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Nobody Is Nowhere: Willis Earl Beal Talks ‘Noctunes’ and His Hazy Future

Willis Earl Beal is hard to get ahold of. A mid-afternoon call to the casually drifting Chicago-born musician goes straight to his voicemail, which, naturally,…
Colin Joyce / July 20, 2015

Color Me Twice: The Violent Femmes Return to the Studio and Stage

The Violent Femmes began as a band of buskers on the streets of Milwaukee before permeating the American psyche and taking over the college radio…
Nolan Gawron / July 17, 2015

Sylvan Esso Are Giving Themselves ‘Full Permission to Just Make Bangers’

When SPIN first dials up Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath at the duo’s Durham, North Carolina, home, we’re greeted on multiple attempts with her charming sing-song-y…
James Grebey / July 17, 2015

The Moment Has Arrived for Tame Impala

Kevin Parker’s in Pittsburgh when he answers his phone. It’s early June and the 29-year-old Australian — the ambitious but self-effacing mastermind behind Tame Impala, one…
Kyle McGovern / July 17, 2015

Youth Lagoon Finds a ‘Unified Existence’ on ‘Savage Hills Ballroom’

Savage Hills Ballroom, Trevor Powers’ third album as Youth Lagoon, exists because of coincidence but, more importantly — and tragically — because of death. In the…
Harley Brown / July 16, 2015

Pleasure Leftists: Reformed Hardcore Punks and a Singer Like ‘Crying Dracula’

Who: Two members of Pleasure Leftists, bassist Steve Peffer and guitarist Kevin Jaworski, met when they attended Cleveland, Ohio’s nearby Lakewood High School together and thrashed their…
Harley Brown / July 15, 2015

Finally, the No. 1 Pop Song in the Country Is the Best Pop Song in the Country

It’s been a long, lonely winter atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 2015. We’d gotten mutliple weeks into July, over half the year already transpired, with…
Andrew Unterberger / July 14, 2015

How Nina Simone Made Lauryn Hill’s Rebirth Possible

On June 1, 2015, guests in Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater were perched at the edge of their seats. The house lights were up, and the credits from the premiere…
Rachel Brodsky / July 14, 2015

Leon Bridges Used to Secretly Listen to Ginuwine But Now Wears a Tuxedo

Tonight, Leon Bridges is not wearing his usual attire of high-waisted trousers, a starch-collared striped shirt, and a cardigan; instead, the unfailingly stylish Texas soul…
Alejandra Ramirez / July 13, 2015

Mac DeMarco Copes With Fans and Franks Because ‘Salad Days Are Gone’

It’s only been a little over a year since Mac DeMarco released his third full-length Salad Days, but he hasn’t exactly taken his sweet time with…
Margaret Farrell / July 9, 2015
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