Each month, SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron handpicks five acts worthy of breaking out to a larger audience. April's selections: Toronto R&B wizards the Weeknd, Knoxville indie rockers Royal Bangs, San Francisco garage-rocker Ty Segall, Ohio hoops-star-turned-rapper Stalley, and Oakland noise-folk singer EMA, a.k.a. Erika M. Anderson. Find out more about these artists and hear their music inside!
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 »