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The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
SPIN Staff / July 1, 2016

Radiohead at Bonnaroo 2012: Plus 11 More Friday Standouts

SPIN's Manchester journey continues as Thom Yorke teases a collaboration with Jack White and Major Lazer send the crowd on an interstellar journey, but a…
SPIN Staff / June 9, 2012

Watch the ‘Unsinkable’ Guided by Voices Rock ‘Letterman’

A precious few indie bands are as unashamed of onstage theatrics as Guided byVoices. The reunited Ohio rockers brought out all their rambunctious glory last…
Marc Hogan / January 4, 2012

Mastodon, Portishead, J. Cole Hit Late Night

Late-night TV played host to a wide range of musical acts on Wednesday night. Metal giants Mastodon rocked The Late Show With David Letterman. Trip-hop…
Marc Hogan / October 6, 2011

FREE DOWNLOAD: Talib Kweli on New Music & More

Whether it's his collaboration with partner Mos Def on 1998's Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star, one of the most influential rap records…
Peter Gaston / January 20, 2011

The SPIN Interview: Mos Def

Dante "Mos Def" Smith walks the walk and talks the talk — literally. This past May, he led me on a four-hour interview ramble around…
Charles Aaron / August 1, 2009