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SPIN’s 20 Best Avant Albums of 2013

The year in desolate noise, fuzzy ambient, out jazz, synth tapes, fiery cello improv, bleaktronics, noise-pop, euphoric sax, Hasidic doom metal, and more — a.k.a.,…
Christopher R. Weingarten / December 16, 2013

Christopher R. Weingarten’s 25 Best Albums of 2013

To finish out the year, we'll be offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Today, Senior Editor Christopher R. Weingarten.
Christopher R. Weingarten / December 13, 2013

Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Is 2013’s Album of the Year

Kanye West’s Yeezus is the most important album of all time inspired by a lamp. Struck by one of Le Corbusier’s sleek, minimal fixtures, West…
Christopher R. Weingarten / December 2, 2013

The Necks’ Cloud-Jazz, Gabriel Soloman’s War Drones, & 15 More Avant-LPs in Concrète Jungle

The Necks, Open (Northern Spy) The most beautiful album of the year isn’t by Bill Callahan or Haim or Boards of Canada or Susa…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 19, 2013

Jana Winderen, the Gallery Game Dr. Doolittle, Turns Calls of the Wild into Gorgeous Sound Art

Norwegian sound artist Jana Winderen constructs meditative pieces often played in dark rooms or austere gallery spaces — but the way she makes them i…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 13, 2013

Hear Sun and Sail Club’s ‘Mannequin’ LP: Kyuss and Fu Manchu Members’ Vocoder-Metal

If Queens of the Stone Age called themselves “robot rock,” then Vocoder-saturated bandroids Sun and Sail Club are rebooting the ’80s-era Transformers cartoon — bright, colorful, heavy…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 11, 2013

Fun Fun Fun 2013: Killer Mike’s Awesome Non-Set and the 5 Best Things We Saw on Sunday

5. Gojira French bile-groovers Gojira were making more noise than a mere four people should reasonably make. They're technically a death metal band, but they…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 11, 2013

Fun Fun Fun 2013: Top 20 Things We Saw

The eighth-annual Fun Fun Fun Fest took over Austin this weekend with six stages of bands, comedians, celebrity DJs, airborne skateboarders, and the one and…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 11, 2013

Fun Fun Fun 2013: Body Count Dismember the ’90s and the 5 Best Things We Saw on Saturday

5. Unlocking the TruthForget that this is a trio of pre-teens playing extreme metal at a huge festival, because — Hey, a trio playing extreme…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 10, 2013

Fun Fun Fun 2013: Thee Oh Sees Inspire Giddy Pogoing and the 5 Best Things We Saw on Friday

5. Snoop Dogg Snoopzilla's DJ kicks the night off with the unmistakable G-funk fwiz-bang of MC Breed's "Ain't No Future in Yo' Frontin'," and suddenly…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 9, 2013

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