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10 Songs That Influenced the New Pornographers’ Power-Pop Gem ‘Brill Bruisers’

Lately, Carl Newman has been listening to a lot of music. That may not be surprising, considering that the 46-year-old has made a career out…
Kyle McGovern / August 27, 2014

D’Angelo and Ice-T Electrify 2014’s Afropunk Festival

This weekend’s edition of Brooklyn’s Afropunk Festival brought out big guns like the recently resurfaced D’Angelo, ?uestlove, occasional Willow Smith duet partner SZA, Trash Talk,…
Brennan Carley / August 26, 2014

Q&A: Run the Jewels on the Tragedy in Ferguson and Racist Idiots

It's been a hectic week for Run the Jewels. In the span of a few days, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P played a…
Dan Reilly / August 22, 2014

Robyn and Royksopp Light Up New York’s Pier 97

Robyn and Röyksopp brought their hybrid electroni-pop and laser light show to Pier 97 last night, the musicians’ only New York City date in support…
Brennan Carley / August 21, 2014

What We Learned From 15 Minutes With VMA Headliner Jessie J

When "Bang Bang" was released in late July, it immediately landed in the Billboard Hot 100's Top 10 while debuting at #1 on iTunes' digital…
Puja Patel / August 20, 2014

Q&A: So So Glos’ Alex Levine Talks Growing Up Punk and Hating Selfies

After a whirlwind year for the So So Glos — which saw the Brooklyn punks release a critically acclaimed new album, Blowout, play Lollapalooza (and…
Killian Young / August 20, 2014

Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers Isn’t a Side Project. So We Played Him Some Famous Ones, Anyway.

Jack Antonoff's new band is all about revisiting his past. Raised in the suburbs of Bergenfield, New Jersey, the songwriter and fun. guitarist started hi…
Puja Patel / August 20, 2014

Why Sharon Van Etten May Quit Playing Music (and Become a Shrink)

Sharon Van Etten knows what it is to voice her feelings. Through three albums of saturnine folk and indie-rock, the 33-year-old raven-haired, mahogany-eyed singer-songwriter ha…
David Bevan / August 18, 2014

Choosing Sides: Bey-Z vs. KimYe (A Roundtable)

In light of all the Kim/Kanye and Beyoncé/Jay Z fireworks over the past month, we’ve assembled a roundtable of experts to…
Puja Patel / August 12, 2014

Outside Lands 2014: SPIN’s Best Portraits

At last weekend’s Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, SPIN hosted some of music’s best and brightest talent in the Toyota Soundwave tent for a three-day…
Jolie Ruben / August 12, 2014
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