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Sasha Sloan Wasn’t Looking for Fame — It Found Her Anyway

Fame is Sasha Sloan’s worst nightmare.  "I get anxiety if a stranger looks at me in public — I can't imagine that times…
Bobby Olivier / September 29, 2020

Prince Collaborators Reflect on 1987 Opus ‘Sign O’ the Times’

By the mid-80s, Prince was a global superstar thanks to the worldwide success of 1984’s Purple Rain.  So when he started work on his…
Ron Hart / September 25, 2020

Gus Dapperton Learned How to Leave Control Behind on Orca

Gus Dapperton isn't about the facade that musicians — or anyone famous, really — are superheroes. And like everyone else, they deal with mental health…
Brenton Blanchet / September 25, 2020

Blue Chips: September 2020 in New Hip-Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers…
Max Bell / September 25, 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

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler on How White Privilege, Race Reporting Informed New Solo LP

The fall after Will Butler's debut album, Policy, was released in 2015, he went to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to study...policy.
Tatiana Tenreyro / September 24, 2020

IDLES Shoot for Less Noise, More Volume on New Record

Over 10,000 fans bought a ticket for the three virtual sets IDLES dove into at Abbey Road Studios – the same weekend they were billed…
Christopher Hislop / September 24, 2020

Vanessa Briscoe Hay Looks Back at 40 Years of Pylon

Vanessa Briscoe Hay remembers the evening of Aug. 25, 1980, like it was yesterday. Her fledgling post-punk combo Pylon opened for its fellow Athens, Georgia…
Tom Lanham / September 23, 2020

Sadie Dupuis Chases Down Ghosts on New Solo LP

Whether she’s fronting her longtime indie-rock band Speedy Ortiz or going solo under the more pop-leaning Sad13, singer-songwriter Sadie Dupuis has always been fascinated by…
Joshua M. Miller / September 23, 2020

How Touché Amoré’s Jeremy Bolm Became a Spokesperson for Grief

Jeremy Bolm didn’t sign up for this. The daily barrage of emails and DMs, countless fans piling their grief upon the impassioned frontman…
Bobby Olivier / September 23, 2020

Ava Max on Bringing Us Heaven in a Year of Hell

Friday marked the beginning of a well-deserved celebration for Ava Max. After two years of building her musical resumé with a series of…
Brenton Blanchet / September 22, 2020

Bob Mould on the Unfiltered Truth of New LP Blue Hearts

Bob Mould is no longer holding back on speaking his truth, however painful and inconvenient it might seem to some. …
Joshua M. Miller / September 22, 2020

Blizzard of Ozz Turns 40: Musicians Pay Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne’s First Solo Album

Twenty-three years before he’d achieve cult icon status as the affable patriarch of one of reality television’s most profane families, things were looking fairly bleak…
Chris Harris / September 21, 2020

The Lemon Twigs on Their Brotherly Balance, Unorthodox Love Songs, Elton John Praise

Brian D’Addario, 23, and his brother Michael, 21, were still teenagers when they signed with legendary indie label 4AD and released their debut album as…
Al Shipley / September 21, 2020

The Late Toots Hibbert on His New Album, Telling the Truth

The world lost reggae legend Toots Hibbert on Sept. 11 (though no cause of death has been listed, he had been hospitalized with COVID symptoms…
Steve Baltin / September 21, 2020
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