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Q&A: Neil Young Plots Retro-Tech Revolution With Pono, New Album ‘A Letter Home’

Amidst the chaos of SXSW, Neil Young announced the arrival of his long-gestating PonoMusic, which Neil and CEO John Hamm insist isn't really…
By: Garrett Kamps / March 14, 2014

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner Talks Ditching the Guitars for the Resilient, Restorative New ‘Shriek’

Shriek, the fourth album from Wye Oak (out next month on Merge), opens with a jittery keyboard line, making plain the Baltimore duo's shift…
By: Maura Johnston / March 13, 2014

Q&A: Miranda Lambert on Her New ‘Platinum,’ Country Radio, and the Damn Tabloids

Miranda Lambert is a generational icon, a rule-breaker, a rock star whether she knows it or not. Without making a show of it,…
By: Dan Weiss / March 13, 2014

Marvel Music’s Strange, Brief, and Totally Doomed Rock-Comics Revolution

In 1991, in the midst of his run on Sandman — now considered one of the most innovative comic-book series of all time — Neil…
By: David Grossman / March 12, 2014

Reigning Men: Brooklyn’s Busiest, Most Restless Band Offers ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’ Today

The Men are Brooklyn's hardest-working punk band. They are also Brooklyn's hardest-working noise group, and Brooklyn's hardest-working Crazy Horse tribute act. If you find thi…
By: Michael Tedder / March 7, 2014

How Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium Became Inventions

Since 1999, guitarist Mark Smith has been beholden to his post-rock outfit, Explosions in the Sky, applying post-Spiderland dynamics to cinematic grandeur worthy of a…
By: Andy Beta / March 6, 2014

Rome Fortune Thinks Outside the Trap, Shoots Dolphins With Laser Guns

Who: Open-eared Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune, 22, whose latest mixtape, Beautiful Pimp II, a follow-up to last year's Beautiful Pimp (SPIN's #23 Best…
By: Brandon Soderberg / March 5, 2014

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen Talk ‘Portlandia,’ Sleater-Kinney, and ‘Late Night’

On the new season of Portlandia, one of Carrie Brownstein's characters is dating a tax attorney; when he takes up the electric bass, she enlists St.
By: Jillian Mapes / February 27, 2014

Mastodon Near Completion of ‘Wild’ Summer LP

About half an hour southwest of downtown Nashville, in the bucolic outskirts of Franklin, Tennessee, amid horse farms and split-rail fences, you'll find Rock Falco…
By: D. Patrick Rodgers / February 27, 2014

The Boys Next Door: Real Estate’s Subtle Charms

Alex Bleeker lays it all out there in Guitar Center. "People are going to say it forever, but we're not trying to make the soundtrack…
By: Kyle McGovern / February 27, 2014

Oscars Underdog Zachary Heinzerling on Keeping Beyonce’s Secrets

Cutie and the Boxer is one of the best movies up for an Academy Award this Sunday that you likely haven't seen, a documentary — now…
By: Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / February 27, 2014

Patten Steps Back So That His Luminous Electronic Music Can Step Forward

Who: patten — always lowercase, please — is a London-based producer of woozy, lysergic, deeply-hued electronic music that flickers like a heat mirage, way out…
By: Philip Sherburne / February 26, 2014

Owen Pallett on Scoring Sex Music (for a Phone)

Owen Pallett was on his way to New Zealand to tour with the Arcade Fire when he found out he'd been nominated for a…
By: Harley Brown / February 26, 2014

Lil Jon on His New Smash ‘Turn Down for What,’ and the Mystical Power of the Club Hit

Lil Jon enters his Los Angeles home, his dog barking loudly. "It's me — quiet," he says, or rather yells. "It's cool. Relax. Sit down.
By: Christina Lee / February 25, 2014

Neneh Cherry Talks Her Weird Punk-Pop-Jazz Trajectory, and the New ‘Blank Project’

A jazz experimentalist in her teens and a pop star in her twenties, Neneh Cherry has enjoyed a career unlike any other singer of her…
By: Richard Gehr / February 24, 2014

Ty Dolla $ign’s Permanent Vacation

When a man — a particularly insecure one, perhaps — imagines his girlfriend going off on Spring Break with her friends, his darkest fear i…
By: Jordan Sargent / February 24, 2014

Speedy Ortiz Declare War on Boring Old Guitar Solos (and Hairspray)

Who: In 2011, Sadie Dupuis packed up and left her native New York — as well as the Brooklyn grunge trio she fronted, Quilty — for…
By: Alyssa Noel / February 18, 2014

The Lawrence Arms’ Brendan Kelly Talks New Album, Hip-Hop, and Nachos

"I'm always like, 'Yeah, motherfucker, I'm just gonna melt some cheese on Doritos!'" That's Lawrence Arms vocalist/bassist Brendan Kelly, screaming into the phone from hi…
By: Luke McCormick / February 13, 2014

Chino Moreno Talks His New, Not-at-All-Witch-House Band, Crosses

Chino Moreno is the rare artist who both hates being labeled and actually makes music that resists labeling. Somehow, his Deftones (despite being signed to…
By: Dan Weiss / February 13, 2014

We Major: How the Record Business Finally Learned to Sell EDM

In the United States, electronic dance music is known for selling three things: tickets, drinks, and black-market goods. And with the gold rush of the…
By: Michaelangelo Matos / February 13, 2014
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