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Nostalgia Is Heavy: L7 on Hitting the Stage for the First Time in 18 Years

Never refer to L7’s rehearsals as jam sessions. The iconic grunge four-piece is and always has been built around guitar, drums, bass, and tight track…
By: Shauna Farnell / June 15, 2015

Ratatat Talk ‘Magnifique,’ Swimming in Jamaica, and Slide Guitar

When Ratatat were writing new music at a Long Island beach shack, the Brooklyn-based instrumental duo decided something needed to be done about the kitchen. "Thi…
By: Harley Brown / June 15, 2015

Jukebox Jury: Martin Garrix, The DJ Who Sings Along

Martin Garrix has the energy and glimmer of a 19-year-old house enthusiast who can't wait to get his shot at superstardom. Except that shot already…
By: Andrew Unterberger / June 12, 2015

Q&A: Steve Aoki Talks ‘Neon Future II,’ Believes the Machines Won’t Turn Against Us

To finish Neon Future II, his third studio LP and the conceptual follow-up to last year's Neon Future I, Steve Aoki cut down his extraordinary touring load. "I…
By: Harley Brown / June 12, 2015

Little Boots Goes Fully Independent on Her Third Album, ‘Working Girl’

For years, Little Boots has chased total independence. Following a stifling creative relationship with her record label (they wanted the British Lady Gaga, she didn't), the…
By: Brennan Carley / June 11, 2015

Ike’s Story: SPIN’s 1985 Feature on Ike Turner

In the very early days, right after we launched the magazine, and as the reality set in we had to do this every…
By: Edward Kiersh / June 11, 2015

Everclear’s Art Alexakis: ”Sparkle and Fade’ Was My Escape Route’

Art Alexakis is nursing a broken foot. Sustained "trying to dodge somebody in a doorway — I didn’t want to trip over them and I tripped…
By: Rachel Brodsky / June 11, 2015

Ash Are Ready to Go ‘Kablammo!’ Again

It's been a long way back to basics for Ash. The Irish trio became stars as teenagers in the U.K. for their ebullient pop-punk jam…
By: Andrew Unterberger / June 11, 2015

SPIN’s 30 Years Told in 30 Stories: An Introduction

Thirty years ago, SPIN launched with a self-deprecating but sincere introduction from founder Bob Guccione Jr. “The world needs a lot of things before it…
By: SPIN Staff / June 11, 2015

Mark Kozelek and Feminist Guilt: Why I Won’t Boycott Sun Kil Moon

Let's state the obvious: Career musicians can be dicks. Anyone consistently lauded by sycophants and basking in critical adulation would be and music journalists are keenly aware of this. (Writers ca…
By: Rachel Brodsky / June 10, 2015
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