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

Oscars Underdog Zachary Heinzerling on Keeping Beyonce’s Secrets

Cutie and the Boxer is one of the best movies up for an Academy Award this Sunday that you likely haven't seen, a documentary — now…
By: Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / February 27, 2014

Patten Steps Back So That His Luminous Electronic Music Can Step Forward

Who: patten — always lowercase, please — is a London-based producer of woozy, lysergic, deeply-hued electronic music that flickers like a heat mirage, way out…
By: Philip Sherburne / February 26, 2014

Owen Pallett on Scoring Sex Music (for a Phone)

Owen Pallett was on his way to New Zealand to tour with the Arcade Fire when he found out he'd been nominated for an Academy…
By: Harley Brown / February 26, 2014

Lil Jon on His New Smash ‘Turn Down for What,’ and the Mystical Power of the Club Hit

Lil Jon enters his Los Angeles home, his dog barking loudly. "It's me — quiet," he says, or rather yells. "It's cool. Relax. Sit down.
By: Christina Lee / February 25, 2014

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…
By: 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 i…
By: Jordan Sargent / February 24, 2014
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