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Slow Change May Pull Us Apart: The Oral History of Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’

This February marks the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club, director John Hughes' classic teen-angst flick about five archetypal high school students (a brain, a…
By: Andrew Unterberger / February 24, 2015

Read an Excerpt From Robert Christgau’s Memoir ‘Going Into the City’

You probably wouldn't be reading this publication if Robert Christgau didn't largely invent rock criticism as we know it. Since 1967, the lifelong New Yorker…
By: SPIN Staff / February 23, 2015

Q&A: Gang of Four on Losing Their Lead Singer and Working With the Kills

Sure, Joy Division foregrounded those bass lines, and Pere Ubu added synths, but it was undoubtedly Gang of Four who put the rhythm in punk,…
By: Dan Weiss / February 20, 2015

El Perro Del Mar’s All-Swedish Mixtape: ABBA, the Concretes, Young Lean, and More

If there's anything El Perro Del Mar — a.k.a. Swede-pop staple Sarah Assbring — understands, it's how to, as she puts it, create…
By: Rachel Brodsky / February 17, 2015

Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late': An Impulsive Roundtable

In a week that was already hardly lacking in hip-hop excitement, Drake had to go and drop a surprise mixtape last night. It…
By: SPIN Staff / February 13, 2015

Q&A: Kate Pierson on Writing Her Solo Album With Sia and Getting Kicked Out of Her Own Show

Singing "Rock Lobster," "Roam," "Love Shack," and other recognizable staples in her long-running "dance band from Athens, Georgia," the B-52s, Kate Pierson has long bee…
By: Dan Weiss / February 11, 2015

Q&A: Jess Glynne on Her ‘Surreal’ Grammy Win for Best Dance Recording

If you've turned on Top 40 radio in the past 12 months, odds are you'd recognize the caramel-voiced British pop singer Jess Glynne from…
By: Brennan Carley / February 10, 2015

Q&A: Annie Lennox Talks Grammys Collaboration With Hozier, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

At Sunday night's Grammy Awards, the Irish singer-songwriter Hozier — who was nominated for Best New Artist but lost to Sam Smith — played…
By: Brennan Carley / February 10, 2015

The Old Pollution: Beck, Kanye, Steely Dan, and the Grammy Circle of Life

In popular music, you either die cool, or you live long enough to see yourself become the establishment. When Beck Hansen was advocating…
By: Andrew Unterberger / February 9, 2015

The Best and Worst Moments of the 2015 Grammys

Music's Biggest Night has come and gone once again, favoring some (Sam Smith and Beck, mostly) and overlooking others (rappers, mostly). From afar,…
By: SPIN Staff / February 9, 2015

Q&A: St. Vincent On Winning Best Alternative Album Grammy (And Putting It On a Chain)

St. Vincent's self-titled 2014 album won the 2015 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album this evening, an honor that follows the critically…
By: Dan Weiss / February 9, 2015

‘Rebel Heart’ Tamed: Our 12-Track Edit of Madonna’s New Album

Earlier this month, Madonna's new album leaked in full. It wasn't the first time this promotional cycle that the iconic singer has bee…
By: SPIN Staff / February 6, 2015

Grammys 2015: Who Will Win and Who Should Win?

With the 2015 Grammys coming up this Sunday the SPIN staff takes a look at eight of the biggest categories to determine who should will,…
By: SPIN Staff / February 5, 2015

Laneway Festival 2015: FKA Twigs, St Vincent, and More Dazzle in Sydney

Perhaps the only problem with the lineup at this weekend's St. Jerome's Laneway Festival in Sydney was that it was too good. Some…
By: SPIN Staff / February 4, 2015

The Taylor Swift Bump: Who’s Gotten a Helping Hand From Pop’s Biggest Name?

Earlier this month, Taylor Swift tweeted her approval for a little-known artist named Børns, and her fans responded by flooding the singer's SoundCloud,…
By: Brennan Carley / January 30, 2015

Meet DJ Raff, the Man Behind the ‘Broad City’ Theme, ‘Latino & Proud’

If you're not watching Broad City, stop reading this right now. We're serious — go watch it. If you are a…
By: James Grebey / January 28, 2015

What’s the Best Bjork Album? A SPIN Roundtable

With her Vulnicura LP being announced, leaked, and then rush-released all within the past two weeks, Björk has come out of…
By: SPIN Staff / January 28, 2015

ASTR Talk Uptempo ‘Homecoming’ EP and Meeting Drake for the First Time

Zoe Silverman and Adam Pallin only met a couple of years ago, but their musical backgrounds stretch back further. The latter is a producer and…
By: Brennan Carley / January 27, 2015

Why Does Everybody Hate Rita Ora?

Rita Ora has become the music industry's go-to piñata: She's at all of the parties — no doubt wearing something colorful — and…
By: Rachel Brodsky / January 23, 2015

Purity Ring Achieve Their Moment of Clarity on ‘another eternity’

Given the gauzy, atmospehric sound of Purity Ring's debut album (2012's Shrines) and their presence on 4AD (the label that came to prominence i…
By: Andrew Unterberger / January 22, 2015
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