• Is Tyler, the Creator Corrupting Willow Smith?

    Is Tyler, the Creator Corrupting Willow Smith?

    Willow Smith may be five years away from getting her learners' permit, but she's already savvy in the ways of the media. She first emerged with a tween-appropriate squeaky-clean song about swinging her (now non-existent!) hair around. And now she's hanging out with Tyler, the Creator. Kids these days! They grow up so fast. Will and Jada's offspring shared photos via her Instagram account yesterday of her and Odd Future ringleader Tyler, the Creator chilling in Los Angeles at the rap collective's pop-up shop on Fairfax. In one, she and Tyler pose together, and her caption reads, "Life is complete…Love of my life." Love of her life? Willow has Instagrammed pictures of Odd Future releases before, but this is certainly new. As concerned parents, the Smiths are probably well aware of Tyler's... controversies (because there were a few).

  • Watch Bon Iver Perform an Intimate 25-Minute Set

    Watch Bon Iver Perform an Intimate 25-Minute Set

    Post-Grammys, Bon Iver are boiling it back down to the essentials. Last night, the band posted video of a nearly 25-minute studio session featuring Justin Vernon and bandmate Sean Carey (who, incidentally, has an impressive solo project) performing five Bon Iver tracks on dueling grand pianos. The set, recorded in London at Associated Independent Recording (or AIR) Studio's Lyndhurst Hall (according to the studio's website, it's one of the largest recording rooms in the world), is a stark retroactive move from Bon Iver, Bon Iver, the album for which the band received Best Alternative Music Album last Sunday. The tracks from that album performed here are given the For Emma, Forever Ago treatment, or even that of Blood Bank, the band's interim EP.

  • Adele's Relationship With Spotify: It's Complicated

    Adele's Relationship With Spotify: It's Complicated

    Spotify is friend to many artists, but (as we well know) not all. As SPIN has reported previously, there've been a number of big-name artists to turn their noses up at streaming catalog services like Spotify and Rhapsody, for myriad reasons of varying levels of merit. In December, the Black Keys bitched that the platforms haven't figured out a way to make them as much money as royalties do, and that paltry streaming profits benefit labels over artists. Coldplay held back Mylo Xyloto from the services when it dropped last fall, only to quietly add it a few months later. They never gave an explicit reason, but presumably it was to force initial album sales. However, according to a Fast Company report, the situation was different with Adele, the other big name whose recent album, the über-Grammy'd 21, is unavailable on Spotify and other freemium streaming sites.

  • Blink-182 Turn 20, Announce 37-Date Birthday Tour

    Blink-182 Turn 20, Announce 37-Date Birthday Tour

    Cue the "What's my age again?" jokes: Blink-182 have been a band for 20 years as of 2012! Feel old yet? To celebrate — and to promote their first studio album in eight years, last year's Neighborhood — the Cali trio have announced a 37-date North American/European tour (via Consequence of Sound and Punknews). The threesome we've watched run around naked for two decades made their comeback last year after going on hiatus in 2003 after releasing their self-titled LP). Considering it sold 151,000 copies its first week (coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, behind J. Cole), and their 40-date billing last year with My Chemical Romance on the Honda Civic Tour (during which SPIN interviewed Tom DeLonge backstage in New Jersey), it's safe to say that these 37 dates are probably going to do awfully well for the pop-punk pioneers.

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    Runaways' Cherie Currie and Lita Ford Reconnect After Three Decades

    A three-decade-old rock'n'roll rift has officially been put out to pasture. Per Blabbermouth, Runaways singer Cherie Currie announced via Facebook last night that she and lead guitarist Lita Ford have reconnected thanks to a hookup from their former bandmate Joan Jett. In the quite dramatic post, she described the reunion as "joyful, sometimes tearful, yet so exhilarating and full of love," and goes on with excitement about having chatted about their kids (you know, mom stuff) and — wait for it — about "doing together again what we had done so well as kids." Considering Jett herself made the Currie-Ford meeting happen ...

  • Deadmau5 Unmasked: Watch His Revealing Carson Daly Interview

    Deadmau5 Unmasked: Watch His Revealing Carson Daly Interview

    Last night, Deadmau5, a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman, sat down over a couple glasses of... well, water, with Carson Daly on Last Call to talk about the evolution of EDM as a live show (as well as how to keep costs down for a growing fanbase), his decision not to remain anonymous, and maintaining control of his fanbase interaction online — and not, unfortunately, about trolling Skrillex at the Grammys (he did say the Academy "had their shit together" by his genre in the performances.. In terms of, as he puts it, "the pop cultural zeitgeist," this is probably one of the better, more relevant interviews Carson has seen since his TRL days As far as dance at the Grammys goes, SPIN has a few opinions about that.

  • Kraftwerk Bringing Eight Full-Album Shows to NYC

    Kraftwerk Bringing Eight Full-Album Shows to NYC

    In the wake of the Grammys' weirdo mashup salute to electronic music, Kraftwerk have returned to remind EDM-ers from whence they came: The Museum of Modern Art in New York has commissioned an eight-night retrospective, "cleverly" titled "Kraftwerk-Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8," celebrating the German electronica pioneers' legacy. Taking place April 10-17, each night will feature a tribute performance for one of the eight Kraftwerk albums, in chronological order, including songs from the album and works that that album inspired or influenced. Naturally, projections (some 3D!) will accompany the evenings' music.

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    Beyonce and Jay-Z Are Working on Mysterious New Material

    It's only been 38 days since the birth of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Wentz-haired Blue Ivy Carter, but if any of us thought maybe the most powerful couple in music might want to take a breather and enjoy some chill time (it's not like superstardom comes with a crap maternity leave program), we were wrong. Turns out, Bey and Jay can't sit still. Reports began surfacing yesterday that the couple are each working on multiple projects. Of course, neither Mom nor Dad are commenting on their new work just yet, but everyone else seems to be doing quite a bit of it for them.

  • Gorillaz, James Murphy, and Andre 3000: What the Hell Is Going On in This Clip?

    Gorillaz, James Murphy, and Andre 3000: What the Hell Is Going On in This Clip?

    As we've reported previously, Gorillaz have been scheming with Andre 3000 and James Murphy to drop a track via Converse on February 23. As we expected, now they're teasing us. Last night, Seattle alt rock station 107.7 The End (via the Daily Swarm) posted the "making-of" video for the track, called "DoYaThing," and though we're familiar with Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett's Gorillaz characters, we have absolutely no idea what is happening in this video, save that there is going to be one, eventually, to accompany the track. What's to be confused about? Something about a green-suited stand-in, a hole in the ceiling, no human face shots, an axe lodged in a wall and the words "I smash 2-D's face in the wall" scrawled on, well, another wall — not exactly illuminating (albeit markedly Gorillaz-esque).

  • The Beach Boys Announce More Tour Dates Than Marilyn Manson

    The Beach Boys Announce More Tour Dates Than Marilyn Manson

    The recently reunited Beach Boys have announced the dates of their 50th anniversary reunion tour, and with a whopping 37 gigs lined up from mid-April through mid-July, it would seem they're out to prove they can out-perform bands a third their age. The first batch of dates includes their appearance at Bonnaroo, which was announced yesterday.

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