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Joakim Splashes Down and Grows Up

The whereabouts of Joakim Bouaziz's worldly possessions are currently unknown. To be more precise, they're somewhere between Paris and New York, packed inside cardboard boxes…
Philip Sherburne / June 3, 2014

Body Music: tUnE-yArDs’ Undulating Brilliance

Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner of tUnE-yArDs are eating dinner at a vegan Chinese restaurant in Oakland called Golden Lotus. The scene is busy and…
Geeta Dayal / May 9, 2014

Rhythm & Snooze: From Sohn to Chet Faker, A Global Group of Artists Explore the EDM-R&B Axis

Look, I hate to do it, I don't want to do it, but I have to do it. Reader, it's my job: I have to…
Garrett Kamps / April 17, 2014

And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out: EMA Screams Into the Void

"It's like high-school stoner shit." It's just past noon on a Friday in early February, and Erika M. Anderson is on the second…
Michael Tedder / April 10, 2014

The Hitman and the Trickster: Todd Terje’s Improbable Disco

All dance music is in some sense aspirationalist, and none more than disco, with its cocaine clarity and silky sunset glow, an apotheosis of sex…
Philip Sherburne / April 9, 2014

Hashtags and Heartbreak: Iamsu!, Sage the Gemini, and the Bay Area’s New Rap Revolution

Sudan Williams sounds like a particularly aggressive GPS navigator as he rolls through East Oakland on a late-October afternoon. The 24-year-old rapper is slumped into…
Andrew Nosnitsky / March 25, 2014

Dance Like No One’s Watching: Future Islands Break Out On Their Own Terms

It's a very cold February night in Baltimore and Future Islands frontman Sam Herring is shuffling across the Floristree stage like a cranked-up Elvis impersonator.
Brandon Soderberg / March 21, 2014

Madlib Muses on Methods Behind His Madness

Sometime around 1985, an 11-year-old Otis Jackson Jr. sampled his first song. Plucking an album from his dad's collection, he tinkered with "Sucker" from Doing…
Reyan Ali / March 20, 2014

Reigning Men: Brooklyn’s Busiest, Most Restless Band Offers ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’ Today

The Men are Brooklyn's hardest-working punk band. They are also Brooklyn's hardest-working noise group, and Brooklyn's hardest-working Crazy Horse tribute act. If you find this…
Michael Tedder / March 7, 2014

The Boys Next Door: Real Estate’s Subtle Charms

Alex Bleeker lays it all out there in Guitar Center. "People are going to say it forever, but we're not trying to make the soundtrack…
Kyle McGovern / February 27, 2014

Ty Dolla $ign’s Permanent Vacation

When a man — a particularly insecure one, perhaps — imagines his girlfriend going off on Spring Break with her friends, his darkest fear is…
Jordan Sargent / February 24, 2014

We Major: How the Record Business Finally Learned to Sell EDM

In the United States, electronic dance music is known for selling three things: tickets, drinks, and black-market goods. And with the gold rush of the…
Michaelangelo Matos / February 13, 2014

The Art of Hustle: Pounding the Pavement With Uncrowned, Rock’s Hungriest Unsigned Band

If you were to imagine the soundtrack for the death of the record industry, you couldn't do better than an acoustic version of "Iko Iko"
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lester Bangs, and ‘Almost Famous,’ by Jaan Uhelszki

Music journalist Jaan Uhelszki was an editor at Creem magazine from 1971 to 1977. Her writing has appeared in Uncut, Mojo, Rolling Stone, Guitar World,…
Jaan Uhelszki / February 3, 2014

Green Day: Read SPIN’s 1994 ‘Dookie’ Story ‘Young, Loud, and Snotty’

(This article originally appeared in the September 1994 issue of SPIN.) It's an early Wednesday evening in North Oakland, and the lead singer for…
Eric Weisbard / January 31, 2014
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