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Remembering David Mancuso, New York Disco Pioneer and Founder of the Loft

In late 1972, a hippie native New Yorker named David Mancuso went to a Jamiacan record store in Brooklyn and found a single he liked…
Michaelangelo Matos / November 16, 2016

R.I.P. Songwriter and Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend Leon Russell, Dead at Age 74

Musician and songwriter Leon Russell died in his sleep early Sunday in Nashville, according to a statement on his website. He was 74. No cause was…
Anna Gaca / November 13, 2016

Remembering Leonard Cohen, A Singular Musician and Poet

Leonard Cohen died Monday, but it was not announced until yesterday, on the day that he was buried in his Montreal hometown. His passing, sadly, was…
Winston Cook-Wilson / November 11, 2016

R.I.P. Jean-Jacques Perrey, Moog Composer Extraordinaire

French electronic music producer Jean-Jacques Perrey died Friday at age 87 following a bout with lung cancer, Rolling Stone has confirmed. Perrey was hailed for his…
Anna Gaca / November 5, 2016

Legendary New Orleans R&B Singer-Songwriter Allen Toussaint Has Died

Legendary R&B songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint died last night following a performance in Madrid, Spain. He was 77. Toussaint was…
Dan Weiss / November 10, 2015

Charanjit Singh, Pioneer of Acid House, Has Died

Charanjit Singh, the keyboardist and guitarist behind the influential 1982 album Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, died in his sleep on Sunday in…
Dan Weiss / July 6, 2015

Yes Bassist and Co-Founder Chris Squire Dead at 67

Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the prog rock band Yes, died on Saturday night a little over a month after revealing that he was…
James Grebey / June 28, 2015

Bill Arhos, Founder of ‘Austin City Limits,’ Has Died

Bill Arhos, creator of the live music TV institution Austin City Limits, died of an undisclosed illness on Saturday. He was 80. Arhos…
Rachel Brodsky / April 13, 2015

Thom Wilson, Producer of the Offspring’s ‘Smash,’ Has Died

Influential punk producer Thom Wilson has died, according to a press release sent out by the Epitaph label. The statement — which states that Wilson…
Andrew Unterberger / March 16, 2015

Obits, ‘Moody Standard and Poor’ (Sub Pop)

Obits have been around the block, usually in an Econoline van, and they know what they like, tight-jeans rock be damned. There's certainly nothing fashion-forward…
Joe Gross / March 30, 2011

New Albums from Britney, PB&J, Snoop and 8 More

Here's our take on the best and worst albums available online and in record stores today:…
SPIN Staff / March 29, 2011

FULL ALBUM STREAM: Hot Garage Rockers Obits

Fresh off an ass-kickin' appearance at SXSW, Brooklyn quartet Obits, led by ex-Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes frontdude Rick Froberg and Sohrab Habibion of defunct D.C.
Dan Jackson / March 22, 2011

Hot New Band (of Older Dudes): Obits

With two members who blazed trails in seminal '90s bands like Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, and Edsel, it's no surprise that Brooklyn-based quartet Obits…
Peter Gaston / February 10, 2009