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Q&A: Neil Young Plots Retro-Tech Revolution With Pono, New Album ‘A Letter Home’

Amidst the chaos of SXSW, Neil Young announced the arrival of his long-gestating PonoMusic, which Neil and CEO John Hamm insist isn't really a device…
By: Garrett Kamps / March 14, 2014

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner Talks Ditching the Guitars for the Resilient, Restorative New ‘Shriek’

Shriek, the fourth album from Wye Oak (out next month on Merge), opens with a jittery keyboard line, making plain the Baltimore duo's shift away…
By: Maura Johnston / March 13, 2014

Q&A: Miranda Lambert on Her New ‘Platinum,’ Country Radio, and the Damn Tabloids

Miranda Lambert is a generational icon, a rule-breaker, a rock star whether she knows it or not. Without making a show of it, she's succeeded…
By: Dan Weiss / March 13, 2014

Marvel Music’s Strange, Brief, and Totally Doomed Rock-Comics Revolution

In 1991, in the midst of his run on Sandman — now considered one of the most innovative comic-book series of all time — Neil…
By: David Grossman / March 12, 2014

Reigning Men: Brooklyn’s Busiest, Most Restless Band Offers ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’ Today

The Men are Brooklyn's hardest-working punk band. They are also Brooklyn's hardest-working noise group, and Brooklyn's hardest-working Crazy Horse tribute act. If you find thi…
By: Michael Tedder / March 7, 2014

How Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium Became Inventions

Since 1999, guitarist Mark Smith has been beholden to his post-rock outfit, Explosions in the Sky, applying post-Spiderland dynamics to cinematic grandeur worthy of a…
By: Andy Beta / March 6, 2014

Rome Fortune Thinks Outside the Trap, Shoots Dolphins With Laser Guns

Who: Open-eared Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune, 22, whose latest mixtape, Beautiful Pimp II, a follow-up to last year's Beautiful Pimp (SPIN's #23 Best Hip-Hop Album…
By: Brandon Soderberg / March 5, 2014

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen Talk ‘Portlandia,’ Sleater-Kinney, and ‘Late Night’

On the new season of Portlandia, one of Carrie Brownstein's characters is dating a tax attorney; when he takes up the electric bass, she enlists St.
By: Jillian Mapes / February 27, 2014

Mastodon Near Completion of ‘Wild’ Summer LP

About half an hour southwest of downtown Nashville, in the bucolic outskirts of Franklin, Tennessee, amid horse farms and split-rail fences, you'll find Rock Falco…
By: D. Patrick Rodgers / February 27, 2014

The Boys Next Door: Real Estate’s Subtle Charms

Alex Bleeker lays it all out there in Guitar Center. "People are going to say it forever, but we're not trying to make the soundtrack…
By: Kyle McGovern / February 27, 2014
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