Puja Patel

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New York, NY

  • Ceremonia

    Exploring Mexican Electronic Music With Toy Selectah at Ceremonia

    A word of advice: Don't miss the bus to Ceremonia. The Mexican music festival isn't the easiest place to get to, though it might have the most gorgeous backdrop of any we've been to. Tucked away in the mountains outside of Toluca, about an hour west of Mexico City, the festival is something of a boutique showcase of local music and the American indie and pop whose influences have seeped below the border. "It's an interesting way to curate," says performing artist Toy Hernández before his set. The trippy jazz-house of Flying Lotus and graceful groove of Jacques Greene battle on separate stages in the background. "Having a festival somewhere like this is still rugged and trashy in a good way.

  • What We Learned From 15 Minutes With VMA Headliner Jessie J

    What We Learned From 15 Minutes With VMA Headliner Jessie J

    When "Bang Bang" was released in late July, it immediately landed in the Billboard Hot 100's Top 10 while debuting at #1 on iTunes' digital download chart, falling just behind Ariana Grande's "Problem" in sales. The song has since become a powerhouse of a summer anthem with UK's Jessie J, America's sweetheart Ariana Grande, and anaconda-appeaser Nicki Minaj's brassy, bubblegum belts garnering comparisons to "Lady Marmalade," another diva-fronted collab that became a hit almost exactly ten years before. The Max Martin produced single is Jessie J's first massive stateside success since 2011's "Domino," and with a new album in the works and an officially confirmed performance at the VMAs alongside her "Bang Bang" costars next Sunday, Jessie J has launched herself back into the U.S. limelight.

  • bleachers, jack antonoff

    Jack Antonoff's Bleachers Isn't a Side Project. So We Played Him Some Famous Ones, Anyway.

    Jack Antonoff's new band is all about revisiting his past. Raised in the suburbs of Bergenfield, New Jersey, the songwriter and fun. guitarist started his current band Bleachers while he was on tour for fun.'s Some Nights, taking cues from his first band's live shows to write for the second. "I was seeing things on tour, that made me want to go home and try different things," says Antonoff. "The way a hook would make a crowd physically rise and fall. I wanted to lift people up and bring them back down not just emotionally, but sonically." The end result of that impulse was Bleachers' Strange Desire, an album that came mined from the traumas of his teen years - the tragic deaths of a sibling and a cousin, 9/11, an illness and recovery - while drawing on the pop, soul, and rock influences of his childhood.

  • kanye west, beyonce, jay z, kim kardashian

    Choosing Sides: Bey-Z vs. KimYe (A Roundtable)

    In light of all the Kim/Kanye and Beyoncé/Jay Z fireworks over the past month, we've assembled a roundtable of experts to discuss and dissect the two most powerful couples in music. Has Beyoncé really been calling out Jay Z during their On the Run tour dates? Do we actually believe in Kim and Kanye's love story? SPIN editor Puja Patel, frequent contributor Anupa Mistry, VIBE editor Clover Hope, New York Times tech reporter Jenna Wortham, and Buzzfeed music editor Naomi Zeichner limn the tabloid mysteries of the Wests and the Carters.PUJA PATEL: I think it's safe to say that our obsession with Beyoncé and Jay Z is rooted in their enormous musical talent. They were each the best at what they did by a fairly large margin, and when they consciously coupled, it felt like a perfect merger, equals both artistically and professionally.

  • Marilyn Manson, Eastbound and Down

    Marilyn Manson's Debut Turns 20: A Modern Portrait of His American Family

    This month Marilyn Manson's powerful debut Portrait of an American Family will celebrate it's 20th anniversary. In honor of Manson's place as an alternative, industrial-rock icon, we've compiled a list of the singer's more resilient moments in pop culture. (For all of his goth-loving gloom, the man sure does have a sense of humor about himself.) From his cameo as a porn star in Lost Highway to the time he got into a lawsuit battle with SPIN's own Editor-in-Chief, we've covered it all. Read SPIN's Marilyn Manson cover stories — 1998's autobiographical excerpt Running With the Devil and 2007's Marilyn Manson: Return of the Living Dead while you're at it.1997: Plays the role of a porn star in David Lynch's Lost Highway Featured in a cameo alongside his bandmate Jeordie White aka Twiggy Ramirez.

  • Magic!

    Q&A: Magic! Talks 'Rude,' Lorde, and Hosting Snow's Pizza Party at Chuck E. Cheese's

    Yesterday Magic!'s relaxed, summertime groove "Rude" took the throne from Iggy Azaelia's "Fancy" as ruler of the Billboard 100 singles chart. It's the fist reggae-identified track that has topped the charts since Sean Paul's 2003 dancehall banger "Get Busy," and the first non-Jamaican artist to deliver such a track since fellow Canadian Snow's "Informer" in 1993. And with it's inescapable radio popularity and comically cutesy hook—wherein a boy scolds his girlfriend's father for his antiquated stance on interracial marriage—"Rude" has become one of the undeniable songs of the summer.Their success is brand new, but Magic! didn't come from thin air.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Carter, Jay Z, Beyonce

    Real Talk Overheard at Beyoncé and Jay Z's 'On the Run' Concert

    Fake it while you make it: At least that's what the Carters seemed to be doing this past weekend. During the sold-out, New York City stop of the couple's co-headlining 'On the Run' tour, Mr. and Mrs. Carter were perfectly on point, with every dance move in step and fitted-hat tilted just so. It was the kind of sterile perfection that we're used to from the pair's public personas. In reality Beyoncé and Jay Z's personal lives —and any insight into their relationship at all— is severely protected by a team of publicists, managers, and non-disclosure agreements. (What was that Solange spat about? The world will never know.) In turn, the Carters gave fans at Metlife Stadium what they so desperately want from the reigning king and queen of urban pop: a backstory.

  • beck, loser

    Beck Talks 'Loser' Through SPIN Cover Stories

    In honor of Beck's 44th birthday, we've dug through our archives and revisited all four of SPIN's cover stories on the funk-hop, indie-rock innovator. Read about his first breakthrough hit —yep, that would be "Loser"— and follow the singer's evolution from a "slacker" to a pop icon via the singer's own words below. Punk-Metal And Watermelon [Steve Hanft, friend and founder of Loser, a punk-metal band Beck played with on Beck's early days.] "Beck was just living in this shed behind someone's house, recording his weird surrealist folk songs on a four-track. He lived on watermelon, wore found clothes, and, though he loved Prince and George Jones, told people, 'I only listen to Slayer.'" Hanft and Beck had plans to make a heavy-metal aerobics video when one of Beck's home-taping sessions ("Loser") got him nominated national spokesman for the young and direction-less.

  • Child of Lov

    Watch Child of Lov and Damon Albarn's Eerie 'One Day' Video

    When Dutch producer Child of Lov (Cole Williams) released his self-titled debut on Domino Six in May of 2013, it was impossible to know that his untimely passing would occur just seven months later. Child of Lov — that L-O-V stands for "light oxygen voltage" — was a thoughtful tapestry of bluesy songwriting embellished by electronic flourishes, echoing guitar strums, singing organs, crackling reverb, plodding synths, and drum loops. Recorded at Damon Albarn's 13 studio, the album featured collaborations from DOOM, Thundercat, and Albarn himself, proving that disparate musical entities could find a home in Lov's trippy, neo-soul-inflected compositions.

  • Watch Courtney Love and Michael Mouris' Animated 'Valley of the Dolls' Remake

    Watch Courtney Love and Michael Mouris' Animated 'Valley of the Dolls' Remake

    "I'm never wrong, not about you," screams Courtney Love on "You Know My Name," the single off of the Hole singer's recent You Know My Name/Wedding Day 7" release. While the song is undoubtedly an anthem meant for a scorned ex-lover, her latest project — a tongue-in-cheek animated video entitled Valley of the Dolls — has the icon shifting her knowing (and hilariously sarcastic) digs onto her very famous friends.The animated Valley of the Dolls video is a short adaptation of the classic storyline behind the cult classic and bestselling novel by the same name, wherein three women hop between New York and Hollywood in search of their careers and fame (as an actress, Broadway star, and model) before ultimately succumbing to the evils of the industry and spiraling into emotional chaos.

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