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Level Up: Taylor McFerrin

For Taylor McFerrin, learning to finish what he had started – in this case his debut album, Early Riser – was the biggest lesson he…
By: SPIN Staff / March 18, 2015

SPIN Electronic Report: Levon Vincent Makes a Splash, DJ Sotofett Blurs Genre Lines

If the first couple of months of 2015 are any indication, this year's quality dance albums are going to make 2014's seem like a hazy,…
By: Steve Mizek / March 18, 2015

SXSW Lone Stars: Tkay Maidza Breaks Down Her Breakout Mixtape, ‘Switch Tape’

Australia rapper Tkay Maidza's Switch Tape hit the ground speeding when it was released on the teenager's SoundCloud last October. A bumper-car ride through hip-hop,…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 18, 2015

Q&A: Professor Who Teaches a Kendrick Lamar Course Talks ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Professor Adam Diehl teaches a course on Kendrick Lamar's classic 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, incorporating the writing of James Joyce and showings of Boyz…
By: Dan Weiss / March 17, 2015

Q&A: Rapsody Talks Secretly Working on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

One of the most striking names in the track listing of Kendrick Lamar's surprise-released To Pimp a Butterfly — which went on sale around midnight today,…
By: Dan Weiss / March 16, 2015

Level Up: Jerome LOL

We've all been there, or most of us at least. You spend your teens defining yourself through a certain musical genre, often to the point…
By: SPIN Staff / March 16, 2015

SXSW Lone Stars: Viet Cong Talk Touring and Losing Their Sanity

To hear bassist-frontman Matt Flegel tell it, Viet Cong have had a weird couple of days. After a few missed calls and a whole lot…
By: Colin Joyce / March 13, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Dawn Richard’s Trippy R&B, Quarterbacks’ Twee-Punk, and More

There's too much music. The Internet cemented that from here on out there's always going to be worthy releases that fall between the cracks —…
By: SPIN Staff / March 13, 2015

Meet Katie Harkin, Sleater-Kinney’s Touring Fourth Member

Sleater-Kinney are a famously bass-free band, but that doesn't mean that the legendary indie-punk trio couldn't do with an extra set of hands under special…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 12, 2015

Marina & the Diamonds Shatters the Pop System’s Ceiling on ‘Froot’

On her new album Froot, Marina & the Diamonds sheds the remnants of the sugar-pop persona — there's no Dr. Luke or Diplo here — that she…
By: Brennan Carley / March 11, 2015
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