David Bevan

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  • Mike Wexler / Photo by David Black

    First Spin: Hear Mike Wexler's Serpentine Full 'Dispossession'

    Tomorrow, intrepid Brooklyn singer-songwriter Mike Wexler will release Dispossession, his second full-length and first for new label home, Mexican Summer. It's also his finest: a leap forward whose elliptical arrangements and understated, serpentine delivery find Wexler really owning that odd space between Robert Wyatt and Nick Drake. Drink it up in its entirety in our exclusive first listen:

  • White Arrows

    Hear White Arrows' 'Psychotropical' 'Fireworks of the Sea'

    White Arrows invented a genre tag for themselves so nerds like us wouldn't have to: "psychotropical." There's poetry in knowing yourself. The Los Angeles fivesome indeed puree a slew of equatorial guitar sounds and rhythms and textures, which combined, bridge the gap between Animal Collective and Foreign Born. "Fireworks of the Sea" is an early listen from their debut EP of the same name. It's due April 3 via Votiv Music, with a full-length on the way.

  • Chieftains, 'Voice of Ages' (Hear)

    Irish trad-folk legends celebrate their 50th with collabos, put Bon Iver's falsetto to beautiful use.

  • March's 5 Best New Artists

    5 Best New Artists for March '12

  • Po Po / Photo by Noah Conopask

    Diplo Brings Out PO PO's Best on 'Let's Get Away'

    We're still slackjawed. For a band whose earlier songwork sounded like it was buried beneath so many bundles of hiss that nuance might never make it out alive, the beat-driven, synth-splashed, arena-ready, prom-night moves of "Let's Get Away" scans like someone else entirely. But it's still PO PO, and though it's been floating around the web since late last year, it figures prominently on the Philadelphians' long-awaited full-length studio debut, Dope Boy Magick, out this week on Mad Decent. Check out a remix of the cut that finds Diplo, label boss and mentor, tidying up here and there without changing the complexion of the original at all. So when frontman Zeb Malik sings, "I want to be the woman who makes you smile," you really can hear him. He's got a great voice. DOWNLOAD

  • Xiu Xiu / Photo by Jeremy Lange

    Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart Breaks Down Dark 'Always'

    Few songwriters are as brave as Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart. For ten years plus, the Bay Area native has been unafraid of bringing us (sometimes uncomfortably) close to topics and textures and characters we might normally sidestep or miss. And on Always, his collective's latest full-length (due March 6 via Polyvinyl) and an album fraught with line-up changes, honesty remains in the foreground. Hear the album in its entirety while exploring Stewart's breakdown of every track: "Hi" It is rare, if ever, that I would describe a Xiu Xiu song as populist, but I think "Hi" fits into that notion. While it came from a series of e-mails from a friend while she was coming to terms with how physically and sexually abusive her childhood and current relationships were, even though it is her singular experience, it is not an uncommon one.

  • Watch Bon Iver's Lush 'Towers' Video

    Watch Bon Iver's Lush 'Towers' Video

    When we were with the Bon Iver team in Grammyland a couple of weeks ago, they spoke excitedly of a new video on the horizon, one they couldn't wait to share. It's here. The below clip for "Towers," a steel-embossed shuffle from the Wisconsin outfit's latest, is a lush, cyclical cousin to the "Holocene" clip that would flash across Staples Center screens later that weekend. Director Nabil Elderkin (who also shot Frank Ocean for the new issue of SPIN) returns here, opting to swap out the boy hero and Icelandic landscapes from the latter visual for an elderly gentleman (he goes by the name Mystic) situated in the forest of the Pacific Northwest. The results are every bit as breathtaking.

  • First Spin: Get School of Seven Bells' Remix of A Place to Bury Strangers' 'So Far Away'

    First Spin: Get School of Seven Bells' Remix of A Place to Bury Strangers' 'So Far Away'

    Here's to opposites. For their remix of A Place to Bury Strangers' "So Far Away," soft-spoken New York dreamweavers School of Seven Bells sanded (not dulled!) and bandaged the definitively blown-out textures in which the former specializes. The result is dynamite: uncompromising, ethereal, soft in all the right places, serrated everywhere else. DOWNLOAD

  • You Won't, 'Skeptic Goodbye' (Old Flame)

    New England duo does a straight sprint from Vampire Weekend back to the Shins.

  • Band of Skulls, 'Sweet Sour' (Vagrant)

    British trio turns in gut-churning, Jack White-indebted sophomore set whose soft spots are its finest.

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