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Nirvana’s Nevermind Turns 25

This piece originally ran in the September 2011 issue of SPIN to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind. It has been edited for space and…
SPIN Staff / September 24, 2016

Q&A: Chicago Rapper Mick Jenkins Wants to Spread Love

The diversity of Chicago hip-hop isn't a secret, but in 2016, it's been more visible than ever. There's the religious guidance of Chance the Rapper; Noname and Jamila…
Brian Josephs / September 22, 2016

High Maintenance Is a Great Weed Show That Isn’t Really About Weed

Maybe it hits you while you’re waiting for a train on an elevated platform, counting the windows on a hulking apartment building across the tracks:…
Andy Cush / September 20, 2016

Let’s Appreciate The People v. O. J. Simpson’s Emmy-Worthy “N***a, Please” Scene

Serena Williams danced for Beyoncé, and Lemonade still didn't get an Emmy out of it. The world isn't completely a bottomless abyss of injustice, though. The People v.
Brian Josephs / September 19, 2016

Oliver Stone Needs America to Love Edward Snowden

My screening of Snowden opened with Oliver Stone wearing his finest menswear in a swanky study, holding his cell phone while lecturing about…
Jeremy Gordon / September 16, 2016

Donald Glover’s Atlanta Is Black and Essential

Atlanta is about a city whose population is roughly 54 percent black. It's the prime setting to represent the multitudes of blackness, and you get that sense from the…
Brian Josephs / September 7, 2016

Kanye West Connects the Saint and the Heathens at MSG

In February, Madison Square Garden was the site of Kanye West's years-long holy war against Nike, following a dispute over the production of his Yeezy…
Brian Josephs / September 6, 2016

Joyce Manor: These Things Take Time

On the way from New York to Nashville to meet Joyce Manor, I listened to a playlist of the band’s entire catalog — three full-length albums…
Andrew Unterberger / September 1, 2016

Jenny Hval’s Art of Failure

Jenny Hval is lost. It's a humid Sunday morning in July, and the Norwegian dream-pop explorer has joined me for a long walk through Brooklyn's Botanic Garden. After winding our…
Rachel Brodsky / September 1, 2016

Ka and the Hidden Lineage of Brownsville Hip-Hop

Ka uses a minimalist’s palette — haunted instrumental loops and laconic delivery — to color his songs' brutal realism and serrated wit. The 44-year-old New York…
Brian Josephs / August 30, 2016

The VMAs Need to Stop Relying on Their Stars So Much

In 2006, the MTV Video Music Awards were on the brink of absolute disaster. That year's ceremonies, hosted by an expired Jack Black, were brutally…
Andrew Unterberger / August 29, 2016

Despite Stacked Lineup, Afropunk Is Still ‘the Other Black’

You know when it’s Afropunk weekend in Brooklyn. The black women with brightly dyed hair, septum piercings, and round shades; the fellas in African-patterned garbs…
Brian Josephs / August 29, 2016

Lucy Dacus: Film-School Dropout Turned Alt-Folk Darling

Lucy Dacus used to want to be a film director. Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter watched Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and Federico Fellini's…
Rachel Brodsky / August 26, 2016

‘Don’t Try to Be Someone Else’: On Voicemails and a Mother’s Love on Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’

The album skit is supposed to be over. What was once an essential hallmark of hip-hop and R&B LPs is now a disposable flourish; WAVs and MP3s…
Brian Josephs / August 24, 2016

Billy Ray Cyrus: There’s a Thin Line Between Elvis and Jesus

Billy Ray Cyrus is a man of faith. Yes, the religious kind; he is quick to reference a Bible passage in conversation (specifically, the one about Jesus…
Rachel Brodsky / August 23, 2016
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