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Liz Phair Unveils ‘Spanish Doors’ and Release Date of Soberish

After 11 long years, the wait is almost over for a new Liz Phair album. On June 4, Soberish will officially release on Chrysalis Records, and with it will be the end of the drought of new music from the iconic alternative songwriter since 2010’s Funstyle. Perhaps more importantly, we now know what the first song on the album will sound like, as Phair...

The Shins to Reissue ‘Oh, Inverted World’ With Liner Notes, Handwritten Lyrics

When it arrived in 2001, The Shins’ debut album, Oh, Inverted World, was a linchpin of the early-aughts indie-folk wave. But for a serial nit-picker like James Mercer, it was a blessed occasion to go back and tweak everything that’s been tormenting him for 20 years. A perfectionist’s ultimate fantasy. The Oh, Inverted World remaster sounds the way...

Watch Mick Jagger, Dave Grohl Sing About TikTok, Gaining Pandemic Weight on ‘Eazy Sleazy’

As the world hobbles back to normal with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Mick Jagger is out with a rocking new song about how much it sucked being home all year. On “Eazy Sleazy,” the Rolling Stones frontman howls away, free-associating about “pretty masks” and Zoom — giving us lots to unpack. Like, what are poncey books? Does he ever wait to do...

How The Living Became Seattle’s Greatest Lost Band

If you haven’t heard of the Living, you’re not alone. The Seattle-based band formed in the early ’80s, recorded some songs in 1982 and that was that. Open and shut case, right? Not when you dig deeper. The quartet featured vocalist John Conte, bassist Todd Fleischman, drummer Greg Gilmore and 17-year-old guitarist Duff McKagan, who’d already established...

Watch Never-Before-Seen Demo of John Lennon, Yoko Ono Performing ‘Give Peace A Chance’

Nearly 50 years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded “Give Peace A Chance” at their Bed-In for Peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal on May 31, 1969, a new demo has arrived showing a glimpse of how that legendary moment came to be. Released and restored by the John Lennon Estate, the unearthed video shows the artists side-by-side in another...

The Beautiful Bleakness of T. Hardy Morris

The collapse is nigh. Everything means nothing. Superstructures blot out the sky. People shout invectives through N95s across divisions of understanding. The pandemic has rendered even the most quotidian errands potentially perilous. On top of it all, we are flattened to an austere mode of living, a kind that provides a springboard for the musings of...

SPIN Sets Presents: Mikey Lion

Passion is an understatement for what Mikey Lion channels through his music. Mikey Lion is on a constant path toward finding enlightenment through music and creating one-of-a-kind experiences to inspire others to find themselves and their purpose in this world. Being both a spiritual warrior and visionary, he’s created a safe and revolutionary space...

SPIN Sessions Presents: Elohim

A symbol for radical self-love, acceptance, and expression, Elohim is making the world a more compassionate place, one song at a time. There’s a sort of magic that Elohim radiates and is able to instill in her music that penetrates the soul of the listeners. That magic derives from her ability to be transparently vulnerable through her artistic expression...

‘This Is Anything But Boring’: Seattle Names New Tunnel Boring Machine After Mudhoney

Despite only putting out one album in the last eight years, the people of Seattle clearly still love Mudhoney. Seattle Public Utilities held a public naming contest for its latest massive piece of machinery — a tunnel boring machine that will be used to build a storage space for the Ship Canal Water Quality Project in order to reduce Seattle’s sewer...

Phoebe Bridgers’ Guitar Becomes Highest-Selling Web Item in GLAAD History

Phoebe Bridgers, indie darling of the pandemic, is now a card-carrying rock god. The 26-year-old’s black Danelectro Dano ’56 — the guitar she smashed on a fake amp at the end of her debut Saturday Night Live performance — sold for a whopping $101,500 at a GLAAD Media Awards auction ended bidding on Sunday, April 11. It’s the first time an item has...

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