Jem Aswad

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  • scott asheton stooges iggy pop

    Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Dead at 64

    Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, whose driving rhythm was the band's engine over its nearly 50 years of its existence, died Saturday of an unspecified illness, according to multiple media reports. He was 64."Scott was a great artist," Stooges singer Iggy Pop said in a statement. "I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me. My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life."Asheton began playing music in his teens with guitarist brother Ron and their bassist friend Dave Alexander in the early 1960s, but the band's did not gain momentum until Iggy Pop joined.

  • Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Death Grips

    Surprise! Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden Announce Co-Headlining Summer Tour

    Guess we forced their hands: A day after SPIN posted a video of Soundgarden hilariously dodging the question of whether or not they would tour with Nine Inch Nails this summer, the bands announced a co-headlining tour, with Death Grips supporting on all dates.

  • Tyler, the Creator Arrested for Inciting Riot at SXSW

    Tyler, the Creator Arrested for Inciting Riot at SXSW

    Tyler, the Creator was arrested today by Austin police for inciting fans to push past security guards into an overcrowded venue during a performance at SXSW on Thursday. He was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and charged with riot, a misdemeanor, according to a police statement. Bail was set at $3,500."The subject encouraged behavior causing an immediate danger and injury to persons," the affidavit reads. "Specifically, the subject encouraged a large crowd on more than one occasion to force themselves past venue employees controlling access at the venue which was already at full capacity."SPIN contributor Garrett Kamps was at the concert, which took place at the Scoot Inn, and was one of the people in the way of the onrushing crowd. After Tyler led the crowd in a chant of "Push, push, push," the guards were quickly overwhelmed.

  • soundgarden, nine inch nails, tour

    Watch Soundgarden Hilariously Dodge Nine Inch Nails Tour Question

    At this point, the rumored Soundgarden/Nine Inch Nails tour seems to be one of the worst-kept secrets in the music business: As compiled by Antiquiet: An announcement for an August 17 Dallas date for the two bands apparently leaked; fans found a link for an auction for a meet-and-greet with Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and tickets for an August 25 Hollywood Bowl date for both acts; and least subtle of all, the two bands recently released teaser videos hinting broadly at summer dates that are almost comically similar.So in an interview with Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Ben Shepherd before the band's Superunknown 20th anniversary set at the iTunes festival at South by Southwest, we popped the question: Are they or aren't they? The results are entertaining, although maybe not conclusive ... 

  • Betty Who

    Hear Betty Who's Lush Love Song 'Heartbreak Dream'

    Love songs have been lucky for Australia-spawned pop singer Betty Who: Last Fall, "Somebody Loves You," from her debut EP The Movement, was used as the soundtrack for a viral video of an elaborate marriage proposal set in a Home Depot that's racked up more than 13 million views. And just before Valentine's Day, she's giving SPIN the exclusive premiere of "Heartbreak Dream," the first single from her second EP and debut for RCA, Slow Dancing.Produced again by Peter Thomas, the song is big, lush, and anthemic, consistent with but a step forward from the intelli-pop of The Movement (imagine a cheerier Robyn). Despite the title, "Heartbreak Dream" isn't really a breakup song, as Who (real name: Jessica Newham) explained to SPIN over the phone from L.A. last week.

  • The Beatles' 15 Greatest TV Performances

    The Beatles' 15 Greatest TV Performances

    You might have heard somewhere that Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. And while that appearance was the most world-changing of the group's career — if not all of rock music's — so much fascinating video from the rest of the band's seven years in prominence is overlooked. So, we are using this anniversary as an excuse to revisit not only the Fab Four's most legendary TV performances, but also some that are surprisingly little-known.

  • Inside Daft Punk's Grammy Afterparty, Park Plaza, Los Angeles

    Jay Z and Beyonce Groove, Lorde Hits the Dance Floor at Daft Punk's Grammy Afterparty

    SPIN fully intended to work the Grammy afterparties hard on Sunday night and hit as many of the six for which we were guestlisted as possible. But considering Daft Punk's epic wins, and the buzz around their afterparty at the stately Park Plaza in Westlake, it seemed clear that the move was to get there before it hit capacity, post up, nurse a drink (or four), and see what the evening brought. And although a highly dubious but reasonably reliably sourced rumor that the duo would perform with Madonna did not materialize, the four hours we spent in the joint didn't disappoint.Madonna was indeed there, with her cane and daughter Lourdes in tow. Jay Z (wearing a white jacket and bow tie) and Beyoncé (who looks stunning no matter what she's wearing) danced to old-school hip-hop in the VIP section, hugging frequently and continuing their adorable pro-monogamy campaign.

  • Clive Davis and Miley Cyrus at the Clive Davis And The Recording Academy Annual Pre-Grammy Gala, Los Angeles, January 25, 2014

    Inside Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala: Lorde Smiles, Miley Behaves, Lionel Richie Shines

    It's far too easy to be snarky about Grammy week, the time when the music industry celebrates itself in extravagant and expensive fashion: a week of stunting, self-promotion and self-congratulation, a reassertion of the biz's old guard reasserting its power and supremacy. The show is both more staid and more credible than the MTV Video Music Awards, but for all the criticisms leveled at it, the show has modernized itself significantly over the past couple of decades: Big wins for artists such as Arcade Fire, the Roots, Danger Mouse, the White Stripes and Frank Ocean would have been nearly unimaginable 20 or even 10 years ago.Similarly, the lineup of shows around Grammy weekend are no Coachella, but there's plenty of great music to be found.

  • Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Lindsey Buckingham, and Dave Grohl

    Nine Inch Nails, QOTSA, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham to Perform Grammy Awards Finale

    Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and special guest Lindsey Buckingham will give the closing performance at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, SPIN can exclusively reveal. "We're incredibly excited about this number," Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement. "There's nothing better than when the Grammys can rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time.

  • U2, Jimmy Fallon, Tonight Show

    U2 to Be First Musical Guest on Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show'

    When Jimmy Fallon takes over the tonight show on February 17, he'll be opening with a bang: U2 will be his first musical guest, show booker Jonathan Cohen announced on Twitter Sunday night. "Thrilled that ‪@U2‬ will be the first musical guest on the new Tonight Show with ‪@jimmyfallon‬, premiering Feb. 17," he wrote.Also on the show will be Will Smith.The band, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song last week, is expected to release a new album, its first since 2009's No Line on the Horizon, in April. The LP title and possibly a video for its first single are expected to be announced during a Super Bowl commercial.

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