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Naomi Punk Thrives With Minimalist Edge and Maximal Sound

When speaking about oft mythicized hometown of Olympia, Washington, caustic surf-scum trio Naomi Punk agrees that the concept of a punk-rock utopia is fickle. "It…
Paula Mejia / August 6, 2014

Q&A: David Yow on Cats

David Yow is not the first guy you’d expect to be emotionally invested in cats. As a live performer, the former Jesus Lizard antagonist has…
Camille Dodero / August 5, 2014

His City of Ruins

When Joe Casey was 12 years old, he heard one woman murder another on the front lawn next to his. "It sounded like somebody was…
David Bevan / August 4, 2014

Lollapalooza 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

From Rihanna's cameo during Eminem's Friday night headlining set to the Chance the Rapper and R. Kelly duet that closed out the latter's hometown music…
SPIN Staff / August 4, 2014

Photos: Lil BUB and Her Famous Friends

Lil BUB is one of the most famous cats on the planet. She has her own documentary, online talk show, hardcover book, primetime Animal Planet…
SPIN Staff / August 1, 2014

25 Celebrity Cats Who Are Not Lil BUB

In ancient Egypt, cats were venerated to such a degree that punishment for killing one was a death sentence. Eras later, we now live…
Krista Schlueter / July 31, 2014

Q&A: Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings and Other Stars of Oddball Comedy 2014 Talk Sexxx, Drugs, and Comedy Stools

Kind of like television dramas and the career of Chris Hardwick, stand up comedy never went away, it just sucked for awhile (lookin' at you,…
SPIN Staff / July 31, 2014

Corporate Cats Still Suck: The Improbable Tale of Indie Superkitty Lil BUB

Mike Bridavsky could not stop crying. Over the course of two spring weeks in 2012, the foundation of his life had crumbled completely. The Bloomington,…
Camille Dodero / July 29, 2014

The Best Scenes We Saw at the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos

For the 15th year in a row, Insane Clown Posse hosted their annual underground music festival, the Gathering of the Juggalos. This time, the four-day…
Jolie Ruben / July 28, 2014

Merge Records Turns 25: A Timeline of the Beloved Label’s History

Merge Records turns 25 this year, and the North Carolina label is celebrating its milestone birthday in grand fashion: there's the ongoing, bimonthly subscription-based singles…
SPIN Staff / July 25, 2014

Q&A: Nick Hook Talks DIY Production, Bauuer, and Working With Young Thug

Irrepressible producer Nick Hook has a seemingly ubiquitous presence in New York's ever-changing music scene. A onetime bartender at an East Village sake bar that…
Ethan Holben / July 24, 2014

How Composer Brian Reitzell Became Hollywood’s Recluse Whisperer

It's a hallucinatory 110 degrees in a parking lot in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Glendale, where Brian Reitzell stands outside of a nondescript recording…
Andy Beta / July 24, 2014

Q&A: Label Founder Tim Owen on the Evolution of Jade Tree Records

For anyone with stock in early '90s punk, emo, and hardcore, independent East Coast record label Jade Tree was an institution. It was the source…
Patric Fallon / July 23, 2014

Q&A: Magic! Talks ‘Rude,’ Lorde, and Hosting Snow’s Pizza Party at Chuck E. Cheese’s

Yesterday Magic!'s relaxed, summertime groove "Rude" took the throne from Iggy Azaelia's "Fancy" as ruler of the Billboard 100 singles chart. It's the fist reggae-identified…
Puja Patel / July 18, 2014

Misun’s Bittersweet Pop Fuses ’90s House, Dusty Rock, and Doo-Wop

For Los Angeles quartet Misun (pronounced 'me-sun'), songwriting begins with affliction. The crew's moody, yet upbeat recordings uncover the raw emotions behind the loss of…
Jessica Herndon / July 18, 2014

Freak Scene: 2014’s Weird World of Underground Rap

Underground hip-hop is not what it used to be, but that's a good thing. At its peak, "the underground" was its own separate and damn…
Brandon Soderberg / July 11, 2014

Inside James Murphy and 2ManyDJs’ Insane Audiophile Soundsystem

Barcelona's Sónar festival is the last place you'd ever expect to hear Heart's "Magic Man." Sónar, after all, is known as a festival for "advanced…
Philip Sherburne / July 11, 2014

DJ Dodger Stadium Channel Desert Existentialism via L.A. Club Beats

DJ Dodger Stadium's debut album begins with a familiar refrain muttered over a cinematic swell of strings: "There are five million stories in the big…
Philip Sherburne / July 10, 2014

For Courtney Love’s 50th Birthday, Read 50 Rants and Raves About the ’90s Icon

In celebration of "50" years of Courtney Love, we present thoughts on the queen of punk-rock culled from 50 of her friends, exes, famous fans,…
SPIN Staff / July 9, 2014

Jon Hassell Goes Below the Belt, Challenges Phillip Glass to Dance-Off

With a résumé that begins with the epochal recording of Terry Riley's minimalist zenith In C in 1968 and stretches into the 21st century, trumpeter…
Andy Beta / July 8, 2014
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