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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

Alex G Is Learning How to Be Famous (Without Really Trying)

Leaning over a pool table in a nondescript house on a dusty block on the border of his native Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood, eyeing all available…
Colin Joyce / August 13, 2015

2015: The Year the Single Stopped Mattering in Hip-Hop

This week, Drake's If You're Reading This, It's Too Late became the first album released in 2015 to sell a million copies. That's more a…
Andrew Unterberger / August 13, 2015

Ashley Monroe Is on a Winning Streak

Ashley Monroe made the mistake of getting thirsty in Times Square. "When we went to Duane Reade," the 28-year-old Knoxville, Tennessee native tells…
Dan Weiss / August 12, 2015

Myrkur: The Homesick, Danish Metal Aesthete

With four candles flickering in front of her on a table at New York's hallowed Electric Lady Studios, Denmark-based songwriter Amalie Bruun talks about her…
Colin Joyce / August 12, 2015

Behind The Scenes: Kopecky Follow Their Inner Cult Calling In ‘Talk To Me’ Video

"So, it’d be Tabula Rasa: 'To begin as if you’ve never begun.'" Gabe Simon, horn player, singer, and guitarist for Nashville's Kopecky, looks pensive as he finalizes his…
Margaret Farrell / August 11, 2015

Omar Souleyman Embraces Love, and Relaxation, on ‘Bahdeni Nami’

Expressionless and inscrutable behind his sunglasses and underneath a red keffiyeh, Omar Souleyman betrays little — lighting a cigarette and gesturing slightly with his hands is…
Harley Brown / August 10, 2015

Roundtable: How Often Are You Still Using Apple Music?

On June 30th, Apple Music debuted to much fanfare as the newest entrant in the increasingly crowded fight for the streaming allegiances of the music-listening…
SPIN Staff / August 7, 2015

I Sang ‘Torn’ With Natalie Imbruglia at Karaoke

The week before I met Natalie Imbruglia for karaoke, I had "Torn" stuck in my head every morning. "I thought I saw a man brought to life,"
Rachel Brodsky / August 7, 2015

Band of Brothers: The Bridgeable Divide Between Rap and Emo

If anyone in the almost completely 21-and-under crowd of 15,000 at Long Island's Nikon Jones Beach Theater on the evening of June 25 was still surprised that…
Harley Brown / August 6, 2015

What Should the New Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Album Sound Like?

Yesterday, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released their first brand-new music in years: "Growing Up (Sloane's Song)," an ode to the rapper born Ben Haggerty's two-month-old…

We Won a Tube of Preparation H at the Gathering of the Juggalos

I have never seen a Montana license plate until today. We’re in the parking "lot" of Legend Valley, a grassy farmland in Thornville, Ohio, a…
Dan Weiss / August 4, 2015

Kacey Musgraves, Woman Without a Country

"I'm thinking of wearing the sparkly tights today," Kacey Musgraves says in late June as she speculates about what type of sunlight she'll get during…
Brennan Carley / August 4, 2015
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