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The 15 Best Things We Saw at Maryland Deathfest 2014

The blasting of beats vibrated through the air as we approached the line outside of downtown Baltimore's Edison Lot on Friday. It was the first…
Brad Nelson / May 29, 2014

Conor Oberst: A Critical Discography

Conor Oberst recently returned with Upside Down Mountain, an album that SPIN described as "not a major reinvention, but a work of immense beauty that…
SPIN Staff / May 23, 2014

5 Best New Artists for May ’14

From grooving, Dilla-influenced dance to dub-infected folk, to sleazy rock, these are five artists to know right now. GARRETT KAMPS, KYLE MCGOVERN, PUJA PATEL, PHILIP…
SPIN Staff / May 2, 2014

DJ Rashad, R.I.P.: His Legacy Through Our Favorite Tracks

When Frankie Knuckles died, there was a sense that Chicago house music had lost an invaluable piece of its history. Juke and footwork innovator DJ…
SPIN Staff / April 28, 2014

SPIN’s 30 Best Musical Moments From TV’s Latest Golden Age

In the not-to-distant future, we won't even call it "TV." It'll be something else — some combination of "scripted," "serialized," and "awesome" that eschews the…
SPIN Staff / April 7, 2014

David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Joey Ramone, and More Remember Nirvana

Nirvana's brief but brilliant body of work inspired fevered devotion not just in its fans, but in the band's peers. Here, in SPIN's 1995 article,…
SPIN Staff / April 3, 2014

Nirvana: Read SPIN’s 1994 Kurt Cobain Eulogy, ‘Grain of the Voice’

(This piece was originally published in the June 1994 issue of SPIN.) In John Lydon's autobiography, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, he…
Dennis Cooper / April 3, 2014

Nirvana: Read SPIN’s 1994 Essay on Kurt Cobain’s Punk Ethics, ‘Revolutionary Debris’

(This piece was originally published in the June 1994 issue of SPIN.) I still prefer to believe that Kurt Cobain's life was saved…
Eric Weisbard / April 3, 2014

Nirvana: Read SPIN’s 1994 Essay on Kurt Cobain’s Rise, ‘Out of the Blue’

(This piece was originally published in the June 1994 issue of SPIN.) "'I don't have the passion anymore,'" sobbed the recorded voice of…
Jonathan Gold / April 3, 2014

5 Best New Artists for April ’14

From a young Bay Area rap prodigy, to a pair of dream-weaving Los Angeles producers, to the disarmingly poignant bedroom recordings of a Midwestern linguistician,…
SPIN Staff / April 1, 2014

The 40 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014

While the tragedy of Wednesday’s car crash loomed large over this year's SXSW, the festival managed to carry on and was mostly business-as-usual afterward. SPIN's…
SPIN Staff / March 18, 2014

SXSW 2014: The Five Best Things We Saw Saturday

We are sleep-deprived. Everything we own is dirty. And we have not seen a vegetable for days. But SPIN's SXSW team also witnessed a bewildering…
SPIN Staff / March 16, 2014

SXSW 2014: The Five Best Things We Saw on Friday

We're not modest. The best thing we saw on Friday was our own long-running showcase at Stubb's, which featured Against Me!, Cloud Nothings, ScHoolboy Q,…
SPIN Staff / March 15, 2014

SXSW 2014: The Best Things We Saw the Rest of the Week

SPIN has been busy at South By Southwest, organizing Wednesday's showcase at the House of Vans at the Mohawk and today's event at Stubb's, but…
SPIN Staff / March 14, 2014

50 Must-See Acts at SXSW 2014

It's baaaa-aaack. This week, Austin, Texas will (reluctantly) open its arms once again to music nerds, music makers, corporate behemoths, and intrepid bloggers of all…
SPIN Staff / March 5, 2014

5 Best New Artists for March ’14

From New York beatmakers to shoegaze experimentalists from the British countryside to an eccentric Miami rapper, these are five artists to know right now. CAMILLE…
SPIN Staff / March 3, 2014

Bad Romance: The 35 Bitterest Songs Ever

Murder! Suicide! Murder-suicide! In time for Valentine's Day, a compendium of pop's most genius works of staggering heartbreak, with sentiments just caustic enough to make…
SPIN Staff / February 13, 2014

The R.E.M. Method and Other Rites of Passage

Athens, Georgia, 1985. The acid had lost its come-hither bouquet and the speed had snapped everyone's nerves like twigs. The run-down Victorians weren't such a steal…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Drums and Wires: Read SPIN’s 1996 Report on Rock’s Dawning Electronic-Music Obsession

San Bernardino National Forest, just like I pictured it — no skyscrapers, everything. But most of the 6,300 kids of all ages attending "Organic" June…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

‘Sir Real’: Read SPIN’s 1993 Profile of Snoop Doggy Dogg

(This article originally appeared in the October 1993 issue of SPIN.)The recording of one of the most anticipated albums in hip-hop history was inching along…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014
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