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Inside James Murphy and 2ManyDJs’ Insane Audiophile Soundsystem

Barcelona's Sónar festival is the last place you'd ever expect to hear Heart's "Magic Man." Sónar, after all, is known as a festival for "advanced…
Philip Sherburne / July 11, 2014

DJ Dodger Stadium Channel Desert Existentialism via L.A. Club Beats

DJ Dodger Stadium's debut album begins with a familiar refrain muttered over a cinematic swell of strings: "There are five million stories in the big…
Philip Sherburne / July 10, 2014

Akra’s ‘Los Peros’ EP Makes a Bonfire out of Balearic House

For nearly a decade, Nick Woolfson has been meting out warped electro-pop and mutant disco in the duo Mock and Toof, with records on DFA…
Philip Sherburne / June 27, 2014

10 Songs That Inspired Jamie xx’s ‘All Under One Roof Raving’

If you couldn't figure it out from the title, Jamie xx's new one, "All Under One Roof Raving," is an unambiguous paean to the golden…
Philip Sherburne / June 26, 2014

Craig Leon Reissues His Techno-Futurist Masterpiece, ‘Nommos / Visiting’

Originally released in 1980, Craig Leon's Nommos bridged worlds in unlikely ways. Here we had an artist who had worked as a producer on some…
Philip Sherburne / June 25, 2014

Snakehips and Sinead Harnett’s ‘Days With You’ Is Soulful Summer Bliss

With their remixes for acts like Bondax, Banks, and the Weeknd, Snakehips have carved out a summery sweet spot somewhere between dulcet deep house, classic…
Philip Sherburne / June 23, 2014

Lusine’s Lush, Languid Beats Pulsate on ‘Arterial’

Lusine (Seattle's Jeff McIlwain) has always had an exceptionally colorful, exceptionally textural take on electronic music; his tracks move with rich tones and rippling surfaces.
Philip Sherburne / June 18, 2014

The 10 Best Things We Saw at Sonar 2014

Now in its 21st year, Barcelona's Sónar festival presented, as it always does, three days of provocative contradictions: raving vs. contemplating, vintage vs. cutting-edge, mid-day…
Philip Sherburne / June 17, 2014

Hear Ensemble Economique’s Coldwaving, Shoegazing ‘Make-Out in the GDR’

Humboldt County's Ensemble Economique (Bryan Pyle, formerly of Starving Weirdos) is a master of wooly drones, dislocated techno, and neo-coldwave dread. Now, on his new…
Philip Sherburne / June 5, 2014

Primavera Sound 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

"This is a song about looking at this beautiful sea," said Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring before the band launched into "A Dream of You…
Philip Sherburne / June 3, 2014

The 10 Best Things We Saw at Primavera Sound 2014

Barcelona's Primavera Sound 2014 will forever be remembered as the double-rainbow edition, thanks to the immaculate and frankly miraculous pair of rainbows that materialized above…
Philip Sherburne / June 3, 2014

Joakim Splashes Down and Grows Up

The whereabouts of Joakim Bouaziz's worldly possessions are currently unknown. To be more precise, they're somewhere between Paris and New York, packed inside cardboard boxes…
Philip Sherburne / June 3, 2014

Owen Pallett Breaks Down ‘In Conflict’

When he's not playing in Arcade Fire, composing Oscar-nominated soundtracks for Spike Jonze, and stringsplaining the music-theoretical underpinnings of Billboard chart-toppers, Owen Pallett records brainy,…
Philip Sherburne / May 27, 2014

Stream Jokers of the Scene’s Expansive ‘End Scene’ LP

Surely the only act ever to sneak beatless, blissed-out ambient music onto A-Trak and Catchdubs' Fools Gold label, Toronto's Jokers of the Scene are nothing…
Philip Sherburne / May 27, 2014

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