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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

The Notorious B.I.G.: SPIN’s ’97 Artist of the Year

One thing you learn early on, whether you’re a li'l ghetto boy or a spice girl, is that pop music, like life, is often beyond…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

What the White Boy Means When He Says Yo

In July of 1998, the future of youth culture was chillin' in the parking lot of a hip-hop concert in suburban New Jersey. Smokin' Grooves,…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Rap-Rock: From ‘Punk Rock Rap’ to Mook Nation

Back in the 1970s, when Afrika Bambaataa dropped the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" into his DJ set at, say, the Bronx River Community Center,…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Read Charles Aaron’s May 2010 ‘Scenes From a Marriage,’ Celebrating SPIN’s 25th Anniversary

I've been working at SPIN since fax machines were indispensable and phone conversations were unavoidable; and my tangential relationship with the magazine goes back to…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Charles Aaron’s Greatest Hits

Last week marked the first that SPIN has been without Charles Aaron editing and galvanizing its pages full-time since 1998 — it wouldn't be maudlin to say…
SPIN Staff / February 11, 2014

The Beatles’ 15 Greatest TV Performances

You might have heard somewhere that Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. And while that appearance…
Jem Aswad / February 7, 2014

5 Best New Artists for February ’14

From a masked Brooklyn noise-rapper to a Brazilian techno visionary to an especially volcanic set of Dinosaur Jr. disciples from Montreal, here are five artists…
SPIN Staff / February 3, 2014

God’s Freshman Year: Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ Turns 10

Try to recall just how embattled hip-hop was just a decade ago. Starting at the end of the '90s and hitting a fever pitch by…
SPIN Staff / February 2, 2014

Grammys 2014 Performances From Best to Worst: Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Daft Punk, and More

Even by the Grammys' inherently fame-friendly standards, the 2014 awards felt teeming with musical legends. Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Merle Haggard, and Carole King were…
Marc Hogan / January 27, 2014

The Best and Worst Moments From the 2014 Grammys

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the longest of all possible times. Gay marriage was validated; Kendrick…
SPIN Staff / January 27, 2014

The 25 Most Inexplicable Wins in Grammy History

Honoring music can be a fun task, but it also can be an unenviable one — the sheer number of records released every year means…
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