features

Neneh Cherry Talks Her Weird Punk-Pop-Jazz Trajectory, and the New ‘Blank Project’

A jazz experimentalist in her teens and a pop star in her twenties, Neneh Cherry has enjoyed a career unlike any other singer of her…
Richard Gehr / February 24, 2014

Ty Dolla $ign’s Permanent Vacation

When a man — a particularly insecure one, perhaps — imagines his girlfriend going off on Spring Break with her friends, his darkest fear is…
Jordan Sargent / February 24, 2014

Speedy Ortiz Declare War on Boring Old Guitar Solos (and Hairspray)

Who: In 2011, Sadie Dupuis packed up and left her native New York — as well as the Brooklyn grunge trio she fronted, Quilty — for…
Alyssa Noel / February 18, 2014

The Lawrence Arms’ Brendan Kelly Talks New Album, Hip-Hop, and Nachos

"I'm always like, 'Yeah, motherfucker, I'm just gonna melt some cheese on Doritos!'" That's Lawrence Arms vocalist/bassist Brendan Kelly, screaming into the phone from his…
Luke McCormick / February 13, 2014

Chino Moreno Talks His New, Not-at-All-Witch-House Band, Crosses

Chino Moreno is the rare artist who both hates being labeled and actually makes music that resists labeling. Somehow, his Deftones (despite being signed to…
Dan Weiss / February 13, 2014

We Major: How the Record Business Finally Learned to Sell EDM

In the United States, electronic dance music is known for selling three things: tickets, drinks, and black-market goods. And with the gold rush of the…
Michaelangelo Matos / February 13, 2014

New Orleans’ Hurray for the Riff Raff Blaze Trails, Tangle Up Roots Music

Who: Hurray for the Riff Raff founder Alynda Lee Segarra currently operates out of New Orleans, but the 26-year-old of Puerto Rican descent originally hails…
Kyle McGovern / February 12, 2014

In My Room: Real Estate’s Martin Courtney

Real Estate are set to release their third album, Atlas, on March 4 via Domino Records, and frontman Martin Courtney was kind enough to welcome…
Kyle McGovern / February 11, 2014

The Art of Hustle: Pounding the Pavement With Uncrowned, Rock’s Hungriest Unsigned Band

If you were to imagine the soundtrack for the death of the record industry, you couldn't do better than an acoustic version of "Iko Iko"
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Martin Garrix Talks Tiesto, ‘Animals,’ and His First U.S. Tour

It’s 12:30 a.m. Saturday night/Sunday morning in Chicago super-club the Mid, and a magnum-sized bottle of Jack Daniels rests on a table in the shabby…
Dan Hyman / February 7, 2014

The Cool Kids Talk ‘Shark Week’ and the Perils of Biters

"Man, you want to roll up a newspaper and swat those bitches before they bite you," says Mikey Rocks. The rapper and one-half of Chicago…
Phillip Mlynar / February 6, 2014

Roomrunner Reboot for a Dynamic New EP

"I'm not going to lie — at first, I was kind of weirded out by these songs," Roomrunner drummer Bret Lanahan says, lounging on a…
Kyle McGovern / February 6, 2014

Warpaint on Safari

"Iiiiiiiiiii swal-lowed a fly," sings Warpaint co-leader Emily Kokal, to the tune made famous by Sugar Ray. She’s staring into the American Museum of Natural…
Puja Patel / February 5, 2014

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lester Bangs, and ‘Almost Famous,’ by Jaan Uhelszki

Music journalist Jaan Uhelszki was an editor at Creem magazine from 1971 to 1977. Her writing has appeared in Uncut, Mojo, Rolling Stone, Guitar World,…
Jaan Uhelszki / February 3, 2014

Green Day: Read SPIN’s 1994 ‘Dookie’ Story ‘Young, Loud, and Snotty’

(This article originally appeared in the September 1994 issue of SPIN.) It's an early Wednesday evening in North Oakland, and the lead singer for…
Eric Weisbard / January 31, 2014

Aaron Paul and Josh Wiggins Talk Heavy Metal, Pearl Jam, and House Shows

Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman will be with us always, but Aaron Paul has got his own life to live. In addition to being a dedicated…
Chris Martins / January 31, 2014

The Black Lips Revisit Their Southern Roots on ‘Underneath the Rainbow’

It's hard to believe that the garage-punk rogues in Black Lips have been forging shit-kicking, ramshackle tunes for this long. They’re rightfully famous for their…
Paula Mejia / January 30, 2014

Shadowy Swedish Trio Kate Boy Flirt With the Electro-Pop Abyss

The relationship between Kate Akhurst, Markus Dextegen, and Hampus Nordgren Hemlin began, like so many relationships before it, over a drink.Back in 2011, Akhurst —…
Kyle McGovern / January 29, 2014

‘Cult Rapper’ Deniro Farrar Embraces Tupac, the Internet, and Charles Manson

Who: Charlotte, North Carolina's Deniro Farrar, 24, a blog-rap third-waver who's mixing eccentric, wobbly production from Internet heroes like Ryan Hemsworth and Blue Sky Black…
Brandon Soderberg / January 29, 2014

Rose McGowan on Mariah Carey, Bad Karaoke Choices, and Madonna’s Inspirational Might

Rose McGowan made her directorial debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival with a disturbing and gripping short dubbed Dawn. Starring Tara Barr as a…
Chris Martins / January 29, 2014
Page 30 of 173