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Hear the Latest Sludge-Pop Rager From Melvins Tourmates Tweak Bird

Cheery sludge-pop duo Tweak Bird is the second hardest working band in show business. The first is obviously the Melvins who have been dutifully blogging…
Christopher R. Weingarten / September 17, 2012

Nicki Minaj Joins ‘American Idol,’ Does it for Herself, Possibly For Hip-Hop Culture

Ideally, Sunday's news that Nicki Minaj will join a new group of new judges for this season's American Idol — along with Mariah Carey and…
Brandon Soderberg / September 17, 2012

Hear Indie-Poppers Lucius on the Lucious ‘Turn It Around’

Lucius is a Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig-fronted fivesome whose luscious, leonine, '60s-indebted indie-pop lullabies have been garnering a startling bit of interest since they…
David Bevan / September 17, 2012

Watch Cat Power Survive Zombie Apocalypse in Self-Directed ‘Cherokee’ Video

"If I die before my time, bury me upside down," Chan Marshall sings on "Cherokee," from her latest album as Cat Power, the SPIN Essential-stamped…
Marc Hogan / September 17, 2012

Hear Your Youth’s Explosive ‘Thick Gold (Bodied)’

Though Your Youth describe themselves as a "loud alternative band from Brooklyn," the duo's white-knuckle pop-punk suggests maybe they somehow snuck over here from the…
David Bevan / September 17, 2012

Frank Ocean Plays Arcade Games on ‘SNL,’ Releases NSFW ‘Pyramids’ Video

On Saturday Night Live's Seth MacFarlane-hosted season debut, Frank Ocean brought out John Mayer, as promised. And rather than try to duplicate the album versions…
Marc Hogan / September 17, 2012

Hear Dinosaur Jr.’s Furious ‘Pierce the Morning Rain’: Premiere

This past May, during a trip to Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis' home and studio in Amherst, Massachusetts, SPIN watched as the legendary indie rock…
David Bevan / September 17, 2012

No Trivia’s Friday Five: E-40 Appeared on ‘America’s Got Talent’ Last Night

So, E-40 was on America's Got Talent last night, rapping with an old guy. To explain: When this season of the show began and they…
Brandon Soderberg / September 14, 2012

Meet Asaf Avidan, An Israeli Chart-Topper Who Channels Cat Power

The new single from Israeli singer and guitarist Asaf Avidan, "One Day/Reckoning Song [Wankelmut Remix]," is a worldwide smash, recently hitting the No. 1 spot…
Vijith Assar / September 14, 2012

The Weeknd Goes Clean in First Major-Label Single, a Reworked ‘Wicked Games’

As an art-damaged strain of electronic R&B enters its next phase, the Weeknd's unique selling proposition is sadomasochistic bleakness. Frank Ocean has soaring storytelling, Miguel…
Marc Hogan / September 14, 2012

Hear Lana Del Rey’s Twangy, Spacey Slow Jam ‘Backfire’

If Lana Del Rey's much-discussed 2012 album Born to Die is some kind of meta-commentary on fame, the latest track to emerge from the sultry-voiced…
Marc Hogan / September 14, 2012

Listen to Christina Aguilera’s Hypersexual ‘Your Body’

With her brand new single, "Your Body," Christina Aguilera becomes the next major artist to appropriate the downcast depravity of Drake's R&B vision. It's mostly…
Chris Martins / September 14, 2012

Hear Gaslamp Killer’s Turkish Tribute ‘Nissim’

Outside of his home base of Los Angeles, the Gaslamp Killer has a rep for bringing brutal bass and heavy samples to whatever dingy dance…
Chris Martins / September 14, 2012

G-Side Split, Chapter Two: Yung Clova and the Start of His Solo Career

"We're just getting old. Me? I got a daughter, I got a family." That's Yung Clova, one half of the defunct-for-the-moment, Huntsville, Alabama duo G-Side,…
Brandon Soderberg / September 14, 2012

Hungry for the Power (of House): Dim Mak Signs Toronto Classicists Azari & III

Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label announced this week that it will re-release Azari & III's self-titled debut album at the end of October. The Toronto…
Philip Sherburne / September 14, 2012

See Kings of Leon Spinoff Smoke & Jackal’s NSFW ‘No Tell’ Video

Where there's Smoke, there's Jackal. And where there's Smoke & Jackal, there's Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill and KoL-like band Mona's singer Nick Brown.
Marc Hogan / September 14, 2012

Girl Talk’s Cat Sings Collective Soul’s ‘Shine’

Like a lot of us, Girl Talk's cat misses the '90s. Via Twitter, Gregg Gillis shared this clip of his furry friend filling in for…
Chris Martins / September 14, 2012

Watch A Place to Bury Strangers’ iPhone-Shot ‘Leaving Tomorrow’ Video

The new single from Brooklyn's A Place to Bury Strangers is a fast and thrashy, buzzy and blown slab of chugging post-punk, so the video…
Chris Martins / September 14, 2012

Death Grips Drop Massive Interactive ‘I’ve Seen Footage’ Video

So the VMAs were a bust and Headbangers Ball may be on its way out, but MTV can still do a few music-related things right,…
Chris Martins / September 13, 2012

Rap Release of the Week: 100s’ ‘Ice Cold Perm’

Consider Berkeley rapper 100s' Ice Cold Perm an album-length bizarro version of the Coup's "Fuck a Perm," from that Bay Area group's 1993 Kill My…
Brandon Soderberg / September 13, 2012
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