Luke McCormick

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Biography

  • Twin Forks

    Chris Carrabba's Twin Forks Hit the Road in 'Cross My Mind' Video

    It's nearly impossible for singer-songwriter Chris Carrabba to escape the shadow and trappings of his Dashboard Confessional moniker, but he's roaring and stomping back with new outfit Twin Forks. In an introductory video scored with big ol' folk burner "Cross My Mind," the Forks (rounded out by Suzie Zeldin of the Narrative, Jonathan Clark, and Ben Homola of Bad Books) parade around the country, getting festival hands waving and smiles sprouting in a home recording studio. Carrabba fondly sings of an old flame, and there's even some whistling.

  • Booty Fade

    Hear Booty Fade Hook Up With Hometown Homie Yung Nation on 'T.Y.B.'

    Booty Fade is the melding of Dallas DJ/producers Sober and Picnictyme. Both dudes are heavily influential in their hometown's party and rap scenes, Picnic working closely with SPIN faves A.Dd+ and Erykah Badu's Cannaboids crew. Here the two return with "T.Y.B.," an insanely bouncy and raunchy rework of Yung Nation's regional heater "Shawty Wassup." Hit play below and get to twerkin'.

  • Emile Hirsch in 'Prince Avalanche'

    Emile Hirsch Was a High School Freestyle Hero

    In his silver screen pursuits Emile Hirsch, 28, has done everything from roughin' it in Into the Wild to scooting around the track in Speed Racer. In the upcoming Prince Avalanche, directed by David Gordon Green and in theaters August 9, Hirsch gets to chill out a bit, playing the foil to Paul Rudd in the comedy about two mismatched Texas highway line painters. Hirsch recently phoned SPIN after finishing up a run around his uncle's farm in Nashville, where the warm breeze gave his hair what the actor described as a "very elegant jog look." Read on as the California native discusses the music of his life.Do you have a playlist you listen to while you run?Well, my iPod broke — one too many times through the washing machine, I guess.

  • Netherfriends

    Hear Netherfriends' Narcotic Gem 'Uptown Boys'

    Netherfriends, the operational alias of Chi-town producer Shawn Rosenblatt, plans to drop debut album P3ACE (pronounced "three peace") later this year. Working with Jeremy Black of Apollo Sunshine and chief producer at Oakland's Coyote Hearing Studio, Rosenblatt began to adapt deft beat-making into traditional song structures, and he's offered a taste below. "Uptown Boys" is a skittering, bass-knocking piece of pop that finds our hero stoned and dreaming. Hit play to tune in and drop out.

  • Rutina Wesley

    'True Blood' Co-Star Rutina Wesley Broods With Bjork, Does a Mean Otis Redding

    On HBO's bonkers vampire melodrama True Blood, Rutina Wesley, 34, plays Tara Thornton, a Creole-accented Louisianan-turned-bloodsucker whose foul mouth (no pun intended) has been getting her into and out of trouble for six seasons now. The Las Vegas native and Juilliard graduate phoned SPIN from her L.A. home to discuss the music of her life.What was the last song you listened to today?Well I was driving and listening to Hot 92.3 in Los Angeles and I remember singing along to a great song: "Forget Me Nots" by Patrice Rushen.Do you usually listen to the radio while you drive?I usually listen to my iPod; I keep some playlists on there. Like let's see, I have this one here called "5K." I run a 5K each week and I usually listen to this. I've got Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)" and some Rihanna and Bob Marley and then R. Kelly's "Ignition" you know, before he got a little weird.

  • A.Dd+

    Hear A.Dd+ Pour Hot Syrup Over 'Where You Been'

    Dallas duo A.Dd+ link up with Dirty South production ace DJ Burn One on brand-new heater "Where You Been." Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun extol the virtues of strong weed and a bit of lean over a slow-burning and glistening beat. Stream it below.

  • Nylo

    Hear Nylo's Chilling R&B Keeper 'Take It Back'

    Nylo's a lover scorned. The 22-year-old R&B singer-producer laments a booze-fueled relationship that moved a bit too fast on "Take It Back," the latest heater from her Indigo Summer mixtape, due July 16. Over a loop of shouting children, her crystalline vocals cut through chilly synths and the click'n'buzz of a bass-rattling backbeat, Nylo yearning for the simpler times before this doomed dalliance. She might wanna take it back, but we think we'll keep this one. 

  • Rick Moranis Rides Hard for Rush

    Rick Moranis Rides Hard for Rush

    Despite not having appeared on screen since 1997 Rick Moranis will forever occupy a nebbish-loving spot in the minds of movie fans as a result of his work in '80s classics like Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. The funnyman shifted his (sporadic) work focus to music over the past decade, earning a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album for 2005's wry The Agoraphobic Cowboy. On June 18 Moranis will release the only slightly more serious My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs (Warner Bros. Records/LoudMouth), which finds the 60-year-old hopping genres from jazz to folk to rumba as he ruminates on food, religion, and love.

  • Greta Gerwig in 'Frances Ha'

    Greta Gerwig's Exceptionally Embarrassing Karaoke Favorite

    According to Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha — the newly released film she stars in and cowrote with its director (and her boyfriend) Noah Baumbach — has a soundtrack that's "grand and romantic sounding." Which in this case apparently means pop-rock titans like Paul McCartney, David Bowie, and T. Rex. The music of her own life is more varied, though just as effervescent. A few days before her film's May 17 opening, Gerwig, 29, spoke to us about her dad's Alanis dis and her own admittedly poor taste in karaoke songs.When you were growing up did your parents object to anything you were listening to?They were pretty much cool with everything I was listening to. I remember being crazy about Alanis Morissette and playing the Jagged Little Pill cassette tape in the car on the way to junior high a lot. I told my dad I'd read in a magazine that she'd written one of the songs in only ten minutes.

  • Tig Notaro / Photo by Robert Chamberlin

    Tig Notaro Is Scared of Chrissie Hynde, Dominates at Marky Mark Karaoke

    Last August, comedian Tig Notaro took the stage at Largo in Los Angeles and got serious, discussing her breast cancer (she's better now) and the then-recent passing of her mother. Louis C.K. saw the set and was so moved he put a recording of it up for sale on his own website. The hilariously deadpan Notaro, 42, will be physically releasing that performance, called LIVE, for the first time this summer on Secretly Canadian. She's also spending the warm-weather months on the road doing in-concert tapings of her podcast, Professor Blastoff. Tig called from a stop in Napa, California, and discussed the music of her life.What's the last song you listened to?Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind." That song makes me think of my mother.

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