The eighth annual traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells kicked off Saturday at Los Angeles' San Manuel Ampitheater -- and SPIN sent writer Ian Cohen and photographer Noah Abrams there to capture all the action, from the backstage parties to the onstage performances, including RZA (above), Nas, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Cypress Hill, Raekwon, and others.
Alessandro Cortini tends to surround himself with darkness. The Italian producer is most infamous as a torturer of modular synths and other bleak electronics for Los Angeles’ most famous industrial-goths, Nine Inch Nails. His previous solo LP, Sonno, slinked out on Prurient’s Hospital Productions — a bastion of the crepuscular, if there ever was one. And… More »