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Latinx Musicians and Their American Identity in 2016

This year, the people of the United States elected Donald Trump president in an atmosphere of naked racism and xenophobia, much of it targeting Latinx…
Beverly Bryan / December 20, 2016

Q&A: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Talk Patriots Day, Before the Flood, Escaping Musical “Despair and Depravity”

For music fans, there was a surprise embedded in the operatic trailer for director Peter Berg’s new Boston Marathon bombing thriller Patriots Day: a single line…
Winston Cook-Wilson / December 20, 2016

Why Rogue One Gets the “Dark Reboot” Right

The Force Awakens may have been the last Star Wars movie a multiplex audience claps for. I saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on the…
Emily Yoshida / December 19, 2016

In 2016, Emo Entered Another Green World

Bands who were already uncomfortable with "emo" were branded with an even more derogatory term in 2016: "hippies." Modern Baseball grew their hair long; Evan…
Ian Cohen / December 19, 2016

How Hitmaking Producer Frank Dukes Is Reinventing the Pop Music Machine

On a chilly Monday afternoon last month, a group of record-collecting nerds of the highest order were listening to music and shooting the shit in…
Andy Cush / December 15, 2016

2016: The Year in Review

When the history books are written, music will probably not be the first thing anyone remembers about 2016. Nevertheless, the music was excellent—memorable and meaningful enough…
SPIN Staff / December 15, 2016

Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert: In 2016, the Kids Took Over Rap

The first time I heard Hawaiian Punch-braided teen rapper Lil Yachty was, fittingly, in a viral video. There’s no way in a million years…
Matthew Ramirez / December 15, 2016

2016: The Year R&B Returned to the Eye of Quiet Storm

In 1982, a male English trio named Imagination released In the Heat of the Night. Produced by Tony Swain and Steven Jolley, who’d soon work…
Alfred Soto / December 14, 2016

Beyoncé, Blood Orange, Mitski, and More: Navigating Protest Music in 2016 and Beyond

When Lemonade premiered on HBO in April, it seemed like there was nothing Beyoncé couldn’t do. If she could make the poetry of Warsan Shire…
Judy Berman / December 13, 2016

As the Decemberists’ The Crane Wife Celebrates 10 Years, Colin Meloy Is Still Sorry for Making You Use a Dictionary

Loosely inspired by a Japanese folktale about a bird who takes human form, the Decemberists' fourth album The Crane Wife was their most ambitious to date. Released in October…
Anna Gaca / December 12, 2016

Q&A: After Completing Her Cosmic R&B Masterstroke Trilogy, D∆WN Is Ready to Rest

Since she broke out as a solo artist, Dawn Richard—professionally known as D∆WN—has steadily separated herself from Puff Daddy's Making the Band lineage. She's progressed from textbook…
Brian Josephs / November 30, 2016

How Anthony Fantano, aka The Needle Drop, Became Today’s Most Successful Music Critic

Music criticism isn’t much of a job for those who seek the celebrity that comes with being instantly recognizable. Long gone are the days where a…
Jeremy Gordon / November 30, 2016

Why Arrival Sets the Tone for the Next Four Years of Film

It now seems miraculous that Arrival—a star-studded studio release about process and patience in the face of the incomprehensible—exists at all. Big-budget "thinking…
Emily Yoshida / November 29, 2016

After 22 Years, Pete Rock and CL Smooth Are Finally Ready to Make New Music

On a warm night in late September, minutes before the start of the fall’s first presidential debate, Corey "CL Smooth" Penn sits perched on a folding…
Pete Tosiello / November 28, 2016

Sigur Rós Are Stepping Away From Beauty and Diving Deeper Into the Void

Picture the Sigur Rós fan standing at their concert, transfixed by the orchestral arrangements, lofty melodies, vast instrumentals and crescendos. Their style of post-rock is…
Charles Innis / November 18, 2016
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