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Jamie xx Is 2015’s Producer of the Year

In 1999, early techno figurehead Moby was coming off of the commercial failure of 1996’s punk detour Animal Rights, which (in a cruel irony) bombed…
Dan Weiss / December 8, 2015

SPIN 2015 Exit Interviews: Carly Rae Jepsen

At a certain point, Carly Rae Jepsen got sick of "Call Me Maybe," too. "I was kind of getting tired of hearing my own voice on the radio," she…
Rachel Brodsky / December 8, 2015

SPIN 2015 Exit Interviews: Earl Sweatshirt

Because rap itself is an open dialogue, its practitioners are typically very cautious in interviews; someone is always listening. So when you criticize your peers,…
Dan Weiss / December 7, 2015

Stone Temple Pilots’ ‘Interstate Love Song’ Was One of the Best Songs of the ’90s

You probably don't need us to tell you that Scott Weiland, who died last night at age 48 following cardiac arrest, was different than the…
Andrew Unterberger / December 4, 2015

$ign of the Times

It’s the day before New York City puts a permanent ban on hoverboards, and Ty Dolla $ign is zooming around on one at his label,…
Steven J. Horowitz / December 4, 2015

Annie Mac Is Transforming BBC Radio One Record at a Time

While most folks spend the typical Tuesday night deciding what to cook for dinner, BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac instead busies herself in the booth trying to figure out…
Brennan Carley / December 3, 2015

Trend of the Year: Arca and Rabit’s Mutant Noise Takes the Power Back

In an abandoned bank vault in Manhattan's financial district back in May, Björk took the stage — in secret — for a DJ set. Face…
Colin Joyce / December 3, 2015

Folk Metal, Cubist Cupcakes, and Interplanetary Bass: Inside the 2015 World Music Expo

Recently, Afrobeats phenom Fuse ODG hopped on Major Lazer’s "Light It Up" remix and posted a clip of it to his Instagram. He called it, "WORLD…
Minna Zhou / November 30, 2015

Fetty Wap Is 2015’s Rookie of the Year

"I write most of my music now in the airplane." So says the dude grinning across from me on a July afternoon at…
Dan Weiss / November 30, 2015

Lion Babe: Anti-Pop Stars Shooting for Neo-Soul Success

Jillian Hervey's lush, golden curls hit the stage before she does. As half of the New York soul-clap duo Lion Babe alongside producer Lucas Goodman…
Brennan Carley / November 25, 2015

Dweezil Zappa Plays (His Own) Zappa for a Change After a Decade of Tributes

It might be the case that the only person who can truly play Frank Zappa's genre-bending work is another Zappa. The legendary oddball's eldest son, Dweezil Zappa,…
James Grebey / November 25, 2015

Steve Angello Tells the Non-EDM Version of His Crazy Life Story on ‘Wild Youth’

Steve Angello used to be, in his words, a "s**thead." Growing up in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden — an immigrant-heavy neighborhoods that periodically erupts…
Harley Brown / November 24, 2015

Vanessa Carlton Has Never Been Farther From ‘A Thousand Miles’

Vanessa Carlton is hours away from playing a show at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha, Nebraska, but she has a few things to do…
Rachel Brodsky / November 24, 2015

Jukebox Jury: Lil BUB Lets Us Know Which Famous Feline Songs Are the Cat’s Meow

Having already taken over ancient Egypt, the Internet at large, and your great-aunt's hairball-covered apartment, it's really no surprise that cats are making a move…
James Grebey / November 23, 2015

Joanna Newsom Writes From the Harp

Speaking over the phone from Los Angeles, Joanna Newsom apologizes for rambling. What she doesn't realize is that what qualifies as "rambling" for the 33-year-old harpist,…
Harley Brown / November 20, 2015

Q&A: The Neighbourhood Come ‘Full Circle’ on Sophomore LP, ‘Wiped Out!’

The Neighbourhood just released their sophomore record, Wiped Out!, but lead singer Jesse Rutherford is anything but. Just a few weeks after its release in…
Nathan Diller / November 19, 2015

Deep House vs. #DerpHouse: Your Guide to Dance Music’s Most Controversial Genre

In March of this year, a few weeks before thousands of electronic dance music fans (the most photogenic of which wore fuzzy boots and little…
Harley Brown / November 18, 2015

How Good Is Adele’s ’21,’ Really?

Appropriately enough for an artist who's only ever titled her albums with integers, when we think back on Adele's 21 LP, we tend to do…
Andrew Unterberger / November 18, 2015

Q&A: Heems Talks About His Label Split and Three — Yes, Three — Upcoming Albums

Himanshu Suri, better known to the rap world as Heems, finally put out his official solo debut, Eat Pray Thug, this past March after a pair…
Dan Weiss / November 18, 2015

Here’s Every Song One Direction Swiped for ‘Made in the A.M.’

The third album by British pop superpowers One Direction, 2013's Midnight Memories, closed with "Better Than Words" — a tribute to about 15 of the…
Andrew Unterberger / November 13, 2015
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