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SXSW Lone Stars: Viet Cong Talk Touring and Losing Their Sanity

To hear bassist-frontman Matt Flegel tell it, Viet Cong have had a weird couple of days. After a few missed calls and a whole lot…
By: Colin Joyce / March 13, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Dawn Richard’s Trippy R&B, Quarterbacks’ Twee-Punk, and More

There's too much music. The Internet cemented that from here on out there's always going to be worthy releases that fall between the cracks —…
By: SPIN Staff / March 13, 2015

Meet Katie Harkin, Sleater-Kinney’s Touring Fourth Member

Sleater-Kinney are a famously bass-free band, but that doesn't mean that the legendary indie-punk trio couldn't do with an extra set of hand…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 12, 2015

Marina & the Diamonds Shatters the Pop System’s Ceiling on ‘Froot’

On her new album Froot, Marina & the Diamonds sheds the remnants of the sugar-pop persona — there's no Dr. Luke or Diplo…
By: Brennan Carley / March 11, 2015

‘Blurred Lines’ Isn’t Even the Biggest Marvin Gaye Ripoff This Decade

The music industry was rattled last night by a Los Angeles jury's verdict that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' obscenely popular 2013 single…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 11, 2015

SXSW Lone Stars: Alvvays on Archie’s Identity and Scot-Pop

Canadian fuzz-pop five-piece Alvvays — comprised of frontwoman Molly Rankin, Kerri MacLellan, Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Phil MacIsaac — made waves with their 2014…
By: Ilana Kaplan / March 11, 2015

Level Up: Gabriel Garzón-Montano

The first thing that hits you about Gabriel Garzón-Montano is his infectious energy, and how he speaks with his hands. Throughout our conversation, he excitedly…
By: SPIN Staff / March 10, 2015

Q&A: Heems on His Quest for Racial Identity and How Hip-Hop Gets Lost in Translation in Asia

When you walk into the Long Island house that Himanshu Suri shares with his parents, it's easy to forget that he's also Heems, the artist…
By: Beejoli Shah / March 10, 2015

Girlpool Revisit Childhood on Their Debut Album, ‘Before the World Was Big’

When Girlpool's Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker turned 18, they packed up, left their native Los Angeles, moved to Philadelpha, and finished their first studio…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 10, 2015

Torche: The Heaviest Non-Metal Band in Miami

Somewhere in a marijuana field in northern California, Steve Brooks realized he had really better make this music thing work. It was last winter, and…
By: Arielle Castillo / March 10, 2015

Express Yourself: What Is Madonna’s Greatest Era?

As we prepare for — and, in some cases, reorganize — Madonna's 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, it's tough not to refect o…
By: SPIN Staff / March 9, 2015

Kurt Vile Talks ‘All Over the Place’ New Album

Kurt Vile keeps late hours. "Somewhere between midnight and three," the singer-songwriter says, "maybe the best stuff happens." It's late February and the 35-year-old has take…
By: Kyle McGovern / March 6, 2015

Review: Björk’s MoMA Retrospective Digs Deep, Despite Technological Glitches

If any late-20th-century pop star was going to land her work in a hallowed institution of contemporary art, it was always going to be Björk.
By: Colin Joyce / March 5, 2015

The Sound and the Furry: Making a Psychedelic Muppet With Dan Deacon

"Do I have to put the eyes where the eyes go, or can they go anywhere?" Dan Deacon asks, looming over a mess of dismembered…
By: James Grebey / March 3, 2015

A Queer Feminist Hears Sleater-Kinney for the Very First Time Live at Terminal 5

Much to the dismay of a large portion of my friends, I had never seen or listened to Sleater-Kinney until last night at Terminal 5…
By: Rebecca Weinberger / February 27, 2015

Better Know the Districts: Talking With the Underage Band at Their Breakout Moment

The Districts were in the middle of a pretty big day when SPIN talked to them earlier this month. The midnight before, the garage-rock quartet'…
By: Andrew Unterberger / February 27, 2015

Q&A: Kelly Clarkson Talks ‘Piece By Piece,’ Identity Politics, and Recording While Pregnant

On March 3, pop superstar Kelly Clarkson will release her seventh studio album, Piece By Piece. It's a largely anthem-driven project that's been i…
By: Brennan Carley / February 27, 2015

Q&A: TLC Look Back on Their First Decade and Ahead to Their Final Album

With all due respect to En Vogue, Boyz II Men, and a little-known act called Destiny's Child, TLC — the trio of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins,…
By: Dan Weiss / February 26, 2015

Who Is Cashmere Cat? A Primer

Ty Dolla $ign recently linked up with Charli XCX and Tinashe for the rubbery synth-pop burner "Drop That Kitty" — a ridiculous, candy-coated confection that feature…
By: Brennan Carley / February 25, 2015

Q&A: Robert Christgau on His Memoir ‘Going Into the City’ and Not Loving the War on Drugs

Talking to Robert Christgau is an experience unlike any other — unless you know of any other septuagenarians who are fully capable of discussing the…
By: Dan Weiss / February 24, 2015
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