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Parquet Courts Are SPIN’s 2014 Band of the Year

When Austin Brown first expressed interest in playing the guitar, his father, an accountant and ardent ZZ Top fan, gave him some advice: "Learn just…
David Bevan / December 11, 2014

Why Sharon Van Etten May Quit Playing Music (and Become a Shrink)

Sharon Van Etten knows what it is to voice her feelings. Through three albums of saturnine folk and indie-rock, the 33-year-old raven-haired, mahogany-eyed singer-songwriter has…
David Bevan / August 18, 2014

His City of Ruins

When Joe Casey was twelve years old, he heard one woman murder another on the front lawn next to his. "It sounded like somebody…
David Bevan / August 4, 2014

Conor Oberst Has Cheered Up

Late last year, Conor Oberst realized that he'd clawed apart his favorite guitar, a small, "parlor size" acoustic he'd bought from a boutique luthier in…
David Bevan / May 19, 2014

Q&A: Wild Beasts Talk B-Sides, the Holy Grail, and Hobbits

Last month, truly uncategorizable English outfit Wild Beasts arrived in the U.S. for a pair of sold-out shows on both coasts, in support of the…
David Bevan / April 9, 2014

Angel Olsen Will Be Heard

On a wet Friday morning, one week before Valentine's Day, Angel Olsen receives an unexpected e-mail from a friend named Sergio. "He's asking me if…
David Bevan / March 24, 2014

Northern Lights, Southern Cross: The Gentle Devastation of Doug Paisley

Outside of Chatsworth, Ontario, Doug Paisley stops for gas and directions. "Excuse me," the 37-year-old singer-songwriter says, to a windburned woman in a white ski…
David Bevan / January 28, 2014

David Bevan’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 David Bevan.
David Bevan / December 23, 2013

Vampire Weekend Are 2013’s Band of the Year

"I see the narrative that people want to craft: 'Oh these guys started out as a bunch of fuckin' goofballs, and now they're getting into…
David Bevan / December 4, 2013

Ceci N’est Pas un Objet: No Age Get Physical for Their Handmade ‘An Object’

Dean Spunt: I was getting interested in manufacturing in general, looking into making and die-cutting my own vinyl labels. But I used thinking about physically…
David Bevan / November 15, 2013

The Escape Artist: Cass McCombs’ Mercurial Brilliance

Crouching on an island of rotten linoleum, hammer in hand, Cass McCombs proposes some friendly competition. "If you're lucky, you'll get an entire tile to…
David Bevan / October 16, 2013

Lou Barlow ‘Defends’ Himself

In 1987, Lou Barlow recorded a song named "Poledo," a spectral, six-minute tangle of ukelele and noise-abetted moans that had very little in common with…
David Bevan / September 18, 2013

Bill Callahan Rolls on Like a River

"Bill, can you make some mountains?" A great wind is rolling through Bill Callahan's home, toward a bare corner room that he's made…
David Bevan / September 17, 2013

The SPIN Interview: Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner

"It’s like literature, isn't it?" says Alex Turner, sitting in the back garden of a downtown Manhattan hotel, still bleary-eyed from a late night. "It's…
David Bevan / September 10, 2013

Pardon the Eruption: 36 Hours in Milwaukee with Volcano Choir

Tonight in Chicago, Volcano Choir will enjoy the first set of their first North American tour, a run of five dates that will take the…
David Bevan / September 6, 2013

Merge Country: How Superchunk’s Label Turned Durham Into a Thriving Indie-Rock Company Town

On a soft July evening in Durham, North Carolina, shortly before the singing of our National Anthem, John Darnielle holds forth on baseball and breakfast.
David Bevan / August 20, 2013

Roll Away the Stone: The Oral History of King Tuff’s ‘Was Dead’

Ten years ago, Kyle Thomas could be found most afternoons writing at Mocha Joe's, a coffee shop in his hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. The forever…
David Bevan / June 20, 2013

Kurt Vile: Lost in the Stars?

In Philadelphia, city of murals and Brotherly Love, there is a piece of wall art hidden from public view, down a cobblestoned alley off of…
David Bevan / June 18, 2013

Majical Cloudz: Canadian Synth-Pop Outlier Catches Seriously Deep Feelings

Who: The brainchild of 24-year-old Devon Welsh, a Montreal-based, rural Ontario-bred songwriter whose minimalist, dolorous synth-pop allows plenty of space for maximum lyrical intensity. "We were…
David Bevan / June 11, 2013

Meet Tony Molina: Bay Area Hardcore Veteran Unfurls Decadent Guitar Pop

"It's funny," Tony Molina says, "you know how people only like the first two Weezer records? I kinda like the later shit, man! I mean,…
David Bevan / June 10, 2013

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