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‘Levels’ Up: Writer/Producer Ian Kirkpatrick and His Long Journey to Top 40’s Rooftop

Ian Kirkpatrick is having a busy 2015 — so much so that he has to delay our conversation 24 hours to meet an emergency deadline…
Andrew Unterberger / September 18, 2015

Q&A: Bruce Dickinson on Iron Maiden Playing Behind the Iron Curtain and Never Being Punk

Many metal bands sing of demons and other creatures from unreal planes of existence. Iron Maiden are one of the only bands who actually might…
Andy O'Connor / September 17, 2015

The Man Behind the Music of Burning Man

About 70,000 people descended upon a Nevada desert this year to camp within a dried-up prehistoric lake to form Black Rock City. This pop-up city is…
David Sikorski / September 16, 2015

Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’: The Dismemberment Plan, Röyksopp, and More Talk Their Top Tracks

With her famously elusive nature, propensity for literary lyrics, enchanting — often unearthly — vocals, and overall air of theatricality, Kate Bush pushed the boundaries of '80s…
Rachel Brodsky / September 14, 2015

Neon Indian Lost An Album Then Made Another One

Blame the booze, but Alan Palomo's third album as Neon Indian, VEGA INTL. Night School almost didn't happen. Three years ago, on a wild night…
Colin Joyce / September 14, 2015

New Order Return to the Clubs on ‘Music Complete’ (But Not in Real Life)

For a group whose biggest hits are inseparable from their iconic synth hooks — whether they're cresting as a tidal wave on top of "Procession,"
Andrew Unterberger / September 11, 2015

SPINfighting: What Was the Best TV Theme of the ’90s?

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 11, 2015

Slayer’s Kerry King Doesn’t Pay Attention to ‘Dips**ts on the Internet’

Since Slayer released their most recent blood- and spittle-stained metal masterwork, World Painted Blood, back in 2009, the entire face of the band they started as…
Colin Joyce / September 10, 2015

Skylar Spence: Pop Music’s Friendliest Prom King

Skylar Spence, a.k.a. Ryan DeRobertis, is five minutes from playing the last show of his summer tour at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park. Then: "WE ARE EVACUATING THE…
Rachel Brodsky / September 9, 2015

The SPIN Interview: John Lydon

There's something refreshing, even cleansing, about talking to John Lydon, a guy who's seen death and incompetence, who doesn't suffer fools, who's proven unafraid to…
Dan Weiss / September 9, 2015

We Asked People at Electric Zoo About the Zac Efron EDM Flop, ‘We Are Your Friends’

By now it's been chiseled into box office history that We Are Your Friends, a feature-length film portraying Zac Efron as a struggling DJ immersed in…
Harley Brown / September 8, 2015

Who’s the Biggest 2015 Star Without a No. 1 Hit?

This week, Billboard reports that Justin Bieber will debut at No. 1 on their flagship chart, the Hot 100, with his new single, "What Do You…
Andrew Unterberger / September 8, 2015

SPINfighting: Would You Vote for Kanye West for President in 2020?

As the roundtable format has grown into an effectively direct way for a publication to think out loud for its readers’ perusal, we’re happy to…
SPIN Staff / September 4, 2015

SPIN’s Not Quite Songs of the Summer Playlist

The summer is unofficially coming to an end this weekend, and while the race for Song of the Summer is winding into its final turn,…
Andrew Unterberger / September 4, 2015

The Libertines Give Reunion Advice: ‘Don’t Get Back Together If It’s Not Very Good’

It's not always easy to understand the recently reunited — and very scrambled-sounding — Pete Doherty and Carl Barât of the Libertines. But that's reasonable: Along with…
Rachel Brodsky / September 3, 2015

Jukebox Jury: Dâm-Funk Interprets Funkadelic’s Album Art and Waxes Nostalgic About MySpace

"Invite the light." That's the title of the latest record from supreme soulster Damon Riddick, a.k.a. Dâm-Funk, as well as the life philosophy he explains…
Harley Brown / September 3, 2015

Jukebox Jury: Beirut’s Zach Condon Thanks Thom Yorke And Explains Mariachi Trumpet

Beirut’s Zach Condon is notorious for his eclectic collection of influences. From Balkan folk’s heavy-handed impression on his debut Gulag Orkestar in 2006 to the infusion…
Margaret Farrell / September 1, 2015

Empathy for Chrissie Hynde: How Rape Culture Poisons Even Our Heroines

"You know, if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him. If you’re wearing something that…
Laura Bogart / September 1, 2015

The Dead Weather Are Back and Ready to Play Music for ‘Demented Kids’

The Dead Weather's Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita, and Jack Lawrence make for a soft-spoken group — at first. Citing a late night out with friends at…
Rachel Brodsky / September 1, 2015

Listen to the Clicks, Bro: The Year the MTV VMAs Cannibalized Itself

No moment could have summed up the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards better than Taylor Swift handing a lifetime achievement award to Kanye West. It…
Andrew Unterberger / August 31, 2015
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