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Hole’s ‘Live Through This': Read SPIN’s 1994 Review

In the opening scene of Sid and Nancy, as Sid Vicious is led away by the cops and Nancy Spungen is carried away in a…
By: Charles Aaron / April 11, 2014

What the White Boy Means When He Says Yo

In July of 1998, the future of youth culture was chillin' in the parking lot of a hip-hop concert in suburban New Jersey. Smokin' Grooves,…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

The Notorious B.I.G.: SPIN’s ’97 Artist of the Year

One thing you learn early on, whether you’re a li'l ghetto boy or a spice girl, is that pop music, like life, is often beyond…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Drums and Wires: Read SPIN’s 1996 Report on Rock’s Dawning Electronic-Music Obsession

San Bernardino National Forest, just like I pictured it — no skyscrapers, everything. But most of the 6,300 kids of all ages attending "Organic" June…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Rap-Rock: From ‘Punk Rock Rap’ to Mook Nation

Back in the 1970s, when Afrika Bambaataa dropped the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" into his DJ set at, say, the Bronx River Community Center,…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Kim Deal: The Breeders Leader Gets Pissed

She's lying flat on her tummy on the carpeted floor of a wood-paneled TV room, legs scissoring playfully, elbows propped up, notebooks and legal pads full…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Read Charles Aaron’s May 2010 ‘Scenes From a Marriage,’ Celebrating SPIN’s 25th Anniversary

I've been working at SPIN since fax machines were indispensable and phone conversations were unavoidable; and my tangential relationship with the magazine goes back to…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

The Art of Hustle: Pounding the Pavement With Uncrowned, Rock’s Hungriest Unsigned Band

If you were to imagine the soundtrack for the death of the record industry, you couldn't do better than an acoustic version of "Iko Iko"…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

The R.E.M. Method and Other Rites of Passage

Athens, Georgia, 1985. The acid had lost its come-hither bouquet and the speed had snapped everyone's nerves like twigs. The run-down Victorians weren't such a steal…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Read SPIN’s Review of the ‘Ultimate Breaks & Beats’ Compilation Series

Once upon a time on Planet Hip Hop everything was up for grabs. DJs tricked B-boys into dancing to records they thought they hated. Steve…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

‘Sir Real': Read SPIN’s 1993 Profile of Snoop Doggy Dogg

(This article originally appeared in the October 1993 issue of SPIN.)The recording of one of the most anticipated albums in hip-hop history was inching along…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Hole Rock Cleveland: Read SPIN’s Somewhat Dismayed 1994 Live Review

Pale arms outstretched, offering herself up for crucifixion, or a pie in the face, or a big hug, Courtney Love exclaimed, "Fuck with me, fuck…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Aceyalone’s ‘All Balls Don’t Bounce': Read SPIN’s 1995 Review

Sure, hip-hop is powerful stuff, capable of a mystical arm-twist or two, if the beats and rhymes and identities are properly aligned. But so i…
By: Charles Aaron / February 10, 2014

Charles Aaron’s 25 Best Albums of 2013

To finish out the year, we'll be offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Today, Editor-at-Large Charles Aaron (transmitting live from Durham,…
By: Charles Aaron / December 30, 2013

Mike WiLL Made It Is Our 2013 Artist of the Year

The most heavily bleeped radio hit of 2013 was, without a doubt, Lil Wayne's "Love Me," featuring Future and Drake, and produced by Mike WiLL…
By: Charles Aaron / December 9, 2013

Lou Reed, R.I.P.: Hear His Legacy in 15 Tracks

Lou Reed, whether in the Velvet Underground or solo, inspired entire genres – glam, art rock, punk, industrial, grunge, shoegaze, goth, indie rock – so…
By: Charles Aaron / October 29, 2013

Sleigh Bells’ ‘Bitter Rivals’ Delivers Candy-Coated Annihilation You Can Believe In

Sleigh Bells are fight-pop for grown-ups. Left jab. Snap back your head. Shifty footwork. Right cross to your dread. Shower. Dress. Grind.Sure, the duo's first…
By: Charles Aaron / October 9, 2013

Hopscotch 2013: The 10 Best Things We Saw

"Downtown revitalization" means different things to different people. For some, it's condo lofts in old tobacco factories, locally sourced pizza, and densely luscious croissants; for…
By: Charles Aaron / September 9, 2013

Hold My Life: Bob Stinson’s Regrets

This story was originally published in the June 1993 issue of SPIN magazine…
By: Charles Aaron / June 13, 2013

The 40 Best Songs of 2013 So Far

On a macro pop level, 2013 has been the year of the multi-platform, trickily cultivated, pseudo-culture-jamming marketing roll-out campaign/pageant — first Daft Punk, then Kanye…
By: Charles Aaron / May 28, 2013

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