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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

Bob Moses: One Name, Two Emo-Tronic Spiritual Bros

In 2013, Tom Howie had some very bad — but also very good — luck. The Vancouver-born musician, who with countryman and band mate Jimmy…
Harley Brown / September 24, 2015

Ryan Adams’ ‘1989’: A Worthwhile Disappointment

Can you remember the last time people made this big a deal out of a covers record — let alone one that just involved one…
Andrew Unterberger / September 23, 2015

Through Being Cool: Battles Just Don’t Give a S**t

Battles' practice space is a beautiful disaster. Just two days after returning from a globe-trotting slate of one-off dates that saw them playing sets in Dublin,…
Colin Joyce / September 23, 2015

I Listened to Lana Del Rey for the Very First Time — in 2015

Tennessee Williams could have written a play about Lana Del Rey. But even though Lana quotes him repeatedly, she wouldn’t have been a…
Rebecca Haithcoat / September 21, 2015

SPINfighting: Now Ten Years Old, Is ‘My Humps’ Really One of the Worst Songs Ever?

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 18, 2015

The Flaming Lips Answer 20 Questions for the 20th Anniversary of ‘Clouds Taste Metallic’

Many came to know the Flaming Lips via the Vaseline-happy fluke hit "She Don’t Use Jelly" from 1993 and their 1999 full-length magnum opus The…
Dan Weiss / September 18, 2015

‘Levels’ Up: Writer/Producer Ian Kirkpatrick and His Long Journey to Top 40’s Rooftop

Ian Kirkpatrick is having a busy 2015 — so much so that he has to delay our conversation 24 hours to meet an emergency deadline…
Andrew Unterberger / September 18, 2015

Q&A: Bruce Dickinson on Iron Maiden Playing Behind the Iron Curtain and Never Being Punk

Many metal bands sing of demons and other creatures from unreal planes of existence. Iron Maiden are one of the only bands who actually might…
Andy O'Connor / September 17, 2015

The Man Behind the Music of Burning Man

About 70,000 people descended upon a Nevada desert this year to camp within a dried-up prehistoric lake to form Black Rock City. This pop-up city is…
David Sikorski / September 16, 2015

Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’: The Dismemberment Plan, Röyksopp, and More Talk Their Top Tracks

With her famously elusive nature, propensity for literary lyrics, enchanting — often unearthly — vocals, and overall air of theatricality, Kate Bush pushed the boundaries of '80s…
Rachel Brodsky / September 14, 2015

Neon Indian Lost An Album Then Made Another One

Blame the booze, but Alan Palomo's third album as Neon Indian, VEGA INTL. Night School almost didn't happen. Three years ago, on a wild night…
Colin Joyce / September 14, 2015

New Order Return to the Clubs on ‘Music Complete’ (But Not in Real Life)

For a group whose biggest hits are inseparable from their iconic synth hooks — whether they're cresting as a tidal wave on top of "Procession,"
Andrew Unterberger / September 11, 2015

SPINfighting: What Was the Best TV Theme of the ’90s?

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 11, 2015

Slayer’s Kerry King Doesn’t Pay Attention to ‘Dips**ts on the Internet’

Since Slayer released their most recent blood- and spittle-stained metal masterwork, World Painted Blood, back in 2009, the entire face of the band they started as…
Colin Joyce / September 10, 2015

Skylar Spence: Pop Music’s Friendliest Prom King

Skylar Spence, a.k.a. Ryan DeRobertis, is five minutes from playing the last show of his summer tour at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park. Then: "WE ARE EVACUATING THE…
Rachel Brodsky / September 9, 2015

The SPIN Interview: John Lydon

There's something refreshing, even cleansing, about talking to John Lydon, a guy who's seen death and incompetence, who doesn't suffer fools, who's proven unafraid to…
Dan Weiss / September 9, 2015
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