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How Pop Phenom Alex Winston Overcame a Vocal Hemorrhage for Her Second LP

Last January, Brooklyn based vocalist Alex Winston suffered a hemorrhaged capillary in her vocal chords. It happened days before the brood-pop singer's first concert in eight months, the bulk…
By: Brennan Carley / April 1, 2015

Stream Calexico’s Playlist of Guests From New ‘Edge of the Sun’ LP

Tucson folk-rock outfit Calexico has developed a longstanding reputation for organizing remarkable collaborations (recall their 2005 joint EP with Iron & Wine,…
By: Rachel Brodsky / April 1, 2015

Quizzing Action Bronson About Other Musicians From Queens

Action Bronson is hardly the first great rapper to hail from Queens, but it's admittedly been a while since the heydays of Run-D.M.C., LL Cool…
By: Dan Weiss / March 30, 2015

Matt and Kim’s Matt Johnson Picks His Favorite Song From Every One of Their Albums

Matt and Kim — the simply named collaborative project between Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino — have been making unpredictable, eccentric, and undeniably fun dance-pop for a little…
By: James Grebey / March 30, 2015

The Lookouts’ Larry Livermore Made Us a Mixtape Featuring Green Day, MC5, the Supremes, and More

Earlier this month, Don Giovanni Records released Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories), a compilation disc by California pop-punk forefather…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 30, 2015

La Luz Triumph Over Near-Fatal Car Accident on New, Ty Segall-Produced Album

On November 5, 2013, La Luz was driving back to Seattle after playing a show in Boise when they slipped on a patch…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 26, 2015

SXSW Lone Stars: Mitski Stole the Show

Of all the performances we witnessed last week at Austin's annual South By Southwest festival, one show stealer was particularly arresting:…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 25, 2015

Twin Shadow Promises Acid House Album, Prefers His R&B ‘Dark and Dirty’

The sound of George Lewis Jr., a.k.a. Twin Shadow, can be a tricky one to put your finger on; drawing from a wide variety of…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 25, 2015

Q&A: Lightning Bolt Talk ‘Fantasy Empire,’ Working With Battles and Bjork

Providence duo Lightning Bolt have sustained a brain-melting career in so-called "noise" rock for an unfathomably long time. For two decades running, bassist Brian Gibso…
By: Dan Weiss / March 24, 2015

SXSW 2015: YG, John Legend, and More Play AXE White Label Collective Day Party

On Saturday morning, fans flocked to the AXE White Label Collective's SXSW day party — powered by SPIN — to witness an awe-inspiring line up including James Davis,…
By: SPIN Staff / March 24, 2015

SXSW 2015: Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, and More Take the Stubb’s Stage

On Friday morning, crowds flocked to Austin's famous Stubb's for the annual SPIN day party at South By Southwest. Featuring massive talent…
By: SPIN Staff / March 23, 2015

Level Up: Groundislava

In the late 2000s, Los Angeles became a focal point of interest in the worldwide explosion of the so-called beat scene giving us the like…
By: SPIN Staff / March 23, 2015

SXSW 2015 Royal Roast: HOLYCHILD, Best Coast, Tove Lo, and More Celebrate With SPIN

To celebrate the end of a bombastic showcase, SPIN invited an impressive roster of guests to our annual Royal Roast, a taco and…
By: SPIN Staff / March 23, 2015

SPIN’s SXSW Showcase at Stubb’s: An Artist-By-Artist Recap

Those South by Southwesters who braved the elements at Stubb's yesterday were treated to gigs by nine of our favorite artists working right…
By: SPIN Staff / March 21, 2015

Level Up: Taylor McFerrin

For Taylor McFerrin, learning to finish what he had started – in this case his debut album, Early Riser – was the biggest lesson he…
By: SPIN Staff / March 18, 2015

SPIN Electronic Report: Levon Vincent Makes a Splash, DJ Sotofett Blurs Genre Lines

If the first couple of months of 2015 are any indication, this year's quality dance albums are going to make 2014's seem like a hazy,…
By: Steve Mizek / March 18, 2015

SXSW Lone Stars: Tkay Maidza Breaks Down Her Breakout Mixtape, ‘Switch Tape’

Australia rapper Tkay Maidza's Switch Tape hit the ground speeding when it was released on the teenager's SoundCloud last October. A bumper-car ride…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 18, 2015

Q&A: Professor Who Teaches a Kendrick Lamar Course Talks ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Professor Adam Diehl teaches a course on Kendrick Lamar's classic 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, incorporating the writing of James Joyce and showings of…
By: Dan Weiss / March 17, 2015

Q&A: Rapsody Talks Secretly Working on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

One of the most striking names in the track listing of Kendrick Lamar's surprise-released To Pimp a Butterfly — which went on sale around…
By: Dan Weiss / March 16, 2015

Level Up: Jerome LOL

We've all been there, or most of us at least. You spend your teens defining yourself through a certain musical genre, often to the point…
By: SPIN Staff / March 16, 2015
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