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Rome Fortune Thinks Outside the Trap, Shoots Dolphins With Laser Guns

Who: Open-eared Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune, 22, whose latest mixtape, Beautiful Pimp II, a follow-up to last year's Beautiful Pimp (SPIN's #23 Best Hip-Hop Album…
Brandon Soderberg / March 5, 2014

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen Talk ‘Portlandia,’ Sleater-Kinney, and ‘Late Night’

On the new season of Portlandia, one of Carrie Brownstein's characters is dating a tax attorney; when he takes up the electric bass, she enlists St.
Jillian Mapes / February 27, 2014

Mastodon Near Completion of ‘Wild’ Summer LP

About half an hour southwest of downtown Nashville, in the bucolic outskirts of Franklin, Tennessee, amid horse farms and split-rail fences, you'll find Rock Falcon…
D. Patrick Rodgers / February 27, 2014

The Boys Next Door: Real Estate’s Subtle Charms

Alex Bleeker lays it all out there in Guitar Center. "People are going to say it forever, but we're not trying to make the soundtrack…
Kyle McGovern / February 27, 2014

Oscars Underdog Zachary Heinzerling on Keeping Beyonce’s Secrets

Cutie and the Boxer is one of the best movies up for an Academy Award this Sunday that you likely haven't seen, a documentary — now…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / February 27, 2014

Patten Steps Back So That His Luminous Electronic Music Can Step Forward

Who: patten — always lowercase, please — is a London-based producer of woozy, lysergic, deeply-hued electronic music that flickers like a heat mirage, way out…
Philip Sherburne / February 26, 2014

Owen Pallett on Scoring Sex Music (for a Phone)

Owen Pallett was on his way to New Zealand to tour with the Arcade Fire when he found out he'd been nominated for an Academy…
Harley Brown / February 26, 2014

Lil Jon on His New Smash ‘Turn Down for What,’ and the Mystical Power of the Club Hit

Lil Jon enters his Los Angeles home, his dog barking loudly. "It's me — quiet," he says, or rather yells. "It's cool. Relax. Sit down.
Christina Lee / February 25, 2014

Neneh Cherry Talks Her Weird Punk-Pop-Jazz Trajectory, and the New ‘Blank Project’

A jazz experimentalist in her teens and a pop star in her twenties, Neneh Cherry has enjoyed a career unlike any other singer of her…
Richard Gehr / February 24, 2014

Ty Dolla $ign’s Permanent Vacation

When a man — a particularly insecure one, perhaps — imagines his girlfriend going off on Spring Break with her friends, his darkest fear is…
Jordan Sargent / February 24, 2014

Speedy Ortiz Declare War on Boring Old Guitar Solos (and Hairspray)

Who: In 2011, Sadie Dupuis packed up and left her native New York — as well as the Brooklyn grunge trio she fronted, Quilty — for…
Alyssa Noel / February 18, 2014

The Lawrence Arms’ Brendan Kelly Talks New Album, Hip-Hop, and Nachos

"I'm always like, 'Yeah, motherfucker, I'm just gonna melt some cheese on Doritos!'" That's Lawrence Arms vocalist/bassist Brendan Kelly, screaming into the phone from his…
Luke McCormick / February 13, 2014

Chino Moreno Talks His New, Not-at-All-Witch-House Band, Crosses

Chino Moreno is the rare artist who both hates being labeled and actually makes music that resists labeling. Somehow, his Deftones (despite being signed to…
Dan Weiss / February 13, 2014

We Major: How the Record Business Finally Learned to Sell EDM

In the United States, electronic dance music is known for selling three things: tickets, drinks, and black-market goods. And with the gold rush of the…
Michaelangelo Matos / February 13, 2014

New Orleans’ Hurray for the Riff Raff Blaze Trails, Tangle Up Roots Music

Who: Hurray for the Riff Raff founder Alynda Lee Segarra currently operates out of New Orleans, but the 26-year-old of Puerto Rican descent originally hails…
Kyle McGovern / February 12, 2014

In My Room: Real Estate’s Martin Courtney

Real Estate are set to release their third album, Atlas, on March 4 via Domino Records, and frontman Martin Courtney was kind enough to welcome…
Kyle McGovern / February 11, 2014

The Art of Hustle: Pounding the Pavement With Uncrowned, Rock’s Hungriest Unsigned Band

If you were to imagine the soundtrack for the death of the record industry, you couldn't do better than an acoustic version of "Iko Iko"
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Martin Garrix Talks Tiesto, ‘Animals,’ and His First U.S. Tour

It’s 12:30 a.m. Saturday night/Sunday morning in Chicago super-club the Mid, and a magnum-sized bottle of Jack Daniels rests on a table in the shabby…
Dan Hyman / February 7, 2014

The Cool Kids Talk ‘Shark Week’ and the Perils of Biters

"Man, you want to roll up a newspaper and swat those bitches before they bite you," says Mikey Rocks. The rapper and one-half of Chicago…
Phillip Mlynar / February 6, 2014

Roomrunner Reboot for a Dynamic New EP

"I'm not going to lie — at first, I was kind of weirded out by these songs," Roomrunner drummer Bret Lanahan says, lounging on a…
Kyle McGovern / February 6, 2014
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