Katy Perry Goes Full-On ‘Rocky’ for ‘Roar,’ but Can’t Save Her Truck From Drunk Drivers

Katy Perry has released a song about overcoming adversity at a time when one of the trucks she has used to promote her upcoming album…
Marc Hogan / August 12, 2013

Arctic Monkeys’ Booty Call Fails in ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ Video

Here's a good lesson on knowing your limit: When the clock in the bar starts melting before your very eyes, it's time to go home.
Dan Reilly / August 12, 2013

Kauf Sets Surreal Portrait in Motion for Illusory ‘Relocate’ Video

Last month, Cut Copy's Cutters Records released the As Much Again EP, the debut short-player from electronic composer Kauf. The six-track collection features the Los Angeles-based…
Kyle McGovern / August 12, 2013

Album of the Week: Diarrhea Planet’s Pop-Punk Storm ‘I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams’

"All these songs sound like bummer songs," says Diarrhea Planet frontman Jordan Smith. "I promise I'm not that much of a bummer!" Smith's Nashvillian pop-punk…
Paula Mejia / August 12, 2013

Hear Carmen Villain’s Gorgeous Cover of Kurt Vile’s ‘He’s Alright’

"I'm a big fan of Kurt's music," says Carmen Villain of her kinda-sorta namesake, Kurt Vile. "I discovered him when I read an article about…
Philip Sherburne / August 12, 2013

Hear Nine Inch Nails’ Patiently Searing ‘Copy of A’

The concept of "a copy of a copy" is somewhat quaint in a time when digital files can be copied limitlessly without any discernible drop…
Marc Hogan / August 12, 2013

Bret Easton Ellis Narrates a Murder in Placebo’s ‘Too Many Friends’ Video

Writer Bret Easton Ellis has taken a break from his increasingly cushy relationship with Kanye West to narrate Placebo's latest music video. Directed by Saman…
Kyle McGovern / August 9, 2013

Jim James’ Impassioned, Hour-Long Newport Folk Festival Set Can Be Heard Online

Jim James graced the stage at this year's Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island last month, performing the bulk of his recent solo album, Regions…
Kyle McGovern / August 9, 2013

Watch Haim Sincerely Cover Sheryl Crow’s ‘Strong Enough’

When classifying Haim's particular blend of '80s-pop chops and R&B swagger, several names have been invoked: Fleetwood Mac, Melissa Etheridge, Shania Twain. And now there's another…
Kyle McGovern / August 9, 2013

Watch 2NE1’s Frolicking ‘Do You Love Me?’ Video

The Korean word for "frolic" is "장난치며 놀다," and 2NE1's latest video for "Do You Love Me?" defines it perfectly. The K-pop girl group frolic…
SPIN Staff / August 9, 2013

Watch Kings of Leon’s Fred Armisen-Directed Webcast Right Now

Like Vampire Weekend before them, Kings of Leon are promoting their newest album with a live webcast performance for American Express' Unstaged series. The Nashville outfit are playing…
Kyle McGovern / August 9, 2013

Dukey Sticks & Doo-Doo Jokes: George Duke’s Silly, But Very Serious Career

Pop-jazz purveyor, canny fusionist, and playful funkster George Duke, who died on Monday from leukemia at the age of 67, began his twisting, turning career…
Brandon Soderberg / August 9, 2013

Escort Invoke Liza Minnelli’s 1970s Sexcapades on ‘Cabaret’

On "Barbarians," Escort imagined what it would sound like if Studio 54 had a house band, blending guitar licks from late-1970s Chic with a cadre…
SPIN Staff / August 9, 2013

Stream Splashh’s Beaming Bonus Cut ‘Somethings Here’

Splashh's debut album, Comfort, hit U.S. shores back in June, but the London foursome's first full-length won't arrive in their native U.K. until September 2.
Kyle McGovern / August 9, 2013

Lee Ranaldo Channels Goat-Boy on Drifting, Immersive ‘Boujeloudia Magick’

As a guitarist, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo (tied for SPIN's No. 1 guitarist of all-time) has always brought a youth of classic rock and pop…
Marc Hogan / August 9, 2013

Rap Songs of the Week: Drake Channels Toto’s ‘Africa’ on ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’

A$AP Ferg, "Hood Pope"The A$AP Mob are good to great at making highly derivative, high-profile versions of other peoples' under-the-radar idiosyncratic rap songs. It's just…
Brandon Soderberg / August 9, 2013

See Alexis Penney’s Riveting ‘Your Eyes’ Video

For "Your Eyes," the first single off "drag-pop" crooner Alexis Penney's debut album Window, the New York (via San Fran) singer takes Depeche Mode to the bedroom,…
SPIN Staff / August 9, 2013

Hear V V Brown’s Cinematic Dance Floor Protest ‘The Apple’

V V Brown is in the midst of a long overdue comeback. The British singer's first album, Travelling Like the Light, was met with a warm…
Kyle McGovern / August 9, 2013

Stream Jessica Lea Mayfield’s Slowcore Cover of Alabama’s ‘I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)’

Lightning Rod Records is celebrating the 40th anniversary of legendary country outfit Alabama with High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama, a 14-track compilation featuring covers…
Kyle McGovern / August 9, 2013

Hear Empty Pools’ Chameleonic Post-Rock Beauty ‘Exploded View’

Empty Pools already have a handful of singles to their name, but the group are ready to make the full-length jump with the November 4…
SPIN Staff / August 9, 2013
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