Each month, SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron handpicks five acts worthy of breaking out to a larger audience. June's selections: Composer (and political science professor) John Maus, New Jersey hip-hop producer Clams Casino, sensitive Boston chanteuse Marissa Nadler, Atlanta garage rockers Balkans, and South African rapper-DJ Spoek Mathambo. Find out more about these emerging artists and hear their music inside!
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »