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Empire of the Sun Hit Hot 100 With Eight-Year-Old Song, Plan New Album for September

Those parsing the lower stretches of Billboard's Hot 100 this week will come across an unexpected sight: Australian space-synth duo Empire of the Sun. Though…
Andrew Unterberger / January 28, 2016

New Songs, Same Old Tracks: A Brief History of Rihanna Doing Underground Karaoke

As stunning as the "Rihanna covers Tame Impala" headlines were from the leak release of last night's ANTI, what was really jaw-dropping was actually listening…
Andrew Unterberger / January 28, 2016

Sia’s Long and Occasionally Unseen Career: A SPIN Primer

Pop sensation Sia Furler will soon release her seventh studio album, This Is Acting — a collection of songs originally written for other artists. It's a…
Rachel Brodsky / January 28, 2016

Rihanna Was Making ‘Tropical House’ Before Justin Bieber — It’s Called Dancehall

On Wednesday morning, the world declared a "pop emergency" when Rihanna shared "Work," the Drake-assisted lead single off of her long-delayed, longer-awaited new album, ANTI. When Rolling Stone called the minutes-and-change radio rip of…
Harley Brown / January 27, 2016

@taylorswift13 Is the Third Most-Followed Person on Twitter — What Happened to @taylorswift-s 1 Through 12?

Taylor Swift became the third-most followed person on Twitter yesterday, surging past fourth-place nobodies like Barack Obama. With 70 million followers, @taylorswift13 is second only…
James Grebey / January 27, 2016

R.I.P. Vampire Weekend Mk. 1

Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork recently observed to Rostam Batmanglij in an interview that "there are probably more young artists in Brooklyn who would rather produce…
Dan Weiss / January 27, 2016

The SPIN Interview: Animal Collective

Animal Collective have taken many different forms over the past 15 or so years. Across nine studio albums, the Baltimore-bred band has toyed with star-charting folk songs, wallowed…
Kyle McGovern / January 26, 2016

In Defense of Kanye West’s 2015

Last night, the rapidly approaching February 11 release date for Kanye West's long-awaited Swish album finally felt real, when 'Ye tweeted a pic of the album's ten-track…
Andrew Unterberger / January 25, 2016

‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’: Arctic Monkeys and the Death of a Subculture

Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was released ten years ago, almost to the day this piece was written, but…
Sean Stanley / January 22, 2016

‘Lazarus’ Lays to Rest: A Look at David Bowie’s Theatrical Finale

A large portion of the crowd waiting in line outside the New York Theater Workshop last Saturday to see Lazarus held bouquets of corner-market flowers.
Connor O'Brien / January 21, 2016

Kevin Gates: The Day They Make Me a Boss

It’s a couple of days after New Years and Kevin Gates and I are on the seventh floor of the Beverly Center mall in Los…
Drew Millard / January 21, 2016

iSHi: The Classically Trained Producer Bridging EDM and Hip-Hop

In May of last year, Swedish beat collagist iSHi released a short black-and-white film with his mixtape Spring Pieces. The 13-minute clip’s surreal vignettes burst…
Harley Brown / January 20, 2016

Why ‘Take It Easy’ Was Glenn Frey’s Best Eagles Song

Even as an Eagles fan, I could never muster too much of a defense for Glenn Frey. My preferred Eagles brand is Don Henley's (soulful,…
Andrew Unterberger / January 19, 2016

David Bowie: You Walked Into My Life Out of My Dreams

For the kids from the '70s disappointed by the purported normalization of David Bowie in the '80s, take a look at this poster. When it went…
Alfred Soto / January 11, 2016

St. Lucia Embrace Collaboration on New Album ‘Matter’

Brooklyn's St. Lucia specialize in synth-pop anthems so effortlessly danceable it's hard to imagine frontman Jean-Philip Grobler struggling with his inner demons to write them, but that's exactly what happened when…
Nathan Diller / January 8, 2016

Q&A: Naked Raygun’s Jeff Pezzati on New Album, Dave Grohl’s Fandom, and ‘Caustic’ Steve Albini

In the 1980s, Naked Raygun were at the forefront of Chicago's burgeoning punk scene, mixing politically charged melodies and a post-hardcore racket. Their devotees include local…
Dan Reilly / January 8, 2016

Berning for You: If Nothing Else, Bernie Sanders Has Won Over Williamsburg

Music and politics have a mutually beneficial — albeit occasionally uneasy — relationship. For every artist that has pushed back against a Presidential candidate, just as many have…
Rachel Brodsky / January 7, 2016

Baroness Rides Again

In one of many houses in a row on a winding downslope in northern Philadelphia, Baroness are jamming in the basement. On the front porch…
Andrew Unterberger / January 7, 2016

Hinds: The Crimson and Clover Girl Gang

Whether seeing Hinds live, or listening to their debut album, Leave Me Alone (out January 8 on Mom + Pop), one question always comes to mind:…
Andrew Unterberger / January 7, 2016

Into It. Over It. Go Full Analog for New Album ‘Standards’

"He doesn’t know anything about the E-word... which is great." The E-word — yes, "emo" — may well be the "it" in Evan…
Dan Weiss / January 7, 2016
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