50 Mixtapes You Need Now

You won't find most of the year's important or just plain entertaining hip-hop releases in any store. You'll find them right here (in alphabetical --…
Brandon Soderberg / November 28, 2011

Heavy D, RIP: Hear His Legacy in 15 Tracks

Rap pioneer Heavy D passed away on November 8, and SPIN likes to remember him more that just hip-hop's ever-suave nice-guy and the ladies ma…
SPIN Staff / November 10, 2011

SPIN’s 40 Greatest Comedy Albums of All Time

Comedy albums have come a long way since Thomas Edison etched the first recorded dick joke to wax cylinder ("Hey, want to see the wizard'…
SPIN Staff / November 1, 2011


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 thi…
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
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