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Watch Tom Waits Join Mavis Staples for a Rare Live Performance

Tom Waits hasn't released an album of original material in five years and, according to NME, he hasn't played a live set in two years. However,…
Brian Josephs / September 13, 2017

Mavis Staples Announces New Album If All I Was Was Black Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy

Soul legend Mavis Staples has announced a new album titled If All I Was Was Black, which is produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. The two have been collaborating…
Brian Josephs / September 11, 2017

Mavis Staples and Arcade Fire Cover Talking Heads’ “Slippery People”

Three years ago, at a massive 75th-birthday all-star tribute concert in her Chicago hometown, the soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples covered the Talking Heads…
Tom Breihan, Stereogum / April 14, 2017

New Music: Gorillaz – “Let Me Out” ft. Pusha T and Mavis Staples

Gorillaz have recruited a wide cadre of artists for their upcoming album Humanz, and two of them—Pusha T and the legend Mavis Staples—appear on their latest…
Brian Josephs / April 6, 2017

Arcade Fire’s New Song “I Give You Power” Features Mavis Staples [UPDATE]

Following months of rumblings, Canadian indie superstars Arcade Fire return this afternoon with a new single, "I Give You Power," filled with reverberating bass, brooding organ,…
Anna Gaca / January 19, 2017

Watch: The Eagles, James Taylor, and Mavis Staples Honored With Star-Studded Covers at Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors, hosted by Stephen Colbert in Washington D.C., aired last night on CBS, and featured tributes to three musical figures: The Eagles,…
Winston Cook-Wilson / December 28, 2016

Eaux Claires Festival 2016: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Eaux Claires, the festival curated by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner, celebrated its second annual event in Vernon's hometown of Eau Claire,…
SPIN Staff / August 15, 2016

Mavis Staples Launches ‘Livin’ on a High Note’ Album Cycle With a New Single

Mavis Staples has had a career both longer and also more storied than most others, and the 76-year-old living legend shows no signs of stopping,…
Brennan Carley / January 7, 2016

Stephen Colbert Enlists Mavis Staples, Beirut, More for Sly Stone Cover on First ‘Late Show’

Stephen Colbert started his tenure on CBS' Late Show on Tuesday night, and he wasn't about to do so without a pretty special musical guest…
Colin Joyce / September 9, 2015

‘We Butt Heads Like Hell’: Fathers, Their Children, and the Music They Make

Papa don't necessarily preach that their children possibly endure a lifetime of 352 days a year on the road, album sales that no longer pay…
Harley Brown / June 19, 2015

Mavis Staples Enlists Tweedy to Finish Pops Staples’ ‘Friendship’

Before gospel great Pops Staples died 15 years ago, he gave his daughter Mavis Staples several unfinished songs, which she dutifully worked to complete. The resulting collection,…
James Grebey / February 2, 2015

Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples Cover the Stones’ ‘The Last Time’ With Gospel Flair

At this point in the Reflektor tour, the formula is basically "Arcade Fire covered _______ by local legend _______ last night in _______" with the occasional guest star thrown…
Dan Reilly / August 28, 2014

Gospel Great Mavis Staples Will Take You There

Throughout the course of a career that started with her father and sisters in the Staples Singers in the 1950s, Mavis Staples and her mighty…
Kiran Herbert / May 30, 2013

Jeff Tweedy Plays Nearly Every Instrument on Mavis Staples’ Upcoming ‘One True Vine’ LP

Mavis Staples has once again called on Jeff Tweedy for his studio savvy. The soul/gospel icon is set to release her newest album, One True…
Kyle McGovern / April 8, 2013