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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 his…
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 has…
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

Q&A: Wayne Coyne Talks Miley, Ke$ha, and Flaming Lips’ ‘Sgt. Peppers’ Tribute Album

Over the course of their serpentine, three-decade career, proud Oklahomans the Flaming Lips have been an upstart punk rock act, one-hit-wonders (with their lone radio…
Garrett Kamps / August 11, 2014

Toyota and SPIN Present Soundwave at Outside Lands 2014

"The coolest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco," said Mark Twain. Concertgoers traveling to Outside Lands 2014 knew better than to…
SPIN Team / August 11, 2014

Outside Lands 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Nestled in the woods of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands prides itself on its sylvan aesthetic, sprinkling artisan food booths, a comedy stage,…
SPIN Staff / August 11, 2014

Pickathon 2014: SPIN’s Best Photos

SPIN photographer Todd Cooper spent the weekend in scenic Happy Valley, Oregon with Mac DeMarco, Warpaint, Diarrhea Planet, the War on Drugs, SPIN cover star Angel Olsen, and…
SPIN Staff / August 6, 2014

Q&A: RAC Keeps Indie Rock Up All Night

André Allen Anjos is known as RAC, but only because the name Dr. Feelgood was taken. The Portland-based producer (by way of Portugal and Illinois)…
Vivian Host / August 6, 2014

Naomi Punk Thrives With Minimalist Edge and Maximal Sound

When speaking about oft mythicized hometown of Olympia, Washington, caustic surf-scum trio Naomi Punk agrees that the concept of a punk-rock utopia is fickle. "It…
Paula Mejia / August 6, 2014

Q&A: David Yow on Cats

David Yow is not the first guy you’d expect to be emotionally invested in cats. As a live performer, the former Jesus Lizard antagonist has…
Camille Dodero / August 5, 2014

His City of Ruins

When Joe Casey was 12 years old, he heard one woman murder another on the front lawn next to his. "It sounded like somebody was…
David Bevan / August 4, 2014

Lollapalooza 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

From Rihanna's cameo during Eminem's Friday night headlining set to the Chance the Rapper and R. Kelly duet that closed out the latter's hometown music…
SPIN Staff / August 4, 2014

Photos: Lil BUB and Her Famous Friends

Lil BUB is one of the most famous cats on the planet. She has her own documentary, online talk show, hardcover book, primetime Animal Planet…
SPIN Staff / August 1, 2014

25 Celebrity Cats Who Are Not Lil BUB

In ancient Egypt, cats were venerated to such a degree that punishment for killing one was a death sentence. Eras later, we now live…
Krista Schlueter / July 31, 2014

Q&A: Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings and Other Stars of Oddball Comedy 2014 Talk Sexxx, Drugs, and Comedy Stools

Kind of like television dramas and the career of Chris Hardwick, stand up comedy never went away, it just sucked for awhile (lookin' at you,…
SPIN Staff / July 31, 2014

Corporate Cats Still Suck: The Improbable Tale of Indie Superkitty Lil BUB

Mike Bridavsky could not stop crying. Over the course of two spring weeks in 2012, the foundation of his life had crumbled completely. The Bloomington,…
Camille Dodero / July 29, 2014

The Best Scenes We Saw at the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos

For the 15th year in a row, Insane Clown Posse hosted their annual underground music festival, the Gathering of the Juggalos. This time, the four-day…
Jolie Ruben / July 28, 2014
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