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Filter’s Richard Patrick on Why Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine “Was So Monumental”

Years before Richard Patrick launched Filter in 1993 with Brian Liesegang, and decades before forming Army of Anyone with brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots fame, he was a wiry kid in Cleveland who was just beginning to find himself creatively. And Patrick wasn’t alone: Another Cleveland kid by the name of Trent...

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Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine Turns 30: 7 Musicians Celebrate Trent Reznor’s Influential Debut Record

Most records have some sort of a low point, a moment that may see even hardcore fans quickly advancing to the next track—a bass line that just didn’t work, a section that dragged on for a little too long, a cringeworthy lyric. Perfect albums are a rarity, but even more unusual is when a musician’s first studio...

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Jimmy Eat World: How Rage Against the Machine and Van Halen Inspired Their New Album

It’s been a year of major milestones for Jimmy Eat World. Back in February, the group—frontman Jim Adkins, guitarist/vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind—celebrated the 20th anniversary of Clarity, one of their most beloved and essential albums. The same month, they celebrated the 25th anniversary of the band itself with a...

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Every Nine Inch Nails Album, Ranked

It would be blatant oversimplification to label Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor a musical genius. It’s tantamount to calling Kim Jong-un a “bad dude” or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson an “actor.” The fact is, there has never before been a musician quite like the industrial-rock nihilist. Often imitated but never replicated, Nine Inch Nails seemingly...

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominations: All the Surprises, Snubs, and Subtext

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for 2020 on Tuesday, October 15. Not all of the 16 artists—which include Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, and Depeche Mode—will get in. The nominating committee will narrow the list down to a group of five to seven inductees in December, and those musicians will be...

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Why Soundgarden Thought Being Compared to Led Zeppelin Was “a Thorn” in Their Side

Soundgarden was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time on October 15. In celebration of this honor, we are republishing this early feature with Soundgarden, which originally appeared in the December 1989 issue of SPIN. They’re Axl’s favorite band, one of the 150 or so that Ian Astbury loves and hopes to produce, and...

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13 Essential Sonic Youth Songs That Put Kim Gordon Center Stage

In the eight years since the demise of Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon has remained the band’s most committed avant-gardist. Of the legendary band’s three singers, she tended to front the gnarliest songs, with the fewest concessions to melody or pop structure, and a voice that would sound like cold wind blowing through an abandoned cityscape...

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Why Joan Jett Thought Rush Were “Assholes”

This article originally appeared in the May 1987 issue of SPIN. There is a lot of kindness and compassion in rock ‘n’ roll.That may sound strange, but it’s true.—Kim Fowley, former manager of Joan Jett and the Runaways Twenty degrees and ice everywhere you look and Joan Jett is sitting on the steps of her...

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12 Best Rock Star Cameos on The Simpsons

It’s become a badge of honor for athletes, rockers, authors, astronauts, actors, politicians, and pop culture icons to get The Simpsons treatment. And on October 13, it’s Queen’s turn to appear on TV’s longest running scripted show. The Fox animated comedy, currently in its 31st season, will give a nod to the legendary group in the...

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Rap Monthly: TisaKorean on His Dance Roots and Outliving the Woah

Spin’s Rap Monthly column interviews an artist making waves, reviews selections from the past month, and holds goofiness accountable when necessary. Domonic Patten, the rising Houston rapper and producer who records as TisaKorean, loves to dance. When we meet for vegan food on a recent scorcher in Los Angeles, it’s the first thing I see him do. Wearing...

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