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Nozinja ‘Gambles With His Talent’ on Major-Label Debut, ‘Nozinja Lodge’

When journalist and photographer Wills Glasspiegel discovered shangaan electro — a hyper-sped-up, synthesizer-ized interpretation of traditional African music forms like kwaito house and tsonga disco — it…
Harley Brown / June 9, 2015

Governors Ball 2015: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

This weekend’s Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City brought rising talent and well-established stars to four stages on Randall’s Island, just off the…
SPIN Staff / June 8, 2015

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Many Costume Changes at Governors Ball 2015

“Weird Al” Yankovic was a bit of a left-field addition to the 2015 Governors Ball lineup, but few acts could match the 55-year-old satirist’s showmanship and…
James Grebey / June 8, 2015

Giorgio Moroder: Disco Kingpin, Reluctant Solo Artist

You won’t meet a lot of 74-year-old musical innovators friendlier than Giorgio Moroder. Despite maintaining a distant persona during his heyday as the disco geniu…
Andrew Unterberger / June 5, 2015

You and 500 Friends: How Micro-Festivals Are Doing More With Less

At midnight on a seasonably cool evening in September 2013, four musicians gathered in the cavernous main room of Basilica Hudson, a 19th-century factory-turned-performance-space i…
Harley Brown / June 4, 2015

VERITE: Not Your Average Applebee’s Waitress

For its brand-new bi-weekly column All Eyes On, SPIN rounds up the young and the restless (or just very talented) musicians you might not have heard…
Rachel Brodsky / June 3, 2015

Tove Styrke’s Guide to Swedish Summering

June signals the start of summer: dripping ice cream cones, blown-out car speakers, and unsophisticated debauchery ensue, but for the animated Swedish singer-songwriter (and former Swedish Idol…
Brennan Carley / June 3, 2015

ASTR Celebrate Release of ‘Activate Me’ With an Interview in GIF Form

Earlier this spring, ASTR walked SPIN through the recording process of their upcoming Homecoming EP, the sequel to last year’s lauded Varsity. Now they’ve released “Activate Me,” the…
Brennan Carley / June 2, 2015

Tinashe Readies Her ‘Uptempo’ Sophomore Album With Dr. Luke and Max Martin

Tinashe knows how quickly people can lose interest in artists in today’s overloaded environment. “I really didn’t waste any time,” she says, talking about the…
Brennan Carley / June 2, 2015

Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire Dives Deep on Influences for ‘Peace Is the Mission’

Before Walshy Fire was known for unleashing bashment bangers as one-third of Major Lazer along with Diplo and Jillionaire, the producer cut his teeth in Black Chiney, a Miami-based…
Harley Brown / June 2, 2015
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