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Aimee Mann Shares Cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Avalanche’

Aimee Mann's captivating cover of Leonard Cohen’s "Avalanche," which serves as the theme song for HBO's true-crime docu-series I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, is now available for…
Katherine Turman / September 18, 2020

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The 13 Best Make-Out Songs

Making out is timeless — kisses rev up the romantic mood and stir the spirit, if not the loins. Make-out songs contain multitudes too, like…
Helen Mitsios / May 29, 2021

First Aid Kit Announce Who By Fire, Live Leonard Cohen Tribute Album

First Aid Kit is back with a live tribute album for Leonard Cohen titled Who By Fire, arriving March 26. It captures…
Danielle Chelosky / February 26, 2021

The 10 Best Leonard Cohen Songs

To paraphrase a saying attributed to Buddha, when the student is ready, the Leonard Cohen song will appear. Philosopher king and ladies’ man, poet and…
Helen Mitsios / December 22, 2020

Love and the Muse

Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love, 2019, 1 hour 42 minutes. Directed by Nick Broomfield. "Dearest Marianne," Leonard Cohen writes to Marianne…
Helen Mitsios / November 24, 2020

Perfume Genius Shares Organ-Infused Cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Bird on the Wire’

On Tuesday (Sept. 9) indie pop star Mike Hadreas -- known by his stage name Perfume Genius -- hopped on Los Angeles radio station KCRW to perform…
Brenton Blanchet / September 9, 2020

Leonard Cohen Estate ‘Exploring Legal Action’ Over Unauthorized Use of ‘Hallelujah’

Add Leonard Cohen's estate to the growing number of musicians and musician estates to rebuke the Trump campaign for playing their music without authorization.
Daniel Kohn / August 28, 2020

The 25 Best Soundtrack Albums of the 1990s

In the 1980s, music and film collided for cross-promotional blockbusters both transcendent (Purple Rain) and transcendently cheesy (Footloose). In the ‘90s, soundtracks continued to sell…
Al Shipley / August 27, 2020

Montreal Residents Sing Leonard Cohen’s ‘So Long, Marianne’ From Their Balconies

As almost everyone in the world is practicing social distancing, a Montreal block paid tribute to local son Leonard Cohen. Captured in a…
SPIN Staff / March 23, 2020

Watch Courtney Barnett’s Lovely Cover of Leonard Cohen’s “So Long, Marianne”

One chill way to start your weekend is by sinking into Courtney Barnett's new MTV Unplugged set. The Aussie singer-songwriter performed selections from throughout her…
Tosten Burks / December 6, 2019

Leonard Cohen’s ‘Thanks for the Dance’ Finds New Life After Death

You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen’s final album, released in 2016, was a kind of preemptive memorial service. Like Bowie’s nearly contemporaneous Blackstar,…
Will Gottsegen / November 25, 2019

Brother of Mercy: Our 2002 Leonard Cohen Profile

This story originally appeared in SPIN's March 2002 issue. In honor of Cohen's posthumous album Thanks for the Dance, we've republished it below.
Mikal Gilmore / November 22, 2019

New Leonard Cohen Album Featuring Beck, Feist, More Announced: Hear the First Single

A new posthumous Leonard Cohen album is arriving later this year. Thanks for the Dance is Cohen's first full-length release since his death in 2016, and…
Will Gottsegen / September 20, 2019

Watch a Trailer for a New Documentary About Leonard Cohen and His Muse Marianna Ihlen

A new documentary about the relationship between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, his longtime lover and "muse" (famously, the inspiration for his beloved Songs of Leonard…
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 22, 2019

Prince Charles Likes Leonard Cohen

In case you're tired of year-end music recommendations from lowly commoners, Charles, Prince of Wales, recently sat down with composer Michael Berkeley for a BBC Radio 3 conversation about…
Tosten Burks / December 28, 2018
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