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Afropunk Festival 2016 Lineup: Ice Cube, TV on the Radio, Tyler, the Creator, and More

The lineup for the 2016 Afropunk Festival is out, and Ice Cube, TV on the Radio, and Tyler, the Creator are set to take the…
James Grebey / April 19, 2016

Grimes Brought Out Janelle Monáe and Aristophanes at Coachella

Grimes performed yesterday at Coachella, where she played tracks from her latest release, last year's excellent Art Angels, and 2012's Visions. She also brought out…
Rachel Brodsky / April 17, 2016

Watch Janelle Monáe Dance to Madonna’s ‘Express Yourself’ in New Super Bowl Ad

Janelle Monáe — part-android, Wondaland Records anchor, and all-around pop star we do not deserve — stars in Pepsi Cola's retro-themed new Super Bowl ad. It…
Brennan Carley / February 4, 2016

Janelle Monae on Iggy Azalea Controversy: ‘She Steal From Us, We Steal Back’

Wondaland Records labelmates (and artistic kindred spirits) Janelle Monae and Jidenna visited Hot 97's "Ebro in the Morning" show earlier this week to talk about…
Andrew Unterberger / August 15, 2015

Janelle Monáe and Jidenna Do ‘Yoga’ Together on ‘The Today Show’

Janelle Monáe's Wondaland crew releases their Eephus EP today and in celebration the honcho turned up on The Today Show to offer a rendition of…
Colin Joyce / August 14, 2015

Janelle Monáe and Wondaland Records Bring Emotional Justice to ‘Hell You Talmbout’

Janelle Monáe & Wondaland Records have just released "Hell You Talmbout," a powerful new single that comes just a day before the release of the record…
Brennan Carley / August 13, 2015

The Wondaland Records Crew Throw Out Their Scripts For ‘The Eephus’ EP

"Wondaland [Records] is a magic place," says Nate Wonder of funk-folk duo Deep Cotton at the beginning of a short film, Wondaland: Welcome to the…
Harley Brown / August 12, 2015

Jidenna Takes Dapper to a New Level in ‘Classic Man (Remix)’ Video

Stylish gentleman and singer Jidenna has a new video out for the Kendrick Lamar-assisted "Classic Man (Remix)." Featuring K.Dot and Wondaland…
Rachel Brodsky / July 15, 2015

Duran Duran Share First New Single in Four Years, ‘Pressure Off’

Duran Duran are back with their first new single in four years: a funk-tinged, heavily harmonized track called "Pressure Off." Featuring guitar licks from Chic…
Rachel Brodsky / June 20, 2015

The Internet Announce ‘Ego Death’ LP, Featuring Tyler, the Creator, Janelle Monae, and More

Odd Future-affiliated R&B band the Internet has announced their return. The Syd tha Kyd-fronted act will release their latest LP Ego Death on June 30,…
Colin Joyce / June 2, 2015

Janelle Monae Does ‘Yoga’ with Jidenna on ‘Fallon’

Janelle Monae has made no secret her love of yoga, and now she's made it into the fittingly titled "Yoga," which she brought to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy…
Harley Brown / May 19, 2015

Janelle Monae and Jidenna Stretch ‘Yoga’ to Its Bendiest Limits

Janelle Monae has always been the type of singer to skirt the line between innovative electro-R&B and soul and mainstream pop, cleverly playing with listeners'
Brennan Carley / April 13, 2015

Beyonce, Solange, Dirty Projectors, and More Pay Tribute to D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’

D'Angelo's seminal album Voodoo recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, and Solange's website Saint Heron hosted several moving tributes to the iconic record from more than a dozen musicians it inspired.
James Grebey / February 4, 2015

The 25 Best Music Videos of 2014

Music videos took a bonkers turn in 2014: "Weird Al" Yankovic reveled in all things tasteless, Pee-Wee Herman played a loony race-car driver, butts hit peak ubiquity,…
SPIN Staff / December 30, 2014

Janelle Monae Visited ‘Sesame Street’ and Was Amazing

Well, this is adorable: Janelle Monáe visited Sesame Street recently to teach Elmo, Big Bird, Bert, and co. about the importance of perseverance. The SPIN profile…
Kyle McGovern / September 11, 2014

Janelle Monae Sings With T-Boz, Gets Love From Obamas

Janelle Monáe kills the live performance of her latest album's title track "Electric Lady," but the Afrofuturist princess (or Q.U.E.E.N.?) now introduces a visual accompaniment that ups…
Olivia Forman / July 30, 2014

Bonnaroo 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

SPIN ventured down to Manchester, Tennessee this past weekend to camp out at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. We caught performances by Yeezus…
SPIN Staff / June 17, 2014

Janelle Monae Exalts David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ on ‘Letterman’

We can be "Heroes"? Yes, she can. Janelle Monáe's almost-too-fitting cover of David Bowie's 1977 classic surfaced this spring in conjunction with a Pepsi ad campaign. The…
Marc Hogan / June 12, 2014

Governors Ball 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

As festival season marches on, Governors Ball swept through New York City this past weekend, taking over Randall's Island for three days of live music…
SPIN Staff / June 9, 2014

Governors Ball 2014: The 15 Best Things We Saw

SPIN spent this past weekend on New York City's Randall's Island, taking in the three-day wonder that is the Governors Ball Music Festival. We gave…
SPIN Staff / June 9, 2014
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