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Justin Tranter’s Written All of Your Favorite Pop Songs This Year

"I love your promptness," Justin Tranter says happily from his Los Angeles home when SPIN phones him. The suddenly prolific songwriter has reason to require such a…
Brennan Carley / November 6, 2015

Tell Me Do You Miss Me: The Glassy-Eyed Return of Luna

Dean Wareham’s not exactly the kind of rock hero whom people fist-bump over. But here we are in early October at Philly's Trocadero theatre, trying…
Dan Weiss / November 5, 2015

Jonas Rathsman: The Folk-Dancing Fashion Designer Turned House Sensation

In September, Jonas Rathsman had what anyone else might call a "you know you've made it when" moment at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. After heading…
Harley Brown / November 4, 2015

Kate Boy Trace the Timeline to Their Debut Album, Single By Single

By the time Swede-Australian synth-pop outfit Kate Boy release their neatly polished, progressively charged debut album One on November 6, more than three years will have passed since the…
Brennan Carley / November 4, 2015

Ellie Goulding: ‘I Was As Influenced By Björk As I Was By Beyoncé’

Ellie Goulding phones SPIN from the backseat of a cab en route to a photoshoot, the latest in a series of promotional appearances for her upcoming…
Brennan Carley / November 2, 2015

Floating Points Steers Clear of the Dance Floor on His ‘Very Considered’ New LP ‘Elaenia’

Throughout his career, much of the chatter surrounding Floating Points (a.k.a. Sam Shepherd) has had nothing to do with his music. Since 2009, the London…
Shawn Reynaldo / November 2, 2015

Voodoo Festival 2015 Recap: Florence + the Machine and Ozzy Osbourne Own the Weekend

The 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans was riddled with unfortunate luck and inclement weather from the start, including torrential rains and…
David Sikorski / November 2, 2015

Voodoo Music Festival 2015: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Inclement weather might've gotten in the way of a planned third day of performances, but there was still plenty of excitement during the first two…
SPIN Staff / November 2, 2015

SPINfighting: What’s Your Favorite Movie About Music?

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 / October 30, 2015

Ecstasy, Fake LSD, and Sort-Of Magic Mushrooms: The Future of Dance Music’s Drugs

"Many people are experimenting with the drug ecstasy. I heard you say once that a lie is sweet in the beginning and bitter in the…
Harley Brown / October 30, 2015

‘It’s Not Easy’: How Guy Gerber Charms His Way Through Laptop Woes and Ibiza Party Shutdowns

"Good morning!" says Guy Gerber with a big smile. It's 5 p.m. "You're looking cheerful!" He’s kidding. The two people on staff at…
Michaelangelo Matos / October 30, 2015

Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane Hansen Says ‘5H2′ Is Better, Bolder, and Realer

When the girl group Fifth Harmony formed in 2012 on the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's immensely popular British hit, The X-Factor, nobody quite understood what a…
Brennan Carley / October 30, 2015

Loco Dice Looks Back to Move Forward on ‘Underground Sound Suicide’

Loco Dice is just heading in from a surf session at Venice Beach. The DJ and producer born Yassine Ben Achour, known for fusing techno and…
Ashley Zlatopolsky / October 29, 2015

Noonie Bao, Songwriter to the Stars, Is Ready to Sing for Herself

Noonie Bao is one of those artists that you’ve definitely heard — you just might not know it. The fiery haired Swedish singer-songwriter has spent…
James Grebey / October 28, 2015

Where Will You Be in 15 Years? Spotify, BOSE, Third Man Records, and More Look Ahead

The future of the music business has never been fuzzier. While Apple and YouTube enter the fray of the Great Music Streaming Wars and nightly…

Nick Jonas Douses His New Album With R&B Heartache

It's late August when Nick Jonas releases "Levels," the lead single from his upcoming, as-yet-untitled new album. Though the former JoBro only just released his self-titled solo debut…
Brennan Carley / October 27, 2015

Carrie Brownstein: ‘Celebrity Culture Is Not Something That I’m Attracted To’

Carrie Brownstein, in her New York hotel room, is working on a Saturday. But she's had her coffee and is running on West Coast time, so…
Rachel Brodsky / October 27, 2015

Music Apps That Don’t Exist Yet (But Should)

For the next week, SPIN will be venturing into the great unknown to attempt to answer some questions (or at least hazard some guesses) about…
Rachel Brodsky / October 26, 2015

Today’s Top Pop Producers Look Ahead to the Future of Music

Nobody decides the sounds of the future quite like the producers and songwriters of the present. We saw the standard for present-day pop set last…
Brennan Carley / October 23, 2015

Modern Baseball Swing for the Fences on Upcoming Album (and New Surprise EP)

It's Week Three of recording for Modern Baseball at their Philadelphia studio, and singer/guitarist Brendan Lukens is pissing off the rest of his band. He's…
Andrew Unterberger / October 22, 2015
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