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Tim Heidecker’s Songs About Donald Trump Are Surprisingly Serious and Actually Good

Tim Heidecker was obsessed with Donald Trump long before many people, even his most diehard supporters. He embraced the role of a Trump acolyte…
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 1, 2017

“We’re Post-Post Racial”: Director Justin Simien Talks Making Dear White People in a Different America

Netflix's latest conflagration-starting series Dear White People is a show focused on black life that comes after the successes of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Atlanta, the Best…
Brian Josephs / April 27, 2017

Remembering So Much for the Afterglow with Everclear’s Art Alexakis

Everclear’s So Much for the Afterglow, which turns 20 this year, was one of the first CDs--and rock albums in any format--I ever bought.
Winston Cook-Wilson / April 27, 2017

I Guess I’m Already There: Jonathan Demme Understood How Music and Film Worked Together

"Hi. I’ve got a tape I want to play," says a person dressed like the cabana boy at the health club, possibly in his early…
Alfred Soto / April 27, 2017

Feist on Pleasure: “Satisfaction Just Plants a Seed for New Wanting”

Leslie Feist is reaching for something so subtle she can't quite explain it. "The album communicates it fine, but I am a poor translator for…
Anna Gaca / April 26, 2017

Empire Of The Sun: Smash Mouth Stop Skanking and Become “All-Stars”

Tim Kenneally's profile of Smash Mouth originally ran in the August 1999 issue of Spin. We are republishing it now, as we revisit the Best Alternative Rock…
Tim Kenneally / April 26, 2017

The Verve: Mad for It

The Verve's 'Urban Hymns' originally came out September 29, 1997. In honor of the album turning 20 this year, and our feature on the Best Alternative Rock Songs…
Maureen Callahan / April 26, 2017

The 79 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1997

At 1997, rock radio was as optimistic as the U.S. president, who’d just been inaugurated for his second term. From angsty grunge and trendy Brit…
SPIN Staff / April 25, 2017

Incubus Talk 20 Years of S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and Collaborating With Skrillex on New Album 8

Incubus’s new album 8 was nearly finished when Skrillex paid the band a visit at Paramount Recording Studio in Los Angeles. The dubstep producer…
Andy Cush / April 25, 2017

Producer DJ Dahi Talks the 5 Songs He Made For Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

Although Kendrick Lamar's new album DAMN. is far more accessible and contemporary than its predecessor To Pimp a Butterfly, the past still plays a major thematic role. There is the…
Brian Josephs / April 24, 2017

Morris Day Remembers Playing With Prince In Their High School Band

Before becoming the Purple One, Prince was part of a high school band known as Grand Central. The teenage outfit, all self-taught musicians, featured two members…
Brian Josephs / April 21, 2017

From Dirty Mind to Diamonds and Pearls: Remember Prince’s Classic Albums

After Prince's passing on April 21, 2016, SPIN writers revisited their favorite Prince albums. Read their essays on Dirty Mind, Controversy, Purple Rain, Parade, Sign o' the Times, and Diamonds…
SPIN Staff / April 21, 2017

Consistently Great Acting Makes Fargo’s Season 3 Way More Than Stock Prestige TV

While watching TV in the past year and a half, no descriptive phrase has come to mind more than "prestige TV snake oil." I recall the…
Winston Cook-Wilson / April 20, 2017

Pile: A Million Sweaty Punks Can’t Be Wrong

If you wanted to pick a single moment of music to explain the phenomenon of Massachusetts post-hardcore quartet Pile--the rave…
Andy Cush / April 19, 2017

Political Chaos Won’t Stop Venezuela’s La Vida Bohème

In 2013, Venezuelan rock band La Vida Bohème stood onstage at the Latin Grammys in black liqui liqui suits, their faces smeared in black paint.
Beverly Bryan / April 18, 2017
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