David Bevan

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Manhattan, NY

  • Lemonade, 'Diver' (True Panther)

    Shapeshifting Brooklynites leave tropical-pop behind for frosty, synth-based slow-grinds where you can see your breath.

  • Friends

    Listen to Friends' Full, Fantastic 'Manifest!'

    In 2012, many bands could subsist on the buzz generated by singles as toothsome as "I'm His Girl" and "Friend Crush," both of which Brooklyn's Friends released into the wild last year. But the shapeshifting, Samantha Urbani-led R&B outfit hasn't rested — the former has racked up almost a million views on YouTube, the latter isn't far behind, and "Mind Control," their Paul Epworth-mixed latest, was deemed the "Hottest Record in the World" when it premiered on BBC Radio One earlier this year. All three feature on a debut full-length just as rich and varied, Manifest!, due next week via Fat Possum. Listen to it from top to bottom:

  • Dirty Paraffin

    Download Dirty Paraffin's Cheeky 'Download This'

    Dirty Paraffin is Okmalumkoolkat and Dokta Spizee, two Durban-born, Johannesburg-based electro-rap pranksters who — like their friend Spoek Mathambo — are crafting some of the most exciting, forward-looking pop music in all of Africa right now. In March, in his review of Mathambo's SPIN Essential Father Creeper LP, contributor Richard Gehr very smartly liked them to Brooklyn's Das Racist, "only Zulu," a connection illuminated best perhaps by the cheeky "Download This," a track whose title the Das Racist guys could easily appreciate. It's set to feature prominently on the duo's forthcoming DP EP, due to steam here in full come Friday. Download "Download This"

  • Future of the Left / Photo by Ben Morse

    Stream Future of the Left's Ferocious 'The Plot Against Common Sense'

    While watching Future of the Left's clip for single "Sheena Is a T-Shirt Salesman" not too long ago, we stumbled across the kind of user comment that erases any doubts we may have previously had about the Internet: "I listened to this song, and lo and behold, my testicles were bigger." Though we can't say we've experienced similar effects from the same video or song, it bears mentioning that we immediately understood what user "JC17568256" was trying to express. Such is Andy Falkous' way with both a guitar and pen, on violent display in The Plot Against Common Sense, his Cardiff-based outfit's latest long-player, due June 12 via Xtra Mile. Hear it in its entirety:

  • Eric Copeland

    Hear Eric Copeland's Tangled 'Tarzan and The Dizzy Devils'

    Just a month and change after the release of Mr. Impossible, Black Dice's Eric Copeland is readying another release of his own: Limbo, full-length follow-up to last year's Waco Taco Combo. Though it's as twisted and tangled and wonderfully textured a work as Copeland's known to produce, he's also continued to re-purpose and elevate pop debris in hypnotic fashion, as evidenced in the melodic wobble of "Tarzan and The Dizzy Devils". Limbo is set to arrive July 24 via Underwater Peoples.

  • The Tanks

    Meet Iowa City Noise Rock Trio the Tanks

    Tanks frontbro Kevin Koppes is so intensely opposed to the idea of band bios, he once "gave an online reviewer a bio that was a verbatim Mötley Crüe bio with the band names interchanged." They never heard back. But, in a recent lapse of judgment, Koppes did provide us with a weirdly illuminating set of conversational guide posts, topics on which he and any of his Iowa-born, Iowa City-based bandmates (bassist Adam Luksetich and drummer Joe Ross) could hold court should the occasion demand it. They were so good, a response wasn't all that necessary.

  • The Bee Gees / Photo by Getty Images

    The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Dead at 62

    Robin Gibb, one-third and co-founder of the Bee Gees, the Australian pop group who would become ambassadors of disco in the mid- to late 1970s, died Sunday from complications of cancer and intestinal surgery, according to a statement attributed to his family. He was 62. Gibb's long-standing battle with cancer of both the liver and colon had been further complicated in April by a case of pneumonia. He is the second Bee Gee and third Gibb brother to die — his fraternal twin and bandmate, Maurice, passed away in 2003 of complications of a twisted intestine at 53. Gibb was born in the Isle of Man in 1949, but later moved with his family from their childhood home in Manchester, England, to Australia in 1958, where he, alongside brothers Barry and Maurice, would begin performing as the Brothers Gibb, eventually changing their name to the BGs and finally, the Bee Gees.

  • Afghan Whigs

    Grab Afghan Whigs' First Recording in Five Years: 'See and Don't See'

    In a conversation with SPIN's Steve Kandell earlier this year, Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli said he preferred not to disclose which four covers he and his recently reunited outfit had recorded alongside new material just a month earlier. Today, the band unveiled a chilly acoustic take on Mary "Queenie" Lyons' "See And Don't See", a song from her lost 1970 classic Soul Fever and a clear influence both then and now. It's yours in exchange for an e-mail address:

  • Hear Mark Mothersbaugh's Latest for Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

    Hear Mark Mothersbaugh's Latest for Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

    "Wes Anderson," Mark Mothersbaugh says, "is at times delightful, frustrating, confusing, enigmatic and a genius." The 62-year-old Devo co-founder would know, having provided original music for the lion's share of Anderson's filmography, from Bottle Rocket and Rushmore to The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. But Anderson's latest, Moonrise Kingdom (which premiered this week in Cannes) marks a reunion between the two. Mothersbaugh contributed "Camp Ivanhoe Cadence Medley," the original percussion composition streaming exclusively below.

  • Roomrunner, 'Super Vague EP' (Fan Death)

    Double Dagger drummer returns to front hook-slinging, flannel-flying, grunge-reviving positive creeps.

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