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Youth Lagoon Finds a ‘Unified Existence’ on ‘Savage Hills Ballroom’

Savage Hills Ballroom, Trevor Powers' third album as Youth Lagoon, exists because of coincidence but, more importantly — and tragically — because of death. In the…
By: Harley Brown / July 16, 2015

Pleasure Leftists: Reformed Hardcore Punks and a Singer Like ‘Crying Dracula’

Who: Two members of Pleasure Leftists, bassist Steve Peffer and guitarist Kevin Jaworski, met when they attended Cleveland, Ohio's nearby Lakewood High School together and thrashed their…
By: Harley Brown / July 15, 2015

Finally, the No. 1 Pop Song in the Country Is the Best Pop Song in the Country

It's been a long, lonely winter atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 2015. We'd gotten mutliple weeks into July, over half the year already transpired, with…
By: Andrew Unterberger / July 14, 2015

How Nina Simone Made Lauryn Hill’s Rebirth Possible

On June 1, 2015, guests in Harlem's historic Apollo Theater were perched at the edge of their seats. The house lights were up, and the credits from the premiere…
By: Rachel Brodsky / July 14, 2015

Leon Bridges Used to Secretly Listen to Ginuwine But Now Wears a Tuxedo

Tonight, Leon Bridges is not wearing his usual attire of high-waisted trousers, a starch-collared striped shirt, and a cardigan; instead, the unfailingly stylish Texas soul…
By: Alejandra Ramirez / July 13, 2015

What the Boss’ Blues Shouting Means for the Young Folk of America

This is the Final Part of SPIN's November 1985 cover story on Bruce Springsteen. (Check out the others, by Glenn O'Brien, Richard Meltzer, and Tama Janowitz, respectively.)…
By: Amiri Baraka / July 9, 2015

No Excuse for Bruce After Punk

This is Part Three of SPIN's November 1985 cover story on Bruce Springsteen. (Check out the others, by Tama Janowitz, Glenn O'Brien, and Amiri Baraka, respectively.)…
By: Richard Meltzer / July 9, 2015

‘Oh No, You Too?’: Convincing Myself, In Favor of the Odds, to Like Bruce Springsteen

This is Part Two of SPIN's November 1985 cover story on Bruce Springsteen. (Check out the others, by Tama Janowitz, Richard Meltzer, and Amiri Baraka, respectively.)…
By: Glenn O'Brien / July 9, 2015

SPIN’s 1985 Cover Story: Confessions of a Number One Bruce Springsteen Groupie

This is is Part One of SPIN’s November 1985 cover story on Bruce Springsteen. (Check out the others, by Glenn O'Brien, Richard Meltzer, and Amiri Baraka, respectively.)…
By: Tama Janowitz / July 9, 2015

Mac DeMarco Copes With Fans and Franks Because ‘Salad Days Are Gone’

It's only been a little over a year since Mac DeMarco released his third full-length Salad Days, but he hasn't exactly taken his sweet time with…
By: Margaret Farrell / July 9, 2015
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