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Death and Taxes Relaunches on Spin as New Culture and Politics Channel

We are excited to share that Death and Taxes has been relaunched under Spin as our new expanded culture and politics vertical. The Death and…
Puja Patel / December 4, 2017

August Wilson’s 1990 Spin Essay on Fences: “I Don’t Want to Hire Nobody Just ‘Cause They’re Black”

"I don't want to hire nobody just 'cause they're black." Eddie Murphy said that to me. We were sitting in his house in New Jersey…
August Wilson / February 22, 2017

November 2016: What’s Going On?

With the most important election of this generation looming—and the conversation around the ethics, corruption, morality, and overt xenophobia associated with the presidential campaigns heightening…
SPIN Staff / November 2, 2016

SPIN Is Hiring

We are hiring a Managing Editor and Staff Writer to join our New York City team. SPIN's best writing has always been informed by obsessive…
Puja Patel / October 6, 2016

Atlanta Rapper Shawty Lo Killed in Car Accident

Carlos Walker a.k.a. Shawty Lo, a founding member of the Atlanta rap collective D4L, has died at age 40. The news broke early this morning…
Puja Patel / September 21, 2016

Q&A: Robyn and Röyksopp on Max Martin, Ziggy Stardust, and Bananas as the Perfect Food

When Robyn and Röyksopp (Norwegian DJs Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland) first went into a studio together in 2009, their resulting "Girl and the Robot"
Puja Patel / August 28, 2014

Watch Beyonce Own the VMAs With Her 16-Minute Medley

The one true winner of the VMAs was undoubtedly Beyoncé, who performed a powerful medley of songs from the surprise self-titled album she dropped at…
Puja Patel / August 25, 2014

Prince Announces Two New Albums and Delivers First Single, ‘Clouds’

Back in June, the Star Tribune gave Prince fans something to hyperventilate about. The singer had signed a deal with Warner Bros. in the months…
Puja Patel / August 25, 2014

Sam Smith Gives a Grammys-Worthy Performance at the MTV VMAs

Tonight's MTV Video Music Awards opened with a bang, with a bedazzling entrance by Katy Perry and RiFF RaFF, a powerhouse performance by Jessie J,…
Puja Patel / August 25, 2014

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…
Puja Patel / August 22, 2014

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…
Puja Patel / August 20, 2014

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…
Puja Patel / August 20, 2014

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…
Puja Patel / August 12, 2014

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…
Puja Patel / July 18, 2014

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…
Puja Patel / July 18, 2014

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