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The Afghan Whigs Dissect ‘Gentlemen,’ Track By Track

When Cincinnati's Afghan Whigs got signed to Elektra after 1992's Congregation, fans were only just starting to notice what set them apart from the flannel-clad…
By: Dan Weiss / November 12, 2014

Q&A: Big K.R.I.T.’s Metaphorical Cadillac Is Bigger Than Yours

Big K.R.I.T. has spent the last decade making his name as a consistently solid mixtape rapper (and producer) with such acclaimed works as 2011'…
By: Matthew Levine / November 11, 2014

The Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison Ponders ‘Change,’ Track By Track

This week, heady D.C. post-punks the Dismemberment Plan are reissuing 2001's Change, their fourth and most aptly titled album, which was also their last full-length…
By: Dan Weiss / November 4, 2014

Q&A: Young Fathers on Their Mercury Prize Win and (Already!) Returning to the Studio

For the past couple of years, Edinburgh trio Young Fathers have been releasing short, exciting records that straddle some of the same territory as early…
By: Dan Weiss / November 3, 2014

Surf-Jazz and Art Guitars in a Warehouse-Turned-Gallery

On Friday night, a converted warehouse in Costa Mesa, California, played host to a wild array of hand-wrought artifacts and surf-jazz skronk. The place wa…
By: SPIN Staff / October 29, 2014

Q&A: Tracing Royal Blood’s Unclassifiable Rise to Fame

The rise of the U.K. duo Royal Blood has been so fast and furious it's practically unclassifiable. Formed in 2013, they played their first show…
By: Garrett Kamps / October 29, 2014

Q&A: Thurston Moore Talks New Solo Album and How to Compose a Power-Drill Solo

For nearly three decades, Thurston Moore led the hugely influential Sonic Youth, the only "noise" band to ever appear on The Simpsons. His highly unorthodox…
By: Dan Weiss / October 29, 2014

The Complete Taylor Swiftology: A Glossary of Symbols

As befits a singer/songwriter who was young enough to have been reading The Scarlet Letter in Language Arts class when she became famous, Taylor Swift'…
By: Andrew Unterberger / October 22, 2014

Twin Peaks on ‘Twin Peaks': Garage-Rock Band Talks Their Namesake Program

Plenty of artists have been inspired by the early-'90s cultural phenomenon that was Twin Peaks, but only one went so far to actually name themselve…
By: Andrew Unterberger / October 20, 2014

We Tested 5 Seconds of Summer’s Pop-Punk Chops

If there is one consistency in pop-punk, it's the "get me out of this fucking town" teen escapism that floats through every lovelorn power chord.
By: Maria Sherman / October 17, 2014
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