Songs

Sabrina Claudio’s New Holiday Album LP Is a Jazzy Gift…

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This Christmas, you’ll get to sit around a socially-distanced household and take in the smoothest, sexiest, and most soulful holiday songs that you’ve ever heard thanks to singer Sabrina Claudio. The wistful Miami-born singer whose breakthrough, About Time, was released in 2017, reveals over Zoom that her latest body of work wasn’t planned and was spurred on by a conversation ...

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Looking Back at the Concert That Tried to Save America…

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Editor’s note: It’s easy to forget now, but in 2004, we were a nation just as divided. George W. Bush was facing a tough reelection campaign against Democratic challenger John Kerry. That year, Bruce Springsteen and others joined forces to barnstorm through swing states on the Vote for Change tour. The tour hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, Missouri, Wisconsin ...

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Blue Chips: November 2020 in New Hip Hop…

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Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers who could be Rookie of the Year candidates turned Hall-of-Famers or forgettable flashes in the pan. Only the passing seasons (and the number of streams) will tell. To read previous columns, click here. Ketchy the ...

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John Mellencamp: American Son…

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“Hello, Liza. This is John Mellencamp. What do you want to talk about?” It’s a cold, cloudy East Coast afternoon, and, for so many reasons, including John’s 69th birthday on Oct. 7, it’s been tough for us to connect.  “I want to talk about you,” I say. “Boy, that’s a boring topic,” he states. I don’t believe him, but I ...

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Tori Amos Shares ‘Better Angels’ From Upcoming Holiday EP…

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After announcing her new holiday EP, Chrstimastide, earlier this month, Tori Amos has released the first track just in time for the holidays with a pretty version of “Better Angels.” Promising to “try and lift people’s spirits,” the song jumps off with striking piano chords and rolling guitars. If you’re looking for a holiday song with more energy, this may ...

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Slash on His Love of Pinball, Making New Music While at Home…

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“The idea behind the whole thing was basically to recreate a full Not In This Lifetime concert experience,” Slash tells SPIN, then laughs. “You know, I sound like a fucking salesman now…” Perhaps so. But at least the product the guitarist is promoting is a pretty killer one — the new Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime pinball machine. ...

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Foo Fighters Revisit Band History in Times Like Those Film…

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The Foo Fighters took a little break from promoting their upcoming record, Medicine at Midnight, to share Times Like Those, a new short film created in honor of the group’s 25th anniversary. The special video shows Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee sitting in comfy La-Z-Boy chairs and snacking on popcorn as they look and ...

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AC/DC Flick the Switch on Power Up…

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The elephant in the room has a name: Axl Rose. AC/DC singer Brian Johnson’s actual room is illuminated by standing lamps on either side of a long, dark couch; he perches in the middle with his trademark cap and in his jolly British brogue begins the Zoom interview with an a capella tune. It incorporates my name and concludes with ...

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Dear Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Induct the Go-Go’s Already!…

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Dear RRHOF (and anyone else who overlooked The Go-Go’s), Once upon a time in L.A.’s late-’70s punk scene, a bunch of young women found each other and decided to do something no all-girl group had done yet: write their own songs and play their own instruments. Last on that goal list? Become one of the biggest bands of the early-mid ...

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Hailey Knox and Los Blenders Headline Next Week on SPIN’s Untitle…

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Make sure you tune in at 4pm PT / 7pm ET for Chris Malinchak’s piano-based concert today on SPIN’s Untitled Twitch Stream, as that caps off a great week for the stream. After that, you can re-watch all of the week’s streams on Twitch while you look forward to a shortened (but busy) holiday week for the stream once the weekend wraps ...

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