The Professor Will Now Unpack — Michael Jackson and Rick Astley
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by Tom Zoellner
11h ago
Pretenders Welcome Johnny Marr, Dave Grohl During Glastonbury Festival Set Tom Zoellner is a tenured Professor of English at Chapman University, the author of numerous distinguished works of non-fiction, and an editor-at-large of the Los Angeles Review of Books. Professor Zoellner has graciously consented to briefly withdraw his critical gaze from high art and cast an eye for SPIN at classic pop and rock lyrics. It’s time for an inquiry into questionable lyrics of the ‘80s. First we shall examine Michael Jackson’s mega-smash “Billie Jean,” in which he offers a Biblically-tinged lament that th ..read more
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The Misfits, Iggy Pop Anchor Classic Punk Fest No Values
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by SPIN Staff
17h ago
Sublime With Rome Splitting At End Of 2024 The Original Misfits, Iggy Pop, Social Distortion, Turnstile, Bad Religion and the reunited Sublime will anchor the lineup for the first No Values festival, which will descend upon the Fairplex in Pomona, Ca., on June 8. The event was organized by promoter Goldenvoice, which began booking legendary West Coast punk shows in the early 1980s before expanding into Palm Springs in 1999 for the massive Coachella festival. “For one day only, many of the greatest punk bands of all time will perform in one place, on four stages,” Goldenvoice says. The bill wi ..read more
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Band Jury: Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado Defends…Foxygen’s Seeing Other People
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by Ryan Reed
17h ago
Review: Foxygen's Hang Revives the Retro Simplicity of Their Best Work Welcome to Band Jury, a SPIN series in which artists defend black sheep albums they feel deserve another listen. These are projects that, for whatever reason (middling sales, negative reviews, a misunderstood stylistic shift) have fallen slightly out of fashion — or perhaps never reached it to begin with. The Defender: Jonathan Rado Qualifications: one half of ever-morphing, often-experimental “recording project” Foxygen; producer for artists like Weyes Blood, Father John Misty, the Killers, and the Lemon Twigs; solo arti ..read more
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Brie Stoner On the Sultry Simplicity of Her Serge Gainsbourg-Inspired Single “Hungry”
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by Liza Lentini
23h ago
Brie Stoner On the Sultry Simplicity of Her Serge Gainsbourg-Inspired Single “Hungry” By the sound of her upcoming album, Me Veo, and the smoldering late-60s-French-pop-sounding song, “Hungry,” you wouldn’t guess that Brie Stoner would be calling from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Like much of Me Veo, releasing in May, “Hungry” is a study in melodic sensuality, a Serge-Gainsbourg-inspired, English/French-speaking (yes, speaking, at times) tale of longing and desire.  “The influences that you’re hearing are very real,” she says, referring to the songs on Me Veo as “nods of deference and respect ..read more
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Every Pavement Album, Ranked
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by Al Shipley
23h ago
Pavement, Japanese Breakfast, Denzel Curry Set For Hopscotch Festival Pavement set off on their first tour in 1990 and sullenly staggered to an infamous final show in London in 1999. In the years in between, Stockton, Ca., native Stephen Malkmus led one of the 1990s’ most influential bands through five albums that helped shape the definition of indie rock. Pavement set the standard for bands who could play but didn’t want to sound flawless, and who could craft dazzling, clever wordplay but didn’t care if you got their jokes. After a brief reunion tour in 2010, Pavement reconvened in 2022 for ..read more
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Lil Wayne, André 3000 Set For 2024 Roots Picnic
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by SPIN Staff
2d ago
The Joy of Flautin' It: Living in the Light of André 3000's Fresh Azure Rays The Roots have once again pulled together a star-studded lineup for their annual hometown Roots Picnic, which returns to Philadelphia on June 1-2 at the Mann in Fairmount Park. The event will be headlined by a Lil Wayne/Roots set celebrating the music of New Orleans, featuring special guests PJ Morton and Trombone Shorty. Also on the bill are André 3000, Jill Scott, Nas, Gunna, Victoria Monét, Sexyy Red, Babyface, Robert Glasper featuring Yebba, Redman and Method Man, Fantasia, Muni Long, Smino, Adam Blackstone, Cam ..read more
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‘60s Muse Turned Psychologist Jenny Boyd Explores Rock’s Greatest Icons
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by Lily Moayeri
2d ago
Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood Share Tributes to Christine McVie There is a whole layer of iconic women who are brilliant and accomplished, but they’re mainly known for their association with iconic men. Jenny Boyd is one such woman who first was known as being the little sister of Pattie Boyd (Mrs. George Harrison and, later, Mrs. Eric Clapton). Boyd eventually became known for her own rock star associations. She’s the titular person in Donovan’s “Jennifer Juniper,” which he wrote to woo her (unsuccessfully). Mick Fleetwood was successful in snagging her. He married her–twice. I would ventu ..read more
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Pete Yorn Talks New Single, ‘Flower Moon’ Role On ‘Lipps Service’
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by SPIN Staff
2d ago
Rob Harvilla Explains '90s Music On 'Lipps Service' Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn is the latest guest on the SPIN Presents Lipps Service podcast, speaking with host Scott Lipps about his recent film role in Killers of the Flower Moon, his latest single, “Someday, Someday” and other projects currently in the works. Yorn also discusses his early musical influences, the writing and recording of his debut album Musicforthemorningafter, his collaborative LP with actress Scarlett Johansson and his work with Frank Black of Pixies. More from Spin: Interpol’s Paul Banks Talks New LP, Kur ..read more
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Eddie Vedder, Post Malone Team Up At Tennessee Benefit
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by SPIN Staff
3d ago
Post Malone, SZA, The Killers Head To NYC For Governors Ball Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Post Malone teamed last night (Feb. 17) at the second Reportin’ for Duty benefit concert at the 250-capacity Nearest Green Distillery in Shelbyville, Tn., to perform Pearl Jam’s “Better Man,” the late Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” and a cover of the ’60s song “Last Kiss,” which became an improbable massive hit for Pearl Jam in 1999. Earlier in the evening, Vedder covered another Petty song, “Keep Me in Your Heart,” solo acoustic. Other performers included Jelly Roll, the War and Treaty, Ruby Amanfu and ..read more
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John Mellencamp Puts Out a Statement About Gun Violence
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by SPIN Staff
5d ago
Farm Aid Returning To Indianapolis With Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp Earlier this week, one person was killed and 22 injured, including 11 children, at the parade in Kansas City on Wednesday for the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory. This morning, John Mellencamp, who is a longtime outspoken critic of American gun violence, released a statement calling for the media to have the courage to show graphic depictions of gun violence, saying that doing so is “the only way to shock America out of its stupor.“ So this is Gun Control, painted by John Mellencam ..read more
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