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Kevin Gates: The Day They Make Me a Boss

It’s a couple of days after New Years and Kevin Gates and I are on the seventh floor of the Beverly Center mall in Los…
Drew Millard / January 21, 2016

Tinashe Knows How Dope She Is

It’s 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in the middle of November, and Tinashe is curled up, fast asleep, on the couch in the Upper East…
Brennan Carley / December 22, 2015

Folk Metal, Cubist Cupcakes, and Interplanetary Bass: Inside the 2015 World Music Expo

Recently, Afrobeats phenom Fuse ODG hopped on Major Lazer’s "Light It Up" remix and posted a clip of it to his Instagram. He called it, "WORLD…
Minna Zhou / November 30, 2015

Fetty Wap Is 2015’s Rookie of the Year

"I write most of my music now in the airplane." So says the dude grinning across from me on a July afternoon at…
Dan Weiss / November 30, 2015

Steve Angello Tells the Non-EDM Version of His Crazy Life Story on ‘Wild Youth’

Steve Angello used to be, in his words, a "s**thead." Growing up in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden — an immigrant-heavy neighborhoods that periodically erupts…
Harley Brown / November 24, 2015

Vanessa Carlton Has Never Been Farther From ‘A Thousand Miles’

Vanessa Carlton is hours away from playing a show at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha, Nebraska, but she has a few things to do…
Rachel Brodsky / November 24, 2015

Beach Slang: This Band Could Be Your Life

James Alex is about to play to a mostly empty room and he’s noticeably nervous. The lean, fortysomething singer-songwriter is pink in the face and…
Kyle McGovern / November 10, 2015

Floating Points Steers Clear of the Dance Floor on His ‘Very Considered’ New LP ‘Elaenia’

Throughout his career, much of the chatter surrounding Floating Points (a.k.a. Sam Shepherd) has had nothing to do with his music. Since 2009, the London…
Shawn Reynaldo / November 2, 2015

‘It’s Not Easy’: How Guy Gerber Charms His Way Through Laptop Woes and Ibiza Party Shutdowns

"Good morning!" says Guy Gerber with a big smile. It's 5 p.m. "You're looking cheerful!" He’s kidding. The two people on staff at…
Michaelangelo Matos / October 30, 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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

Leon Bridges Used to Secretly Listen to Ginuwine But Now Wears a Tuxedo

Tonight, Leon Bridges is not wearing his usual attire of high-waisted trousers, a starch-collared striped shirt, and a cardigan; instead, the unfailingly stylish Texas soul…
Alejandra Ramirez / July 13, 2015

Refused’s New Punk Creed: You Are Part of the Problem

"I just got these jeans," Refused drummer David Sandström says as he stands up for a SPIN photo shoot. Like the strapping, dapper percussionist, every…
Rachel Brodsky / June 26, 2015

Jason Derulo Sets His Sights on Pop’s Throne

Jason Derulo is, first and foremost, an editor. The 25-year-old Miami native edits his torso in a gym routine so rigorous that it won him…
Dan Weiss / June 17, 2015
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