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The ’80s Music Scene? Mark ‘Weissguy’ Weiss Was There, With His Camera

Go to absolutely any of the near-400 pages of The Decade That Rocked —the new coffee-table-worthy collection—and you’re sure to find one of the most…
Liza Lentini / December 8, 2020

Farm Aid at 35

In July 1985, Bob Dylan stood on stage at Live Aid and suggested a concert just for America’s farmers. Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John…
Liza Lentini / December 7, 2020

The 35 Best Lesser-Known Artists of the Last 35 Years, Picked by 35 Well-Known Artists

For a band to "make it," it takes a lot of luck, timing, and in some cases, a village. Even then, success isn’t guaranteed. On…
SPIN Staff / December 6, 2020

Birthday Boy

When Micheal Somersel was 8 years old, his Brooklyn, NY birthplace led the city in murders; 125 killed within the 75th police precinct.
Katherine Turman / December 6, 2020

Krist Novoselic on the Lasting Impact of Nirvana

For many, Nirvana were the voice of Generation X. And with good reason. Kurt Cobain’s lyrics reflected elements of alienation and angst of the post-Boomer…
Daniel Kohn / December 6, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #1 Nirvana

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’ve finally reached the top spot. From…
Daniel Kohn / December 6, 2020

Australia’s Dark Pop Princess

"They say you’re always chasing it, and realistically I don’t think I'm ever gonna be like ‘I made it.’ When I can nail the balance…
Mary Gibson / December 5, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #2 Prince

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #2. From Minneapolis, Minnesota, here…
Nate Jackson / December 5, 2020

Laura Jane Grace on Staying Alive and Staring Into the Abyss

There are a number of pre-pandemic luxuries that Laura Jane Grace misses during these precarious times. But the glaring absence of live shows – and…
Gen Handley / December 4, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #3 Madonna

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #3. From Bay City, Michigan,…
Bianca Gracie / December 4, 2020

YUNGBLUD: ‘I Wrote an Album for the Weirdest Years of Our Lives’

Dominic Harrison may be known as YUNGBLUD, but YUNGBLUD isn’t Dominic Harrison. For him, YUNGBLUD is more than just his identity. "YUNGBLUD is whatever you…
Taylor Mandel / December 3, 2020

The White Stripes’ Archivist Ben Blackwell Reveals the Stories Behind Their Greatest Hits

If anyone knows the White Stripes, it's Ben Blackwell. The Third Man Records co-owner/co-founder, and proclaimed lover of all things Archer Record Pressing, has been…
Daniel Kohn / December 3, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #4 N.W.A.

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #4. From Compton, California, here…
Al Shipley / December 3, 2020

Made in Nigeria: The Grandson of Fela Kuti Upholds His Family’s Afrobeat Message

"A self-centered way of life will bring all of us down in the end," Made Kuti sighs on "Different Streets," the saddest funky track to…
Peter Holslin / December 2, 2020

Still Bad to the Bone

George Thorogood has made a living performing other musician’s songs. He’s performed them so damn well we all think he’s the original artist. His self-described…
Jason Stahl / December 2, 2020
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