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Colin Hanks Wants to ‘Put a Human Face’ on Tower Records

The idea was simple: Buy a store, fill it with records, and hire your friends and family as employees. For more than 40 years, until…
Stephanie Dubick / October 16, 2015

Q&A: Chaka Khan on Earning Her First Solo Nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The 2016 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced yesterday — a diverse group of greats that includes trailblazing rap group N.W.A.,…
James Grebey / October 9, 2015

SPINfighting: Who’s the Best Musical Cat?

As the roundtable format has grown into an effectively direct way for a publication to think out loud for its readers’ perusal, we present SPINfighting,…
SPIN Staff / October 9, 2015

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016: Who’s Gonna Get In?

Earlier today, this year's nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 were announced. And surveying the list of the 15…
Andrew Unterberger / October 8, 2015

Q&A: Majical Cloudz Steer Clear of the ‘Raw Truth’ on New LP, ‘Are You Alone?’

Majical Cloudz — the sad clown alter-ego of Montreal-based musician Devon Welsh and multi-instrumentalist bandmate Matthew Otto — were working on their second album, the follow-up…
Harley Brown / October 8, 2015

Here’s What We Know About the Artist Behind Rihanna’s New Album Artwork

Rihanna officially announced her long-awaited eighth studio album at a Los Angeles art gallery on Wednesday night, with artwork designed by the Jerusalem-born designer Roy…
Brennan Carley / October 8, 2015

Tacocat Want to Keep the Feminist Conversation Going on Third LP

Tacocat are busy recording their third LP, but they can't yet say what form it'll take. They aren't being purposefully evasive; the rambunctious Seattle bubblegum-rock outfit typically save the…
Rachel Brodsky / October 7, 2015

Shopping: Political Post-Punk With a Smile

U.K. post-punk trio Shopping are an unexpectedly silly bunch. "We're all pinching each other right now, you can't see, just beneath camera level," says drummer Andrew…
Rachel Brodsky / October 7, 2015

Q&A: Hrishikesh Hirway, the Musical Surgeon Behind the ‘Song Exploder’ Podcast

It's subtle, but towards the end of the Postal Service's "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight," there's a faint, ghostly hum blended almost seamlessly amidst melancholy…
James Grebey / October 6, 2015

Q&A: Timmy Thomas on Drake Sampling His ’70s Soul Hit for ‘Hotline Bling’

"I’m just excited. You can hear it in my voice. I’m excited. I’m verrry excited." Some veteran musicians tend to get territorial and…
Andrew Unterberger / October 5, 2015

Candy-Pop Heroes Dressy Bessy Are Planning a ‘KINGSIZED’ Return

The last time college-radio darlings Dressy Bessy released an album, 2008's Holler and Stomp, the economy tanked. The financial crisis, an industry-wide transition from physical-to-digital record…
Rachel Brodsky / October 5, 2015

Four Reasons Why ‘Rock Band 4′ Is Worth Your Time

After a five-year hiatus, Rock Band 4 hits stores tomorrow, reviving the gaming sensation for a long-awaited reunion run. It's been streamlined from the huge,…
Andrew Hayward / October 5, 2015

SPINfighting: What Song on Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ Has the Most Lasting Influence?

As the roundtable format has grown into an effectively direct way for a publication to think out loud for its readers’ perusal, we present SPINfighting,…
SPIN Staff / October 2, 2015

Real Estate’s Martin Courtney Made a Solo Record Because He Couldn’t Think of a Good Band Name

Mark 2015 as the year of the Real Estate solo album. To date, frontman Martin Courtney has mostly chilled out during the downtime following last year's…
Colin Joyce / October 2, 2015

EL VY Are Having the Time of Their Lives on ‘Return to the Moon’

On Return to the Moon, the sprightly debut album from EL VY — the collaborative project of the National's singer, Matt Berninger, and multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf, formerly of Menomena and…
Harley Brown / October 2, 2015

Every Line From Sky Ferreira’s Award-Worthy Turn in ‘The Green Inferno’

After two years spent in production limbo due to financial issues, The Green Inferno finally hits theaters this week. Directed by gore guru Eli Roth,…
Margaret Farrell / October 1, 2015

Five Thoughts About ‘Meow the Jewels,’ Because How the Hell Would You Actually Review This?

cant wait to read the first serious review of meow the jewels by some poor bastard who thinks its a serious album. —…
James Grebey / September 29, 2015

Tory Lanez Takes On Europe

Tory Lanez is leaned against the window in the bistro car of a Holland-bound express train. His eyes flicker back and forth with the passing…
Lawrence Neil / September 28, 2015

The Best Bets From Life Is Beautiful 2015: Andra Day, SZA, Alessia Cara, Saint Motel, and More

Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful festival, now in its third year, ironically features no gambling. What it does have, though, is a lengthy list of veteran…
Rachel Brodsky / September 28, 2015

SPINfighting: What Album Should Ryan Adams Cover Next?

As the roundtable format has grown into an effectively direct way for a publication to think out loud for its readers’ perusal, we present SPINfighting,…
SPIN Staff / September 25, 2015
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