The man behind SPIN's No. 1 rap album of 2011 headlined a Check Yo Ponytail show at Los Angeles' Echoplex on January 24 and brought Kid Sister and Main Attrakionz along for a hazy night. SPIN's camera captured all the verbal gymnastics (and Brown's backstage haircut).
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 »