New Orleans' Voodoo Music Experience has become a Halloween weekend tradition, bringing some of the biggest artists on the map to the Big Easy for a three-day throwdown. This year, Jack White played one of only a handful of dates with the Raconteurs, Snoop Dogg did some big pimpin', Odd Future did some inappropriate slapping, and festival mainstays like Soundgarden, My Chemical Romance, and TV on the Radio delivered reliably epic sets. SPIN was on the scene grabbing the best shots — and yes, flipping through this gallery counts as a SPIN-approved way to celebrate Halloween.
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 »