Cover Story

Our December 1992 Cover Story: “Family Values”

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love have weathered a media storm this year, fueled by rumors of the couple's prenatal indulgences. Longtime friend Jonathan Poneman finds…
Jonathan Poneman / December 12, 2017

Win Butler and Bruce Springsteen’s 2007 Cover Story: On the Early Days, the Glory Days, and the End of Days

"Welcome, Canadians!" Even at soundcheck, Bruce Springsteen treats a New Jersey venue like his home, and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne are honored…
Steve Kandell / December 4, 2017

OutKast’s 2001 Stankonia Cover Story: The End of the Ice Age?

Two days before Thanksgiving, Manhattan's Beacon Theatre is teeming with upscale teenage white girls sandwiched into their best Britney Spears getups—tight, pocketless jeans, gold nameplates,…
Sacha Jenkins / October 31, 2017

Sting’s November 1987 Nothing Like the Sun Cover Story: Invisible Son

"Dire Straits did Brothers in Arms here you know," says Sting. We are standing on the terrace outside of George Martin's Air Studios on…
Vic Garbarini / October 13, 2017

Public Enemy’s October 1992 Cover Story: Black Noise, Black Heat

The supposed hook for this meeting with Public Enemy is Greatest Misses, a new Public Enemy album containing six new songs and six remixes of…
Vivien Goldman / October 12, 2017

Jessie Ware Is Still London’s Best Kept Secret

When we meet at her Manhattan hotel one breezy afternoon in August, Jessie Ware has been vegan for six days. Six days vegan, but she’s…
Emma Carmichael / October 11, 2017

No Doubt’s 1996 Tragic Kingdom Cover Story: Get Happy!

I guess the correct term is "Gwennabees." Smatterings of breathlessly excited, blonde-streaked, sparkle-lashed 14-year-olds litter the backstage area of San Francisco's fabled Fillmore. Oblivious to…
Jonathan Bernstein / October 10, 2017

Tom Petty’s 1989 Full Moon Fever Cover Story: Raised on Promises

Tom Petty drives a black Corvette Stingray. He could afford a much more expensive car, like a Ferrari, Rolls-Royce or Lamborghini, but as far as…
Michael Corcoran / October 3, 2017

Depeche Mode’s July 1990 Cover Story: Pop a La Mode

The last time Depeche Mode came to the US they caused a riot. A real riot—bottles thrown, windows shaken, lots of pressing, pushing and punching.
Marisa Fox / September 28, 2017

The Killers Still Want It

Nostalgia was in the air on a night in Brooklyn last week. The Killers had just finished a brisk but exhilarating hourlong set in promotion of…
Jordan Sargent / September 25, 2017

Sheer Mag Will Win

It’s on a blazing summer day that I meet Sheer Mag, the Philadelphia indie rock band, at House of Vans, one of several large venues…
Jordan Sargent / August 2, 2017

Revisit Our May 2003 Linkin Park Cover Story: How to Succeed in Rock n’ Roll by Really, Really, Really Trying

Linkin Park are more than the eight-times-platinum “nice guys” of nü metal. They’re crusaders who’ll endure any torture—even near-death spider bites—to bring salvation to a…
Alex Pappademas / July 20, 2017

Broken Social Scene: Friends Forever

At the turn of the millennium, the internet was a new and novel discovery vehicle for music outside the usual routes. While New York's rock scene…
Jeremy Gordon / July 6, 2017

Phoenix: Singing Ti Amo ‘Til We All Get Along

On the last day of May, music industry figures gathered at Paul’s Casablanca, a Manhattan bar, to toast the impending release of Phoenix’s upcoming album, Ti…
Jeremy Gordon / June 5, 2017

Behind Blue Eyes: Spin’s 2002 Eminem Cover Story

Well, he's right--it does feel pretty empty without him. It's a few hours before the MTV Video Music Awards, and things are frantic inside Radio…
Alan Light / May 31, 2017
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