Lady Gaga’s Half-Cocked, Half-Great ‘ARTPOP’ Is Never Less Than Lovable

As the culmination of a seemingly endless promotional cycle that involved onstage quick-change, naked meditation with Marina Abramović, and a wig that sent gossip blogger…
Maura Johnston / November 11, 2013

Fun Fun Fun 2013: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Fun Fun Fun Fest’s far-reaching lineup — M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Body Count, Big Freedia, Johnny Marr, and many more — has presented us with agonizing conflicting-set-time…
SPIN Staff / November 9, 2013

M.I.A. Stares Down Superfans and VIPs Alike at Swank ‘Satellite Nights’ NYC Show

"I'm a party fucking animal — if you ain't, scram," shouted M.I.A., her hooded face glowing a radioactive green thanks to the brightly lit MATANGI…
Puja Patel / November 6, 2013

Swearin’ Coat Their Fuzzy Pop-Punk With Grit and Integrity on ‘Surfing Strange’

You can’t blame a baby band for making a big commercial grab on their sophomore album, but thank god Swearin’ didn’t play it like that.
Jillian Mapes / November 6, 2013

Ryan Hemsworth’s Radiohead Rave, DJ Rashad’s Footwork, 11 More Dance LPs in Control Voltage

ALBUM OF THE MONTH:   Special Request, Soul Music (Houndstooth) Paul Woolford has been out there doing his thing — mostly a techno thing — for…
Philip Sherburne / November 5, 2013

Iceland Airwaves 2013: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Kraftwerk, Yo La Tengo, Fucked Up, and Gold Panda were among the many acts that hopped a plane to Reykjavík’s five-day Iceland Airwaves this weekend.
Jolie Ruben / November 5, 2013

Action Bronson Keeps the Trashy-Yet-Classy Foodie-Rap Ball Rolling on ‘Blue Chips 2′

My job in high school involved driving from shithole supermarket to shithole supermarket with my supervisor, Mark, a husky, thirtysomething bruh with a big, red…
Brandon Soderberg / November 5, 2013

Cut Copy Indulge the Banal, Vapid Side of ’90s House on the Constricting ‘Free Your Mind’

It’s not a good sign when a band’s new record reminds you of a band you used to really like, and it’s the same band.
Garrett Kamps / November 4, 2013

M.I.A. Dazzles, Confounds, and Infuriates Again and Again on ‘Matangi’

Recently, I played M.I.A.’s fourth album for a friend who’s a big fan of the first two. “Best stuff she’s done in ages, right?” I…
Jem Aswad / November 4, 2013

Sky Ferreira Revels in Her Own Chaos and Exhaustion on Debut Album ‘Night Time, My Time’

Debut pop albums are rarely as self-reflexive as Night Time, My Time, the first full-length from 21-year-old singer/model Sky Ferreira. But rarely has the gestatio…
Jordan Sargent / November 1, 2013

Eminem Nerds Out, Turns Up, and Raps His Ass Off on ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2′

Eminem is the greatest rapper alive, sort of. Okay, there are rappers who carry more emotional weight (Kanye, Drake); there are rappers who tell more…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 1, 2013

The Necks Bend Space and Time With the Ambient-Jazz Triumph ‘Open’

After nearly a quarter-century of activity and more than a dozen albums, Australian jazz-minimalism-trance-jam trio the Necks toured the United States for the first time…
Grayson Currin / October 30, 2013

Arcade Fire Sharpen Their Edges on the Sprawling, Frequently Awesome ‘Reflektor’

Do what you want with the Arcade Fire: Cherish or disdain them, define yourself by or against them, laugh with or at them. But they…
Rob Harvilla / October 28, 2013

FIDLAR and the Orwells Bum-Rush NYC’s Bowery Ballroom

FIDLAR demolished New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on October 24 with some help from underage garage-rock ruffians the Orwells. Beers were chugged, pants were dropped,…
Jolie Ruben / October 25, 2013

Omar Souleyman’s Intense, Swooning ‘Wenu Wenu’ Brings Dabke to the Club-Kid Masses

Silly things will be written about this record, so let me emphasize up top that, overhyped or not, a fine record it is, and fine…
Robert Christgau / October 24, 2013

Katy Perry Grows Up and Bums Us Out on Her Shrewd, Tepid ‘Prism’

The best part of Miley: The Movement, MTV’s recent trolling-from-the-title-on-down backstage doc, is when Britney Spears shows up to lay down some hot tracks and…
Rob Harvilla / October 22, 2013

Cat Power, Sky Ferreira, and More Join Forces for An Elliott Smith Tribute Show in Brooklyn

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of songwriter Elliott Smith's death by his own hand, a still-painful moment for both Gen-Xers and twentysomethings alike. It wa…
Andy Beta / October 22, 2013

Festival Supreme 2013: Patton Oswalt, Lonely Island, Adam Sandler, and the 13 Funniest Things

The first Festival Supreme, the music and comedy festival curated by Tencacious D, took over the Santa Monica pier on Saturday. Breaking in the big…
Richard Gehr / October 21, 2013

Kanye West’s Masked ‘Yeezus’ Tour Opener in Seattle Brushes Off Idea of ‘A Fun Night Out’

Kanye West shows are where audiences get to watch a great artist in his element and enable a great artist's cranky delusions. On Saturday night,…
Douglas Wolk / October 20, 2013
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