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Rostam Is Finally on His Own

In 2006, during his senior year at Columbia University, Rostam Batmanglij decided he was going to make a solo album. He had studied classical music…
Jeremy Gordon / September 14, 2017

Revisit Our 1989 Interview With Grant Hart on the Breakup of Hüsker Dü: “After the Fall”

Grant Hart—drummer, songwriter, and vocalist in Hüsker Dü—passed away on Sept. 14, 2017. In light of that, we are republishing an interview with Hart from…
Tom Wrobleski / September 14, 2017

How Do Rappers Handle “Nigga” During the Rise of White-Dominated Festivals?

This past March in Amsterdam, Oddisee—a D.C. rapper whose music often wrestles with sociopolitical themes—had a surreal experience. During a performance, he spotted a white…
Brian Josephs / September 13, 2017

Ariel Pink Is Ready to Disappear

Ariel Pink has long been lauded for his crowded catalog of outlandish compositions, each coming to us from some alternate timeline…
Rob Arcand / September 13, 2017

Twin Peaks Ended, Once Again, With a New Beginning

It wasn't just the need for loose ends to be tied up that made the finale of Twin Peaks: The Return the series' most trying hour. It was also…
Winston Cook-Wilson / September 5, 2017

A Guide to the Most Anticipated 2017 Fall Releases

This fall, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, Destroyer, and Protomartyr are just a few of the acts with hotly anticipated new releases. Find a preview of the season's most talked-about forthcoming…
SPIN Staff / August 30, 2017

This Is Who Every Taylor Swift Song Is About

A decade into her career, Taylor Swift has established herself as one of the most successful singer-songwriters of her generation. Swift has always written about her…
Jeremy Gordon / August 30, 2017

How to Get Ripped Off While Trying to Book Your Favorite Rapper

Ian Smith had been working for several weeks to book Rae Sremmurd at the famed Austin nightclub and BBQ joint Stubb’s when he received a…
Andy Cush / August 30, 2017

Preview The Strokes: The First Ten Years, a New Photo Collection of Their Early Days

The Strokes: The First Ten Years is an upcoming photographic document of the New York band's early days, as captured by photographer Cody Smyth. Today, we're previewing…
SPIN Staff / August 30, 2017

Interview: Wiki Talks New Album No Mountains in Manhattan and the Future of Ratking

Last Monday afternoon, pedestrians in paper glasses stared at the sky, mouths agape like chickens in the rain as they gawked at the solar eclipse.
Brian Josephs / August 28, 2017

Liars’ Angus Andrew On Recording New Album TFCF in the Australian Bush, SPIN Calling Its Second Album “Unlistenable”

The mark of a great band, or at least an interesting one, is whether it eventually self-destructs in a blaze of Behind the Music glory,…
Andy Cush / August 23, 2017

Big Thief’s Endless Journey

It is roughly 95 degrees in Brooklyn on a Thursday in July, and Big Thief have been squeezed into their Ford cargo van for over three hours.
Winston Cook-Wilson / August 22, 2017

Our Songs of the Summer

Summer isn't quite over yet, but it's at the point where you pretty much want it to be. Fall—with its cool breezes, red leaves, soups,…
SPIN Staff / August 17, 2017

Interview: Kate Nash Talks GLOW, Her New Kickstarter-Funded Album, Doctor Who, and More

Kate Nash gets recognized at the gym, though not for being a pop star. "This massive guy was sweating and working out; I…
Geena Kloeppel / August 15, 2017

“In Bed With …the Backstreet Boys”: Our 1998 Profile of the Iconic Boy Band

Tiffany is, like, shaking. She has just smelled a Backstreet Boy. "He was wearing cologne!" she shrieks, as she pogos outside Disney World’s House of…
Maureen Callahan / August 11, 2017
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