• Ric Ocasek Cranks the SPINhouse 'Stereo'

    Nexterday, Ric Ocasek's latest album, was recorded in the musician's home. Still, it felt slightly surreal to have the ex-Cars frontman in our own living room last Friday (Oct. 14), playing a quick set to a rain-dampened mass of Spin personnel and friends. Perched calmly before a seated audience in weathered jeans, black-framed glasses, and clunky lace-up boots, Ocasek looked and sounded like the new wave godfather of indie kids everywhere. It's been two decades since the Cars' lengthy joyride up the Billboard charts, but years of solo work and production credits (everything from Weezer's 1994 debut to Le Tigre's This Island) have kept Ocasek's songwriting sharp.

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