• Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent / Photo by Dan Prakopcyk

    good kid, New York City: Kendrick Lamar Takes Roseland

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    Hear the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Groovy 'Mosquito' Epic 'Sacrilege'

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs' first Mosquito single is here, and it's a "Like a Prayer"-style spine-tingler featuring — yes — a 24-piece choir. SPIN is extremely psyched to bring you the U.S. premiere of the New York trio's first track off their April 16 album. The song, which was produced by David Andrew Sitek and Nick Launay, recalls the drama of Karen O's "psycho opera" Stop the Virgens with a solid throwback groove, keys by longtime Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark (who appeared in the Virgens band), and a hauntingly intense vocal from the trio's gifted frontwoman.When Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase announced the new LP, Karen O explained the new album is meant to stir up emotions. "We would love for this music to make our fans feel something, for it to stir some shit up inside of them, whatever that may be," she said.

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    Kendrick Lamar Will Headline SPIN's Annual Austin Throwdown

    At around this time last year, Compton's Kendrick Lamar was just another underground rapper with potential and a forthcoming major-label debut. Fast forward to today and he may be hip-hop's brightest star — an accomplished, moving storyteller whose good kid, m.A.A.d city flaunted the industry by proving that there's still no formula to pop success. The album topped many critics’ lists in 2012 and is nudging up against platinum certification while appealing equally to teens sculpting the zeitgeist and old heads who haven't touched a radio dial in 15 years.On Friday, March 15, Lamar will bring his spotlight to Austin, Texas, where he'll headline our annual musical bacchanal at the legendarily finger-lickin' Stubb's BBQ. We'll reveal the rest of the lineup soon, along with info about how you can win the chance to attend this historic throwdown!

  • Yes He Can: Inside SPIN's February Dave Grohl Cover Story

    Yes He Can: Inside SPIN's February Dave Grohl Cover Story

    The first time Dave Grohl appeared on the cover of SPIN was January 1992, when Lauren Spencer excitedly wrote, "Return to your seats, buckle up, and say your prayers: Nirvana is on a collision course with the world." Tomorrow, Grohl will grace his seventh SPIN cover, and this time it's the 44-year-old multihyphenate who's doing the gushing: "Can you imagine? Never in my wildest dreams did I think that in one evening I'd play Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Proud Mary' with John Fogerty, Fear's 'Beef Bologna' with Lee Ving, and Masters of Reality's 'Blue Garden' with Chris Goss. It was like my ultimate mixtape."Grohl was (excitedly) discussing the live debut of his Sound City Players, the collection of musicians he assembled both to a) promote his documentary about the storied L.A.

  • Watch Tegan and Sara Interrogate Ben Lee and Ione Skye

    Watch Tegan and Sara Interrogate Ben Lee and Ione Skye

    To help launch their SPIN Essential album Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara put some of their famous friends on the hot seat, asking them to dredge up memories of the heatthrobs that defined their childhoods. Today, SPIN brings you the final installment in the interview series as the band launches its tour in New York City and we say farewell to the sisters' SPIN cover (we'll be announcing who our next cover star is a little later today).The group's final subjects are an appropriate pair, a duo of onetime teen idols who are now married — Aussie musician Ben Lee and actress Ione Skye, whose teenage dreams were a little different. Skye's obsession: Woody Allen. Lee's: Mötley Crüe. But did he think they were hot?

  • 2 Chainz

    2 Chainz Kindly Poses for Photo With Cops Who Arrested Him

    Around 11 hours ago, 2 Chainz' Twitter account started lighting up with frustrated missives. The reason? He was busted in Maryland for marijuana possession (a charge he denies) and then asked to pose for a photo with his arresting officers:Locked me up and then Wanted pictures smh instagr.am/p/VvSPnWTYS7/— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) February 15, 2013According to TMZ, 2 Chainz was traveling in a white van carrying six other passengers that was pulled over by Maryland State Police at approximately 10 p.m. in Easton. He was booked and released for weed possession, but announced on Twitter the only thing he was holding was a grinder ("We to jail for a grinder??? REALLY???"). Despite the legal snafu, the rapper who has a gift for saying his own name made it to his scheduled show at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.Whose weed was in the van is still in question.

  • Photo by Ryan Muir

    Dave Grohl's All-Star Sound City Superjam Hits NYC

  • Jenny Lewis' Ultimate Valentine's Day Mixtape

    Jenny Lewis' Ultimate Valentine's Day Mixtape

    Find out which tune sounds like "a Xanax and GHB latte" and which she discovered on one of Ad-Rock's mixtapes!

  • Big Freedia / Erika Goldring/Wire Image

    Watch Big Freedia's Ass-Tastic 'Feelin' Myself' Video

    New Orleans bounce powerhouse Big Freedia has returned with a bootylicious video for "Feelin' Myself" from last year's God Save the Queen Diva mixtape. There's something for everyone in here: a Socker Boppers boxing match featuring tattooed women, some furious dancing from a studly dude, and of course, a co-ed conclusion of azz everywhere. Freedia plays Rap Game Mills Lane over a dope interpolation of the "Cramp Your Style" break. Watch!

  • Official White House Ad Goes BroStep

    Official White House Ad Goes BroStep

    Looks like tonight's State of the Union might actually understands the state of the union. In this 44-second video ad posted from the official White House YouTube account, President Obama promised that "our future is hopeful, and the state of our union will always be strong." And then — whoom — in comes the drop! That's right, the Prez is soundtracking his ads to dubstep now, just like a fighting robot movie. We Shazamed the damn thing and nothing came up, so we assume it's BIDEN TIME, the vice-president's bedroom production moniker. Either way, we are expected to hear what he says about whether North Korea is developing Bass Cannon technology.

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