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Q&A: The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Talks Pro Wrestling-Themed New Album ‘Beat the Champ’

John Darnielle is this indie-rock generation's poet laureate, strumming too hard and singing too passionately to be a mere folkie, despite much of his catalog boiling…
By: Dan Weiss / April 7, 2015

Q&A: Foo Fighters’ Nate Mendel Enlists as Lieutenant on His First Solo Album

Nate Mendel is not used to the spotlight. "I've always been really comfortable being a sideman — a part of the band," the former Sunny…
By: Rachel Brodsky / April 7, 2015

SPIN 30: Teenage Fanclub Talk Unlikely Breakout Album, ‘Bandwagonesque’

On March 19, 1985, the first issue of SPIN hit newsstands. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re revisiting a handful of records that the staff ha…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 7, 2015

SPIN 30: Ice Cube Reflects on His Back-Against-the-Wall Debut, ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’

On March 19, 1985, the first issue of SPIN hit newsstands. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we're revisiting a handful of records that the staff ha…
By: Kyle McGovern / April 6, 2015

Q&A: Death Cab for Cutie Unpack Chris Walla’s Departure and New Album ‘Kintsugi’

Earlier this week, Death Cab for Cutie returned with Kintsugi, the band's eighth album and first since 2011's Codes and Keys. That intervening four-year spa…
By: Kyle McGovern / April 3, 2015

Q&A: Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter on Becoming a Band for All Seasons

With Lower Dens' third album, Escape From Evil, the Baltimore-based outfit is pulling quite the Houdini act: Escaping the "cold and dark" place they'd found themselve…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 2, 2015

How Pop Phenom Alex Winston Overcame a Vocal Hemorrhage for Her Second LP

Last January, Brooklyn based vocalist Alex Winston suffered a hemorrhaged capillary in her vocal chords. It happened days before the brood-pop singer's first concert in eight months, the bulk…
By: Brennan Carley / April 1, 2015

Stream Calexico’s Playlist of Guests From New ‘Edge of the Sun’ LP

Tucson folk-rock outfit Calexico has developed a longstanding reputation for organizing remarkable collaborations (recall their 2005 joint EP with Iron & Wine, In the Reins).
By: Rachel Brodsky / April 1, 2015

Quizzing Action Bronson About Other Musicians From Queens

Action Bronson is hardly the first great rapper to hail from Queens, but it's admittedly been a while since the heydays of Run-D.M.C., LL Cool…
By: Dan Weiss / March 30, 2015

Matt and Kim’s Matt Johnson Picks His Favorite Song From Every One of Their Albums

Matt and Kim — the simply named collaborative project between Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino — have been making unpredictable, eccentric, and undeniably fun dance-pop for a little more…
By: James Grebey / March 30, 2015
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