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Color Me Twice: The Violent Femmes Return to the Studio and Stage

The Violent Femmes began as a band of buskers on the streets of Milwaukee before permeating the American psyche and taking over the college radio…
Nolan Gawron / July 17, 2015

Sylvan Esso Are Giving Themselves ‘Full Permission to Just Make Bangers’

When SPIN first dials up Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath at the duo’s Durham, North Carolina, home, we’re greeted on multiple attempts with her charming sing-song-y…
James Grebey / July 17, 2015

The Moment Has Arrived for Tame Impala

Kevin Parker's in Pittsburgh when he answers his phone. It's early June and the 29-year-old Australian — the ambitious but self-effacing mastermind behind Tame Impala, one…
Kyle McGovern / July 17, 2015

Youth Lagoon Finds a ‘Unified Existence’ on ‘Savage Hills Ballroom’

Savage Hills Ballroom, Trevor Powers' third album as Youth Lagoon, exists because of coincidence but, more importantly — and tragically — because of death. In the…
Harley Brown / July 16, 2015

Pleasure Leftists: Reformed Hardcore Punks and a Singer Like ‘Crying Dracula’

Who: Two members of Pleasure Leftists, bassist Steve Peffer and guitarist Kevin Jaworski, met when they attended Cleveland, Ohio's nearby Lakewood High School together and thrashed their…
Harley Brown / July 15, 2015

Finally, the No. 1 Pop Song in the Country Is the Best Pop Song in the Country

It's been a long, lonely winter atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 2015. We'd gotten mutliple weeks into July, over half the year already transpired, with…
Andrew Unterberger / July 14, 2015

How Nina Simone Made Lauryn Hill’s Rebirth Possible

On June 1, 2015, guests in Harlem's historic Apollo Theater were perched at the edge of their seats. The house lights were up, and the credits from the premiere…
Rachel Brodsky / July 14, 2015

Leon Bridges Used to Secretly Listen to Ginuwine But Now Wears a Tuxedo

Tonight, Leon Bridges is not wearing his usual attire of high-waisted trousers, a starch-collared striped shirt, and a cardigan; instead, the unfailingly stylish Texas soul…
Alejandra Ramirez / July 13, 2015

Mac DeMarco Copes With Fans and Franks Because ‘Salad Days Are Gone’

It's only been a little over a year since Mac DeMarco released his third full-length Salad Days, but he hasn't exactly taken his sweet time with…
Margaret Farrell / July 9, 2015

Daft Punk Really Did Get Turned Away From Clubs, and More Secrets from ‘Eden’

A recently released trailer for Eden, a film about the so-called French touch scene (a house subgenre indebted to American disco) of the '90s, features a…
Harley Brown / July 7, 2015

Desaparecidos Are the Band Who Reunites After 13 Years and Somehow Gets Better

Now that we have two albums to go by, one of the best things about a Desaparecidos record is how the Omaha five-piece sticks to…
Dan Weiss / July 7, 2015

‘The O.C.,’ ‘Gossip Girl’ Music Supervisor Lists Her Fave T.V. Musical Moments

You may not have heard of music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, but you've probably heard her, or at least the influence she's had on some of the…
Harley Brown / July 3, 2015

SPIN Fun Summer Jam Mixes 2015

Like snowflakes, no two people's personal summer jam is alike. A summer jam could mean Fetty Wap's surefire party-starter (you know the one) or Grouper's…
SPIN Staff / July 2, 2015

Chk Chk Chk (!!!) Want to Make Pop Music Weird on New Album ‘As If’

"I don’t think people expect anything of us anymore," Nic Offer, frontman for dance-punk stalwarts !!! (pronounced "Chk Chk Chk"), says about his band's forthcoming sixth studio…
Rachel Brodsky / July 2, 2015

Jidenna: The Classic Man With a (Semi-Secret) Plan

For his senior project at Massachusetts' prestigious Milton Academy, where kids would write the N-word on bathroom stalls and security guards threw black students off campus because…
Harley Brown / July 1, 2015

The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Talks New Album and Miley Cyrus Collaborations

Wayne Coyne calls while driving around his lifelong hometown of Oklahoma City, where they’re braced for a "sloppy" tornado/flood situation in early May.
Dan Weiss / June 30, 2015

Apple Music: What Works (and What Doesn’t)

Apple Music is here! Well, technically it doesn't arrive for a few more hours, but in the meantime, SPIN had the chance to explore the service. The…
Harley Brown / June 30, 2015

RAC Is Enjoying the Singles Life in His Musical Second Act

Despite riding the momentum of a well received debut LP, RAC is emphatically not working on his sophomore album. André Allen Anjos, the founder and now sole member…
James Grebey / June 29, 2015

Miguel’s F**king Music

Miguel isn't a big man but he knows how to fill the space that he's in. That's not a metaphor — not yet, at least…
Chris Martins / June 29, 2015

Refused’s New Punk Creed: You Are Part of the Problem

"I just got these jeans," Refused drummer David Sandström says as he stands up for a SPIN photo shoot. Like the strapping, dapper percussionist, every…
Rachel Brodsky / June 26, 2015
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