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Dweezil Zappa Plays (His Own) Zappa for a Change After a Decade of Tributes

It might be the case that the only person who can truly play Frank Zappa's genre-bending work is another Zappa. The legendary oddball's eldest son, Dweezil Zappa,…
James Grebey / November 25, 2015

Frank Zappa-Your-Zits: Pimple Bacteria Named After Rock Iconoclast

Microbiologist Andrea Campisano keeps a Frank Zappa quote on his lab computer. The screensaver text reads: "If you end up with a boring, miserable life…
Marc Hogan / February 19, 2014

Dukey Sticks & Doo-Doo Jokes: George Duke’s Silly, But Very Serious Career

Pop-jazz purveyor, canny fusionist, and playful funkster George Duke, who died on Monday from leukemia at the age of 67, began his twisting, turning career…
Brandon Soderberg / August 9, 2013

NRA Targets Beyonce, Boyz II Men, and Barry Manilow on Alarming ‘Enemies List’

The National Rifle Association has, ahem, set its sights on a very diverse group of opponents via a so-called "enemies list" that's since been scrubbed…
Chris Martins / February 13, 2013

Best Reissues of August 2012: Flatlanders, Frank Zappa, Blur, Dead C, and more

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention We’re Only In It for the Money (10) Zappa Records With nearly 100 albums under his belt (including…
Mike Powell / September 10, 2012

Playlist: The 30 Greatest Instrumental Songs Ever

In the latest issue of SPIN, we caught up with Explosions in the Sky, the Texas-based band who've taken wordless music to unexpected heights. But…
SPIN Staff / May 6, 2011