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!
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 »