Who: Ska-punk quartet that dominated '90s radio and turned Gwen Stefani into a B-A-N-A-N-A-S pop star (and whose "Don't Speak" video reenacted their first SPIN cover shoot). Hometown: The real O.C. -- Anaheim, CA Why you should see them: It's been eight years since their last album, Rock Steady, and while the current SPIN cover stars aren't yet planning to record new material, their massive U.S. tour, which kicks off at Bamboozle, might be the catalyst for them to do so.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »