The Success Issue

Bon Iver: The Craftsman

Justin Vernon's Wisconsin compound isn't just a totem of his success -- it's a metaphor for everything he believes in and everything he wants to…
David Bevan / June 29, 2011

Eddie Vedder: The Hobbyist

For some, taking a break from your megaband to make an intimate album of ukulele tunes dreamt up in Hawaii is the definition of success.
Steve Kandell / June 29, 2011

Arctic Monkeys: The Graduates

After a historic debut and hype that would have undone lesser bands, Alex Turner and mates' fourth album in five years proves they're only getting…
Caryn Ganz / June 17, 2011

The Success Issue

At a moment when only an elite few albums go platinum anymore, big festivals are seen as saviors of the concert industry, and more artists…
SPIN Staff / June 14, 2011

Black Lips: The Road Warriors

Or,How to Succeed in (the Music) Business Without (Looking Like You're) Really Trying (and While Occasionally Peeing in Your Best Friend's Mouth).
Steve Kandell / June 10, 2011

Skylar Grey: The Changeling

The radical transformation of the woman behind some of hip-hop's biggest hits.
David Marchese / June 10, 2011

Elbow: The Visiting Dignitaries

In their native England, they're bona fide stars who have been around for two decades. They may never reach those heights here, but they don't…
Kevin O'Donnell / June 8, 2011

Patrick Stump: The Gambler

Fall Out Boy's frontman wagers his personal fortune on a new solo project, and he'll sleep on the floor if he has to.
Peter Gaston / June 8, 2011

Lil B: The Human Meme

He's provocative, prolific, and boasts a following a cult leader would envy -- no rapper's success is more distinctly 2011 than this guy's.
Brandon Soderberg / June 7, 2011