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Q&A: Heems Talks About His Label Split and Three — Yes, Three — Upcoming Albums

Himanshu Suri, better known to the rap world as Heems, finally put out his official solo debut, Eat Pray Thug, this past March after a pair…
Dan Weiss / November 18, 2015

Here’s Every Song One Direction Swiped for ‘Made in the A.M.’

The third album by British pop superpowers One Direction, 2013's Midnight Memories, closed with "Better Than Words" — a tribute to about 15 of the…
Andrew Unterberger / November 13, 2015

Q&A: YACHT Game the System on ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler’

"There’s a good I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler moment right there," says Claire Evans, singer and half of future-forward dance-punk duo YACHT, pointing to…
Harley Brown / November 12, 2015

Pop of Ages: Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott on the Band’s New Album and Non-Metal Roots

For 38 years now, Joe Elliott and his bandmates in Def Leppard have, to enormous success, been unabashedly comfortable in embracing their anomalous genre identity:…
Jonathan Dick / November 12, 2015

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

The 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest brought plenty of, you guessed it, fun to Austin, Texas this past weekend, with performances by CHRVCHES, Future Islands, Parquet Courts, Neon…
SPIN Staff / November 11, 2015

AlunaGeorge Find the Danciest Pockets of R&B on Their New Album

Aluna Francis cried while writing a song on her as-yet-untitled sophomore album with producer George Reid as London dancewave duo AlunaGeorge. Co-written with synth-punk mistress…
Harley Brown / November 10, 2015

Beach Slang: This Band Could Be Your Life

James Alex is about to play to a mostly empty room and he’s noticeably nervous. The lean, fortysomething singer-songwriter is pink in the face and…
Kyle McGovern / November 10, 2015

20 Years, 20 Questions: GZA Revisits ‘Liquid Swords’

On September 15, 2015, nearly 20 years after it was first released, GZA finally received a platinum record in the mail from the RIAA for…
Corbin Reiff / November 6, 2015

Justin Tranter’s Written All of Your Favorite Pop Songs This Year

"I love your promptness," Justin Tranter says happily from his Los Angeles home when SPIN phones him. The suddenly prolific songwriter has reason to require such a…
Brennan Carley / November 6, 2015

Tell Me Do You Miss Me: The Glassy-Eyed Return of Luna

Dean Wareham’s not exactly the kind of rock hero whom people fist-bump over. But here we are in early October at Philly's Trocadero theatre, trying…
Dan Weiss / November 5, 2015

Jonas Rathsman: The Folk-Dancing Fashion Designer Turned House Sensation

In September, Jonas Rathsman had what anyone else might call a "you know you've made it when" moment at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. After heading…
Harley Brown / November 4, 2015

Kate Boy Trace the Timeline to Their Debut Album, Single By Single

By the time Swede-Australian synth-pop outfit Kate Boy release their neatly polished, progressively charged debut album One on November 6, more than three years will have passed since the…
Brennan Carley / November 4, 2015

Ellie Goulding: ‘I Was As Influenced By Björk As I Was By Beyoncé’

Ellie Goulding phones SPIN from the backseat of a cab en route to a photoshoot, the latest in a series of promotional appearances for her upcoming…
Brennan Carley / November 2, 2015

Floating Points Steers Clear of the Dance Floor on His ‘Very Considered’ New LP ‘Elaenia’

Throughout his career, much of the chatter surrounding Floating Points (a.k.a. Sam Shepherd) has had nothing to do with his music. Since 2009, the London…
Shawn Reynaldo / November 2, 2015

Voodoo Festival 2015 Recap: Florence + the Machine and Ozzy Osbourne Own the Weekend

The 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans was riddled with unfortunate luck and inclement weather from the start, including torrential rains and…
David Sikorski / November 2, 2015

Voodoo Music Festival 2015: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Inclement weather might've gotten in the way of a planned third day of performances, but there was still plenty of excitement during the first two…
SPIN Staff / November 2, 2015

SPINfighting: What’s Your Favorite Movie About Music?

As the roundtable format has grown into an effectively direct way for a publication to think out loud for its readers’ perusal, we’re happy to…
SPIN Staff / October 30, 2015

Ecstasy, Fake LSD, and Sort-Of Magic Mushrooms: The Future of Dance Music’s Drugs

"Many people are experimenting with the drug ecstasy. I heard you say once that a lie is sweet in the beginning and bitter in the…
Harley Brown / October 30, 2015

‘It’s Not Easy’: How Guy Gerber Charms His Way Through Laptop Woes and Ibiza Party Shutdowns

"Good morning!" says Guy Gerber with a big smile. It's 5 p.m. "You're looking cheerful!" He’s kidding. The two people on staff at…
Michaelangelo Matos / October 30, 2015

Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane Hansen Says ‘5H2′ Is Better, Bolder, and Realer

When the girl group Fifth Harmony formed in 2012 on the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's immensely popular British hit, The X-Factor, nobody quite understood what a…
Brennan Carley / October 30, 2015
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