Luke McCormick



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    Country Kingpin Eric Church on Getting Jack'd and the Benefits of Biker Bars

    "We probably have more stage jumpers and crowd surfers than anyone in country music," brags Eric Church good-naturedly over the phone from his Nashville home. The country star rang SPIN to discuss his career, which has seen the North Carolina-born 35-year-old go from scuffling songwriter-for-hire to boss man with his third studio album, 2011's Chief, and its Country No. 1 single "Springsteen." The aforementioned live touch has always been there though, and Church-goers are heard loud and proud on the recently released in-concert album Caught In The Act.Currently readying a new studio album for the fall, Church took time out to tell us what he's learned along the road.Push the envelope.I think it's our job as artists to do something different and take the music somewhere it hasn't been.

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    'Shameless' Star Emmy Rossum on Avoiding Skrillex's Mosh Pit, Making Out to 'Wonderwall'

    The multi-talented Emmy Rossum could use a breather. It's a good thing then, that the Showtime network's Shameless, on which she plays a dutiful sister holding a family of miscreants together in Chicago, just tied a bow on its third season. Earlier this very busy year the New York City native dropped her second full-length album, the standards collection Sentimental Journey. While back in her hometown, the singer-actress cleared some space in her schedule to chat about her life in music.What's your favorite song?Probably "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid because that was the first song I loved as a kid. When I hear it, I try to take it out of the Disney context and just think of the sentiment of the song.

  • El-P and Killer Mike in the studio / Photos by Jolie Ruben

    El-P and Killer Mike Are Run the Jewels, Nearly Finished With Collabo LP

    Brooklyn noise-rap veteran El-P and Atlanta mic-ripper Killer Mike, both fresh off the wild critical success of the latter's R.A.P. Music, are currently in Nick Hook's North Brooklyn studio working on their first proper album as a duo — under the new group name Run the Jewels."It's probably like the hardest shit you can possibly say," says El-P about the name, sinking into the studio's couch."If you're a 35- to 45-year-old, you know what sitting on public transportation feeling fresh as fuck feels, and then hearing one of those infamous phrases like 'What size jacket is that?' 'What size shoes are those?' Or, 'Run those jewels,' says Mike. "You know it's a shakedown and there is nothing nice about it.""It's kind of a nod to our age," adds El-P.

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    Stream Alkaline Trio's Full Seismic 'My Shame Is True'

    When the time came to record their ninth full-length album, Alkaline Trio opted to congregate in snow-dusted Fort Collins, Colorado, an idyllic college town about an hour outside of Denver. And there, in the "foothills of the Rocky Mountains," the Chicago-bred outfit teamed up with punk legend Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Descendents, All) at Blasting Room Studios to capture what would become My Shame Is True, a sabre-toothed improvement on 2010's back-to-basics, return-to-form effort This Addiction, as well as what sounds to be frontman and chief songwriter Matt Skiba’s most personal set to date. Below, stream the album in its entirety (exclusively for 24 hours!) and read Skiba's thoughts on those dark times that helped birth it. After nine albums, why put out a more personal record now?For the songs I write there's this unintentional theme.

  • 'Spring Breakers' Star Vanessa Hudgens Reveals Her 'Vulgar' Musical Tastes

    'Spring Breakers' Star Vanessa Hudgens Reveals Her 'Vulgar' Musical Tastes

    Vanessa Hudgens, the former Disney Channel mainstay and High School Musical kewpie, co-stars in Harmony Korine's sensationally sordid Spring Breakers, which opens nationwide on March 22. The movie follows the stoned exploits of Hudgens' character, Candy, and three of her college roommates as they go buck on school vacation, landing themselves in trouble with those on both sides of the law. (James Franco and Gucci Mane play a pair of very bad dudes.) Hudgens, 24, hopped on the phone with SPIN to share the soundtrack to her life.What's your favorite album of all time?Probably The Beatles' [remix compilation] Love because I can listen to it over and over again and know I'll never get sick of it. "Something" is my favorite track.

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    Stream Akron/Family's Grief-Stricken 'Until the Morning'

    “A lot of this contemporary pop stuff, this 1930s, panning for gold, bow tie stuff like the Lumineers, it's very heart on the sleeve," says Akron/Family multi-instrumentalist Miles Seaton says. "But they're telling someone else's story. I feel like we're telling our own story now and it's less fairy tale. Seth [Olinsky, fellow multi-instrumentalist] and I pushed our perspectives to the front and you end up getting something way more real from us."The psych-folk outfit's third LP for Dead Oceans, Sub Verses, out April 30, is an intense affair both sonically and lyrically. Olinsky and Seaton each had very specific visions and inspirations at the onset, but let go during the recording process in an effort to avoid micromanaging creatively.

  • Gillian Jacobs

    'Community' Star Gillian Jacobs on Christian Ska and Dolly Parton

    Unlike the self-righteous former anarchist she plays on NBC's meta-comedy Community, Gillian Jacobs maintains a pretty tame lifestyle, heavy on mom-friendly tunes and early bedtimes. But she's got an eclectic musical past. Jacobs rang up SPIN from Los Angeles, where she is currently working on the show's fourth season, to reveal the soundtrack to her life. What was the last concert you attended?I saw Wilco at the Wiltern [in Los Angeles] a couple of months ago and they were awesome. I love Wilco. I don't go to concerts often, so I'll probably be giving you the dorkiest answers ever. I impressed my mom recently because she heard of Big Freedia and sissy bounce on NPR and she asked if I knew about it. I told her I had been to a Freedia show and it blew her mind!

  • Marc Maron / Photo by Brian Kelly

    Marc Maron on Breakup Songs and His New Addiction

    "I'm buying vinyl like it's crack right now," says veteran stand-up comedian and podcast pro Marc Maron, speaking on the phone from his Los Angeles home. "So this is definitely a good time to have this conversation." It's also just about the only time available. Maron has been busy the last few years with his twice-weekly WTF podcast, which features intensely personal, oft-hilarious conversations with stars from the worlds of comedy and music. 2013 is shaping to be no less hectic, as the 49-year-old will debut his original comedy series Maron on IFC as well as unleash his as-yet-untitled memoir, to be published by Spiegel & Grau. More immediately, the former Air America host is taking the podcast and his standup on the road for Out Of The Garage Tour, which kicks off January 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Walton Goggins

    Walton Goggins of 'Justified' and 'Django Unchained' on Sad Songs and Beasties Karaoke

    Walton Goggins spent 2012 living in the past, first as a feckless, but pivotal, Democratic congressman in Lincoln and then as Leonardo DiCaprio's ruthless aide-de-camp in Quentin Tarantino's slavery-era action flick Django Unchained, which hits theaters on Christmas Day. Goggins, 41, who will step back into the fictional present when FX's Justified returns for a fourth season this spring (he plays repentant ex-con Boyd Crowder), spoke about the music that shaped his life.What was the first concert you attended?My father took me to see a band called Mother’s Finest. They were a Georgia regional band and had a soul-funk sound. Their big song was called “Baby Love.” I’ve had several people over the course of my life call me Walt Baby Love because I loved that song so much. I was probably nine years old, so not a bad first concert.Did you and your dad go to a lot of shows together?Wait!

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    Rising Chicago Rapper Sasha Go Hard Lives Up to Her Name

    Fresh off a trip to New York City, rising Chicago drill rapper Sasha Go Hard rang us up recently from her South Side home for a chat that was cut short when her mom interrupted the call. Apparently, the 20-year-old MC had to hop off to run an errand with one of her brothers, but before that she got real about her motivation, a new mixtape, and the big, bearded man she loves.How did you get started rapping?I’ve been rapping for about four years. I was just doing short rhymes, recording them on my phone until some of my friends heard them and they told me I had to actually make them into songs, but I didn’t know how to do that.So how did you do that? Well I saw Chief Keef putting his songs up on Facebook and I just hit him up asking him how he was getting his songs done. That’s when he introduced me to DJ Kenn and he got me in his studio.

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