Hear Grim Tower’s Eerie, Sabbathian ‘Soft Seance’

Black Sabbath’s 13 doesn’t arrive until June, but fans of ominously trudging psychedelia can tide themselves over by spending some time with Grim Tower, the…
David Marchese / May 8, 2013

Hear Speedy Ortiz’s Mighty ’90s Angst on ‘Tiger Tank’

Massachusetts four-piece Speedy Ortiz handily made SPIN's Best New Artists list for the month of May. As our own David Bevan writes, they're "one of…
Chris Martins / May 8, 2013

David Bowie Plays a Religious Gig in Weirdly Meta ‘The Next Day’ Video

The title track from David Bowie’s new album, The Next Day, conceals darkly religious imagery behind glam-rock sleaze. “They can work with Satan while they dre…
Marc Hogan / May 8, 2013

No Trivia’s Rap Songs of the Week: Action Bronson Is About to Get His Axl Rose On

Ab-Soul - "Back Then"In which Ab-Soul, one of XXL's 2013 Freshman (even though he's been flirting with the mainstream going on two years now, and…
Brandon Soderberg / May 8, 2013

Riff Raff Trolls James Franco, Channels Brando, on Surreal Soap Opera ‘One Life to Live’

Yesterday, Riff Raff appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live as a menacing art dealer straight out of Miami named Jamie Franko. Thi…
Brandon Soderberg / May 8, 2013

Hear Alela Diane’s ‘About Farewell,’ a Stirring Send-Off to Love Gone Wrong

Nevada City native Alela Diane has come a long way since hand-packing (and decorating with lace) copies of her 2006 ghostly folk debut The Pirate's Gospel.
Chris Martins / May 7, 2013

No Trivia’s Rap Release of the Week: Chance the Rapper’s ‘Acid Rap’

Last week’s rap release of the week was Rittz’s sturdy The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant. Mostly because the obvious pick, Chance the Rapper’…
Brandon Soderberg / May 7, 2013

Download Harry Fraud’s Star-Studded ‘High Tide’ EP

Brooklyn producer Harry Fraud is one of the hottest names in underground rap, and he’s looking to amplify the hype with his new High Tide…
Jordan Sargent / May 7, 2013

Mikal Cronin Shares Band-Made Tour Doc and Covers Sixpence None the Richer

Mikal Cronin is shaping up to be almost as prolific as his garage-pop pal Ty Segall. The San Francisco songwriting ace just released his excellent…
Marc Hogan / May 7, 2013

Swedish Indie-Pop Maestros WAEE Share Shoegaze-Streaked ‘Bright’ Via Blown-Out Video

Mikael Carlsson and Mathias Nilsson both have solid track records in indie pop. Carlsson previously led the band Dorotea before turning to his electronic-leaning side…
Marc Hogan / May 7, 2013

See Laura Marling’s ‘Master Hunter,’ a Harrowing Dance Duet

Last month, Laura Marling’s “Master Hunter” came crashing out of the gate like an amped up combination of Bill Callahan’s baritone blues and Fiona Apple’…
Chris Martins / May 7, 2013

Watch Free Time’s Leisurely ‘I Lost Again’ Video

Free Time aren't in a hurry. That much is clear not just from the foursome's drowsy brand of Yo La Tengo-informed rock revisionism, but also from…
Kyle McGovern / May 7, 2013

Watch Aceyalone’s Soulful, Cuba-Shot ‘Leanin’ on Slick’ Video

Jay-Z isn’t the only MC making waves down in Cuba recently. Los Angeles rapper Aceyalone’s new video for the James Brown- (or Mystikal-)evoking consciousness burst “Leanin’…
SPIN Staff / May 7, 2013

James Blake Brings ‘Retrograde’ (and a Befuddling Synth) to ‘Letterman’

James Blake and his boys hit the Late Show With David Letterman last night to perform “Retrograde” and happily baffled the beloved host with their array…
Chris Martins / May 7, 2013

See Burnt Ones’ Acid-Fried ‘Web’ Video

Burnt Ones just dropped their second album on the venerable Burger Records, also onetime home to our pals King Tuff and Ty Segall. You’ll Never Walk Alone itself…
Chris Martins / May 7, 2013

Hear Thundercat’s Euphoric ‘Oh Sheit It’s X’

Thundercat rose out of a scene known for being forward-thinking and cerebral, but that doesn't stop him from using his powers for simpler pleasures, too.
Marc Hogan / May 7, 2013

Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Psychedelically Blood-Sucking ‘Mosquito’ Video

“So maybe Yeah Yeah Yeahs are not the smartest or the strongest band, but we fucking adapt, man.” So Karen O told SPIN in our…
Marc Hogan / May 7, 2013

Grimes Goes Bird-Watching for Misty ‘Venus in Fleurs’ Video

Grimes famously wrote earlier this year that her Tumblr is “not a news source,” which means that this news post probably won’t make Claire Boucher happy. Thi…
Kyle McGovern / May 6, 2013

Watch Chance the Rapper and Nosaj Thing Craft ‘Acid Rap’ Standout ‘Paranoia’

Chance the Rapper’s new Acid Rap mixtape is a stone-cold SPIN Essential delivered by one of our Real Hottest MCs in the Game. It’s full of…
Chris Martins / May 6, 2013

Hear Vampire Weekend’s Morbid Marching Song ‘Hudson’

When they aren’t busy cavorting around with Steve Buscemi, the men of Vampire Weekend seem to take pleasure in punching holes in their forthcoming third…
Chris Martins / May 6, 2013
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