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The Best Scenes We Saw at the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos

For the 15th year in a row, Insane Clown Posse hosted their annual underground music festival, the Gathering of the Juggalos. This time, the…
By: Jolie Ruben / July 28, 2014

Merge Records Turns 25: A Timeline of the Beloved Label’s History

Merge Records turns 25 this year, and the North Carolina label is celebrating its milestone birthday in grand fashion: there's the ongoing, bimonthly subscription-based…
By: SPIN Staff / July 25, 2014

Q&A: Nick Hook Talks DIY Production, Bauuer, and Working With Young Thug

Irrepressible producer Nick Hook has a seemingly ubiquitous presence in New York's ever-changing music scene. A onetime bartender at an East Village sake bar that…
By: Ethan Holben / July 24, 2014

How Composer Brian Reitzell Became Hollywood’s Recluse Whisperer

It's a hallucinatory 110 degrees in a parking lot in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Glendale, where Brian Reitzell stands outside of a nondescript recording…
By: Andy Beta / July 24, 2014

Q&A: Label Founder Tim Owen on the Evolution of Jade Tree Records

For anyone with stock in early '90s punk, emo, and hardcore, independent East Coast record label Jade Tree was an institution. It wa…
By: Patric Fallon / July 23, 2014

Q&A: Magic! Talks ‘Rude,’ Lorde, and Hosting Snow’s Pizza Party at Chuck E. Cheese’s

Yesterday Magic!'s relaxed, summertime groove "Rude" took the throne from Iggy Azaelia's "Fancy" as ruler of the Billboard 100…
By: Puja Patel / July 18, 2014

Misun’s Bittersweet Pop Fuses ’90s House, Dusty Rock, and Doo-Wop

For Los Angeles quartet Misun (pronounced 'me-sun'), songwriting begins with affliction. The crew's moody, yet upbeat recordings uncover the raw emotions behind the…
By: Jessica Herndon / July 18, 2014

Running With the Devil, by Marilyn Manson

He may be an agent of Satan, but, oh!, the places he's been, the people he's known... In this exclusive excerpt from Marilyn Manson's upcoming…
By: Marilyn Manson / July 18, 2014

Marilyn Manson: Return of the Living Dead

After a breakup left him "completely destroyed," Marilyn Manson strikes back with a new (very young) muse, an intensely personal album, and a distaste for…
By: Jonathan Ames / July 18, 2014

Freak Scene: 2014’s Weird World of Underground Rap

Underground hip-hop is not what it used to be, but that's a good thing. At its peak, "the underground" was its own separate and dam…
By: Brandon Soderberg / July 11, 2014

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 a…
By: 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…
By: Philip Sherburne / July 10, 2014

For Courtney Love’s 50th Birthday, Read 50 Rants and Raves About the ’90s Icon

In celebration of "50" years of Courtney Love, we present thoughts on the queen of punk-rock culled from 50 of her friends, exes, famous fans,…
By: SPIN Staff / July 9, 2014

Beck: SPIN’s 1996 Artist of the Year

When told he had been selected SPIN's Artist of the Year, Beck mulled the news over for a second, plucked a grape from…
By: Neil Strauss / July 8, 2014

Reverberation: The Beck Sessions

FADE IN AMSTERDAM, JUNE 30…
By: John McAlley / July 8, 2014

Moonwalking in L.A. With Beck

In the four years since his folk-hop opus "Odelay," Beck's world has turned upside-down. Teens and meatheads have taken over, slacking has given way to…
By: Chris Norris / July 8, 2014

Jon Hassell Goes Below the Belt, Challenges Phillip Glass to Dance-Off

With a résumé that begins with the epochal recording of Terry Riley's minimalist zenith In C in 1968 and stretches into the 21st century, trumpeter…
By: Andy Beta / July 8, 2014

Beck’s Subterranean Homeboy Blues

This is Beck. He's not a slacker, an angst-ridden mouthpiece, or a loser, baby. He's a cosmic naïf with one foot on the zeitgeist wahwah…
By: Mike Rubin / July 8, 2014

Sonisphere 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Sonisphere Festival returned to England's Knebworth Park over the July 4 weekend, bringing a cavalcade of ripping metal bands to a stately Downto…
By: SPIN Staff / July 7, 2014

How to Safely Party With 4th of July Fireworks, by Andrew W.K.

In preparation for 4th of July fetes nationwide, SPIN asked Andrew W.K. for some tips on choosing and safely lighting fireworks for a celebration of…
By: Andrew W.K. / July 4, 2014
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