Features - Page 11

Cheetos Chicken Fries™ Are America’s Bland, Corporate Future

I try to eat well, but I’m only American. Years of living amongst advertising has chipped away my brain’s natural defenses; any well-edited, brightly colored…
Jeremy Gordon / October 14, 2016

Xylouris White’s Sisyphean Take on Punk

According to George Xylouris’s stories of Anogeia, the small mountain village in Crete where he was raised and still lives is so saturated with music that…
Andy Cush / October 13, 2016

Elle N’est Pas Une Girl

I got into a conversation with a fellow critic after seeing Elle, the latest film from director Paul Verhoeven. She didn't like it…
Emily Yoshida / October 11, 2016

On Being Awkward and Insecure While Black

The abundance of black television from the past two decades includes three letters: U-P-N. Before its dissolution in 2006, UPN was the birthplace of some of…
Brian Josephs / October 10, 2016

Digital Crate Digging With DJ /rupture

  When DJ and music writer Jace Clayton began working on his new book Uproot, he had a deceptively simple premise in mind: "that really…
Andy Cush / October 6, 2016

Can Music Psychology Help You Get Laid on a Dating App?

  Our favorite music can uplift us, inspire us, comfort us in times of pain. That power is exactly what makes our favorite songs a valuable branding…
Andy Cush / October 5, 2016

Netflix’s Amanda Knox Documentary Reveals True Crime’s True Villains

With the premiere of both CBS’ The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey and Netflix’s Amanda Knox documentary, it's been a fun few weeks for fans…
Winston Cook-Wilson / October 4, 2016

Q&A: Kamasi Washington Talks Jazz and Playing Major Music Festivals Worldwide

If you’ve heard Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly or Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead!, then you’ve heard Kamasi Washington. He's one of the…
Josh Rosenberg / October 4, 2016

Q&A: Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge on Crafting Luke Cage’s Harlem-Rooted, Wu-Tang-Influenced Soundtrack

Luke Cage isn't the first black comic book hero to get a television series. Static Shock was a Saturday morning staple at the turn of the millennium, and…
Brian Josephs / October 3, 2016

Q&A: How to Dress Well on Boy Bands, Emojis, and Radical Tenderness

Tom Krell is not a self-help guru, but not because he’s unqualified. The 32-year-old delayed finishing his philosophy dissertation to work on being a pop star.
Anna Gaca / October 3, 2016

Nirvana’s Nevermind Turns 25

This piece originally ran in the September 2011 issue of SPIN to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind. It has been edited for space and…
SPIN Staff / September 24, 2016

Q&A: Chicago Rapper Mick Jenkins Wants to Spread Love

The diversity of Chicago hip-hop isn't a secret, but in 2016, it's been more visible than ever. There's the religious guidance of Chance the Rapper; Noname and Jamila…
Brian Josephs / September 22, 2016

High Maintenance Is a Great Weed Show That Isn’t Really About Weed

Maybe it hits you while you’re waiting for a train on an elevated platform, counting the windows on a hulking apartment building across the tracks:…
Andy Cush / September 20, 2016

Let’s Appreciate The People v. O. J. Simpson’s Emmy-Worthy “N***a, Please” Scene

Serena Williams danced for Beyoncé, and Lemonade still didn't get an Emmy out of it. The world isn't completely a bottomless abyss of injustice, though. The People v.
Brian Josephs / September 19, 2016

Oliver Stone Needs America to Love Edward Snowden

My screening of Snowden opened with Oliver Stone wearing his finest menswear in a swanky study, holding his cell phone while lecturing about…
Jeremy Gordon / September 16, 2016
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