David Bevan

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Manhattan, NY

  • james blake and holy ghost

    Hear James Blake's Moving 'And Holy Ghost'

    And then there was more. Having already shared a generous amount of material (including Brian Eno collabo, "Digital Lion") from his impending sophomore LP, Overgrown, James Blake has unearthed yet another piece of new music. Below is a radio rip of non-album cut, "And Holy Ghost," a ruminative, rickety, cathedral-ready beauty that premiered late yesterday on DJ Benji B's BBC Radio 1 program. It is set to appear as the B-side to Blake's "Voyeur (Dub)" single, which, like Overgrown, is forthcoming on his own 1-800-Dinosaur imprint. Overgrown is due April 8. 

  • Hear 2NE1 and will.i.am's Long-Awaited K-Pop Collision 'Take on the World'

    Hear 2NE1 and will.i.am's Long-Awaited K-Pop Collision 'Take on the World'

    A year ago at this time, both Girls' Generation and 2NE1 looked poised to steamroll the American market and shush those that might suggest K-Pop's increasingly global conquest would stop here. The former had a Snoop Dogg cosign (and Letterman appearance) in their handbags, and 2NE1, having already stormed Times Square in December of 2011, were rumored to be in the lab with known chart terrorist, will.i.am. It was only a matter of time. But then summer arrived and so did "I Love You," to relatively little fanfare. Girls' Generation went largely silent, and then came Psy. You know the rest. But as of this afternoon, the wait is over: The first listen from the 2NE1-will.i.am sessions has surfaced online in the form of "Take on the World," a spacious, house-informed hunk of stadium pop that drops the foursome's (often coagulated) vocals in front of a strangely familiar backdrop.

  • The Happiest Place on Earth: Backstage With Desaparecidos

    The Happiest Place on Earth: Backstage With Desaparecidos

    It had been 11 years since Desaparecidos last walked across a New York stage. And though that was an ill-received supporting slot (alongside the Promise Ring) in front of a steamrolling Jimmy Eat World in 2002, in a post-9/11 landscape where their highly critical, politically charged post-hardcore was mostly unwelcome, the Conor Oberst-led outfit doesn't feel like much has changed at all. They haven't grown soft or apathetic just yet. "I'm still pretty good at getting pissed off," Oberst says with a smile, hours before his Omaha outfit's first of a two-night set of sold out performances at Webster Hall. "It's the same shit, the problems are the same. There are themes on [2002's much beloved Read Music/Speak Spanish] that are still present today."But as evidenced by both of their hour-long sets, Desaparecidos are a much improved band.

  • Mad Season, Above

    Inside Mad Season's 'Above' Reissue: Watch a Mini-Doc With Rare Footage and Interviews

    "I remember that we laughed a lot," says Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, of writing Above, the lone (and beloved) 1995 release from Seattle supergroup Mad Season. "We laughed about being sober for the first time, and the newsness of that. We laughed at ourselves and a lot of the stupid things we'd done as young men."It's a memory that stands in moving contrast to the soon-to-be-reissued full-length's relatively somber origin story: Having just left a rehab facility in Minnesota after the completion of 1994's Vitalogy, Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready approached Martin and Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley about the prospect of writing together, in hopes of helping the latter gain some distance from a battle with addiction that would haunt him until his death in 2002. Joining them on bass was late Chicago native John "Baker" Saunders, a friend and fellow rehab alum.

  • Úlfur

    Hear Jonsi Bandmate Ulfur's Gorgeous 'Heaven in a Wildflower'

    Originally, Úlfur's "Heaven in a Wildflower" was meant to feature the extra-terrestrial vocals of Sigur Rós frontman and bandmate Jonsí Birgisson. But, when tour scheduling prevented that particular collaboration from happening, its six-plus minutes of strings and flutes and thickets of woodwinds were left to themselves, a decision's that made the highlight from the Icelandic composer's solo debut, White Mountain, all the more hypnotic. Featured instead are the instrumental talents of Sigrún Jónsdóttir (who contributed to Bjork's Biophilia and Volta) and Skúli Sverrisson (a noted Blonde Redhead collaborator), both of whom breathe life into Úlfur's composition in ways that may have been overlooked had anyone so much as hummed over them. 

  • Alkaline Trio

    Hear Alkaline Trio's Furious 'Torture Doctor'

    It's been three years since Alkaline Trio's This Addiction, the Chicago pop-punk vets' Epitaph debut and an LP that was heralded at times as a return to their roots and turn-of-the-century form. But on April 1, they'll release My Shame Is True, a full-length outing equal to if not stronger than the white-knuckled theatrics of Goddamnit! and Maybe I'll Catch Fire, as evidenced by "Torture Doctor," an organ-enriched monster replete with its own "hey's" and "ho's" at a moment when those couldn't be in higher demand. 110650:

  • Lady Lamb The Beekeeper / Photo by Shervin Lainez

    See Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's Twisted 'The Nothing Pt. II' Clip

    When she first began writing and recording, Brunswick, Maine native (and gifted singer-songwriter) Aly Spaltro would use the local video rental store where she worked as a late-night laboratory for all manner of sonic experimentation. It makes sense then that the clip for "The Nothing Pt. II," a standout from her recently released full-length, Ripely Pine, bears a resemblance to some long forgotten horror movie in which a masked kidnapper assembles a cluster of hostages to torture them with pie. 

  • Feeding People, 'Island Universe' (Innovative Leisure)

    Jessie Jones' voice is even more compelling than her backstory. According to legend, the 20-year-old founder and frontwoman for Orange County upstarts Feeding People grew up a devout, superchurch-attending evangelical Christian who, upon discovering the Beatles as a teen, embraced a new religion entirely. ("I started to explore my interpretation of the world," she told OC Weekly last fall, "and it was through music that I found a way to connect.") And while said exploration took her on a ride through her home county's rich countercultural history, the psychedelic hybrid she's assembled here packs a much heftier wallop, thanks mostly to her remarkable, Karen O-caliber howl.That's what sets Feeding People and Island Universe, their sophomore full-length, apart from the crowd.

  • Photo by Liz Devine

    Inside Pickathon 2013: Feist, Kurt Vile Lead Portland Festival's Off-Kilter Lineup

    "We started as something of a picnic party," says Pickathon founder Zale Schoenborn of his annual, three-day music festival, which come August 2, will return to Pendarvis Farm, just 20 minutes outside of Portland, Oregon. "That was 1999 and we had maybe 90 people out, just a little nugget of a thing that has grown slowly over the years to become the semi-behemoth that we are now."This year, Pickathon will welcome some 3,500 guests to commune with a wide-ranging lineup that includes outliers from the worlds of indie rock, rap, and bluegrass alike, including Feist, Kurt Vile, Shabazz Palaces, Sharon Van Etten, Andrew Bird, Brad Folk, Shakey Graves, Parquet Courts, and several more.

  • Kate Nash

    Watch Kate Nash's Cathartic '3AM' Clip

    As London songstress Kate Nash told SPIN recently, the writing of her punk-inflected third full-length, Girl Talk, came as both surprise and catharsis. Nash had been struggling with a breakup at the time, and guitar in hand, she took to penning a slew of sharp-tongued rock numbers like first single "3AM," a highlight that now has a visual component anyone nursing a broken heart can appreciate.For the full story behind Girl Talk, read our in-the-studio interview with Nash here.

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