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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

Duke Dumont Strives for Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ on New EP Series

Duke Dumont won’t say he’s a businessman. If he were, the U.K. producer insists, he would have tried harder to get more chart-topping, big-name artists on hi…
Harley Brown / July 31, 2015

Børns Puts Finishing Touches on Fantastical Debut Album

When Børns calls SPIN from his California studio, he’s mere days from putting the finishing touches on his upcoming, as-yet-untitled debut album, likely due in October.
Brennan Carley / July 29, 2015

Widowspeak Move Upstate and Find Their ‘Frasier’ Moment on ‘All Yours’

Molly Hamilton wrote “Girls” — a lazy tire-swing sing-along off of All Yours, the upcoming third album from dreamy country-folk duo Widowspeak — while huddled around a…
Harley Brown / July 23, 2015

Protomartyr Won’t Stop Until They Crash

Greg Ahee, guitarist for the post-punk band Protomartyr, tells me a quick story. He doesn’t remember exactly when — it was either after the release…
Kyle McGovern / July 21, 2015

Nobody Is Nowhere: Willis Earl Beal Talks ‘Noctunes’ and His Hazy Future

Willis Earl Beal is hard to get ahold of. A mid-afternoon call to the casually drifting Chicago-born musician goes straight to his voicemail, which, naturally,…
Colin Joyce / July 20, 2015

Sylvan Esso Are Giving Themselves ‘Full Permission to Just Make Bangers’

When SPIN first dials up Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath at the duo’s Durham, North Carolina, home, we’re greeted on multiple attempts with her charming sing-song-y…
James Grebey / July 17, 2015

Youth Lagoon Finds a ‘Unified Existence’ on ‘Savage Hills Ballroom’

Savage Hills Ballroom, Trevor Powers’ third album as Youth Lagoon, exists because of coincidence but, more importantly — and tragically — because of death. In the…
Harley Brown / July 16, 2015

Chk Chk Chk (!!!) Want to Make Pop Music Weird on New Album ‘As If’

“I don’t think people expect anything of us anymore,” Nic Offer, frontman for dance-punk stalwarts !!! (pronounced “Chk Chk Chk”), says about his band’s forthcoming sixth studio…
Rachel Brodsky / July 2, 2015

The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Talks New Album and Miley Cyrus Collaborations

Wayne Coyne calls while driving around his lifelong hometown of Oklahoma City, where they’re braced for a “sloppy” tornado/flood situation in early May. “Maybe it’ll…
Dan Weiss / June 30, 2015
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