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K-pop

In 2011, South Korea's bubblegum factories have exploded with pop singles that out-bubble current Western hits by similarly mixing electro-dance, R&B, and rap: 2NE1's "I…
Chuck Eddy / November 1, 2011

No More Shall We Part: 12 Indie Rock Couples Keeping the Dream Alive

It's been tough few years for incurable indie rock romantics — Thurston and Kim went kaput, as did Ben and Zooey — but on this…
Ken Bachor / October 20, 2011

Transatlanticism: The Best Shots From Iceland Airwaves

Iceland Airwaves, an annual bacchanal of indie-leaning music from around the globe, just wrapped, and SPIN was on hand to capture the action.
Ken Bachor / October 19, 2011

SPIN Mix for October: 15 Cool Songs to Hear Now

Every month, SPIN editors go to lots of shows and listen to untold amounts of advance CDs to uncover the best new tunes. Here are…
SPIN Staff / September 30, 2011

SPIN’s 10 All-Time Favorite R.E.M. Moments

R.E.M. announced Wednesday that after 31 years, 15 full-length albums (including this year's Collapse Into Now), and myriad all-time "alternative rock" classics, they were breaking…
Rob Harvilla / September 22, 2011

12 Best Moments of Austin City Limits

With headlining appearances by Kanye West and Stevie Wonder, as well as undercard spots for Big Boi, Cee Lo, Nas & Damian Marley, Santigold, and…
Ken Bachor / September 19, 2011

8 Best Moments of Hopscotch Festival

This weekend in Raleigh, NC, an eclectic collection of bands both new and old, from Boise, Idaho, dream-pop up-and-comer Youth Lagoon to Dayton, Ohio, rock…
Ken Bachor / September 12, 2011

9 Best Moments of Virgin Mobile FreeFest

An all-star lineup including Black Keys, Deadmau5, TV On the Radio, Patti Smith, and Cut Copy rocked the fifth annual Virgin Mobile FreeFest this Saturday…
Ken Bachor / September 12, 2011

SPIN’s 20 Best Songs of the Summer

I don't know you, and you don't know me, but I think we can come to an understanding about the summer of 2011 -- it…
Charles Aaron / September 12, 2011

10 Virgin FreeFest Acts We’d Pay to See

So even if you're not lucky enough to be going to FreeFest next weekend, check out these 10 performers who have wowed us with their…
Ken Bachor / September 9, 2011

SPIN’s 30 Best Fall Tours

Summer is nearly over and it's time to get busy. So to help you plan your concert schedule for the coming months, we present the…
Ken Bachor / August 31, 2011

15 Must-Hear Acts at Electric Zoo Festival

One of the biggest dance parties of the year takes place Labor Day Weekend when more than 75 of the world's hottest DJs will descend…
Ken Bachor / August 29, 2011

MTV’s VMAs: The Best and Worst Moments

To their credit, I suppose, MTV doesn't pretend that Video Music Awards themselves are worth much more than the pewter they're molded from. The show…
Steve Kandell / August 29, 2011

The Best Albums of 2011… So Far

People, it's time to update your music collection. So why not start with our Best Albums of 2011... So Far? We've gone through thousands of…
Ken Bachor / August 22, 2011

Ambient

"Most of the music around us today is ambient," Lester Bangs pointed out as the '70s ended. But "ambient" as intentional sonic wallpaper can be…
Chuck Eddy / August 1, 2011

Online Music Streaming: What’s Best for You?

Spotify finally launched in the States last week, making it the top contender to dominate the already crowded field of music-streaming services. But that doesn't…
Evan Serpick / July 21, 2011

PLAYLIST: Bob Mould Picks Electronic, Punk & House

Bob Mould may best be known as the pioneering frontman of Hüsker Dü and Sugar, but since the late '90s, the singer-guitarist has turned to…
Kevin O'Donnell / July 12, 2011

PLAYLIST: Archers of Loaf’s Eric Bachmann

Since forming in Chapel Hill, NC, during the heady days of grunge and alternative rock in the early '90s, Archers of Loaf have become godheads…
Kevin O'Donnell / July 6, 2011

The Best Rap Songs of the Year… So Far

Cities Aviv, a Memphis rapper pretty much ignored by the blogosphere, called his debut album Digital Lows (available for free on Bandcamp). That phrase,…
Brandon Soderberg / July 1, 2011

Women of Metal

Heavy metal, back when bands actually shrieked about defiling groupies instead of Satanic surgical procedures, was always in the running for music's most misogynistic…
Chuck Eddy / July 1, 2011
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