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 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

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…

50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014

Hey, 2013: Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya! And no, we're not quoting a member of the Cyrus family.
SPIN Staff / January 7, 2014

5 Best New Artists for January ’14

From an Ohio-bred country punk to a Houston-based purveyor of prismatic bedroom funk to the first band worthy of the descriptor "post-Yuck," these are five…
SPIN Staff / January 2, 2014

The Best Beefs of 2013

We've given you the 2013 Hall of Shame, the 25 Most Memorable Quotes of 2013, the Year in Miley Cyrus, and an illustrated guide to…
Chris Martins / December 31, 2013

SPIN’s Best Music Videos of 2013

Music videos never really went away — they just became things that people have to seek out, instead of programming that's beamed into our living…
Maura Johnston / December 23, 2013

SPIN’s 50 Best Dance Tracks of 2013

Work it? Thanks, Britney, we've got that covered. From beach bars to bank heads (whatever they are), our favorite club tracks of the year had…
SPIN Staff / December 23, 2013

Indie Rock Christmas: 20 New Holiday Songs for 2013

Was 2013 the year Santa went #seapunk? Only one way to find out: dive deep into SPIN's handpicked batch of 2013 holiday songs, running the…
Chris Martins / December 20, 2013

Rock, They Wrote: The 18 Best Music Books of 2013

We here at SPIN know from music books — many of us spend a more-than-healthy number of waking hours studying neither stock tips nor the…
SPIN Staff / December 19, 2013

SPIN’s 20 Best Country Albums of 2013

Pretty great year! More jackasses than old farts here, it's true, but the all-female Top 5 makes up for it, if that's something you're into.
Rob Harvilla / December 19, 2013

SPIN’s 2013 Hall of Shame

They wouldn't shut the hell up on Tumblr. They put out an album with absolutely reprehensible cover art. They twerked and twerked and twerked and…
SPIN Staff / December 17, 2013

SPIN’s 20 Best R&B Albums of 2013

From thoroughly modern radio queens to throwback belters, from digital gloss to flesh-and-blood grit, from mild-mannered Canadians to not-at-all-mild-mannered Canadians, it was a hell of…
SPIN Staff / December 17, 2013
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