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Kristian Nairn Won’t Play ‘Game of Thrones’ Remixes When He DJs, But Thinks Hodor Would Listen to Dubstep

Of course Kristian Nairn has more to say than Hodor, the vocabulary-challenged character he plays on HBO's Game of Thrones. The Irish actor/musician doesn't mind being known…
James Grebey / April 20, 2016

Views From the Sidewalk: The 6 God Smiles on Drake’s Pop-Up Shop

When Drake calls, his fans come running — literally. On my way to the rapper's Lower East Side pop-up shop yesterday, I almost got trampled on…
Megan Bradley / April 19, 2016

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Alters the Rubin Museum

It’s The Garden of Earthly Delights in downtown Manhattan: home to halfway forms, magical creatures, and outlandish "cut-ups." Two wolf heads are rendered in taxidermy;…
Evan Siegel / April 19, 2016

Go South, Young Man: How Philly Rapper Lil Uzi Vert Won Over Atlanta

We’re 15 minutes into Lil Uzi Vert’s set at Philadelphia's Theater of the Living Arts, and one of the rapper’s onstage entourage-members has just doused…
Megan Bradley / April 18, 2016

Beach Slang Will Keep Doing That Thing They Do on Second Album

When Beach Slang frontman James Alex talks about recording his band's second album, he makes repeat reference to "the thing we do" — as in,…
Andrew Unterberger / April 18, 2016

Guns N’ Roses Welcome Coachella (Back) to the Jungle

Fans camped out at the Coachella stage on Day Two got the news just three hours before Guns N’ Roses showed up: Axl Rose to join…
Art Tavana / April 17, 2016

Too Much Love: LCD Soundsystem Reign Supreme Over Coachella

Standing in front of thousands of sand-beaten Coachellans with flowing dresses and swim trunks, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, 46, a chubby, pale New Yorker with…
Art Tavana / April 16, 2016

Told Slant: A Busy Drummer Making Heartrending Indie Rock

Felix Walworth performs herculean feats of limb-flailing and time management as a drummer in four Brooklyn-based indie-pop bands. They (Walworth uses gender-neutral pronouns) are an essential…
Colin Joyce / April 12, 2016

Dan Boeckner: Sound Politics

It’s a nice day because Dan Boeckner says Wolf Parade have written about six new songs and will put out some new music this year.
Jeremy D. Larson / April 11, 2016

3Pac: To Live and Die on 4chan

You could say that Ryan Harryman died twice. Or that he was two people, only one of whom was named Ryan. The other one was…
Drew Millard / April 7, 2016

Sing Me Back Home: Crying a Few Real Tears for Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard died yesterday and I cried. It kinda snuck up on me. I was listening to him sing with the Strangers and my face…
Adam Weiner / April 7, 2016

Hearts of Noise: Jeff Mills, Julia Holter, the Orb, and More Talk Working With Jean-Michel Jarre

It's hard to overstate the legacy and reach of French electronic-music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre. He currently holds the world record for largest outdoor concert (3.5 million…
Harley Brown / April 7, 2016

Teen Suicide: Quarter-Life Riot

In a suburban living room outside of Baltimore, Maryland, I am about to bear witness to Sam’s Big Jump. The event, mysteriously hyped to me…
Andrew Unterberger / April 6, 2016

The Front Bottoms Get Comfortable With ‘Cough It Out’ Live Video

"It was all very punk rock," explains Brian Sella, singer and guitarist for the Front Bottoms. He’s referring to their self-booked, bedroom-recorded, basement-playing days, but…
Natalie Caamano / April 6, 2016

He’ll Be Back: Composer Brad Fiedel Reclaims the ‘Terminator’ Score

Brad Fiedel never had the chance to mix and sequence his iconic, commanding Terminator score on a record — until now. When the sci-fi/action film got…
Rachel Brodsky / April 5, 2016

Carly Rae Jepsen Reveals Her Favorite ‘Run Away With Me’ Memes

Sure, Carly Rae Jepsen's E•MO•TION was a critical darling with a loyal cult following, but it's somehow still feels like an underdog compared to other Top…
James Grebey / April 5, 2016

The SPIN Interview: Deftones

The most popular metal band ever birthed from California's state capital, Deftones have been capturing the attention and subverting the expectations of metal fans for…
Andrew Unterberger / April 4, 2016

They Got the Beat: Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and DJ Ebro Are Together at Last

DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden spin records daily on Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio, but they haven't been in the same room together since the…
Rachel Brodsky / March 30, 2016

Blue Albums and Pink Triangles: What Color Means to Weezer

Synesthesia may very well be the key to why humans create multimedia art, why movies have soundtracks, or why recorded albums have cover art. The…
Dan Weiss / March 29, 2016

The Music of David Bowie: Behind the Curtain at Carnegie Hall’s 2016 Tribute Concert

David Bowie had meant to attend his Carnegie Hall tribute concert on March 31. Instead, hours after announcing the night's extensive lineup of artists (Pixies, Cyndi Lauper,…
Rachel Brodsky / March 29, 2016
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