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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 responded…
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 Susan Boyle, but…
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 is…
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

Eminem Nerds Out, Turns Up, and Raps His Ass Off on ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2′

Eminem is the greatest rapper alive, sort of.Okay, there are rappers who carry more emotional weight (Kanye, Drake); there are rappers who tell more evocative…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 1, 2013

Stream the Necks’ ‘Open’: One 68-Minute Track of Transcendent Ambient Jazz

Australian slowpoke-jazz cult heroes the Necks have been creating mesmerizing, slowly unraveling improv for 25 years, but have enjoyed a recent revival thanks to some…
Christopher R. Weingarten / October 22, 2013

Stream ‘SMM: Opiate,’ Ghostly International’s Cinematic Exploration of the Ambient Vanguard

The concept of SMM — a vague catch-all for warm, austere, ambient electronic music with organic textures — was concocted by Ghostly International founder Sam Valenti…
Christopher R. Weingarten / October 21, 2013

Tim Hecker: Attack of the Drones

"I'm happy to show you these turds," beams Tim Hecker, a six-foot-tall beanpole with angelic eyes and a devilish smile.Surrounded by an orderly half-circle of…
Christopher R. Weingarten / October 10, 2013

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