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Spencer Pratt: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Is the ‘Most Obvious Marketing Stunt On the Whole Planet’

When SPIN interviewed Spencer Pratt seven years ago, he was an aspiring rapper — you know, in addition to being television's most reviled villain on MTV's sort-of reality…
Rachel Brodsky / June 8, 2016

Governors Ball 2016: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Day three of Governors Ball 2016 was canceled because of threatening weather, which sadly meant no Bat for Lashes, no Courtney Barnett, and no Kanye West.
SPIN Staff / June 6, 2016

Governors Ball 2016: When the ’00s Became Classic Rock

The enduring memory from this year's Governors Ball festival will undoubtedly be its rained-out third day, and the Kanye West headlining spot that was washed…
Andrew Unterberger / June 6, 2016

Q&A: Into the ‘Black’ With Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley has gone dark. On his just-released album, Black, the award-winning, chart-topping country artist hits on some heavy-duty life topics, moving well beyond aircraft intoxication to…
Luke McCormick / June 3, 2016

Betty Who Talks Covering Donna Lewis’ ‘I Love You Always Forever,’ Making Her Second Album

In October 2014, Australian pop star Betty Who released her impeccable debut album, Take Me When You Go, a sparkly-eyed collection of songs that SPIN dubbed its favorite pop…
Brennan Carley / June 3, 2016

Sasquatch! 2016: SPIN Portraits of Rudimental, Frightened Rabbit, and More

Throughout Memorial Day weekend, SPIN was on site at the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Toyota Music Den, where we invited many of the fest's best and brightest…
Drew Fortune / June 1, 2016

Pop Producer Ricky Reed Is Living the Nice Life

There are two types of smiles. The first comes from concerted approval; the second spreads reflexively. The former is often feigned, the latter is all natural. Ricky…
Brennan Carley / May 31, 2016

Tegan and Sara’s Pop Life

"I’m wearing fabulous shoes, and nobody can see it," laments Sara Quin from onstage at Le Poisson Rouge in downtown Manhattan. She and twin sister…
Andrew Unterberger / May 31, 2016

The Strange Is Gone From San Francisco

Now that all my friends are gone / I walk these streets, but don’t belong / I’d keep the faith but I’m not that strong / There’s so…
Steven Edelstone / May 31, 2016

Heard and Unseen: The Oral History of Ghost Town DJ’s ‘My Boo’

As 2016 has re-confirmed, the only time when an artist’s song reappears on the Hot 100 decades after its release is usually immediately after the artist's death. But…
Brian Josephs / May 26, 2016

The Gotobeds: Post-Punk Revivalists With Pittsburgh Pride

The Gotobeds singer-guitarist Eli Kasan (code name: Hazy Lazer) loves his hometown of Pittsburgh. When I bring up Philadelphia, the metropolis on the opposite end of…
Rachel Brodsky / May 25, 2016

‘Dedication 2′ Is When Lil Wayne Became an All-Time Great Rapper

Making a hit song is a combination of talent, marketability, and luck. Making a banger over someone else's hit song is a mix of ingenuity and…
Brian Josephs / May 23, 2016

Hangout Fest 2016: The Weeknd, Vince Staples, and Jason Isbell Shine After Hours-Long Weather Delay

This past weekend, Hangout Fest returned to Gulf Shores, Alabama, for its seventh go-round, boasting an eclectic lineup and, thanks to its ocean-front location, some…
Dan Reilly / May 23, 2016

Salad Days Are Gone: I Went to Sweetgreen’s Music Festival

Three hundred and sixty-four days a year, Sweetgreen is a wildly popular chain of salad restaurants on the East Coast and in California. On the…
Anna Gaca / May 23, 2016

‘Grace and Frankie’ Star June Diane Raphael Won’t Stop Seeing Billy Joel in Concert

Netflix's original dramedy Grace and Frankie was meant to showcase its legendary stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, but episode after episode, comedian and actress June Diane…
Brennan Carley / May 20, 2016

Bibi Bourelly: A 21-Year-Old Pop Songwriter on Her Way to Powerhouse Frontwoman

Berlin transplant Bibi Bourelly's career is off to an auspicious start. She’s already performed on The Tonight Show and The Late Late Show and is prepping to open up…
Brian Josephs / May 19, 2016

Q&A: Mac DeMarco on Staying Friends With Fans and Wearing Bondage Masks

At one of the first shows on Mac DeMarco’s current tour, a couch is set up onstage at Webster Hall to accommodate his friends (including…
Julia Edelman / May 18, 2016

Garbage’s Shirley Manson: ‘Be Flawed, Be Fragile, Be a Mess’

Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson is boiling eggs and hiding out in her Los Angeles home when she picks up the phone. "A policeman apparently discharged his weapon outside…
Rachel Brodsky / May 17, 2016

Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ Is Proof That ‘Views’ From the Top Ain’t So Bad

There’s a point where the leathers are so Italian, the bank accounts balloon so big, and the sheets’ thread count run so high that they’re…
Brian Josephs / May 16, 2016

Ladyhawke: Ten Things You Never Knew About Me

Many might know Pip Brown — a.k.a. New Zealand-born Ladyhawke — as a pop personality with a dead-on ear for monster hooks. Her synth-packed work is so…
Rachel Brodsky / May 16, 2016
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