Our summer spectacular also explores the bath salts epidemic, American dubstep, and the Chicago footwork scene. Plus, Patton Oswalt's Bumbershoot epiphany!
Cue the theme from Meatballs, because SPIN is ready for some wholesome fun in the sun! Our July/August "Outside" Issue drops June 26 and features a luminous, landscape-painting-like cover costarring 2012's Indie Queen and King of Summer: hazy, glazy power couple Bethany "Best Coast" Cosentino and Nathan "Wavves" Williams. SPIN contributing editor Phoebe Reilly explores the heart of the California myth with the pair, tagging along to a Lakers game and venturing into the hills above their Los Angeles neighborhood; of course, they also get stuck in traffic. Williams also shares some news about his band's next album. In addition, the decidedly indoorsy Fiona Apple gives us some Words of Wisdom as she prepares to venture outdoors for a summer tour to promote her first album in seven years.
In addition, we've got your summer beach (long-)reads: Natasha Vargas-Cooper goes deep on the bath salts epidemic that is reaching a fever pitch (and has kept the news cycle, uh, buzzing in the last few weeks). Also, Camille Dodero and photographer Aaron Richter travel across the country to better understand the wubbing bass and aggro vibes of the American dubstep explosion, spending time with principals Bassnectar, Datsik, Reid Speed, and Borgore, as well as the sweat-soaked, fist-banging fans filling festival tents. Plus, we explore the global influence of the hypnotically exhilarating music of the Chicago footwork scene.
And that's not all: SPIN senior editor David Marchese divines the touring secrets of Black Keys, A$AP Rocky, St. Vincent, and Avicii; Hives' Howlin' Pelle Almqvist answers combative questions ("Why are Hives concerts better than Hives albums?"); Seun Kuti shows us his extremely aromatic bus; Friday Night Lights' inscrutable hunk Taylor Kitsch reveals his love of Garth Brooks, and refuses to reflect on a very special beach picnic with a girl named Kristy; Patton Oswalt sees Hasil Adkins at Bumbershoot (or does he?); and Gary Clark Jr. walks away with SPIN's Golden Corndog award for festival bromiscuousness.
The entire issue implores you to get outside; so get outside and buy a copy of the damn thing when it hits newsstands in the next couple of days (and then go back home and read it, if you'd rather crank the AC).
Regardless, have a bitchin' summer! From your pals, SPIN.