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The SPIN Interview: Deftones

The most popular metal band ever birthed from California's state capital, Deftones have been capturing the attention and subverting the expectations of metal fans for…
Andrew Unterberger / April 4, 2016

The SPIN Interview: Underworld

It's been 20 years since the future that legendary electronic group Underworld faced was shining its brightest. The long journey of Karl Hyde and Rick…
Andrew Unterberger / March 11, 2016

The SPIN Interview: Destroyer’s Dan Bejar

Twenty or so years ago, Dan Bejar was, as he puts it, "a f**k up" — a nondescript twentysomething, little money to his name and plenty…
Kyle McGovern / August 3, 2015

The SPIN Interview: 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,…
Dan Weiss / February 26, 2015

The SPIN Interview: Mark Ronson Looks Back on His 20-Year Journey ‘Uptown’

It took a couple of decades, and a sidewinding journey from DJ to producer to lead artist, but Mark Ronson is officially a pop star…
Andrew Unterberger / January 8, 2015

The SPIN Interview: Mannie Fresh Talks Bounce, Brass Bands, and Twerking for Pop

When Mannie Fresh released his cheery 1989 single "Buck Jump Time" alongside his friend and rapper Gregory D, he didn't know it would later become known…
Puja Patel / June 11, 2014

The SPIN Interview: Kelis Talks ‘Milkshake,’ Feminism, and Inspirational Love

It's been difficult to peg down Kelis. In 1999, the singer and rapper entered a prospering, girl-pop R&B scene with a pink ‘fro and booty…
Puja Patel / April 28, 2014

Walking on Thin Ice: A Career-Spanning Conversation With Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is the muse. Not just for John Lennon, whose love and devotion for her resulted in some of the most beautiful, and most…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / November 6, 2013

D-Day: Travis Morrison Dissects the Dismemberment Plan’s Return

Though Washington, D.C. stalwarts the Dismemberment Plan are returning this month with Uncanney Valley, their first album in 12 years, the march of time means…
Jordan Sargent / October 11, 2013

The SPIN Interview: Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner

"It’s like literature, isn't it?" says Alex Turner, sitting in the back garden of a downtown Manhattan hotel, still bleary-eyed from a late night. "It's…
David Bevan / September 10, 2013

Speaking in Tongues: A Conversation With Sigur Ros’ Jonsi

Of all the "post-rock" bands that came to prominence around the turn of millennium, Sigur Rós' success is both the biggest and most surprising. Sharing…
Marc Hogan / June 13, 2013

The SPIN Interview: The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne

In 1983, two brothers from Norman, Oklahoma —Wayne and Mark Coyne — played a punk show in Oklahoma City with mutual friend Michael Ivins on…
Andy Beta / April 16, 2013

The SPIN Interview: Shirley Manson

Shirley Manson has taken to miming. With her shock of crimson hair pulled into a bun, she declares in a proud brogue, "This is how…
Chris Martins / April 26, 2012

The SPIN Interview: The Shins’ James Mercer

"For the longest time, I didn't even want to admit I was serious about music," says James Mercer, sitting cross-legged on the floor of his…
Kelly Clarke / February 22, 2012

The SPIN Interview: John Darnielle

The Hold Steady may have sung the words "Me and my friends are like / The drums on 'Lust for Life,' " but John Darnielle lives…
Joe Gross / April 1, 2011

The SPIN Interview: Julian Casablancas

Six weeks before the October release of Phrazes for the Young, Julian Casablancas' wonderfully familiar (that voice!) and far-out (those synths!) solo debut, the erstwhile…
David Marchese / November 1, 2009

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

The SPIN Interview: Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker found fame as Britpop's gawkiest sex symbol, first by releasing fantastic songs like "Common People" with Pulp, then by bum-rushing Jacko at an…
Josh Modell / June 1, 2009

The SPIN Interview: Lemmy

"Fuck Elvis and Keith Richards," Dave Grohl has said. "Lemmy's the king of rock'n'roll." And on this sunny L.A. February afternoon, the king is holding…
Matt Diehl / April 1, 2009

The SPIN Interview: Alex Kapranos

When Franz Ferdinand broke big, Alex Kapranos seemed older and wiser than many of his buzzy peers. Little surprise, then, that his band is still…
Phoebe Reilly / March 1, 2009
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