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Mark Kozelek and Feminist Guilt: Why I Won’t Boycott Sun Kil Moon

Let's state the obvious: Career musicians can be dicks. Anyone consistently lauded by sycophants and basking in critical adulation would be and music journalists are keenly aware of this. (Writers can…
Rachel Brodsky / June 10, 2015

Watch Work + Play: Elliot Moss

We’ve teamed up with Gibson and Tiger Beer to present a new video series, Work + Play, where we invite our favorite artists to come…
SPIN Staff / June 10, 2015

Nozinja ‘Gambles With His Talent’ on Major-Label Debut, ‘Nozinja Lodge’

When journalist and photographer Wills Glasspiegel discovered shangaan electro — a hyper-sped-up, synthesizer-ized interpretation of traditional African music forms like kwaito house and tsonga disco — it…
Harley Brown / June 9, 2015

Governors Ball 2015: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

This weekend's Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City brought rising talent and well-established stars to four stages on Randall's Island, just off the…
SPIN Staff / June 8, 2015

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Many Costume Changes at Governors Ball 2015

"Weird Al" Yankovic was a bit of a left-field addition to the 2015 Governors Ball lineup, but few acts could match the 55-year-old satirist's showmanship and…
James Grebey / June 8, 2015

Giorgio Moroder: Disco Kingpin, Reluctant Solo Artist

You won't meet a lot of 74-year-old musical innovators friendlier than Giorgio Moroder. Despite maintaining a distant persona during his heyday as the disco genius…
Andrew Unterberger / June 5, 2015

You and 500 Friends: How Micro-Festivals Are Doing More With Less

At midnight on a seasonably cool evening in September 2013, four musicians gathered in the cavernous main room of Basilica Hudson, a 19th-century factory-turned-performance-space in…
Harley Brown / June 4, 2015

VERITE: Not Your Average Applebee’s Waitress

For its brand-new bi-weekly column All Eyes On, SPIN rounds up the young and the restless (or just very talented) musicians you might not have heard…
Rachel Brodsky / June 3, 2015

Tove Styrke’s Guide to Swedish Summering

June signals the start of summer: dripping ice cream cones, blown-out car speakers, and unsophisticated debauchery ensue, but for the animated Swedish singer-songwriter (and former Swedish Idol…
Brennan Carley / June 3, 2015

ASTR Celebrate Release of ‘Activate Me’ With an Interview in GIF Form

Earlier this spring, ASTR walked SPIN through the recording process of their upcoming Homecoming EP, the sequel to last year's lauded Varsity. Now they've released "Activate Me," the…
Brennan Carley / June 2, 2015

Tinashe Readies Her ‘Uptempo’ Sophomore Album With Dr. Luke and Max Martin

Tinashe knows how quickly people can lose interest in artists in today's overloaded environment. "I really didn't waste any time," she says, talking about the…
Brennan Carley / June 2, 2015

Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire Dives Deep on Influences for ‘Peace Is the Mission’

Before Walshy Fire was known for unleashing bashment bangers as one-third of Major Lazer along with Diplo and Jillionaire, the producer cut his teeth in Black Chiney, a Miami-based…
Harley Brown / June 2, 2015

The Many Lives of Resurrected Punk Icons Cock Sparrer

"We’ve got to be honest, we don’t know how long this is going to run for us," says Colin McFaull, sipping a beer on a…
Elisabeth Garber-Paul / June 1, 2015

Rudimental Recorded Part of New Album ‘We the Generation’ in Their Skivvies

The idea of Rudimental recording on a studio tour bus started off as a joke. "Then we found out you can get a studio that…
Harley Brown / June 1, 2015

Q&A: Chance the Rapper’s Vocalist Friends Talk ‘Surf”s Overstuffed Chicago Sessions

Chance the Rapper and his band the Social Experiment finally released their long-anticipated full-length Surf on Thursday night. The release boasts an incredibly star-studded crew of…
Colin Joyce / May 29, 2015

Hiatus Kaiyote School Us on Aussie Cuisine and Conservative Politics

Hiatus Kaiyote look a little worn out. On tour in support of their recently released 18-track sophomore release, Choose Your Own Weapon, the Australian foursome — which consists of vocalist/guitarist…
Rachel Brodsky / May 28, 2015

Governors Ball’s Gambit: Founders Entertainment Brings Country Festival to the Big Apple

It was raining by the time thousands of bodies started streaming onto Randall’s Island on June 8, 2013, the first day of New York City’s…
Brennan Carley / May 21, 2015

HOLYCHILD: Brat Pop for the Masses

For its brand-new bi-weekly column All Eyes On, SPIN rounds up the young and the restless (or just very talented) musicians you might not have heard…
Andrew Unterberger / May 20, 2015

We Binged on Red Bull for Seven Nights (and One Day) of Red Bull Music Academy Events

This year marked the third iteration of Red Bull Music Academy Festival, which touches down in New York City for a series of shows almost every…
Harley Brown / May 19, 2015

SPIN’s 30th Anniversary Readers’ Poll: Results

SPIN turned 30 this year, and we've been celebrating in a number of ways, including revisiting the artists behind some of our past Albums of the Year,…
SPIN Staff / May 19, 2015
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