David Bevan


Manhattan, NY

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    First Spin: Say Anything's Furious 'Burn a Miracle'

    Tomorrow, Equal Vision will unleash "Burn a Miracle," the furious first single from Say Anything's currently release date-less (think March!) new full-length Anarchy, My Dear. SPIN's got an exclusive stream of the handclap-happy A-side, one of the more schizophrenic and toothsome pop-punk outbursts frontman Max Bemis (or maybe anyone for that matter) has shared to date. It's a beast. Have a listen.

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    First Spin: Busdriver's 'Bon Bon Fire'

    On February 21, Fake Four and Temporary Whatever will release Beaus$Eros, the Loden-produced latest from Californian avant-hop maniac Busdriver. Check out "Bon Bon Fire," a fizzy, slippery, semi-candied cut that makes mention of both Matt Lauer and South by Southwest. We love Matt Lauer. DOWNLOAD

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    First Spin: Grab Dinowalrus' Rumbling 'What Now'

    On March 6, Old Flame will release Best Behavior, the latest full-length outburst from post-punking Brooklyn bird-flippers Dinowalrus. Stylistically, the album marks a left turn away from the no-wave textures of their debut, % in favor of the psychedelic grooves of early '90s Madchester. Check out the thump and rumble of "What Now," an evil new cut that also features (now beardless) Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus fame. DOWNLOAD

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    K-Pop Superstars 2NE1 Take Over Times Square

    "We were worrying," CL says. "What if a lot of fans won't show up?" Lee Chae-rin of Korean hip-pop girl crew 2NE1 shared an honest moment with SPIN just moments after the group stormed the stage at New York's Best Buy Theater early Monday night. Their brief headlining performance was their first on U.S. soil as well as part of MTV Iggy's Best New Band blowout, the finish line to an online contest in which they were top vote-getters. Much of that success came on the strength of the group's fervent (and extraordinarily web-savvy) fanbase, who often refer to themselves collectively as Blackjacks. Those Blackjacks in this particular corner of the globe came to Times Square in numbers — so many, in fact, that the worrying seems curious in retrospect.

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    Video Premiere: Marissa Nadler's Cozy 'In Your Lair, Bear'

    Boston-based dream-folkie Marissa Nadler turned in one of the year's most disarming records with her self-titled latest. One of the record's many high points, "In Your Lair, Bear," is a cyclical, finger-picked beauty that, once you lean into it some, never lets you go. Today, SPIN brings you the Alec K. Redfearn-directed visual for "Bear," a cozy clip that finds Nadler getting comfortable (or sort of struggling to, actually) across multiple exposures.brightcove.createExperiences();

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    Watch Kurt Vile, Atlas Sound, Built to Spill Live at PA Benefit Gig

    Last month, several indie rock titans traveled to Braddock, Pennsylvania to take part in the Benefit Braddock, a Levis-produced concert series dedicated to rebuilding and revitalizing the beleaguered former steel town located in Pittsburgh's eastern suburbs. (Check out a photo gallery of the weekend's proceedings here) Below, you can check out an exclusive collection of video highlights from the event including, but certainly not limited to, Kurt Vile leading his Violators through "Freeway" and Built to Spill unearthing a fiery take of "Stab," a cut from their 1994 debut There's Nothing Wrong with Love. Kurt Vile & The Violators - "Freeway"The Hold Steady - "Stay Positive" Atlas Sound - "Flagstaff"Titus Andronicus - "Four Score and Seven"Built to Spill - "Stab"Andrew Bird - "Plasticities"

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    First Spin: Hear Get-Up Kids Frontman Matt Pryor's 'Polish The Broken Glass'

    On January 24, Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor will release May Day, his sophomore solo effort and a haunting assemblage of new songs that came together in May of last year. After finishing recording and mixing in just a few weeks, Pryor (who's rolling it out by way of his own Nightshoes Syndicate label) also launched a Kickstarter page to finance the project. Fan donations exceeded his initial goal three times over, and at the Kansas City native's behest, contributors selected the album's cover art as well. SPIN is bringing you "Polish The Broken Glass," a fleet-footed strummer that finds Pryor in familiar territory — that of the soulful singalong.

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    First Spin: Grab Digital Leather's Cathartic 'Young Doctors in Love'

    "Just for one more night, let's relive the past." So begins "Young Doctors in Love," a corkscrewing new cut from Modern Problems, the forthcoming full-length from Shawn Foree's synth-punk project Digital Leather. It's Foree's first offering since the death of close friend (and purported manager) Jay Reatard early last year, and as such, it's a cathartic, straight-to-tape exploration of grief as told through the tale of an alter-ego. "This is personal stuff," Foree says of the album. "I'm letting it all hang out." Modern Problems is due February 14 from FDH Records. DOWNLOAD

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    In the Studio: The Fresh & Onlys Talk Gut-Punching 2012 LP

    "I'm stealing from everybody," the Fresh & Onlys' Tim Cohen admits, on a short break from recording his San Francisco psych-rock outfit's forthcoming LP for Mexican Summer. "When I'm writing, what comes out is the direct result of all the best songs I've heard. And the best I've ever heard are the ones that hit you straight in the gut." For the past several weeks, Cohen and his bandmates have been punching the clock at Lucky Cat Studios, a modest setup in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood, laying down songs that both he and bassist/writing partner Shayde Sartin feel confident are their purest yet. "It's definitely going to be a very different-sounding record then anything we've done in the past," Sartin says. "It's far more dynamic and vivid, with a lot of pop and melancholy in there.

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    Q&A: Nick Lowe on Dying Arts and Second Acts

    This week, Nick Lowe reunites with Wilco for another leg of American dates in support of his latest album, The Old Magic, his first full-length since 2007's At My Age. Magic is a boutique pop offering that finds the pub-rock pioneer playing with far smoother, gentler textures than those that defined much of his '70s and '80s heyday. But there's a great deal of mischief to be heard, too. It comes, after all, from a guy they once called "Basher." SPIN caught up with the 62-year-old songwriter to chat about the difference between Tom Waits and Chuck Berry and his newfound female audience. Having been a pop star and produced the records you did in the '70s, is there any overwhelming sense of your own legacy when you're sitting down to write another album?No, I must say there isn't.

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