predominantly about…
SPIN Staff / October 19, 2015

Colin Hanks Wants to ‘Put a Human Face’ on Tower Records

The idea was simple: Buy a store, fill it with records, and hire your friends and family as employees. For more than 40 years, until…
Stephanie Dubick / October 16, 2015

Q&A: Chaka Khan on Earning Her First Solo Nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The 2016 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced yesterday — a diverse group of greats that includes trailblazing rap group N.W.A.,…
James Grebey / October 9, 2015

SPINfighting: Who’s the Best Musical Cat?

As the roundtable format has grown into an effectively direct way for a publication to think out loud for its readers’ perusal, we present SPINfighting,…
SPIN Staff / October 9, 2015

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016: Who’s Gonna Get In?

Earlier today, this year's nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 were announced. And surveying the list of the 15…
Andrew Unterberger / October 8, 2015

Q&A: Majical Cloudz Steer Clear of the ‘Raw Truth’ on New LP, ‘Are You Alone?’

Majical Cloudz — the sad clown alter-ego of Montreal-based musician Devon Welsh and multi-instrumentalist bandmate Matthew Otto — were working on their second album, the follow-up…
Harley Brown / October 8, 2015

Here’s What We Know About the Artist Behind Rihanna’s New Album Artwork

Rihanna officially announced her long-awaited eighth studio album at a Los Angeles art gallery on Wednesday night, with artwork designed by the Jerusalem-born designer Roy…
Brennan Carley / October 8, 2015

Tacocat Want to Keep the Feminist Conversation Going on Third LP

Tacocat are busy recording their third LP, but they can't yet say what form it'll take. They aren't being purposefully evasive; the rambunctious Seattle bubblegum-rock outfit typically save the…
Rachel Brodsky / October 7, 2015

Shopping: Political Post-Punk With a Smile

U.K. post-punk trio Shopping are an unexpectedly silly bunch. "We're all pinching each other right now, you can't see, just beneath camera level," says drummer Andrew…
Rachel Brodsky / October 7, 2015

Q&A: Hrishikesh Hirway, the Musical Surgeon Behind the ‘Song Exploder’ Podcast

It's subtle, but towards the end of the Postal Service's "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight," there's a faint, ghostly hum blended almost seamlessly amidst melancholy…
James Grebey / October 6, 2015

Q&A: Timmy Thomas on Drake Sampling His ’70s Soul Hit for ‘Hotline Bling’

"I’m just excited. You can hear it in my voice. I’m excited. I’m verrry excited." Some veteran musicians tend to get territorial and…
Andrew Unterberger / October 5, 2015
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