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Real Estate Captivate Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg

Real Estate showed off their subtle charms in a recent SPIN profile, but the New Jersey-bred five-piece wooed us once again during a…
By: SPIN Staff / April 7, 2014

Scraper Subvert San Francisco Gentrification With Snarling Punk Assault

Who: Scraper first took shape in 2011, when frontman Billy Schmidt joined forces with bassist Noah Charnow and drummer Chelsea Woodard at Wizard…
By: Sam Lefebvre / April 7, 2014

Blood Orange Plays Private Show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Last night Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, his girlfriend Samantha Urbani, and a five-piece backing band performed a short set of lovely, pop-adorned soul at a…
By: Jolie Ruben / April 3, 2014

Nirvana: The 1994 Cover Story on Kurt Cobain’s Death, ‘Into the Black’

(This article was originally published in the June 1994 issue of SPIN.) Seattle bid goodbye to Kurt Cobain on April 10 in true grunge-rock style,…
By: Gina Arnold / April 3, 2014

Kurt Cobain in Photos: A SPIN Scrapbook

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By: SPIN Staff / April 2, 2014

Scenes from Red Bull’s Winter Music Conference Party

For this year’s Winter Music Conference, Red Bull sponsored its own pool-partying Guest House. Over the course of four days, the Gale South Beach encampment…
By: Jolie Ruben / April 1, 2014

Backstage Pass: Hurray for the Riff Raff Take Us to Willie Nelson’s Ranch

Last month Willie Nelson hosted his Third Annual Heartbreaker Banquet at his private ranch in Austin, Texas.
By: SPIN Staff / April 1, 2014

Anti-Pop’s Hprizm Draws a New Map for Fourth-World Boom Bap

Kyle Austin is on a mission. Or, as he puts it, "a caffeinated mission," to be precise. Trying to navigate a transatlantic time difference, we…
By: Philip Sherburne / March 27, 2014

Miami’s Cashy Matches Quirky Trap With Unbeatable, Reverent Hooks

"I'm not trying to sound cocky, but I'm kind of on my own in South Miami," Cashy quietly explains. "I'm bringing something different."…
By: Brandon Soderberg / March 26, 2014

The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn Talks Female Characters, Catholicism, Drinking

Craig Finn is not quite "America's Storyteller" but he's spent six albums with the Hold Steady scratching at all the misery and lust that lurk…
By: Jessica Hopper / March 26, 2014

Hashtags and Heartbreak: Iamsu!, Sage the Gemini, and the Bay Area’s New Rap Revolution

Sudan Williams sounds like a particularly aggressive GPS navigator as he rolls through East Oakland on a late-October afternoon. The 24-year-old rapper is slumped into…
By: Andrew Nosnitsky / March 25, 2014

Burgerama 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

On Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, Burger Records, the little Orange County cassette label that could, held its third-annual showcase…
By: Jolie Ruben / March 24, 2014

Dance Like No One’s Watching: Future Islands Break Out On Their Own Terms

It's a very cold February night in Baltimore and Future Islands frontman Sam Herring is shuffling across the Floristree stage like a cranked-up Elvis impersonator.
By: Brandon Soderberg / March 21, 2014

Read An Excerpt From Alex Chilton Biography ‘A Man Called Destruction’

From his teen stardom as lead singer of '60s pop stars the Box Tops to his massively influential work with Big Star to the u…
By: Holly George-Warren / March 21, 2014

Les Claypool On His Folksy New Duo De Twang and the Future of Primus

At 50, it's hard to believe Les Claypool was once considered one of the strangest frontmen of his day. An avid fly fisherman like hi…
By: Dan Weiss / March 21, 2014

Here’s Patton Oswalt’s 2007 Takedown of Westboro Baptist Boss Fred Phelps

This article originally appeared in the July 2007 issue of SPIN. Fred Phelps died March 20, 2014. Sect's Pisol Is there anything more punk rock…
By: Patton Oswalt / March 20, 2014

Madlib Muses on Methods Behind His Madness

Sometime around 1985, an 11-year-old Otis Jackson Jr. sampled his first song. Plucking an album from his dad's collection, he tinkered with "Sucker" from Doing…
By: Reyan Ali / March 20, 2014

Brooklyn’s Brenmar Sidesteps Trends To Build Bass-Driven Pop

It's almost as if Bill Salas thrives on the grind itself. Chicago-raised and Brooklyn-based, Salas — who has been producing and DJing a…
By: Anupa Mistry / March 19, 2014

SPIN’s Best SXSW 2014 Portraits

SPIN's photo team spent SXSW 2014 shooting a seemingly endless loop of live shows, but we also managed to track down many of thi…
By: Jolie Ruben / March 19, 2014

SXSW 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

All the best photos from SXSW 2014: Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, Sam Smith, Dum Dum Girls, Perfect Pussy, Bleachers, Riff Raff, The Orwells, Erykah Badu,…
By: Jolie Ruben / March 16, 2014
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