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!
Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged ballads are like fogged-up windows — bleary enough to indicate the bleakness inside, but only its vaguest outlines. There’s suggestion of something heartbreaking, but its true shape remains occluded, unobtainable,… More »