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Stay Positive: Craig Finn Looks Back on the Highlights of His Career

At 44, Craig Finn has nearly two decades of hoarse, literary rock'n'roll behind him, and he doesn't sound anywhere near finished. Up until the Hold…
Dan Weiss / August 28, 2015

MTV VMAs 2015: How Can Miley Cyrus Make the Most of Her Hosting Gig?

The MTV Video Music Awards needs Miley Cyrus more than she needs it, though the two entities have become completely intertwined following the telecast two years ago…
Brennan Carley / August 27, 2015

Still Drumming: Georgia Brings London to New York

The audience for Georgia’s headlining performance at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is hard to pin down. There’s a lanky tall guy in the…
Andrew Stone / August 27, 2015

Metric Already Have Their Next Album Mapped Out

Toronto’s "emotionally primitive" (their description, not ours) synth-rock group Metric are still learning new things about themselves. "It feels like we’re growing, thank God, because otherwise we’d…
Margaret Farrell / August 26, 2015

Ten DJs and Producers Discuss SoundCloud’s Future

Lately, SoundCloud's troubles have been many, and confusing: Following reports that the Berlin-based streaming service was running "dangerously low on cash," a slew of internet radio…
Harley Brown / August 26, 2015

Christine and the Queens: The Gender-Defying Chanteuse With a Plan

Dressed in all black at New York's Sunflower Diner, Christine and the Queens — a.k.a. French singer-songwriter Héloïse Letissier —  sits gleefully in front of a giant stack of…
Brennan Carley / August 26, 2015

A Revisionist History: Yo La Tengo Pick Their All-Time Favorite Covers

A couple of weeks ago, Yo La Tengo started a Spotify playlist to compile the songs they've covered over the course of their three-plus decades…
Colin Joyce / August 26, 2015

Imma Let You Finish But Kanye West Is One of the Least Video-Driven Pop Icons of All Time

Rarely is an artist’s career as defined by so many facets as Kanye West’s: his singles have topped the charts, his albums have routinely steamrolled…
Dan Weiss / August 25, 2015

20 Feet From Stardom: Deradoorian Leaves It All Behind

North Brooklyn has changed since the last time Angel Deradoorian was here. Condos have gone up, long-running independent venues have come down, and families with…
Colin Joyce / August 25, 2015

We Quizzed Disclosure on Their Big-Name ‘Caracal’ Collaborators

Though it's early in the morning at the Meatpacking District's hottest hotel, the Standard, the Disclosure brothers — Howard and Guy Lawrence, British dance's biggest…
Brennan Carley / August 24, 2015

Chelsea Wolfe Lives in the Woods, Hangs at Biker Bars, and Finds Herself

The video for "Carrion Flowers," a shivering dirge that opens Chelsea Wolfe's recently released fourth album, Abyss, like the beast slouching towards Bethlehem, is nightmarish. Black…
Harley Brown / August 21, 2015

SPINfighting: What Should the New Justin Bieber Single Sound Like?

As the roundtable format has grown into an effectively direct way for a publication to think out loud for its readers' perusal, we're happy to…
SPIN Staff / August 21, 2015

Punk Begins at 30: A Titus Andronicus Story in Five Acts

Two years after his personal and professional low point, Patrick Stickles, mastermind of Titus Andronicus, has crafted his most ambitious album yet. Now that he's…
Andrew Unterberger / August 20, 2015

Berserktown II: Punk’s Last Stand

Two years ago, the punk world bid farewell to one of the best things it was ever gifted. Chaos in Tejas was an annual summer…
Maria Sherman / August 19, 2015

CHVRCHES Give Advice on How to Avoid the Sophomore Slump

It's early in the morning in downtown Brooklyn, and the members of Scottish electropop group CHVRCHES are awake but slightly confused: Iain Cook (guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist),…
Brennan Carley / August 18, 2015

Destruction Unit’s Deep Trip Through Brooklyn

Leaning back in a lawn chair in the backyard of a friend's apartment adjacent to the bustling hellscape of Williamsburg's Bedford Avenue, Destruction Unit frontman…
Colin Joyce / August 18, 2015

Perry Farrell’s Words of Wisdom: ‘Play Clubs, Play Parties, Play a Hot Dog Stand’

It's hard to miss Perry Farrell's blinding white teeth as the 56-year-old Jane's Addiction singer, Lollapalooza founder, and pioneering '90s Alternative Nation personality leans all the way in…
Rachel Brodsky / August 17, 2015

Radkey Show Off Hard-Rock Family Bond on ‘Dark Black Makeup’

For Radkey, the release of debut album Dark Black Makeup represents not only years of hard touring and determination to improve as songwriters, but also…
Dan Reilly / August 17, 2015

Blur vs. Oasis: Who Won the Last 20 Years?

On this day 20 years ago, Britpop reached its apex as a pop-culture phenomenon, with the simultaneous release of Blur's "Country House" and Oasis' "Roll…
Andrew Unterberger / August 14, 2015

Shirley Manson and Butch Vig Answer 20 Questions for the 20th Anniversary of ‘Garbage’

Shirley Manson refers to herself a "truth-seeker." "I’ve been taught that when people ask, 'How are you,' they’re not looking to hear how you actually are,"
Rachel Brodsky / August 13, 2015
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