David Zisser

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Biography

  • Mirel Wagner

    Hear Mirel Wagner's Sullen 'What Love Looks Like'

    The folks at Sub Pop Records have recently hitched their wagon to the haunting, enigmatic Mirel Wagner. Signing with the label in February 2014, the Finnish born singer-songwriter is set to bring her forlorn yarns stateside with a forthcoming LP due out this summer. For now, marvel at "What Love Looks Like," Wagner's contribution to Music Finland with The Line of Best Fit, a 10-inch compilation that the Music Finland label is putting out in conjunction with the Line of Best Fit. The just-released track finds Wagner navigating through a sparse soundscape, asking in a pained whisper over fingerpicked guitars, "Is this what love looks like?"Stream the brooding folk tune below, and look out for Music Finland with The Line of Best Fit, out on Record Store Day 2014, a.k.a. April 19.

  • The Julie Ruin

    Hear the Julie Ruin's Clamorous 'Brightside'

    Bikini Kill frontwoman, proto riot grrrl, and former SPIN cover star Kathleen Hanna had a busy 2013. After a decade and a half sabbatical, Hanna stormed back, starring in the documentary the Punk Singer, and unfurling the Run Fast release with her solo project the Julie Ruin. Now Hanna and her Julie Ruin bandmates have returned with "Brightside," a tune that's rife with tamborines, jangling guitars, and giddyness. Hanna still croons through her nasal passage, but her message may have softened over the years. As she sings on track's thesis: "It's just my heart that's beating / the message keeps repeating." "Brightside" will be available as an exclusive 7" on Record Store Day (April 19).

  • Loop at Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, April 16, 2014 / Photo by Andrew Swartz

    Loop Pulverize, Mystify at First U.S. Tour Date in 24 Years

  • the menzingers, rented world

    Stream the Menzingers' Crisp, Boisterous 'Rented World' Album

    The Menzingers have a simple philosophy when it comes to album openers: Keep 'em blunt and declarative. "Good Things,"the first track from 2012's On The Impossible Past, kicked off with singer-guitarist Greg Barnett declaring in a subdued baritone, "I've been having a horrible time." The pop-punks' latest effort, Rented World (due out April 22 via Epitaph Records), starts off equally forthright. After a brisk verse of sprinkler high hats and palm-muted guitars, the band cuts out to allow Barnett to plainly and simply admit: "I don't wanna be an asshole anymore."This time around, the Menzingers have enlisted the services of engineer Jonathan Low (known for his work with Kurt Vile and the National) and returned with a sleek, concise record that's unafraid to ratchet down the gain or crank up the emotion.

  • reigning sound, falling rain, shattered

    Stream Reigning Sound's Propulsive 'Falling Rain'

    After braving a slew of lineup changes, Reigning Sound have returned. The brainchild of garage-punk stalwart/principal songwriter Greg Cartwright, the Memphis quintet — which features longtime keyboardist Dave Amels, as well as new members Mike Catanese, Benny Trokan, and Mikey Post — is prepping to add a new entry to its hefty catalogue. On July 15, Reigning Sound will unleash Shattered, the 11-track follow-up to 2009's Love and Curses and the band's first LP for Merge Records. First, though, comes "Falling Rain," an advance track featuring Dylan-esque vocals that coalesce with roller-rink-ready organ as Cartwright croons, "There's a whole lot more to this story than the sound of falling rain."Stream "Falling Rain" below, and pre-order Shattered through Merge.

  • outkast, coachella 2014, live stream

    Coachella 2014 Live Stream: OutKast, Beck, Arcade Fire, Pharrell, and More

    Well, the wait is finally over. OutKast's highly anticipated reunion officially begins this weekend, as part of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Unfortunately, the double-weekend soirée is entirely sold out, and unless you're willing to submit to the whims of a scalper (as of time of writing, the cheapest weekend pass on StubHub goes for a cool $2,958.50), you've missed your shot at seeing the ATLiens' return to the stage. But fret not: Coachella and YouTube have partnered to live-stream highlights of the festival, including OutKast's headlining set on Friday, April 11.The webcast runs through April 13 and will also feature performances from Beck, MGMT, Pharrell Williams, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Nas, Haim, Dum Dum Girls, and yes, OutKast, who are set to hit the stage at 11:30 p.m. PDT.

  • Dinosaur Pile-Up

    Watch Dinosaur Pile-Up's Mind-Warping 'Nature Nurture' Video

    The U.K.'s Dinosaur Pile-Up confuse, bewilder, and wield some hefty weaponry in the music video for "Nature Nurture," the shaggy title track from their recently released sophomore album. Guided by director Ralph Fuller and art director Frederick Fuller, the noise-rock trio present a twisted fever dream of pastel colors and VHS static. Smoke stacks cave in and collapse next to one another, taxidermied buck heads flank spinning cassettes, singer-guitarist Matt Bigland dons a creepy clown mask, and, eventually, the frames start to fragment and distort. Watch the madness above, and pick up Nature Nurture over at iTunes.

  • Pure X

    Stream Pure X's Amorous, Heavenly 'Angel' LP

    Austin's Pure X are only three years removed from putting out their first full-length, but they've quickly gone through several transformations. Their debut LP, Pleasure, was a fuzzy, beach-bumming bout of chillwave, altogether not unlike the tunes of their future tour mates and SPIN profile subjects Real Estate. Follow-up effort Crawling Up the Stairs, released in 2013, was substantially darker and surreal.Now, with upcoming third album Angel, due out April 1 via Fat Possum, Pure X have morphed once again. "I already lost all my skin cells from then," guitarist Nate Grace told SPIN over the phone. "I'm literally a new person." The psych-pop quartet (synth player and 12-stringer Matty Tommy Davidson recently joined as a full-time member) have stripped down and opened up, mostly in the name of love.

  • fantasmes, the shadow self

    Hear Fantasmes' Trippy Desert Romp 'The Shadow Self'

    Puerto Rican psych outfit Fantasmes dole out hits of pupil-dilating, zooted tuneage and their latest dosage, "The Shadow Self," is extra potent. The latest single from their upcoming Thralls to Strange Witchcraft EP (due in the States on April 15 via Last Bummer Records and in Canada via L.O.O.S.E.), the track saunters with the casual strut of an Old West gunslinger, and wobbles as if the very same sharpshooter just dabbled in peyote — the guitars reverberate freely and the vocals barely manage to poke through the haze. Behold "The Shadow Self" below and keep an eye cocked: Fantasmes are set to embark on a pilgrimage to this year's Austin Psych Fest.

  • Unicycle Loves You

    Unicycle Loves You Worship at the Altar of Fuzz on 'Face Tattoo'

    Spring is on the approach, but the guys and gal in Unicycle Loves You are still layering up. On "Face Tattoo," the first single from forthcoming album The Dead Age, the garage-rock trio brazenly stacks muffed-out guitars and harsh feedback onto a dense rhythm section — and pile on heaps of hooks for good measure. Singer-guitarist Jim Carroll lays into his wah pedal with the sort of reckless abandon that would make J Mascis proud, and sneers into the microphone, "It doesn't matter anymore / We'll live to see another day." Listen below, and keep an eye out for The Dead Age: Unicycle Loves You's fourth full-length hits stores on June 10 via Highwheel Records/Mecca Lecca. 

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  • 3 Mirel Wagner — What Love Looks Like " 03:07
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