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Matt Kivel Looks to the Past and Future on ‘Janus’

Though the Roman god Janus was originally one of "new beginnings", his name nowadays is usually only invoked to call someone insincere, i.e. "Janus-faced." Centuries ago,…
Evan Siegel / January 27, 2016

Hunter/Game Set a Steady Pace on Undulating ‘Declino’

Italy's electronic scene has been rising in (slightly more) mainstream prominence lately, with attention to Berlin-via-Milan duo Tale of Us leading — for the more curious listeners —…
Harley Brown / January 27, 2016

Listen to a New Side of Hawaiian Music From the Early ’80s on ‘Kona Winds’

Those of you who associate Hawaiian music only with lazy steel pedal guitar riffs, or with ukulele maestro Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (made famous for his rendition of…
Evan Siegel / January 26, 2016

Kacey Musgraves Links Up With Buddy Miller to Cover ‘Love’s Gonna Live Here’

Pageant Material singer Kacey Musgraves knows her way around a cover — SPIN premiered her whimsical take on the Mary Poppins staple "A Spoonful of Sugar" last…
Brennan Carley / January 26, 2016

Carter Tanton Enlists Sharon Van Etten for Soaring ‘Twenty-Nine Palms’

Carter Tanton has spent a lot of time wandering. First known as frontman of now-defunct rockers Tulsa, the musician's musician has since lent his songwriting, producing, and…
Megan Bradley / January 26, 2016

Lafawndah Interviews Lawrence Lessig to Accompany New Track ‘Town Crier’

"Let me take the opportunity to tear you down," murmurs Lafawndah on "Town Crier," the aerated opener to her four-track debut EP for Warp Records, Tan (out…
Harley Brown / January 26, 2016

Bianca Casady & The C.i.A. Debut Eerie Character Series LP, ‘Oscar Hocks’

Bianca Casady, or Coco of CocoRosie, is diving further into carnivalesque folk with Bianca Casady & The C.i.A.'s debut album, Oscar Hocks, out January 29 via…
Natalie Caamano / January 25, 2016

Pace Around Your Bedroom to Plague Vendor’s Post-Punk Adrenaline Shot ‘ISUA’

The upcoming second album from Whittier, California post-punk quartet Plague Vendor is entitled BLOODSWEAT, and lead track "ISUA" is guaranteed to inspire at least one…
Andrew Unterberger / January 25, 2016

Eyedress Pens Quietly Strummed Ode to ‘Sofia Coppola’

Eyedress, a.k.a. Idris (get it?) Vicuña, is the Philippines-based alter-ego of American psychedelic geniuses/character studies Ariel Pink and Bradford Cox, with a cotton-candy swirl of New Zealand…
Harley Brown / January 22, 2016

SPIN’s 7 Favorite Songs of the Week: Pet Shop Boys, Underworld, and More

Welcome to our weekly roundup of SPIN’s favorite new songs. Below, sample the best from a YouTube deep-diver, British electronic trailblazers, lovelorn dream-poppers, and more.
SPIN Staff / January 22, 2016

Annika Zee Pairs Lounge Jazz With Lo-Fi Feedback on ‘Aging Aesthetics’ EP

Canadian multimedia artist Annika Zee has been crafting solo and collaborative work since 2013, but come January 22, she'll finally release her debut EP, Aging Aesthetics. Bookending its sung-through tracks with wordless, avant-garde-lite songs…
Natalie Caamano / January 21, 2016

Applescal Shows Two Sides of the Dance Floor on ‘Leone Highway’ EP

Even the most prolific artists need a break sometimes, but Applescal's version of a breather puts everyone else to shame. Following last year's LP For, a modest…
Harley Brown / January 21, 2016

Wussy Announce Sixth Album ‘Forever Sounds’ and Share New Track, ‘Dropping Houses’

To certain fans of Lucinda Williams, Crazy Horse, Mekons and R.E.M., Wussy became the best band in America almost instantaneously with the launch of their cult…
Dan Weiss / January 21, 2016

MMOTHS Evokes Calm Through Complexity on New Single ‘Eva’

After four years of making music as MMOTHS, Jack Colleran is finally releasing his debut LP, Luneworks, on March 11 via Because Music/OYAE. "Eva," the second single…
Natalie Caamano / January 20, 2016

Young Galaxy Dance Into the Clouds on ‘Were You Ever a Dreamer?’

Montreal synth quartet Young Galaxy create mesmerizing pop melodies on their fifth studio effort, Falsework, so logic would follow that the band's bonus track should…
Rachel Brodsky / January 20, 2016

Deep Sea Diver and the Shins’ James Mercer Bridge Worlds in ‘Creatures of Comfort’

On Deep Sea Diver’s latest single, "Creatures of Comfort," frontwoman Jessica Dobson howls, "Tearin’ us apart!" while simultaneously — and perhaps counterintuitively, given the refrain —…
Evan Siegel / January 20, 2016

LUXXURY Soundtrack a Couple’s Lazy Day in ‘Take it Slow’ Video

Los Angeles producer Blake Robin, a.k.a. LUXXURY, formerly known as Baron von Luxxury, already looks like a mid-century mix of Napoleon Dynamite and the Ladies…
Rachel Brodsky / January 19, 2016

Mugwump Channels Depeche Mode on Icy Live Version of ‘After They Fall’

The Mugwumps, if you'll recall from your high school history class, were Republican dissidents who supported Grover Cleveland in the late 1880s. For about ten…
Harley Brown / January 18, 2016

L.A. Witch ‘Drive Your Car’ Off a Cliff In Scorching New Single

At least from a cursory glance at L.A. Witch's artwork, it seems like the Angeleno trio take no prisoners: last year's searing single "Kill My Baby…
Harley Brown / January 18, 2016

SPIN’s 7 Favorite Songs of the Week: Violent Femmes, Chairlift, and More

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the SPIN staff's favorite new songs. Below, sample the best from post-rock standbys, reunited geek-pop heroes, techno troubadours, and more.
SPIN Staff / January 15, 2016
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