new-music

The Rave in Spain Falls Mainly on the Plain

In case you thought the whole EDM-as-pop-on-steroids thing was a uniquely North American phenomenon, think again: Dance music's mainstream U.S. breakout is also changing the…
Philip Sherburne / June 18, 2012

Cat Power Unleashes ‘Ruin’ From First Original LP in 6 Years

Chan Marshall's voice hasn't lost any of its smoky allure. The singer-songwriter has announced her first album of original material in six years, Sun, and…
Marc Hogan / June 18, 2012

Watch the Mars Volta’s Stark, Mesmerizing ‘The Malkin Jewel’ Video

Edited by guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, this video for the Mars Volta's malevolently ebbing, flowing "The Malkin Jewel" is wonderfully contradictory. Filmed before a live audience…
David Marchese / June 18, 2012

Hear Ty Segall Band’s Gnarly Full ‘Slaughterhouse’

In January, Californian garage rock dynamo Ty Segall told us that he had a mammoth year mapped out in front of him, one that would…
David Bevan / June 18, 2012

Hear Ben Gibbard’s Death Cabby Cover of Stars’ ‘Set Yourself on Fire’

Ben Gibbard is giving us the impression that when he isn't running marathons these days, he's spending his off time while on tour with his…
Devon Maloney / June 15, 2012

No Trivia’s Friday Five: Waka Flocka Flame Declares Dubstep the New Trap Music

"Worst Beef Ever" probably needs to become a recurring feature, doesn't it? Devon Maloney already gave you a comprehensive look into the Drake's entourage versus…
Brandon Soderberg / June 15, 2012

Damon Albarn May Have Played a New Blur Song at Poetry Olympics

"More champagne," requests Damon Albarn drolly, after messing up the guitar intro to a new song during his solo set at London's Poetry Olympics. When…
Kory Grow / June 15, 2012

Ceremony Don’t Want to Be Learned or Tamed on Ramones Cover

Earlier this year, reformed hardcore growlers Ceremony released a thoughtful album of acrimonious post-punk, titled Zoo, which we dubbed a SPIN Essential. Since then, we've…
Kory Grow / June 15, 2012

Control Voltage’s Friday Five: New York’s Golf Channel Rocks the Tee Box

Of all the lumpy cardboard mailers that the postman brings (with increasing, and distressing, infrequency, I might add), few get me quite as excited as…
Philip Sherburne / June 15, 2012

Hear R.E.M. Guitarist Peter Buck’s Solo Song ’10 Million BC’

Peter Buck hasn't been taking it easy since R.E.M. called it quits last year, lending his distinct chiming guitar sound to recordings and live shows…
David Marchese / June 15, 2012

Listen to Dirty Projectors’ Melancholy Boogie ‘Dance for You’

A few months ago, indie-pop alchemists Dirty Projectors released the downtempo song (and later video) for "Gun Has No Trigger," off their forthcoming album, Swing…
Kory Grow / June 15, 2012

Preview Black Sabbath’s Lollapalooza Set: Hear Ozzy and Co.’s Download Show

Last month, singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler reunited as Black Sabbath (sans drummer Bill Ward) for a warmup gig in…
Kory Grow / June 15, 2012

Azealia Get Your Gun: Banks Goes West in ‘Liquorice’ Clip

Rising hip-hop superstar Azealia Banks just dropped her new Rankin-directed, color-treated clip for "Liquorice," perhaps the strongest track on her recent 1991 EP (via Karen…
Devon Maloney / June 14, 2012

David Byrne and St. Vincent Share Track Off ‘Giant’ Joint LP

When David Byrne and St. Vincent first announced they would be collaborating, it was hard not to wonder how Byrne's rock experiments would mix with…
Kory Grow / June 14, 2012

First Spin: Smoke DZA & Harry Fraud’s ‘Rugby Thompson’

Rugby Thompson is a collaboration between Smoke DZA, the fiercest member of Curren$y's Jet Life crew (and the guy who exhorts, "riiiiiight" at the start…
Brandon Soderberg / June 14, 2012

Watch Bat for Lashes Debut Three Haunting Songs From October LP

After a three-year wait, British indie-pop artist Natasha Khan, who performs as Bat for Lashes, will release her third full-length of dark and dreamy music,…
Kory Grow / June 14, 2012

Best Coast’s Sun-Dappled ‘The Only Place’ Video: Premiere

Fireworks. Watermelon. Convertibles. While the first single from Best Coast's latest (and SPIN Essential) full-length of the same name is both a brochure for Southern…
David Bevan / June 14, 2012

DJ /Rupture Hacks Western Musical Institutions

Musical systems are so intuitive (just ask Bobby McFerrin) that we tend to think of them as natural — innate, hard-wired, as elemental as the…
Philip Sherburne / June 13, 2012

School of Seven Bells Revisit Magical Youth in ‘The Night’ Video

Dream-pop duo School of Seven Bells recently asked filmmakers from around the world to submit their own videos, via the site Genero.tv, for the song…
Kory Grow / June 13, 2012

Download the White Wires’ Crunchy ‘All Night Long’

On July 31, Dirtnap Records will release WWIII, the third full-length from shapeshifting Ottawa-based crew the White Wires. While the trio's debut was deemed a…
David Bevan / June 13, 2012
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