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Jacquees: The Cash Money Singer Bringing Back Feel-Good R&B

Birdman, rapper and co-founder of Cash Money records, remembers one thing about his first encounter with the young R&B singer Jacquees: "I just felt like…
Elias Leight / March 28, 2016

LCD Soundsystem Rise Again(st) for First Reunion Show at Webster Hall

"This is real," a man behind me at Webster Hall rhapsodized, gently laying his arms across the shoulders of his friends on either side. "This…
Harley Brown / March 28, 2016

Michael Rapaport on Phife Dawg: ‘One of the Most Lovable Figures In Hip-Hop’

A few minutes after I interview him over the phone, Michael Rapaport sends me the following text: "I'll tell you this much / Riding on…
Kyle McGovern / March 24, 2016

If You Don’t Know Me By Now: Remembering Phife Dawg

"Stop trying to front like I’m Tito or some shit. And no disrespect to Tito." — Phife Dawg When you woke up yesterday and…
Paul Thompson / March 24, 2016

Car Seat Headrest Conquer Graduation Jitters With New Album ‘Teens of Denial’

Will Toledo, the main brain behind Car Seat Headrest, is glad that it's not 2013 anymore. A few years ago, the bedroom-pop luminary was in a "purgatorial"
Rachel Brodsky / March 24, 2016

SXSW 2016: SPIN Portraits of Chairlift, Waxahatchee, A$AP Ferg, Lizzo, and Many More

From March 16 through March 20, 2016, the Bud Light Factory at Brazos Hall hosted many of the hottest shows at the annual  South by Southwest…
SPIN Staff / March 23, 2016

‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’s’ Sterling K. Brown Knows His ’90s Hip-Hop But Listens to KIDZ BOP Nowadays

The 1990s will forever seem like they weren't all that long ago, but as the years go by, reenacting the decade has become more involved…
James Grebey / March 23, 2016

SXSW 2016: Photos of Santigold, Bloc Party, Lizzo, and More from SPIN’s Bud Light Factory Party

SPIN closed out the final day of South by Southwest with a blow-out party at the Bud Light Factory, featuring energetic performances by Santigold, Bloc Party, Lissie,…
SPIN Staff / March 23, 2016

36-Hour Party People

Shortly after my friend told me she had witnessed a threesome in one of the bathroom stalls at Market Hotel, a DIY venue in Bushwick,…
Harley Brown / March 23, 2016

SXSW 2016: The Kills’ Jamie Hince, Kristin Kontrol, Neon Indian, and More Join SPIN Royal Roast

On Friday, March 18 at South by Southwest, dozens of musicians and friends of SPIN gathered at Pelon's for the third annual Royal Roast, an…
SPIN Team / March 22, 2016

The Hotelier Find Love In a Hopeless Place

It’s a love record. I feel like we are allowed to do that now. A new Hotelier album has always been accompanied by…
Ian Cohen / March 22, 2016

Q&A: Rae Sremmurd on SXSW, New ‘Trail Mix’ Tape, and Donald Trump

Alright, so maybe it’s no mistake that South by Southwest's yearly music session happens to coincide with most colleges’ spring break, but you have to hand…
T.M. Brown / March 22, 2016

SXSW 2016: CHVRCHES, D∆WN, Beach Slang, and More Join SPIN at Stubb’s

SPIN threw its annual South by Southwest party at Stubb's presented by Harley-Davidson and Bud Light last week, featuring performances by CHVRCHES, Deftones, Vince Staples, D∆WN, Baio,…
SPIN Staff / March 21, 2016

Dean Blunt: A Primer on the Shapeshifter’s Uncompromising Art

It's a Thursday night in March, I'm at Bushwick DIY stronghold Market Hotel, and the thermostat is set to 80 degrees; the space is so saturated with…
Harley Brown / March 21, 2016

Q&A: D∆WN Talks SXSW 2016 and Her ‘Red Era’

The sun was beating down plenty on SPIN's Stubbs showcase at South by Southwest on Friday, but D∆WN (a.k.a. Dawn Richard) still brought her own…
T.M. Brown / March 21, 2016

SXSW 2016: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Now that Austin's 30th annual South by Southwest festival is officially a wrap, it's time to wax nostalgic for all of the great performances SPIN saw last week.
SPIN Staff / March 21, 2016

Fear and Loathing at Kanye’s Pop-Up Shop Opening

"There goes Kanye!" The desire to falsely shout out Mr. West's arrival at his pop-up fashion store in downtown Manhattan is strong, though doing so…
Evan Siegel / March 19, 2016

Goodbye to Those Darlins: The Snaggle-Tooth Mamas Hang It Up

Formed in Nashville ten years ago, Those Darlins began as an all-female country trio with fuzz around the edges, and ended as a two-guy, two-gal…
Dan Weiss / March 18, 2016

Jukebox Jury: The Range Selects His YouTube Hall of Fame

Brooklyn-based electronic producer James Hinton is quickly becoming as closely associated with YouTube as Rebecca Black or Tay Zonday, thanks to his second album as…
Andrew Unterberger / March 18, 2016

Junglepussy: The Rapper Sliding Into Your DMs

No, Junglepussy's father wasn't aware of his 24-year-old daughter's alter ego, which is brazen even for rap. In late 2013, the East New York native…
Dan Weiss / March 17, 2016
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