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Fetty Wap Is 2015’s Rookie of the Year

"I write most of my music now in the airplane." So says the dude grinning across from me on a July afternoon at…
Dan Weiss / November 30, 2015

Lion Babe: Anti-Pop Stars Shooting for Neo-Soul Success

Jillian Hervey's lush, golden curls hit the stage before she does. As half of the New York soul-clap duo Lion Babe alongside producer Lucas Goodman…
Brennan Carley / November 25, 2015

Dweezil Zappa Plays (His Own) Zappa for a Change After a Decade of Tributes

It might be the case that the only person who can truly play Frank Zappa's genre-bending work is another Zappa. The legendary oddball's eldest son, Dweezil Zappa,…
James Grebey / November 25, 2015

Steve Angello Tells the Non-EDM Version of His Crazy Life Story on ‘Wild Youth’

Steve Angello used to be, in his words, a "s**thead." Growing up in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden — an immigrant-heavy neighborhoods that periodically erupts…
Harley Brown / November 24, 2015

Vanessa Carlton Has Never Been Farther From ‘A Thousand Miles’

Vanessa Carlton is hours away from playing a show at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha, Nebraska, but she has a few things to do…
Rachel Brodsky / November 24, 2015

Jukebox Jury: Lil BUB Lets Us Know Which Famous Feline Songs Are the Cat’s Meow

Having already taken over ancient Egypt, the Internet at large, and your great-aunt's hairball-covered apartment, it's really no surprise that cats are making a move…
James Grebey / November 23, 2015

Joanna Newsom Writes From the Harp

Speaking over the phone from Los Angeles, Joanna Newsom apologizes for rambling. What she doesn't realize is that what qualifies as "rambling" for the 33-year-old harpist,…
Harley Brown / November 20, 2015

Q&A: The Neighbourhood Come ‘Full Circle’ on Sophomore LP, ‘Wiped Out!’

The Neighbourhood just released their sophomore record, Wiped Out!, but lead singer Jesse Rutherford is anything but. Just a few weeks after its release in…
Nathan Diller / November 19, 2015

Deep House vs. #DerpHouse: Your Guide to Dance Music’s Most Controversial Genre

In March of this year, a few weeks before thousands of electronic dance music fans (the most photogenic of which wore fuzzy boots and little…
Harley Brown / November 18, 2015

How Good Is Adele’s ’21,’ Really?

Appropriately enough for an artist who's only ever titled her albums with integers, when we think back on Adele's 21 LP, we tend to do…
Andrew Unterberger / November 18, 2015

Q&A: Heems Talks About His Label Split and Three — Yes, Three — Upcoming Albums

Himanshu Suri, better known to the rap world as Heems, finally put out his official solo debut, Eat Pray Thug, this past March after a pair…
Dan Weiss / November 18, 2015

Here’s Every Song One Direction Swiped for ‘Made in the A.M.’

The third album by British pop superpowers One Direction, 2013's Midnight Memories, closed with "Better Than Words" — a tribute to about 15 of the…
Andrew Unterberger / November 13, 2015

Q&A: YACHT Game the System on ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler’

"There’s a good I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler moment right there," says Claire Evans, singer and half of future-forward dance-punk duo YACHT, pointing to…
Harley Brown / November 12, 2015

Pop of Ages: Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott on the Band’s New Album and Non-Metal Roots

For 38 years now, Joe Elliott and his bandmates in Def Leppard have, to enormous success, been unabashedly comfortable in embracing their anomalous genre identity:…
Jonathan Dick / November 12, 2015

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

The 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest brought plenty of, you guessed it, fun to Austin, Texas this past weekend, with performances by CHRVCHES, Future Islands, Parquet Courts, Neon…
SPIN Staff / November 11, 2015

AlunaGeorge Find the Danciest Pockets of R&B on Their New Album

Aluna Francis cried while writing a song on her as-yet-untitled sophomore album with producer George Reid as London dancewave duo AlunaGeorge. Co-written with synth-punk mistress…
Harley Brown / November 10, 2015

Beach Slang: This Band Could Be Your Life

James Alex is about to play to a mostly empty room and he’s noticeably nervous. The lean, fortysomething singer-songwriter is pink in the face and…
Kyle McGovern / November 10, 2015

20 Years, 20 Questions: GZA Revisits ‘Liquid Swords’

On September 15, 2015, nearly 20 years after it was first released, GZA finally received a platinum record in the mail from the RIAA for…
Corbin Reiff / November 6, 2015

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
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