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Long Beard: Assertive and Quietly Introspective Singer-Songwriter

In a dimly lit performance space at In the West — a recording studio and performing space nestled in a warehouse in New Brunswick, New…
Meilyn Huq / December 21, 2015

Deafheaven Are 2015’s Band of the Year

I really wish Deafheaven would have destroyed the Beverly. It would've been a defeat for the development that's sucking the life out of music locales…
Andy O'Connor / December 21, 2015

Future Is 2015’s Rapper of the Year

Dirty Sprite 2 to me will always signal the first Friday I remember new music being released. There was a slow period in the summer…
Matthew Ramirez / December 18, 2015

Bleached Ditch the Surfboards on ‘Super-Confident’ New Album

Earlier this year, when the time came to write their sophomore album, Bleached sisters Jen and Jessie Clavin, along with bassist Micayla Grace, cut themselves…
Rachel Brodsky / December 16, 2015

Waxahatchee Rates 2015 From One to Ten

An insidious and devastating collection of hard-edged, soft-centered indie-rock gems, Waxahatchee's Ivy Tripp was one of the few early 2015 releases that sounded just as…
Andrew Unterberger / December 15, 2015

Courtney Barnett Is 2015’s Songwriter of the Year

The first time A&R manager Jaimie Hodgson heard Courtney Barnett's single "Avant Gardener" in 2013, he had to play it again. "My girlfriend got so,…
Rachel Brodsky / December 15, 2015

SPIN 2015 Exit Interviews: OMI

It's always surprising when a pop song goes from zero to Top 40. There was a time before said song was everywhere, legend has it, but…
James Grebey / December 10, 2015

Lizzo: Larger-Than-Life Rapper, Singer, and Social Activist

On Thanksgiving, Lizzo's stomach hurt, but it wasn't because of the one-two gut punch of stuffing and mashed potatoes, like the rest of the country.
Harley Brown / December 9, 2015

SPIN 2015 Exit Interviews: D.R.A.M.

For an artist who still doesn't even have a Wikipedia page, singer/rapper D.R.A.M.'s effect on the hip-hop world in 2015 was pretty far-reaching. His fleet-footed…
Andrew Unterberger / December 9, 2015

Jamie xx Is 2015’s Producer of the Year

In 1999, early techno figurehead Moby was coming off of the commercial failure of 1996’s punk detour Animal Rights, which (in a cruel irony) bombed…
Dan Weiss / December 8, 2015

SPIN 2015 Exit Interviews: Carly Rae Jepsen

At a certain point, Carly Rae Jepsen got sick of "Call Me Maybe," too. "I was kind of getting tired of hearing my own voice on the radio," she…
Rachel Brodsky / December 8, 2015

SPIN 2015 Exit Interviews: Earl Sweatshirt

Because rap itself is an open dialogue, its practitioners are typically very cautious in interviews; someone is always listening. So when you criticize your peers,…
Dan Weiss / December 7, 2015

Stone Temple Pilots’ ‘Interstate Love Song’ Was One of the Best Songs of the ’90s

You probably don't need us to tell you that Scott Weiland, who died last night at age 48 following cardiac arrest, was different than the…
Andrew Unterberger / December 4, 2015

$ign of the Times

It’s the day before New York City puts a permanent ban on hoverboards, and Ty Dolla $ign is zooming around on one at his label,…
Steven J. Horowitz / December 4, 2015

Annie Mac Is Transforming BBC Radio One Record at a Time

While most folks spend the typical Tuesday night deciding what to cook for dinner, BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac instead busies herself in the booth trying to figure out…
Brennan Carley / December 3, 2015

Trend of the Year: Arca and Rabit’s Mutant Noise Takes the Power Back

In an abandoned bank vault in Manhattan's financial district back in May, Björk took the stage — in secret — for a DJ set. Face…
Colin Joyce / December 3, 2015

Folk Metal, Cubist Cupcakes, and Interplanetary Bass: Inside the 2015 World Music Expo

Recently, Afrobeats phenom Fuse ODG hopped on Major Lazer’s "Light It Up" remix and posted a clip of it to his Instagram. He called it, "WORLD…
Minna Zhou / November 30, 2015

Fetty Wap Is 2015’s Rookie of the Year

"I write most of my music now in the airplane." So says the dude grinning across from me on a July afternoon at…
Dan Weiss / November 30, 2015

Lion Babe: Anti-Pop Stars Shooting for Neo-Soul Success

Jillian Hervey's lush, golden curls hit the stage before she does. As half of the New York soul-clap duo Lion Babe alongside producer Lucas Goodman…
Brennan Carley / November 25, 2015

Dweezil Zappa Plays (His Own) Zappa for a Change After a Decade of Tributes

It might be the case that the only person who can truly play Frank Zappa's genre-bending work is another Zappa. The legendary oddball's eldest son, Dweezil Zappa,…
James Grebey / November 25, 2015
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