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Swans Hold Court, Preach ‘To Be Kind’ at Bowery Ballroom

Swans rained their terror down on New York City's Bowery Ballroom last night, on behalf of their Essential new album, To Be Kind, a colossal…
SPIN Staff / May 19, 2014

The Orwells and Twin Peaks Desecrate These United States

The Orwells have been making a mess across the country for the last few weeks, touring in advance of their new album, Disgraceland, which drops…
SPIN Staff / May 13, 2014

Broken Twin Commands Devastating Darkness on ‘May’

There's sad music and then there's sad music; music that's just plain devastating. Death Cab for Cutie made sad music, whereas Elliott Smith's was devastating.
Garrett Kamps / May 13, 2014

M.I.A. and A$AP Ferg Bring the Party to Queens

On Friday, May 9, M.I.A. headlined the Knockdown Center, inviting all the women in the audience to dance onstage to "Y.A.L.A." and "Bad Girls." Trap…
Jolie Ruben / May 12, 2014

Pantha du Prince Reboots His Experimental Techno With the Triad

Is Pantha du Prince's Hendrik Weber unpredictable? Count on it. How do you peg a mercurial German producer who's been content to spend the last…
Scott Mcdonald / May 12, 2014

Body Music: tUnE-yArDs’ Undulating Brilliance

Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner of tUnE-yArDs are eating dinner at a vegan Chinese restaurant in Oakland called Golden Lotus. The scene is busy and…
Geeta Dayal / May 9, 2014

Morrissey Seems at Peace, Generates Drama in San Jose Tour Opener

Morrissey may have willfully resisted maturity for over 30 years, but he nevertheless came across flatteringly dignified on Wednesday's opening San Jose stop on his…
Barry Walters / May 8, 2014

King Tuff Promises Mystery and Sex on ‘Volcanic’ New Album

"The place you gotta go to change / Is deeper into the strange." So sings King Tuff — a.k.a. 31-year-old singer-guitarist Kyle Thomas — on…
Kyle McGovern / May 8, 2014

Coldplay Regale New York’s Beacon Theatre With New ‘Ghost Stories’

Fresh off their latest Saturday Night Live appearance, Coldplay conquered New York City's Beacon Theatre on Monday night. Chris Martin and co. offered fans a…
SPIN Staff / May 6, 2014

Austin Psych Fest 2014: SPIN’s Photo Highlights

On the first weekend of May 2014, the seventh annual Austin Psych Fest took place at Carson Creek Ranch. Produced and curated by the Reverberation…
Krista Schlueter / May 5, 2014

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

This past Sunday closed out New Orleans Jazz Fest's second weekend at the city's Fair Grounds Race Course. The gigantic festival has become an institution…
SPIN Staff / May 5, 2014

Red Bull Music Academy’s Bounce Ballroom Sweats It Out in Brooklyn

Last night Red Bull Music Academy kicked off it's New York residency with Bounce Ballroom at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, the first of a series of…
SPIN Staff / May 2, 2014

Modest Mouse Talk Grandmas, Cats in Portland

Isaac Brock is obviously at ease in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. So much so that he was comfortable enough letting the Crystal Ballroom crowd…
Robert Ham / May 2, 2014

The Knife Turn New York’s Terminal 5 Into A Raging Dance Party

Last night the Knife brought their high-energy, touring dance party to Manhattan's gigantic Terminal 5 venue. With the help of a troupe of face-painted, jumpsuit-clad,…
SPIN Staff / May 1, 2014

Bay Area Rapper Issue Reps #Based Experimentalism and His Dad, E-40

"When I first came out with my music, people thought I was on hardcore drugs," explains the mysterious, mask-rocking rapper Issue. "But that was just…
Brandon Soderberg / May 1, 2014

Best Coast Salute Gwen Stefani, Sugar Ray on New Album

A little over a week ago, Best Coast finished tracking their third album. Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino makes it a point to say "third" while speaking…
Kyle McGovern / May 1, 2014

Tori Amos Plays ‘Unrepentant’ for Intimate Rough Trade NYC Show

Tori Amos took over Brooklyn's Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday night, on behalf of her upcoming album, Unrepentant Geraldines, which arrives May 13. The beloved…
SPIN Staff / April 30, 2014

Teklife Forever: DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn Reflect on Footwork’s Chicago Origins, Global Spread

This wasn't supposed to be a eulogy. This was supposed to be the story where Rashad and Spinn were going to tell how they came…
Jessica Hopper / April 29, 2014

Q&A: Curtis Harding Talks Gospel-Fueled Solo Debut ‘Soul Power’

Curtis Harding speaks with the easy drawl of an accomplished artist. Even without a microphone, there's a quiet, confident power in the singer-songwriter's smoky voice.
Jen Jamin / April 29, 2014

Pet Shop Boys Sing from Beds, Wear Demonic Heads at Terminal 5

It’s been 30 years since the Pet Shop Boys first released their Billboard-chart-topping smash, "West End Girls," but the Britpop duo are still regaling audiences…
SPIN Staff / April 28, 2014
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