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Connect Sessions — In the Studio With How to Dress Well and Melissa Matos

One fascinating thing about the collaborative partnership between the pop musician who records as How to Dress Well (Tom Krell) and the multi-disciplinary artist TRUSST…
SPIN Staff / December 11, 2014

Parquet Courts Are SPIN’s 2014 Band of the Year

When Austin Brown first expressed interest in playing the guitar, his father, an accountant and ardent ZZ Top fan, gave him some advice: "Learn just…
David Bevan / December 11, 2014

Connect Sessions — Intimate Progressive

To get inside the creative work of Melissa Matos, it's important to note that her focus of study at Concordia University in her hometown of…
SPIN Staff / December 10, 2014

Young Thug Is SPIN’s 2014 Rapper of the Year

In January, a reporter asked Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman if being called a "thug" by various media outlets bothered him, after he criticized San Francisco…
Dan Weiss / December 8, 2014

Gwen Stefani Never Planned to Return to Her Solo Career

When Gwen Stefani calls SPIN from her Los Angeles home, she's unwinding in her bed wearing a robe, letting the stress of the full-day photo shoot…
Brennan Carley / December 8, 2014

Sia Is SPIN’s 2014 Artist of the Year

Sometimes, Sia Furler writes songs in gibberish. During an August appearance on E!'s since-defunct late-night show Chelsea Lately, the fame-phobic singer-songwriter offered a peek into her creative…
Rachel Brodsky / December 7, 2014

Connect Sessions — In the Studio With Com Truise and CandyStations

What does the first moment of collaboration between a musician and a visual artist look like? In late November, SPIN tagged along to document the…
SPIN Staff / December 4, 2014

Connect Sessions — The Deborah Light Shows

On one hand, it's pretty easy to describe the type of work Deborah Johnson does under the name CandyStations: visual backdrops and concert environments that…
SPIN Staff / December 4, 2014

In My Room: Grouplove’s Christian Zucconi and Hannah Hooper

It's been a whirlwind few years for Grouplove. Between recording, touring, more recording, more touring (this could keep going, but you get the idea), the…
Katrina Nattress / December 4, 2014

Jason Molina Book Excerpt: The Making of Songs: Ohia’s ‘Didn’t It Rain’

Today, Secretly Canadian is reissuing Didn't It Rain, the 2002 album by the late Jason Molina's Songs: Ohia project. To coincide with the deluxe edition's…
Erin Osmon / December 2, 2014

Connect Sessions — Breakdancing With Light

Ron Amstutz's work has always lived on the border of photography, video and performance art; he builds elaborate physical worlds, documents them with his still-camera,…
SPIN Staff / November 26, 2014

Q&A: Ghostface Killah Talks Ambitious New Concept Album ’36 Seasons’

Rap legend and Wu-Tang Clan MVP Ghostface Killah is one of the most consistent rappers of the last two decades, peaking in the 2000s on…
Dan Weiss / November 24, 2014

Q&A: Idris Elba Talks ‘Mi Mandela’ And Collaborating With James Blake, Mumford & Sons

Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba (The Wire, Thor, Pacific Rim) releases his first full-length album, Idris Elba Presents Mi Mandela, next week. The LP is…
Dan Weiss / November 21, 2014

Connect Sessions — In The Studio With Ian Williams (Battles) and Ron Amstutz

What does the moment of collaboration between a musician and a visual artist look like? On Thursday, November 13, SPIN tagged along to document one…
SPIN Staff / November 19, 2014

Q&A: Da Internz Talk Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda,’ Tease Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter V’

Production duo Da Internz, a.k.a. Ernest "Tuo" Clark and Marcos "Kosine" Palacios, have stamped their names on a handful of ass-centric hits. (Rihanna's lasicivious "Birthday…
Dan Weiss / November 19, 2014

Listening to ’90s Music with ’90s Music’ Singer Kimbra

Few 2014 singles have been as delightful as Kimbra's barbed-wire kiss of a pop song, "90s Music." The Golden Echo head-bopper is at once a…
Andrew Unterberger / November 18, 2014

TV on the Radio Leave It Behind

There is a man. He is handsome, but right now a little silly. He's wearing flip-flops, for one, and the kind of slack, open-lip grin…
Chris Martins / November 17, 2014

Ariel Pink Hates the Eurythmics (And Other Opinions on Weird Pop Hits)

Ariel Pink is surrounded by contradictions. The 36-year-old singer-songwriter possesses a preternatural gift for straightforward, hook-filled songcraft, but injects his work with just enough eccentricity —…
Kyle McGovern / November 14, 2014

The Afghan Whigs Dissect ‘Gentlemen,’ Track By Track

When Cincinnati's Afghan Whigs got signed to Elektra after 1992's Congregation, fans were only just starting to notice what set them apart from the flannel-clad…
Dan Weiss / November 12, 2014

Q&A: Big K.R.I.T.’s Metaphorical Cadillac Is Bigger Than Yours

Big K.R.I.T. has spent the last decade making his name as a consistently solid mixtape rapper (and producer) with such acclaimed works as 2011's…
Matthew Levine / November 11, 2014
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