Esperanza Spalding

Watch Esperanza Spalding Write and Record Her New Album Live Right Now

In July, jazz virtuoso and singer-songwriter Esperanza Spalding announced that her next LP, Exposure, would be written and recorded entirely during a uninterrupted 77-hour live stream. She's…
Winston Cook-Wilson / September 12, 2017

Esperanza Spalding to Write and Record New Album Exposure During 77-Hour Facebook Livestream

Esperanza Spalding, Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter and jazz bassist extraordinaire, has announced her new album, though she hasn't written any songs. On September 12 at 12 p.m. Eastern,…
Winston Cook-Wilson / July 26, 2017

New Music: Matthew Stevens – “Our Reunion” ft. Esperanza Spalding

Matthew Stevens, a New York-based guitarist hailing from Toronto, is getting ready to drop his new album Preverbal on March 24. Today, he's released the new…
Brian Josephs / March 1, 2017

The 101 Best Songs of 2016

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 13, 2016

The 50 Best Albums of 2016

There's been no shortage of pessimism about 2016—a year that was plagued with fear, hatred, and confusion. In music, that ugliness was often confronted head-on,…
SPIN Staff / December 12, 2016

Esperanza Spalding on Knowing Your Ballot

With the most important election of this generation looming–and the conversation around the ethics, corruption, morality, and overt xenophobia associated with the presidential campaigns continuing…
Esperanza Spalding / November 7, 2016

November 2016: What’s Going On?

With the most important election of this generation looming—and the conversation around the ethics, corruption, morality, and overt xenophobia associated with the presidential campaigns heightening…
SPIN Staff / November 2, 2016

Common Grabs Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding, and Chuck D for “Black America Again”

Common has never been shy about going political with his lyrics, and today has released "Black America Again," a new song that features Stevie Wonder on keys…
Brian Josephs / September 23, 2016

Jukebox Jury: Esperanza Spalding on Writing an Opera and Doris Day’s Street Cred

On first listen, the final song on Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution feels very familiar, but that sense of comfort gets warped into something more sinister and…
Connor O'Brien / June 13, 2016

The 50 Best Albums of 2016 So Far

Now that we're nearly halfway done with 2016, the time has come for your annual summer-listening list. Expect to find a tender comeback from the…
SPIN Staff / June 1, 2016

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: JPEGMAFIA Is the ‘Black Ben Carson,’ Esperanza Spalding Surprise-Wins Again

You know it's a good year when there's not one, but two jazz releases making the rounds outside of jazz circles for the right reasons.
SPIN Staff / April 1, 2016

Janelle Monae’s ‘The Electric Lady’ Strives to Match Her Sci-Fi Ambitions and Pop Smarts

Janelle Monáe's ongoing multi-album Metropolis project is a post-millennial homage to Fritz Lang's roaring twenties dystopia, and a framework for the fervently precocious futurist-R&B ideas…
Mosi Reeves / September 9, 2013

Does Janelle Monae Dream of Electric Sheep?

There's something inscrutable about Janelle Monáe. Speaking with the 27-year-old, Kansas City-born musician, it can be difficult working out whether her intense self-assuredness is simply…
Anupa Mistry / September 5, 2013

Who Charted? The ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack, Duh

First! As predicted, the Appalachialicious Hunger Games soundtrack arrived at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200, becoming the first film soundtrack to hit the top…
Devon Maloney / March 29, 2012

Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold.
Anna Hyclak / February 18, 2011