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Vince Staples: Calm In the Hour of Chaos

It’s a Friday night in late June and I’m at a barbecue restaurant in Los Angeles with Vince Staples, who’s trying to help me retai…
Drew Millard / July 28, 2015

Is Public Opinion Turning Against Taylor Swift?

Late on Sunday night, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste tweeted some thoughts about Taylor Swift, along with a photo of an unnamed publication’s item about “Mean Girl Taylor Swift’s Friendshi…
Harley Brown / July 27, 2015

Widowspeak Move Upstate and Find Their ‘Frasier’ Moment on ‘All Yours’

Molly Hamilton wrote “Girls” — a lazy tire-swing sing-along off of All Yours, the upcoming third album from dreamy country-folk duo Widowspeak — while huddled around a…
Harley Brown / July 23, 2015

Jukebox Jury: Your Friend in Sublime Indie Rock, Matt Mondanile of Ducktails

The thing that you quickly learn about Matt Mondanile while having a conversation with him about contemporary indie music: Dude is friends with everybody. Not…
Andrew Unterberger / July 22, 2015

Forget Rihanna — the Best Video With a Social Message Wasn’t Nominated for a VMA

Every year when the MTV VMA nominations happen, several predictable things occur. Chuckleheads on social media make the same, super-original joke about MTV still playing music,…
James Grebey / July 21, 2015

Protomartyr Won’t Stop Until They Crash

Greg Ahee, guitarist for the post-punk band Protomartyr, tells me a quick story. He doesn’t remember exactly when — it was either after the release…
Kyle McGovern / July 21, 2015

HARD Summer’s Gary Richards Likes tUnE-yArDs, Thinks EDM Is ‘Pop Sh—t’

Three years ago, director Agata Alexander finally convinced Gary Richards to let her make the lineup announcement video for 2013’s HARD Summer the way she wanted: with…
Harley Brown / July 21, 2015

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
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