Interviews

Q&A: Chance the Rapper’s Vocalist Friends Talk ‘Surf”s Overstuffed Chicago Sessions

Chance the Rapper and his band the Social Experiment finally released their long-anticipated full-length Surf on Thursday night. The release boasts an incredibly star-studded crew of…
By: Colin Joyce / May 29, 2015

Q&A: ‘God-Fearing’ Torres Says Johnny Cash Is Her ‘Style Icon’

For Brooklyn singer-songwriter Torres, family plays an important role in her music. Mackenzie Scott named her musical project after her mother’s maiden name, paying homage to…
By: Ilana Kaplan / May 15, 2015

Q&A: Mac McCaughan Revisits ’80s Growing Pains on ‘Non-Believers’

Over the past 25 years, Mac McCaughan has built an impressive resume: singer-guitarist of Superchunk, arguably the hardest-working band in indie-rock history, whose tenth (and most…
By: Kyle McGovern / May 14, 2015

Holly Herndon’s Trying to Find New Ways to Play the World’s Oldest Instrument

Next week, sound sculptor Holly Herndon will release Platform, her second proper LP and her first release as a member of the 4AD roster. The album…
By: Andrew Unterberger / May 13, 2015

Q&A: ?uestlove Talks Philly’s Eighth Annual Roots Picnic Festival

A man who truly needs no introduction, Philly-born 44-year-old Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson is one of the most famous drummers in the world and certainly the…
By: Dan Weiss / May 12, 2015

Q&A: The Tallest Man on Earth’s ‘Dark Bird Is Home’ Was Almost ‘Too Personal’

Last year, Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. the Tallest Man On Earth, returned from tour to begin writing his next album in his home studio in Swede…
By: Caitlin Gallagher / May 11, 2015

Brandon Flowers Lists His 10 Favorite Brandon Flowers Songs

When Brandon Flowers calls SPIN, he's in the middle of a tightly packed day, in the middle of a tightly packed week, in the middle of…
By: Brennan Carley / May 8, 2015

Damian Lazarus Travels the World in ‘Message From the Other Side’ LP

Some of the exotic strings, vocalizations, and woodwinds filtering like sub-Saharan winds through producer and DJ Damian Lazarus' sophomore LP, Message from the Other Side, came to him…
By: Harley Brown / May 6, 2015

Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves Kickstarts Her Solo Career With ‘Took the Ghost to the Movies’

As soon as Meredith Graves takes her seat at a Greenpoint, Brooklyn coffee shop, it's apparent that she's happy. Ecstatic, even. Despite the uncharacteristically chilly,…
By: Colin Joyce / May 5, 2015

Aerosmith Tell the Story Behind Their Hard-Rock Masterpiece ‘Toys in the Attic’

Boston hard-rock thrill-seekers Aerosmith have not only been massively popular for the better part of 40-plus years now, but also lay claim to some massive…
By: Dan Weiss / May 4, 2015
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