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In Defense of the New Pollution: How Beck’s ‘Odelay’ Stuck It to Xenophobia 20 Years Before Trump

All his life, Beck’s been adapting. The son of a multi-instrumentalist father and a mod mother, he is less a man than he is aesthetic…
Zoe Camp / August 5, 2016

Danny McBride: Kenny Powers Jams Are the Soundtrack of My Life

In addition to reckless drug use, anti-social behavior, and profanity elevated to Shakespearian heights, music is a constant in the TV work of comedian Danny…
Drew Fortune / August 5, 2016

Watch: Frank Turner Talks Favorite Lyricists and Discovering Punk Rock

Like a gut punch of raw honesty, UK folk singer/songwriter Frank Turner brought a fiery set to the SPIN stage at Lollapalooza's Toyota Music Den…
Drew Fortune / August 4, 2016

Thinking ‘Bout Forever: Frank Ocean and Time Travel

On "We All Try," a carefully made declaration from Frank Ocean’s breakthrough mixtape, nostalgia, ULTRA., the enigmatic singer proclaims: "I don’t believe in time travel."
Paul Thompson / August 4, 2016

Q&A: Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Talks Gawker Controversy, Trump, and Black Lives Matter

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor doesn’t typically sing about politics, but that hasn’t stopped his band from becoming politicized this year. Former Gawker…
Joseph Schafer / August 4, 2016

Taking Fun Seriously: Pylon’s Last Hurrah

"We were pretty bad at breaking up," Pylon vocalist Vanessa Briscoe Hay, 60, says over the phone from her Athens, Georgia home. Four…
Dan Weiss / August 2, 2016

Nina Sky: Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves

This isn’t the ideal scenario to see someone DJ for the first time. On a rainy night in May, Nicole and Natalie Albino — collectively known…
Andrew Unterberger / August 2, 2016

I Want My M2: An Oral History of Heaven on Music Television

"The format is there is no format." With that seven-word paradox as its unofficial, Seinfeld-ian mantra, M2 launched 20 years ago today. The…
Andrew Unterberger / August 1, 2016

Gabriel Hart Directed 12 Gucci Mane Videos in Five Days (Despite Guwop’s House Arrest)

Making an album in six days is the work of a Trap God, but the miracle of Everybody Looking's existence isn't enough. True to his marketing…
Brian Josephs / July 29, 2016

BADBADNOTGOOD Got the Props

It’s a sunny Wednesday evening and I'm with sitting BADBADNOTGOOD in Williamsburg's Loosie Rouge bar, locked in a conversation about hip-hop. The members of the Toronto-based,…
Brian Josephs / July 28, 2016

Cheena: New York Punks Who Come Alive at Night

In the mess of chain coffee shops and clothing boutiques that crowd lower Manhattan, it can be hard to find a place to just sit…
Colin Joyce / July 28, 2016

The Best and Worst of Panorama 2016: A SPIN Roundtable

This past weekend, New York City welcomed a new, major music festival: Panorama, the latest venture from Goldenvoice, the company behind the Coachella Valley Music…
SPIN Staff / July 25, 2016

Panorama 2016: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

The inaugural Panorama Festival — a.k.a. "East Coast Coachella" — took place at Randall's Island in New York City this past weekend, and it more…
SPIN Staff / July 25, 2016

I’ve Been a Bad, Bad Girl: 20 Years of Finding Strength in Fiona Apple’s ‘Tidal’

I first heard Fiona Apple in a dressing room at the GAP. Cutting through the blur of fuzzy ‘90s alt-rock that populated the…
Rebecca Haithcoat / July 22, 2016

How Good Is That Temple of the Dog Album, Actually?

For a brief spell yesterday morning, social media was in a state of excitement over a band we hadn't really heard from in a quarter-century:…
Adrien Begrand / July 21, 2016

Let’s Admit It: We’ve Been Waiting for Taylor Swift to Fail

It was only a matter of time. After ten years, five albums, a successful crossover from country darling to stadium-pop behemoth, four Rolling Stone covers, literal armfuls…
Rachel Brodsky / July 21, 2016

‘Pokémon Theme’ Singer Jason Paige Still Wants to Be the Very Best

The "Pokémon Theme" is one of the few television openers that immediately inspires a Pavlovian reaction from humans 30 and under. The first few seconds —…
Brian Josephs / July 21, 2016

Couldn’t Do Without Me: Why Taylor vs. Kanye Feels Like Kobe vs. Shaq

If there's been one constant to the feud between Taylor Swift and Kanye West, it's been an element of true shock. When Taylor outs herself…
Andrew Unterberger / July 19, 2016

Jamila Woods Puts the Focus on Chicago and Black Life

The literary organization Young Chicago Authors lists a pretty simple but powerful mission statement on its website: To transform "the lives of young people by cultivating their…
Brian Josephs / July 15, 2016

Taylor Swift as Nils Sjoberg: Welcome to the Machine

As always, the teen conspiracy theorists were right. Today we learned that "This Is What You Came For," Calvin Harris' latest lukewarm pop smash with…
Andrew Unterberger / July 13, 2016
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