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35 Great Songs You Probably Didn’t Hear in the Last 35 Years

SPIN has always highlighted the under-heralded, but an uncountable number of amazing songs have fallen through the cracks since the publication's 1985 launch. It's hard…
Ryan Reed / December 1, 2020

Alex Winter on His New Frank Zappa Doc, Why He Still Hasn’t ‘Cracked’ the Composer

In 2016, Alex Winter launched the grueling quest of his latest documentary with one clear question: "Who the fuck is Frank Zappa?" After four years,…
Ryan Reed / November 23, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #14 U2

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #14. From Dublin, Ireland here…
Ryan Reed / November 23, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #15 Pearl Jam

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #15. From Seattle, Washington here…
Ryan Reed / November 22, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #22 Radiohead

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #22. From Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK…
Ryan Reed / November 15, 2020

Daniel Lanois on His Dubby, Atmospheric New Song ‘(Under the) Heavy Sun’

Moments before I click the link to stream Daniel Lanois' blissful new song, my email dings. It's the producer's publicist: He's tweaked the dubby, atmospheric tune…
Ryan Reed / October 29, 2020

Jeff Bridges on Finding Zen, the Dude’s Musical Skill

I can't stop staring at Jeff Bridges' refrigerator. I'm fixated on it throughout our 40-minute Zoom call. Like everything other visible inch of…
Ryan Reed / October 7, 2020

Bartees Strange on Blurring Genres, Feeling Cursed, Crafting Debut LP

"If I died in a meadow, I don't think they'd ever find me at all," Bartees Strange belts on "Stone Meadows," a cathartic indie-rock centerpiece…
Ryan Reed / October 2, 2020

Deftones’ Chino Moreno on Creative ‘Balance,’ Healing Energy of New LP Ohms

"It's dark," says Chino Moreno. "It's a trip." Not a bad off-the-cuff summary of Deftones' ninth LP, Ohms, which amplifies the art-metal band's signature…
Ryan Reed / September 24, 2020

Dan Wilson on Semisonic’s First Music in 19 Years, Solving Songwriting ‘Puzzle’

With his 2004 memoir, So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star, Semisonic drummer Jacob Slichter offered an unflinching look back at the band’s…
Mike Hilleary / September 15, 2020

Delta Spirit’s Matthew Logan Vasquez on Why They ‘Paused the Band to Save the Friendship’

The energy felt...off — both in and around Delta Spirit. "I saw the aftermath of a person stepping out into a freeway committing suicide on…
Ryan Reed / September 10, 2020

PJ Harvey’s 10 Best Collaborations

Since debuting with her ferocious 1992 LP, Dry, U.K. singer/songwriter Polly Jean Harvey has only moved in one direction: forward.  She’s…
Jeff Terich / September 9, 2020

Tricky Talks Grief, Racism, Cathartic New LP Fall to Pieces

Although he’s managed to cloak himself in mystery for the last 30 years of his career, Tricky offered a surprising level of candor and transparency…
Candace McDuffie / September 2, 2020

Perry Farrell on the Glitz and Glamor of Being Perry Farrell

Perry Farrell may be recognized as the face of ’90s alternative culture, but his relevance hasn’t waned three decades later. Seconds after jumping onto a…
Cam Lindsay / August 25, 2020

Sopranos Actor Says James Gandolfini Loved Green Day’s Dookie

James Gandolfini was a big Green Day fan. Surprised? Don't be. According to Michael Imperioli — who played Christopher Moltisanti opposite Gandolfini's Tony Soprano on…
Ryan Reed / August 7, 2020

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