Interviews

Matt and Kim’s Matt Johnson Picks His Favorite Song From Every One of Their Albums

Matt and Kim — the simply named collaborative project between Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino — have been making unpredictable, eccentric, and undeniably fun dance-pop for a little…
By: James Grebey / March 30, 2015

Q&A: Lightning Bolt Talk ‘Fantasy Empire,’ Working With Battles and Bjork

Providence duo Lightning Bolt have sustained a brain-melting career in so-called "noise" rock for an unfathomably long time. For two decades running, bassist Brian Gibso…
By: Dan Weiss / March 24, 2015

SXSW Lone Stars: Tkay Maidza Breaks Down Her Breakout Mixtape, ‘Switch Tape’

Australia rapper Tkay Maidza's Switch Tape hit the ground speeding when it was released on the teenager's SoundCloud last October. A bumper-car ride…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 18, 2015

Q&A: Professor Who Teaches a Kendrick Lamar Course Talks ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Professor Adam Diehl teaches a course on Kendrick Lamar's classic 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, incorporating the writing of James Joyce and showings of…
By: Dan Weiss / March 17, 2015

Q&A: Rapsody Talks Secretly Working on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

One of the most striking names in the track listing of Kendrick Lamar's surprise-released To Pimp a Butterfly — which went on sale around…
By: Dan Weiss / March 16, 2015

SXSW Lone Stars: Viet Cong Talk Touring and Losing Their Sanity

To hear bassist-frontman Matt Flegel tell it, Viet Cong have had a weird couple of days. After a few missed calls and a whole lot…
By: Colin Joyce / March 13, 2015

Meet Katie Harkin, Sleater-Kinney’s Touring Fourth Member

Sleater-Kinney are a famously bass-free band, but that doesn't mean that the legendary indie-punk trio couldn't do with an extra set of hand…
By: Rachel Brodsky / March 12, 2015

Marina & the Diamonds Shatters the Pop System’s Ceiling on ‘Froot’

On her new album Froot, Marina & the Diamonds sheds the remnants of the sugar-pop persona — there's no Dr. Luke or Diplo…
By: Brennan Carley / March 11, 2015

SXSW Lone Stars: Alvvays on Archie’s Identity and Scot-Pop

Canadian fuzz-pop five-piece Alvvays — comprised of frontwoman Molly Rankin, Kerri MacLellan, Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Phil MacIsaac — made waves with their 2014…
By: Ilana Kaplan / March 11, 2015

Q&A: Heems on His Quest for Racial Identity and How Hip-Hop Gets Lost in Translation in Asia

When you walk into the Long Island house that Himanshu Suri shares with his parents, it's easy to forget that he's also Heems, the artist…
By: Beejoli Shah / March 10, 2015

Better Know the Districts: Talking With the Underage Band at Their Breakout Moment

The Districts were in the middle of a pretty big day when SPIN talked to them earlier this month. The midnight before, the garage-rock quartet'…
By: Andrew Unterberger / February 27, 2015

Q&A: Kelly Clarkson Talks ‘Piece By Piece,’ Identity Politics, and Recording While Pregnant

On March 3, pop superstar Kelly Clarkson will release her seventh studio album, Piece By Piece. It's a largely anthem-driven project that's been i…
By: Brennan Carley / February 27, 2015

Q&A: TLC Look Back on Their First Decade and Ahead to Their Final Album

With all due respect to En Vogue, Boyz II Men, and a little-known act called Destiny's Child, TLC — the trio of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins,…
By: Dan Weiss / February 26, 2015

Q&A: Robert Christgau on His Memoir ‘Going Into the City’ and Not Loving the War on Drugs

Talking to Robert Christgau is an experience unlike any other — unless you know of any other septuagenarians who are fully capable of discussing the…
By: Dan Weiss / February 24, 2015

Q&A: Gang of Four on Losing Their Lead Singer and Working With the Kills

Sure, Joy Division foregrounded those bass lines, and Pere Ubu added synths, but it was undoubtedly Gang of Four who put the rhythm in punk,…
By: Dan Weiss / February 20, 2015

Q&A: Kate Pierson on Writing Her Solo Album With Sia and Getting Kicked Out of Her Own Show

Singing "Rock Lobster," "Roam," "Love Shack," and other recognizable staples in her long-running "dance band from Athens, Georgia," the B-52s, Kate Pierson has long bee…
By: Dan Weiss / February 11, 2015

Q&A: Jess Glynne on Her ‘Surreal’ Grammy Win for Best Dance Recording

If you've turned on Top 40 radio in the past 12 months, odds are you'd recognize the caramel-voiced British pop singer Jess Glynne from…
By: Brennan Carley / February 10, 2015

Q&A: Annie Lennox Talks Grammys Collaboration With Hozier, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

At Sunday night's Grammy Awards, the Irish singer-songwriter Hozier — who was nominated for Best New Artist but lost to Sam Smith — played…
By: Brennan Carley / February 10, 2015

Q&A: St. Vincent On Winning Best Alternative Album Grammy (And Putting It On a Chain)

St. Vincent's self-titled 2014 album won the 2015 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album this evening, an honor that follows the critically…
By: Dan Weiss / February 9, 2015

Meet DJ Raff, the Man Behind the ‘Broad City’ Theme, ‘Latino & Proud’

If you're not watching Broad City, stop reading this right now. We're serious — go watch it. If you are a…
By: James Grebey / January 28, 2015
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