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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

Candy-Pop Heroes Dressy Bessy Are Planning a ‘KINGSIZED’ Return

The last time college-radio darlings Dressy Bessy released an album, 2008's Holler and Stomp, the economy tanked. The financial crisis, an industry-wide transition from physical-to-digital record…
Rachel Brodsky / October 5, 2015

Four Reasons Why ‘Rock Band 4′ Is Worth Your Time

After a five-year hiatus, Rock Band 4 hits stores tomorrow, reviving the gaming sensation for a long-awaited reunion run. It's been streamlined from the huge,…
Andrew Hayward / October 5, 2015

SPINfighting: What Song on Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ Has the Most Lasting Influence?

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 2, 2015

Real Estate’s Martin Courtney Made a Solo Record Because He Couldn’t Think of a Good Band Name

Mark 2015 as the year of the Real Estate solo album. To date, frontman Martin Courtney has mostly chilled out during the downtime following last year's…
Colin Joyce / October 2, 2015

EL VY Are Having the Time of Their Lives on ‘Return to the Moon’

On Return to the Moon, the sprightly debut album from EL VY — the collaborative project of the National's singer, Matt Berninger, and multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf, formerly of Menomena and…
Harley Brown / October 2, 2015

Every Line From Sky Ferreira’s Award-Worthy Turn in ‘The Green Inferno’

After two years spent in production limbo due to financial issues, The Green Inferno finally hits theaters this week. Directed by gore guru Eli Roth,…
Margaret Farrell / October 1, 2015

Five Thoughts About ‘Meow the Jewels,’ Because How the Hell Would You Actually Review This?

cant wait to read the first serious review of meow the jewels by some poor bastard who thinks its a serious album. —…
James Grebey / September 29, 2015

Tory Lanez Takes On Europe

Tory Lanez is leaned against the window in the bistro car of a Holland-bound express train. His eyes flicker back and forth with the passing…
Lawrence Neil / September 28, 2015

The Best Bets From Life Is Beautiful 2015: Andra Day, SZA, Alessia Cara, Saint Motel, and More

Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful festival, now in its third year, ironically features no gambling. What it does have, though, is a lengthy list of veteran…
Rachel Brodsky / September 28, 2015

SPINfighting: What Album Should Ryan Adams Cover Next?

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 / September 25, 2015

Bob Moses: One Name, Two Emo-Tronic Spiritual Bros

In 2013, Tom Howie had some very bad — but also very good — luck. The Vancouver-born musician, who with countryman and band mate Jimmy…
Harley Brown / September 24, 2015

Ryan Adams’ ‘1989’: A Worthwhile Disappointment

Can you remember the last time people made this big a deal out of a covers record — let alone one that just involved one…
Andrew Unterberger / September 23, 2015

Through Being Cool: Battles Just Don’t Give a S**t

Battles' practice space is a beautiful disaster. Just two days after returning from a globe-trotting slate of one-off dates that saw them playing sets in Dublin,…
Colin Joyce / September 23, 2015

I Listened to Lana Del Rey for the Very First Time — in 2015

Tennessee Williams could have written a play about Lana Del Rey. But even though Lana quotes him repeatedly, she wouldn’t have been a…
Rebecca Haithcoat / September 21, 2015

SPINfighting: Now Ten Years Old, Is ‘My Humps’ Really One of the Worst Songs Ever?

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 / September 18, 2015

The Flaming Lips Answer 20 Questions for the 20th Anniversary of ‘Clouds Taste Metallic’

Many came to know the Flaming Lips via the Vaseline-happy fluke hit "She Don’t Use Jelly" from 1993 and their 1999 full-length magnum opus The…
Dan Weiss / September 18, 2015
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