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Connect Sessions — In the Studio With Com Truise and CandyStations

What does the first moment of collaboration between a musician and a visual artist look like? In late November, SPIN tagged along to document the…
By: SPIN Staff / December 4, 2014

Connect Sessions — The Deborah Light Shows

On one hand, it's pretty easy to describe the type of work Deborah Johnson does under the name CandyStations: visual backdro…
By: SPIN Staff / December 4, 2014

In My Room: Grouplove’s Christian Zucconi and Hannah Hooper

It's been a whirlwind few years for Grouplove. Between recording, touring, more recording, more touring (this could keep going, but you get the idea), the…
By: Katrina Nattress / December 4, 2014

Jason Molina Book Excerpt: The Making of Songs: Ohia’s ‘Didn’t It Rain’

Today, Secretly Canadian is reissuing Didn't It Rain, the 2002 album by the late Jason Molina's Songs: Ohia project. To coincide with the…
By: Erin Osmon / December 2, 2014

Connect Sessions — Breakdancing With Light

Ron Amstutz's work has always lived on the border of photography, video and performance art; he builds elaborate physical worlds, documents them with his still-camera,…
By: SPIN Staff / November 26, 2014

Q&A: Ghostface Killah Talks Ambitious New Concept Album ’36 Seasons’

Rap legend and Wu-Tang Clan MVP Ghostface Killah is one of the most consistent rappers of the last two decades, peaking in the 2000s o…
By: Dan Weiss / November 24, 2014

Q&A: Idris Elba Talks ‘Mi Mandela’ And Collaborating With James Blake, Mumford & Sons

Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba (The Wire, Thor, Pacific Rim) releases his first full-length album, Idris Elba Presents Mi Mandela, next week. The LP i…
By: Dan Weiss / November 21, 2014

Connect Sessions — In The Studio With Ian Williams (Battles) and Ron Amstutz

What does the moment of collaboration between a musician and a visual artist look like? On Thursday, November 13, SPIN tagged along to document one…
By: SPIN Staff / November 19, 2014

Q&A: Da Internz Talk Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda,’ Tease Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter V’

Production duo Da Internz, a.k.a. Ernest "Tuo" Clark and Marcos "Kosine" Palacios, have stamped their names on a handful of ass-centric hits. (Rihanna's lasicivious "Birthday…
By: Dan Weiss / November 19, 2014

Listening to ’90s Music with ’90s Music’ Singer Kimbra

Few 2014 singles have been as delightful as Kimbra's barbed-wire kiss of a pop song, "90s Music." The Golden Echo head-bopper is at…
By: Andrew Unterberger / November 18, 2014

Ariel Pink Hates the Eurythmics (And Other Opinions on Weird Pop Hits)

Ariel Pink is surrounded by contradictions. The 36-year-old singer-songwriter possesses a preternatural gift for straightforward, hook-filled songcraft, but injects his work with…
By: Kyle McGovern / November 14, 2014

Madonna: The 1985 ‘Like a Virgin’ Cover Story

(This bulleted interview was originally published in the May 1985 issue of SPIN, which hit newsstands on March 19, 1985.)…
By: Scott Cohen / November 12, 2014

The Afghan Whigs Dissect ‘Gentlemen,’ Track By Track

When Cincinnati's Afghan Whigs got signed to Elektra after 1992's Congregation, fans were only just starting to notice what set them apart from the flannel-clad…
By: Dan Weiss / November 12, 2014

Q&A: Big K.R.I.T.’s Metaphorical Cadillac Is Bigger Than Yours

Big K.R.I.T. has spent the last decade making his name as a consistently solid mixtape rapper (and producer) with such acclaimed works as 2011'…
By: Matthew Levine / November 11, 2014

The Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison Ponders ‘Change,’ Track By Track

This week, heady D.C. post-punks the Dismemberment Plan are reissuing 2001's Change, their fourth and most aptly titled album, which was also their last full-length…
By: Dan Weiss / November 4, 2014

Q&A: Young Fathers on Their Mercury Prize Win and (Already!) Returning to the Studio

For the past couple of years, Edinburgh trio Young Fathers have been releasing short, exciting records that straddle some of the same territory as early…
By: Dan Weiss / November 3, 2014

Surf-Jazz and Art Guitars in a Warehouse-Turned-Gallery

On Friday night, a converted warehouse in Costa Mesa, California, played host to a wild array of hand-wrought artifacts and surf-jazz skronk. The place wa…
By: SPIN Staff / October 29, 2014

Q&A: Tracing Royal Blood’s Unclassifiable Rise to Fame

The rise of the U.K. duo Royal Blood has been so fast and furious it's practically unclassifiable. Formed in 2013, they played their first show…
By: Garrett Kamps / October 29, 2014

Q&A: Thurston Moore Talks New Solo Album and How to Compose a Power-Drill Solo

For nearly three decades, Thurston Moore led the hugely influential Sonic Youth, the only "noise" band to ever appear on The Simpsons. His highly…
By: Dan Weiss / October 29, 2014

The Complete Taylor Swiftology: A Glossary of Symbols

As befits a singer/songwriter who was young enough to have been reading The Scarlet Letter in Language Arts class when she became famous, Taylor Swift'…
By: Andrew Unterberger / October 22, 2014
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