David Bevan


Manhattan, NY

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    Bon Iver's Virgin Diaries: Inside the Grammy Neophyte's Big Weekend

    Since December, newly minted Best New Artist Justin Vernon has found himself mired in a series of increasingly public briar patches, each stemming from Grammy-related comments the Wisconsin-based bard made in interviews as far back as one year ago (re: his chances of being nominated, the "importance" of the award itself) and as recently as last week (re: his exclusion from the list of last night's performers). So, obviously, an invitation to hang around with the 30-year-old Bon Iver frontman (and recent SPIN cover star) in Los Angeles with his friends and family during the festivities was too good to pass up.

  • First Spin: Hear Perfume Genius' 'Put Your Back N 2 It'

    First Spin: Hear Perfume Genius' 'Put Your Back N 2 It'

    Not too long ago, Mike Hadreas' Perfume Genius project faced certain peril: in the fall of 2010, as part of Matador Records' 21st birthday celebration in Las Vegas, the Seattle native had been scheduled to follow labelmates, born showmen, and experienced noisemakers the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. That's a tough slot for Superchunk, let alone a guy still getting comfortable with sharing his songs from any-size stage. As he sat down at his keyboard, a quiet took hold over a room that had been happy to binge on distortion and feedback all weekend. Not a problem. Everyone one in that room was his for 20 minutes and change, rapt in the arresting, unassuming powers of Hadreas' songwork. Next Tuesday, Matador will release Put Your Back N 2 It, a sophomore set of stark, piano-driven outpourings that, for the very first time, he wrote with an audience in mind.

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    First Spin: Karen Dalton's Unearthed 'Katie Cruel'

    One night in 1966, a guy named Carl Baron hiked up to an address-less cabin in Summerville, Colorado, a remote ghost town where reclusive folk singer and banjo player Karen Dalton had holed up with her estranged husband Richard Tucker. He brought a tape recorder along just in case. Dalton, whose pebbled, one-of-a-kind voice was rarely caught on tape, had recently made the move from New York. And according to legend (and/or press materials!), Dalton and Tucker spent their evenings singing and playing music together, just as they did the night Baron captured audio of Dalton singing "Katie Cruel", a haunting American folk standard that's set to be included on Delmore Recordings' Karen Dalton - 1966, recently resurrected recordings of the songstress and Tucker rehearsing for an upcoming show. DOWNLOAD

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    Watch the Head and the Heart's Endearing 'Down in the Valley' Video

    If you live somewhere in the continental United States, much of the scrolling scenery that comprises the Head and the Heart's E. Ryan McMackin-directed clip for "Down in the Valley" will feel equal parts familiar and foreign. That's because these snippets of the American road and landscape — captured during the Seattle roots-rock outfit's most recent tour — have been sewn together like all the strangely recognizable verses and choruses that populate their hugely successful self-titled debut: with warmth. One thing this band knows about the paradigm they've made their home is that it's rooted in sharing. And that's exactly what you can see them do again and again in the clip's final phase.

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    Video Premiere: War on Outsider Anthem 'Brodermordet'

    “We just woke up one day and decided to film a video,” says Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, one-half of Danish post-punk project War. “We didn’t know what to do or what to film. So we drove away as fast as we could until we found something that seemed good.”Where Rønnenfelt and collaborator Loke Rahbek landed was Brøndby, a sort of suburb to their native Copenhagen and languid setting to self-directed visual below for “Brodermordet," a four-track house cut and underwater B-side to their forthcoming At War for Youth 7”.

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    First Spin: Grab Plants and Animals' 'Song for Love'

    During a show at Pop Montreal in September, Plants and Animals introduced a fiery cover of Wolf Parade's "I'll Believe in Anything" thusly: "This is by one of the first bands that ever took us out on tour and showed us how to rock, as it were." If the latter part of that statement is in fact true, then we have one more reason to thank the now-defunct Montreal outfit. Because over the years, Plants and Animals' knuckle-balling blend of indie rock has been a vibrant, constantly rewarding reminder of their hometown's mid-aughties moment. "Song for Love," a crispy, straight-to-tape monster from forthcoming full-length The End of That (due February 28 on Secret City), provides yet another slice of proof. DOWNLOAD

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    Breaking Out: Cloud Nothings

    WHO: When one-man hook machine and onetime lo-fi dynamo Dylan Baldi was offered a spot opening for Real Estate in Brooklyn over two years ago, the Cleveland native and then — Case Western Reserve freshman abandoned school altogether just to play. The decision to drop out has since paid off: Baldi's near-constant stream of jittery punk melodies reached a new peak with the recent release of Attack on Memory (Carpark), his heaviest and most confidently realized work yet. Cloud Nothings, "Stay Useless" DOWNLOAD SOUNDS LIKE: For Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings' third full-length, Baldi went into the studio with a proper band for the first time, armed with songs they'd written together. Produced by Steve Albini in Chicago, it's a Wipers-inspired set that reveals a meaner, more muscular approach. "We wanted it to sound like us playing," Baldi says.

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    First Spin: Hear Frankie Rose's Full 'Interstellar'

    Since striking out on her own, Frankie Rose has sounded like a woman on a quest. The onetime member of Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls' self-titled 2010 debut (made with her touring band, the Outs), found the former queen of Brooklyn lo-fi making sense of her more recent, reverb-swaddled, C86-inspired past. And on February 21, she'll release Interstellar, a full-length odyssey wherein Rose turns back the dial, ditches the Rat pedal, and dives headlong into the sort of celestial, synth-lined pop that's come to define much of 4AD's early years. It's streaming below in its entirety exclusively (and you can buy it on iTunes) — we suggest you jump in as well.

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    Video Premiere: diskJokke's Environmentally Friendly 'Now Dance'

    Here's something you don't see everyday in the nerdisphere: For Norwegian producer diskJokke's recently released "Now Dance" single (out now on 7" vinyl, courtesy of Splendour) production company Babusjka teamed up with NORWEA (the Association of Norwegian Wind Energy) to shoot this CGI-enhanced clip in Smøla, a remote municipality on Norway's northwestern coast that's home to one of the largest wind energy projects in all of Europe. If he hasn't seen it already, somebody please send this to Al Gore right away.

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    Q&A: Say Anything's Max Bemis on Destroying Society, Defending the Genre

    Say Anything's Anarchy, My Dear, Max Bemis' outlying pop-punk outfit's first full-length effort for new (and independent) label home, Equal Vision Records, arrives March 13. It's a white-knuckled, sore-throated, open-hearted call to arms that Bemis recorded between Brooklyn and his recently adopted hometown of Tyler, Texas. SPIN spoke to the 27-year-old singer/songwriter about the label swap and how it changes his voice, as well his relationship with emo. How much would you say that you feel heard?It's hard for me to not to try to sum up my entire life with every single record and everything I stand for, but this one really does have more of a specific purpose: the idea that you can be a centered, moral, good person and still believe that subverting the norm is a good thing. We've been taught that being cool is to some extent to not do shit about anything.

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