Posts tagged "The SPIN Interview"

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: 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…
By: Andrew Unterberger / January 8, 2015

Q&A: 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…
By: Puja Patel / June 11, 2014

Q&A: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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'…
By: 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…
By: 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 o…
By: 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…
By: Chris Martins / April 26, 2012

The SPIN Interview: 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 hi…
By: Kelly Clarke / February 22, 2012

The SPIN Interview: John Darnielle

John Darnielle, founder and sole constant of the Mountain Goats, has been one of rock's most prolific and devoutly worshipped songwriters for 20 years. "I…
By: Joe Gross / April 1, 2011

The SPIN Interview: Lou Reed

UPDATE: In the wake of Lou Reed's death, do not be fooled into thinking he was a man whose genius was a result of…
By: David Marchese / November 1, 2010

The SPIN Interview: Julian Casablancas

For a guy who's personified unflappable cool for a decade, once and (perhaps?) future Stroke Julian Casablancas has plenty at stake with his solo debut.
By: David Marchese / November 1, 2009

The SPIN Interview: Mos Def

A product of the Brooklyn projects during the 1980s crack era, Mos Def is a hip-hop lifer, despite his frequent forays into Hollywood. And he'…
By: 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 a…
By: Josh Modell / June 1, 2009

The SPIN Interview: Lemmy

As the mutton-chopped brains behind Motörhead, Lemmy has always rocked — and lived — by the credo "Everything louder than everything else." "Once, at soundcheck,"…
By: 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…
By: Phoebe Reilly / March 1, 2009

The SPIN Interview: Brandon Flowers

All that fine, feathered Killers singer Brandon Flowers wants is to be a larger-than-life rock star, given to grandiose statements and office-unfriendly outfits. But he…
By: David Marchese / February 1, 2009

The SPIN Interview: Elvis Costello

He's tackled nearly every form of contemporary music over 27 albums. Now Elvis Costello is taking his cultural ambassador skills to their logical conclusion...as a…
By: Chris Norris / December 1, 2008
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