• Nerve Beats

    This Is What Hawaii Art-Punk Sounds Like

    Nerve Beats are an art-punk trio from Hawaii with situationist ideals and an avant sensibility. Three guys with extensive musical backgrounds, the Oahu-formed band fluctuate between lo-fi noise and experimental no-wave meditations. This past May, they released a cassingle tribute to the Bags’ Chicana feminist punk frontwoman (Song for Alice Bag). Next month, they’re putting out the vinyl seven-inch ART HISTORY 1& 2, which includes an instrumental reflection on the Hawaiian islands’ unification by Chief Kamehameha I and a series of songs inspired by 20th-century American painters. "Eyes In the Heat" is one of those latter tracks, a sturdy punk chug of college-radio excellence that takes its title from the 1946 Jackson Pollock work of the same name.Nerve Beats are currently on a "DIY-as-hell" tour of the mainland.

  • Q&A: David Yow on Cats

    Q&A: David Yow on Cats

    David Yow is not the first guy you’d expect to be emotionally invested in cats. As a live performer, the former Jesus Lizard antagonist has a well-founded reputation for crassly unsettling onstage antics, including wrapping his genitals around microphones (a move he nicknamed the "Tight & Shiny"), puking and then cleaning up the mess with his shirt, and bidding “Happy 9/11 day, everybody!” throughout a 2009 set that took place on that date. But the persona is not always the person, and the post-hardcore singer and actor is also a seriously intense cat lover who’s been drawing cats recreationally for the last 30 years.This week, Akashic Books releases a hardcover compilation of Yow’s cat-cartoon puns called Copycat: And a Litter of Other Cats. Tomorrow, the Scratch Acid veteran will be in Chicago with SPIN’s recent profile star, Lil BUB, where they’ll conduct Lil BUB’s Big Show live.

  • Memory Map: One of these men has a very famous cat.

    Stream Memory Map's Jigsaw-Indie Album 'The Sky As Well As Space' in Full

    Memory Map are a constellation of Bloomington, Indiana all-stars. Guitarist Matt Tobey has another life as folk-punk character and Kimya Dawson collaborator Matty Pop Chart, as well as a staple of pop-punk trio Good Luck. Singer/rhythm guitarist/de facto bassist Mike Dixon, who's since relocated from Indiana, used to be in pinched-nose spazz-core foursome Rapider than Horsepower. Steely-armed drummer Josh Morrow splits his time among anywhere from three to 10 trillion other Hoosier bands, including psych-surf trio Triptides, '70s burnouts Harpooner, and a side-project called the Sands, fronted by former Magnolia Electric Co. linchpin Jason Evans Groth.

  • Kim Deal and Morgan Nagler

    Watch Kim Deal's Life-Affirming Parking-Lot Video for Solo Single 'The Root'

    Kim Deal is hilarious. She's on the phone from Dayton, where she lives with her mom and dad, explaining how she ended up recording a seven-inch single with singer/sometime actress Morgan Nagler. "I know her because she wore the shortest shorts I've ever seen onstage," says Deal, laughing. "She's the nicest and I always really loved her voice."In 2009, Nagler's band Whispertown, then known as the Whispertown 2000, opened for the Breeders on tour. A few years later, when Deal was temporarily living in Los Angeles ("in a killer house that's overlooking one of the valleys near — I don't know where it was really, I'm from the Midwest"), she ran into Nagler in a studio parking lot. "She handed me a demo. When I listened to it, it reminded me of how much I loved her voice.

  • Wheelchair Sports Camp

    Watch Wheelchair Sports Camp's Disco-Glam 'Dance Off' Video

    When SPIN first introduced you to Wheelchair Sports Camp, the all-inclusive recording identity of disabled Denver rapper Kalyn Heffernan, the Mile High outfit was a shambling jazz-funk hip-hop four-piece who'd just endured a legendary run-in with the Texas cops on the way to their very first SXSW. Now, nearly three years later, Heffernan has transformed her band into a looser configuration of Colorado contributors, including DJ Everai, trumpeter Joshua Trinidad, butane-blasting producer and jazz-pianist QKnox, and hot-shit drummer Gregg Ziemba, whose primary affiliation is as one-third of the psych-rock trio Rubedo."Dance Off" is the boogie-down product of this new arrangement.

  • Alan Watts

    Stream Alan Watts' Techno-Industrial 'Ara' Album

    Alan Watts is a band, not a man, a darkly ambient industrial-techno Brooklyn trio comprised of Jeremy Krinsley (an old friend who also records as Human Resources), Mike Sheffield (formerly of dream-noise foursome Sweet Bulbs), and Patrick Stankard (also of Weed Hounds). Together, they make machine music that draws equally from Factory Records' icy atmospheres and sci-fi film-noir dystopias, Throbbing Gristle's existential-industrial loops and acid-house raves. The three piece will release the post-apocalyptic full-length Ara digitally on March 4, the sum of seven carefully sequenced parts, including the dark-wave jock-jam satire "Jean Michel" and opener "Salus Malus," which imagines a club-night soundtrack for Pacific Rim's Kaiju-battling Jaegers. Blade Runner was set in 2019; this Alan Watts is the sound of your future.Stream Ara, due next month on Godmode, below.

  • Stephen Malkmus at Momofuko Milk Bar

    What Does Stephen Malkmus' Lesbian Ice Cream Taste Like?

    Yesterday afternoon, Stephen Malkmus stood behind the counter of Momofuku Milk Bar's Williamsburg location on the release date of Wig Out at Jagbags, his sixth full-length since leaving Pavement. The night before, the Portland indie-rock don turned up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, sliding through lead single "Lariat" with the Jicks. In a few hours, the Least Embarrassing Rock Dude of His Generation would lead his backup band in an in-store show at Generation Records, over in Manhattan. But now, at half past four in Brooklyn, it was time for ice cream.One of Jagbags' best songs is "Cinnamon & Lesbians," a cheeky homage to Oregonian tropes, so Momofuku Milk Bar created a flavor in honor of the standout's title, to coincide with the record release.

  • Kamron Dorf, 21, in the parking lot outside Nocturnal Wonderland Texas

    Summer of Wub: Inside the Dubstep Boom

    Borgore brings his own pole dancers.It's two in the morning in the unofficial dubstep corner of Nocturnal Wonderland Texas, the third installment of the late-April festival staged by Insomniac Events, America's dominant electronic-dance-music promoter. The other acts on this bass-music stage have settled for the usual visual iconography of laser sprays, candy-colored floodlights, and in-house dance troupes (one of which features dancers dressed like sexy bunches of white grapes). Not Borgore, the 24-year-old Israeli DJ/producer/"rapper," who has equated his seed to a dairy treat on record (see 2010's moaning "Ice Cream") and his manhood to an elephant ("Nympho," self-explanatory).

  • JEFF the Brotherhood, 'Hypnotic Nights' (Warner Bros.)

    JEFF the Brotherhood, two Southern siblings united in a mission to rawk, would make excellent action figures. Guitarist/vocalist Jake Orrall, the Skynyrd-’stached elder, looks like he's auditioning for Stillwater in an Almost Famous reboot; drummer Jamin's mold easily could be bootlegged from Luke Skywalker's Kenner head and Animal's Muppet body. The Nashville bros attack their instruments with the frantic, clawing energy of ferrets trapped in trousers — this could be simulated with AA batteries and/or Mexican jumping beans. Sold separately would be their father, Robert Ellis Orrall, an accomplished Music Row songwriter whose 300-plus credits range from country-pop princess Taylor Swift to tabloid vulgarity Lindsay Lohan.

  • The Walkmen / Photo by Ian Witlen

    The Walkmen, 'Heaven' (Fat Possum/Bella Union)

    The Walkmen, five D.C. transplants with a collective affinity for collars and sweaters, were never known for clinging to adolescence. Everybody Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone was the smart title of their early-aughts debut, a remarkably astute prophecy for a young, Harlem-stationed band inelegantly (and reluctantly) lumped in with the self-aggrandizing Great NYC Rock Revival of 2002 — that pre-smoking-ban musical caste of artfully mussed Lower East Side vampires and bathroom-stall hedonists. Two years and countless, stubborn refusals to acknowledge they "sounded like the Strokes" later, the Walkmen already were openly disavowing opportunism, betrayal, and the meaninglessness of social constructs on their sophomore full-length, Bows + Arrows.

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