David Bevan

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Manhattan, NY

  • Blouse / Photo by Amanda Smith

    Hear Blouse's Liquid Cover of the Wake's 'Pale Spectre'

    As part of their annual Record Store Day rollout, Brooklyn's Captured Tracks is releasing Gruesome Flowers 2, a second edition of songs from Glaswegian post-punk pioneers the Wake covered by disciples on the label's roster as seven-inch vinyl. "I feel like it's pretty timeless music," label founder Mike Sniper says of the hugely influential outfit. "I think as a label, it's a bit of our responsibility to let people know that [last year's contributors Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils,] Craft Spells, and Blouse didn't spring from nowhere — there's a lineage and bands like the Wake are a big part of that." Check out Blouse's liquid cover of "Pale Spectre," the A-side to Craft Spells' take on "Talk About The Past." "Do you ever see Wake records in the used bin at a record store?" Snpier asks. "Never.

  • Black Dice

    Black Dice Break Down 'Mr. Impossible' (Exclusive Premiere)

    "At age 15, is it possible for a bunch of kids to actually get introduced to this band?" Black Dice's Bjorn Copeland says that question led his often polarizing New York-based art-punk outliers (together now for 15 years!) to title their latest full-length Mr. Impossible. Out next week by way of new label home, Ribbon Music, it's as close to a straight-ahead pop record as the trio's produced to date, an effort Copeland thinks could present a more "logical starting point" for new listeners. Below, hear the album in its frantic, frizzled entirety, and check out Copeland's breakdown of each track. "Pinball Wizard" We ended up sort of working this song out in homage to our landlord at the practice space who basically let us slide on rent for two years. He was a super big pinball fan, so that was the idea behind that one.

  • Dinosaur Feathers

    Hear Dinosaur Feathers' Full 'Whistle Tips' Album

    In 2010, fidgety Brooklyn outfit Dinosaur Feathers turned in an criminally underrated, self-released debut LP (the lovely Fantasy Memorial) that spliced together reams of de rigeur indie rock tropes: the Tropicalia-indebted, Afro-inflected rhythms and guitar warmth employed by bands like Ruby Suns and Vampire Weekend, the hiccupping vocal trips of Panda Bear recorded to make any Fleet Foxes fangirl swoon. (Also: lo-fi!) They're back now with Whistle Tips, a cleaner, tighter, far crunchier follow-up that includes the much needed addition of drummer Nick Brooks. Have a listen to it in its lively entirety, exclusively at SPIN, below.

  • Screaming Females

    Screaming Females' 'Ugly': Hear the Full Album Now

    Today marks the long-awaited release of Screaming Females' Ugly, the North Jersey trio's Steve Albini-recorded fifth full-length (courtesy of Don Giovanni) and a record SPIN contributing editor Rob Harvilla lavished with seismic praise in his essay on indie rock soloists, to be read and enjoyed in the wondrous back pages of our current issue. One excerpt, in reference to the talents of lead vocalist/six-string evangelist Marissa Paternoster: "gahhh." See what led him to expound the way he did below, where we're streaming the record in full while checking out photos of this very album being made.

  • Jaill / Photo by Tom Grimm

    Hear Jaill's Crispy 'Waste a Lot of Things'

    Jaill are funnier than you are. They work a bit harder than you do, they probably run a quicker 40 and drink a few more beers at the end of each night. But little of that would become clear by simply glancing in their direction or spending an hour with the many EPs and LPs these Milwaukee indie-rock rapscallions (sometimes self-) released over the past decade. That's the trick they play. Like they did on their Sub Pop debut, 2010's That's How We Burn, a full-length offering that was as deeply melodic as was it was unassuming, they tend to obscure the magic of what they do in deadpan. Traps, their latest and greatest (due June 12), is no different. Recorded in frontman Vincent Kircher's basement last year, it's a sly, sometimes evil slice of jingle-jangle that charges up on you even when it’s just creeping.

  • Nobunny & White Woods album art

    First Spin: Two Toothsome Nobunny and White Woods Cuts

    Suicide Squeeze's excellent 7" single series is gearing up to provide yet another fruitful year of vinyl geekery with releases from King Tuff, Cloud Nothings, Julianna Barwick, Iron & Wine, and more. SPIN is helping the cause by offering up ridiculously toothsome cuts from garage-punk shaman Nobunny (the aptly titled "La La La La Love You") and White Woods, the solo side-project from from the Coathangers' Julia Kugel. Listen, download, and enjoy! DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD

  • K-Holes

    Premiere: K-Holes' Bleary-Eyed 'Window in the Wall' Video

    K-Holes, a crew of New York post-punk miscreants that includes former members of both Golden Triangle and Black Lips, have a crispy new full-length on the way from new label home Hardly Art titled Dismania. Their follow-up to last year's self-titled, Hozac-stamped splash will arrive May 1 and you'll find an incredibly bleak and bleary-eyed, Monday morning-appropriate clip for standout "Window in the Wall" right here, directed by Sebastian Mlynarski.

  • Eight and a Half

    Eight and a Half Cover the Walkmen's 'What's In It For Me'

    A day after the Walkmen announced their (Phil Ek-produced!) latest, Heaven, momentum-gathering Toronto dream team Eight and a Half — a relatively young collaboration that includes members of both Broken Social Scene and the sorely missed Stills with a debut LP due April 10 via Arts & Crafts — have bestowed SPIN a gorgeous, loose-limbed, free-wheeling cover of that New York crew's "What's In It For Me," the opener off their 2004 classic Bows + Arrows DOWNLOAD

  • Lower Dens / Photo by Sean Donnola

    Lower Dens: Freak-Folk Femme Lets Her Indie-Rock Flag Fly

    WHO: "When I first started playing the guitar, I had no idea what I was doing," says Jana Hunter, 33, on discovering the instrument in high school. This wasn't for lack of musical acumen, though — before leading Baltimore five-piece Lower Dens, Hunter was a classically trained violinist turned intrepid singer-songwriter, first as part of Houston outfit Matty & Mossy and later as a knuckleballing solo artist on Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic's Gnomonsong label, home to like-minded freak-folk oddballs. "[Classical music] is very rule-based, and being introduced to a new instrument I didn't know anything about was liberating." When it came time to write the songs that would become Nootropics, Lower Dens' second proper full-length, Hunter went further outside of her comfort zone, writing on another new instrument: keys. "I need kind of a vacation from the guitar," she says.

  • Field Report Bon Iver

    First Spin: Field Report's 'I Am Not Waiting Anymore' and 'Fergus Falls'

    By now you must be somewhat familiar with The Legend of Bon Iver, a tale of heartbreak and homesickness and career-making self-discovery that has often eclipsed the individual narratives of main man Justin Vernon's former band, DeYarmond Edison, and the band its members/longtime friends went on to form, Megafaun. Here's one we didn't know: When Vernon and his DeYarmond Edison bandmates left Wisconsin to make a go of it in North Carolina, they left a man behind. His name is Chris Porterfield and over the the past six years he's been writing and recording some quiet, Will Oldham-like fire of his own. Under the name Field Report, Porterfield plans to release to his self-titled full-length debut — recorded with Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Warren Zevon, Pixies) — at Vernon's April Base studio in July, two cuts of which you can grab for download below. DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD

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