David Bevan

writer

Biography
Manhattan, NY

  • Kate Nash / Photo by Kate Nash

    Inside Kate Nash's Sharp-Toothed New Album 'Girl Talk'

    It began with a dress in a window. "I walked by this shop in my neighborhood and I saw it," Kate Nash remembers aloud. "I thought: That's it. That's my album. It was bright red, bright pink, and short. Knitted, with an angular pattern. I don't know what it was, but it was a statement. I wanted that attitude, and I wanted it on my next record." This was two years ago, maybe more. Nash started writing feverishly, like she hadn't before. And when a fangs-bared, bass-driven punk number named "Sister'" came pouring out of her, she knew to keep a guitar in her hands. "I've always gone by a different instinct," the once piano-bound songstress says now, atop a stool at a Manhattan oyster bar. "Lyrically-led, more thoughtful.

  • Pissed Jeans / Photo by Andrew Swartz

    Pissed Jeans: The Curious Case of an Unrequited Hard-On

    "Today we were discussing the possibility of me quitting my job," Matt Kosloff says as he squints into the pallid light of his refrigerator. "We're just going to live frugally, get really into exercising, and spend our days with him." Kosloff, the blonde, elastic-limbed frontman for Pennsylvania punk foursome Pissed Jeans is referring to his one-year-old son Anders, who, stylishly bedecked in a chambray button-down and diaper, is sliding into his high chair for dinner beside his mother, Maria. "Yeah," she says, offering Anders spoonfuls of kale and rice. "We need to get rid of my baby belly."It’s an unseasonably warm January night in South Philadelphia and the guests are about to arrive for Kosloff and Maria's third annual "dessert party," an occasion that gathers friends and acquaintances, all of whom are asked to prepare and share at least one dessert.

  • Rilo Kiley

    Hear Rilo Kiley's Soulful New Single 'Let Me Back In'

    It was just after Christmas when long-separated L.A. indie rock foursome Rilo Kiley announced that they'd be returning this spring — not with a new full-length but RKives, a welcome assemblage of B-sides, demos, and rarities culled from their ten years together. Today brings "Let Me Back In," the first bit of recorded material since 2007's Under The Blacklight and a soulful ode to Los Angeles for which the Jenny Lewis-led outfit is asking you to help create a visual component by uploading "your favorite personal Rilo Kiley video clip, band footage, created animation, etc." to their web home at RiloKiley.com. They'll then look over the submissions themselves and select what they'd like to incorporate. The deadline is Tuesday, March 5. That's just two weeks away! Perhaps use Lewis' own playlist of favorite love songs as inspiration!110523:song:Let Me Back In:

  • Foals

    Inside Foals' Heavy 'Holy Fire': Plus See a Live, CCTV-Shot 'Late Night' Clip

    "I like 'Late Night' a lot," says Foals frontman Yannis Phillipakis of a personal favorite from his band's latest, Holy Fire. "I feel like it's got everything: elements of classic funk and soul, all of it turned inside­ out like a squid or the Pompidou." And turning themselves inside out, Philippakis says, was paramount during the creation of their recently released follow-up to 2010's Total Life Forever. Recorded last year in the North London neighborhood of Willesden with esteemed production duo Flood and Alan Moulder, it's a record that saw Philippakis and his bandmates attempting to better express their "mental topography" in a way they hadn't yet before: by letting go.

  • Bill Baird

    Hear Bill Baird's Wonderfully Askew 'Spring Break of the Soul'

    It's not usually this quiet in Bill Bairdsville. For two years, the ridiculously prolific former frontman for Sound Team and Sunset has been relatively silent, juggling graduate studies at Mills College in Oakland, California with work on Spring Break of the Soul, a seismic double LP that ends what (felt like) the longest break in his near constant stream of psychedelic output. Like its haunting title track, it's a shapeshifting, fully immersive avant-pop offering that employs far-flung instrumentation and reference points in a way only he can. 110372:song:Spring Break of The Soul:

  • Ola Podrida / Photo by Aubrey Edwards

    Hear Ola Podrida's Electric Return 'Staying In'

    Since his last full-length under the Ola Podrida guise, 2009's Belly of the Lion, David Wingo has kept busy: He collaborated with fellow Texans Explosions in the Sky on the score for director and longtime creative partner David Gordon Greene's Prince Avalanche, a new film starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsche; he teamed up with Lucero to score Mud, a new Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey vehicle directed by Jeff Nichols, the same man for whom Wingo also just scored Take Shelter in 2011. But late last year, Wingo made time to hunker down with his band in Austin, Texas, where, together, the foursome put Ghosts Go Blind to tape.

  • Psychic Ills / Photo by Tres Liz

    Stream Psychic Ills' Full Seductive 'One Track Mind'

    Ten years after they formed, veteran New York art-rock hypnotherapists Psychic Ills are back with One Track Mind, another serpentine set of psychedelic rumble due to arrive next week via Sacred Bones. Featuring contributions and production guidance from Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux and Howling Hex, it's a far crisper but no less seductive full-length follow-up to 2011's appropriately titled Hazed Dream. Enjoy it in its entirety below.110282:playlist:Psychic Ills, One Track Mind:

  • The Thermals

    Hear the Thermals' Fiery New Single 'Born to Kill'

    "We were halfway through writing the record and I realized that a lot of the songs were about death," says Thermals frontman Hutch Harris of his Portland punk trio's recently completed sixth full-length, Desperate Ground, due April 16 on Saddle Creek. "It was coming together like an action film. All the songs are written from this singular point view: It could be a soldier, it could be a hunter, and it could also be the hunted." But opener and explosive first single "Born ro Kill," Harris says, was originally meant to be a closer and character resolution for Desperate Ground's protagonist. "To me, the whole journey of the record was more about someone learning to deal with the harsh reality around them. I wanted to start with someone who was fighting for freedom and fighting for their family, someone who doesn't enjoy killing but is doing it because it's necessary.

  • Warm Soda

    Hear Warm Soda's Power-Glam Throwdown 'Waiting for Your Call'

    When beloved Bay Area outfit Bare Wires split after a meltdown at last year's SXSW, those familiar with their power-pop workouts were understandably disappointed. But main man Matthew Melton wasted no time forming Warm Soda, a similarly glammy crew of ne'er-do-wells with which he's recorded Someone For You, a full-length debut set to include the piledriving hooks of "Waiting for Your Call." 110213:song:Waiting For Your Call:

  • Jim James / Photo by Neil Krug

    Hear Jim James Discuss the Head Injury and Graphic Novel That Inspired His Solo Debut

    "Enter the mystic." So begins longtime SPIN contributor Richard Gehr's review today of My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James' soulful solo debut, Regions of Light and Sounds of God. And as Gehr goes on to explain, James' recent effort is steeped in spiritual thought, replete with a backstory that can be traced back to James' relatively recent discovery of Lynd Ward's 1929 book (and America's first graphic novel) God's Man, a gift from friend (and former Animals frontman) Eric Burdon. Below, hear exclusive audio of James discussing the inspiration behind the album, including the 2008 head injury the Kentucky native suffered during a My Morning Jacket live set. 

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