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Dua Lipa: From Britain to the World, a Pop Star With Unflagging Confidence

It’s early May and Dua Lipa is curled up in a booth at New York City's Soho House, hurriedly downing a salad. The 20-year-old singer has…
Brennan Carley / July 8, 2016

Twenty-First-Century Colours: The Avalanches on Growing Their 16-Year-Old ‘Wildflower’

Wildflower's existence is something of a miracle. The Avalanches' long-awaited (and just-unveiled) follow-up to their nostalgic plunderphonics classic, 2000's Since I Left You, comes at a…
Brian Josephs / July 8, 2016

The SPIN Interview: Blink-182

"Show me images of Travis Barker," Mark Hoppus tells Siri as he prepares to pose for a SPIN photo shoot. "You'll need to unlock your iPhone first,"
Rachel Brodsky / July 7, 2016

Has Any Great Band Ever Cared Less Than the Pixies?

Today, alt-rock progenitors the Pixies returned with a new single: a slight, silly piece of poppy slop-rock with a nonsense title and unintelligible chorus; decently…
Andrew Unterberger / July 6, 2016

The Scene Is Over: TV on the Radio’s ‘Return to Cookie Mountain’ Is New York’s ‘OK Computer’

In an issue of his comic-book series The Sandman, Neil Gaiman tells an old tale focused on the fantastic ancient city of Baghdad. It was a…
Brian Josephs / July 6, 2016

Maxwell Traveled From Haiti to the Bedroom for ‘blackSUMMERS’night’

Over the past decade, R&B has moved into icier and sparser soundscapes while its male stars succeed by giving genuinely bad relationship advice. The genre's focus now is a far…
Brian Josephs / July 1, 2016

Cymbals Eat Guitars Wanna Be Well

Standing in the middle of the crowd for Philadelphia DIY maestro Alex G’s show at Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right, Joseph D’Agostino has…
Andrew Unterberger / June 30, 2016

Big Thief: The Dynamic Indie Quartet Can’t Be Satisfied With One ‘Masterpiece’

Big Thief have to be the least-arrogant-sounding band to ever title their first album Masterpiece. The folk-inflected indie-rock quartet's opening statement is a triumph of the…
Andrew Unterberger / June 30, 2016

Marcy, You Don’t Stop: Roc-a-Fella’s Kareem Burke on Re-Creating Jay Z’s Brooklyn Apartment

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
Rebecca Haithcoat / June 30, 2016

I’m Afraid of the Future: Jay Z’s Second Act

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
Paul Thompson / June 29, 2016

So Tight Their Lovin’ Squeaked: Aerosmith Were Too Good to Ever Be Cool

There was a time not so long ago, in a pre-Trump, pre-Brexit world, when a mythically thin line between stupid and clever existed. Not to…
Dan Weiss / June 29, 2016

Dave Holmes: The Seven Most Important Videos From My Tenure at ‘TRL’

Dave Holmes may not have technically won MTV's inaugural Wanna Be a VJ contest in 1998 (he was famously the runner-up to the spindly, spiky-haired Jesse Camp),…
SPIN Staff / June 28, 2016

Once in a ‘Lifetime’: Why ‘Vol. 1′ Remains Jay Z’s Forgotten Masterpiece

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we're publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper's singular…
Tyrone Palmer / June 28, 2016

From Lukewarm to Hot: Video Director Steve Carr on Capturing the Early Life and Times of Jay Z

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we're publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper's singular…
Andrew Unterberger / June 27, 2016

‘Vinyl’ Sucked Because Its Fictional Artists Sucked

Despite an exorbitant budget, decades-long production history, prestige casting, and the involvement of a couple of the most famous entertainers of the past 50 years,…
Andrew Unterberger / June 24, 2016

The Hustler’s Manual: Jay Z’s Producers Remember Making ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we're publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper's singular…
Brian Josephs / June 24, 2016

The SPIN Interview: Kathleen Hanna

At 47, Kathleen Hanna has demolished punk and rebuilt it several times over in the name of grrrls everywhere. Fronting her zine-turned-seminal-band Bikini Kill, she…
Dan Weiss / June 23, 2016

Marc Maron: Man on Fire

Marc Maron is old school. He's been around. He was a stand-up comic for 30 years, working the circuit when it was a circuit, an…
Bob Guccione Jr. / June 22, 2016

Martin Starr Can Get You Blink-182 Tickets (But He Might Stay Home)

There's no mistaking Martin Starr's voice. The 33-year-old actor has built a career out of playing deadpan, Daria-like characters who communicate in monotone. Among them: a…
Rachel Brodsky / June 22, 2016

Too Past, Too Present, and Too Future: The Timeline Confusion of DJ Shadow

If you've read anything about DJ Shadow's activity in the half-decade between the release of his fourth album, 2011's The Less You Know, the Better,…
Andrew Unterberger / June 17, 2016
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