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How to Dress Well Tries to Breathe Under Capitalism

Tom Krell didn’t expect Los Angeles to feel like this. The 34-year-old songwriter known professionally as How To Dress Well is sitting cross-legged…
Rob Arcand / October 17, 2018

There’s Something Funny About Kurt Vile

It’s getting harder to find Discmans these days, which is bad news for Kurt Vile. "I’d buy so many from Best Buy, and they’d be…
Anna Gaca / October 12, 2018

Johnny Marr on His New Solo Album, Why the Smiths Won’t Reunite, and the Time He Almost Fell in a Volcano

In his 2016 memoir Set the Boy Free, Johnny Marr resigns himself to a fate of being asked about a Smiths…
Maggie Serota / September 25, 2018

How So I Married an Axe Murderer Wrecked One Writer’s Vision, Lost Several Stars, Bombed at the Box Office, and Became a Classic Anyway

Anyone who’s seen and loved the 1993 cult classic So I Married an Axe Murderer knows that its title doesn’t describe the plot literally. (If…
Maggie Serota / September 21, 2018

Interpol Talks Marauder, Avoiding Nostalgia, and Loving 21 Savage and Migos

Interpol guitarist Daniel Kessler is not the most exotic creature haunting Washington Square Park on this sweltering August afternoon. That would be the…
Brian Josephs / August 29, 2018

Remembering Aretha Franklin’s Most Important Musical Moments

In the beginning was the Voice, and the Voice was with God, and the Voice was God. My edition of the Book of John says…
Alfred Soto / August 16, 2018

After #MeToo: Accusers of R. Kelly, Jesse Lacey, and More on Enduring Fan Harrassment

Kitti Jones met R. Kelly after a show in Dallas in 2011, while she was working as a DJ for 97.9 The Beat, a local…
Andy Cush / August 14, 2018

Bill Hader on Barry and the Anxiety of Working on SNL

Much like Barry Berkman, the hitman turned aspiring thespian he plays on TV, Bill Hader loved heavy music as a kid. Judging by the Metallica…
Maggie Serota / August 1, 2018

Jon Hopkins on Psychedelic Meditation and Taking DMT to His Own Music

Shortly after the release of his breakout fourth album Immunity, Jon Hopkins started tripping. The celebrated British electronic producer had long been versed in various consciousness-expanding forms of meditation, practices he…
Andy Cush / July 26, 2018

Can Chromeo Stop Goofing Long Enough to Earn Critical Respect?

A group of beautiful people in ugly shoes is a fashion party, and tonight's is inside a galleria-like office grafted onto a discount department store.
Anna Gaca / July 11, 2018

DJDS Talk New Album Big Wave More Fire and What They Learned From Kanye

It still boggles the mind a little that a producer who named himself after an internet joke has become one of the most powerful and…
Dale Eisinger / July 5, 2018

Anthony Bourdain’s Essay on the 1977 NYC Music Scene: “Eat to the Beat”

This story originally appeared in the October 2007 issue of Spin. Don't let anybody tell you different: 1977 was not a good year.
Anthony Bourdain / June 8, 2018

Neko Case on #MeToo, Art History, and Becoming a Producer: The Spin Interview

The best Neko Case songs walk familiar paths to new realms. She’s recorded eight solo albums, a half-dozen more with the New Pornographers, plus notable side…
Anna Gaca / June 6, 2018

Oneohtrix Point Never Would Like to Be Excluded From the Narrative

At first, it was hard to identify the streaking blur of brown and gray pixels projected across the giant, irregularly shaped panels in Manhattan’s Park…
Winston Cook-Wilson / June 5, 2018

Stephen Malkmus and Tim Heidecker in Conversation: Fleetwood Mac, Internet Trolls, and Hating Frank Zappa

Tim Heidecker is a Pavement fan. He started listening to them as a teenager in the early ‘90s, at around the time of their…
Andy Cush / May 30, 2018
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