David Bevan

writer

Biography
Manhattan, NY

  • So Cow

    Hear So Cow's Heart-Bending Power-Pop Gem 'I Hardly Know You'

    Originally the solo recording project of Brian Kelly, in recent years So Cow have blossomed into both fully functioning three-piece and card-carrying members of Popical Island, a DIY pop collective in Dublin, Ireland. (They actually call Galway home, two hours west on the North Atlantic.) They've teamed up with their fellow Irishmen (and CMJ 2012 survivors) in Squarehead to release a split EP due to include "I Hardly Know You," a jouncy, heart-bending power-pop number you can hear for the first time below.

  • Gary Clark Jr.

    Watch Gary Clark Jr. Tear Through 'Third Stone From the Sun / If You Love Me Like You Say'

    A month ago, we posted footage of festival king Gary Clark Jr. performing "Numb" at Wille Nelson's studio in Spicewood, Texas, just outside his hometown of Austin. That song was a cut from his then-forthcoming debut full-length, Blak and Blu, out last week via Warner Bros. Below, watch Clark Jr. unfurl another, "Third Stone From The Sun / If You Love Me Like You Say," a nearly ten-minute guitar-meditation cover of tracks by Jimi Hendrix and Little Johnny Taylor. And as he recently told us, this is the short version:"At first I was like, 'Leave it as the 20-minute version,'" he recalls of one discussion with producer Mike Elizondo. "I've been playing it that long for about eight years. But he did some really cool cuts. I realized I am one of those artists where I lose sense of time when it comes to record-making. You can't do a 20-minute version on a record."

  • METZ / Photo by Colin Medley

    METZ: Refined Punk Brutes Pop You in the Mouth (Concisely)

    Who: Though METZ now make Toronto their home, their noisy, radial saw-like punk barrage has firm roots in Ottawa. "I sometimes refer to it as the [Washington] D.C. of the north," says singer-guitarist Alex Edkins of his nation's capital and the DIY culture that it has incubated. "It's a government city, so most people work for the government, but there's not so much happening. So what do you do? You start a band." More than boredom, though, it was the Dischord-inspired, "slightly less political" hardcore scene that Edkins and drummer Hayden Menzies, both 30, came of age in during the '90s that shaped their trio's uncompromising sound and live show. Although it took awhile for METZ to emerge, Edkins hesitates to discuss his first few bands.

  • Indian Handcrafts / Photo by Brad Conrad

    Stream Indian Handcrafts' Sidewinding Sludge-Pop Opus 'Civil Disobedience For Losers'

    This past July, SPIN's Christopher R. Weingarten deemed Indian Handcrafts' "Bruce Lee" a "prog-glurp masterwork" that could "give chills to fans of Maggot Brain-era Funkadelic and Big Biz alike." He was correct. That song, though, is just one of several exceptionally sludgy gems to be found and heard on the Canadian duo's Sargent House debut, Civil Disobedience For Losers, a ferocious full-length unveiling recorded with Melvins drummers Dale Crover and Coady Willis as well as their longtime producer Toshi Kasai. Hear it in its entirety for the first time below.

  • Ty Segall / Photo by Aaron Richter

    Ty Segall: A Portrait of the Artist as F***in' Psyched!

    The conversation stops as a guy on roller skates glides across this intersection in San Francisco’s Mission District, just beyond Ty Segall's dented SUV. He's in tight black shorts and a black Dixie Cup sailor hat, proudly displaying a message hand-painted across his sleeveless sweatshirt: "Mitt Romney Is A Douche." Segall and I repeat the phrase simultaneously inside the car, as the man vanishes into a corner store."That fuckin' rules," Segall says. "It's comforting to live in a place where you can do whatever the hell you want and no one gives a shit, where no one's judging." He's beaming now.

  • Natasha Khan

    Hear Six Songs From Bat For Lashes' New 'The Haunted Man'

    "It was more about getting out and starting to define my sonic landscape," Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan told SPIN contributor Alyssa Noel of The Haunted Man, her forthcoming third full-length. "It's hard to do that all on your own when you're just in a room in Brighton." To craft the album, due October 23 via Parlophone, Khan "bounced" from her native Brighton, England, to New York and Joshua Tree, visiting Beck (with whom she wrote "Let's Get Lost" for the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack) and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek. The resulting, far more intimate and minimal work, Khan says, comes to us after two years of "intense struggle" to push beyond the mystical overtones of of 2009's Two Suns. Below, hear a six song sampling of The Haunted Man and that aforementioned landscape.

  • METZ' 'Wet Blanket' Video

    Watch METZ' Startling, GIF-Like 'Wet Blanket Video

    Today marks the release of METZ, the unrelenting, unforgiving debut full-length from the Toronto noise-rock crew (and Best 5 New Artists alums) of the same name. In celebration of its release, the band has uncaged an unsettling clip for album standout "Wet Blanket," a harshly lit, Scott Cudmore and Michael Leblanc-directed visual compliment whose editorial rhythms are redolent of the best GIF you've ever seen. See it for the first time below.

  • Sleepies / Photo by Talisa Chang

    Hear Sleepies' Ill-Tempered 'Combat' Single

    Sleepies, the same Brooklyn post-punk ruffians that bullied their way into this month's Best 5 New Artists lineup, are preparing for the release of a new single this week: "Combat," a teeth-gnashing, finger-mashing noise trap from their recently released full-length, Weird Wild World, lovingly produced by The Men's Ben Greenberg. Hear it and feel it below alongside previously unheard, similarly pugnacious B-Side, "Dirt Is The Word."

  • Night Moves / Photo by Nick Walker

    Stream Night Moves' Full Glittering Psych-Country Gem 'Colored Emotions'

    A few weeks ago, we shared "Country Queen," a resplendent hunk of intergalactic, intermittently psychedelic country music brought to us by young Twin Cities trio, Night Moves.

  • Ambassadors' 'Unconsolable' Clip

    Watch 'Girls' Star Zosia Mamet Murder Someone in Ambassadors' New Video

    "Having a badass leading lady in this video meant a lot to me," says Ambassadors' Sam Harris of his Brooklyn indie-pop outfit's clip for "Unconsolable," a highlight from their full-length debut, Litost. "I liked the idea of visualizing a song written by a man through a feminine perspective. I think it broadens the field of interpretation for the song. As far as the violence goes, well, I wanted the video to walk the line between the fantastical and the obscene in a very specific way." And though violence isn't exactly what you'd expect from Zosia Mamet, the Girls and Mad Men star takes an unexpected, decidedly dark turn as the Gabriel Stanley-directed clip unfolds.

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