• She & Him Return With Soft Rock and Soft-Focus Teaser Video

    She & Him Return With Soft Rock and Soft-Focus Teaser Video

    Folk-pop pair She & Him are plotting a new album, it'd seem. Today, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward shared the old-timey 44-second teaser above which, visually, yields no more than a cryptic pan down onto a view of the Colosseum (or some similarly dilapidated Roman monument). But the song that plays overtop offers a bit more — specifically, a soft but electrified retro sound, with the New Girl star's blue voice lamenting a deceitful lover and M. Ward's guitar sounds pulling at heartstrings. Also, there are actual strings.The song above is a cover of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Oh No Not My Baby," but the tone and topic could hint at the new album's themes. Regardless, the soul-cradling songcraft of this twee twosome seems set to offer solace to all lovers in turmoil.

  • Stream Wu-Tang Studio Version 'Ron O'Neal'

    Wu-Tang Clan Go Superfly on 'Ron O'Neal' Studio Version

    Following the epic appearance of all nine living members of Wu-Tang Clan on The Daily Show Wednesday night, RZA has shared the studio version of "Ron O'Neal," the new song they premiered on the show. While Jon Stewart was seemingly mistaken in announcing the single would hit iTunes by midnight, we now get the SoundCloud cut (annotated with "main with Hook Intro," perhaps suggesting other versions to come).Though the Shaolin shadowboxers broke out in the early '90s, this new cut suggests they haven't lost their touch.

  • DJ Rashad Died From Drug Overdose, Autopsy Says

    DJ Rashad Died From Drug Overdose, Autopsy Says

    The official results of DJ Rashad's autopsy confirm original suspicions that drugs were the cause of his untimely passing. Rashad's label previously asserted the cause of death was a blood clot, but NBC Chicago is officially reporting that toxicological tests found heroin, cocaine, and alprazolam intoxication as the fatal force, and the 34-year-old's death has been ruled an accident. Read SPIN's interview with DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn from just shortly before Rashad's passing, and honor DJ Rashad's legacy by checking out our favorite tracks by the footwork virtuoso.

  • Kathleen Hanna Experiments With Mykki Blanco

    Kathleen Hanna and Mykki Blanco Hit the Studio

    SPIN cover star and queen of riot grrrls Kathleen Hanna seems to be reaching down from the punky heavens to bless young artists who are getting weird. Following news that the titular Punk Singer requited the love of Miley Cyrus, proof now emerges of a recent jam session with Mykki Blanco. The gender-bending New York rapper posted to Facebook a photo of Hanna cheesing in a control room with the caption "I got artsy and experimental with Kathleen Hanna yesterday!

  • MTV's Kennedy Libertarian Candidates Analogies Grunge Stars

    MTV's Kennedy Compares Libertarians to Their Grunge Counterparts

    The New York Times Magazine published an extended think-piece today called "Has the 'Libertarian Movement' Finally Arrived?," and it opens with an odd analogy courtesy of Kennedy. The former host of MTV's formative Alternative Nation and current political satirist joins her two passions in metaphorical matrimony, likening the big hitters in the aforementioned party to the heroes of the grunge movement. She breaks them down thusly:Ron Paul is "Nirvana. Like, the coolest, most amazing thing to come along in years, and the songs are nebulous but somehow meaningful, and the lead singer kills himself to preserve the band's legacy."Rand Paul is "Pearl Jam. Comes from the same place, the songs are really catchy, can really pack the stadiums, though it's not quite Nirvana."Ted Cruz is "Stone Temple Pilots.

  • CBGB Music Film Festival Returns

    CBGB Music and Film Festival Returns to New York in 2014

    The iconic CBGB, despite closing its doors in 2006, forges forward with the announcement of the 3rd annual CBGB Music and Film Festival — the five-day event will take place across New York City October 8 through 12. The event is the only one of its kind to focus on music-centric movies, with last year's fest premiering over 50 films including Academy Award winner 20 Feet From Stardom. The revelry will also include live performances, new music, industry talks, and special events to all be held at an array of theaters, clubs, galleries, private spaces, roof tops, and hotels all the way from Williamsburg to Times Square. The headquarters — a 35,000 square-foot converted warehouse dubbed Center 548 — will host the CBGB Icon Awards, music-themed art exhibitions, concerts, comedy performances, and more.

  • Watch YG Destructo 'Party Up' On Party Bus

    Watch Destructo and YG 'Party Up' on a Party Bus

    HARD Events founder and HOLY SHIP! cruise captain Gary Richards returns to his Destructo production moniker for the aptly titled, "Party Up." The pulsating, over-the-top debauchery anthem is perfect for riding a buzz or, say, in a party bus packed with strippers. For both the song and the video, our host taps reigning ratchet-rap king YG, who holds forth over EDM instead of the clappy beats of his SPIN Essential My Krazy Life.With ladies of the evening losing inhibitions, decadent lechery abounds in the video, as the lyric "I keep bitches on a party bus" captions the aesthetic.

  • St. Vincent Lead Band On Seth Meyers

    St. Vincent to Pinch-Hit for Fred Armisen as 'Late Night' Bandleader

    Considering he's got a new punk supergroup and a fifth season of Portlandia in the works, Fred Armisen might be spread a little thin these days. Fear not, however, because St. Vincent is taking over his leadership role on the bandstand at Late Night with Seth Meyers. Annie Clarke will save the day (nights?) on August 11 and 12, leading the post-punky 8G band led by Armisen and featuring members of Les Savy Fav and Girls Against Boys.The SPIN cover star and ever-stylish St.

  • The House of Blues On Sunset To Be Torn Down for Hotel

    House of Blues Sunset Strip to Be Demolished

    It seems the sun will set on the iconic House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. Bloomberg reports the Los Angeles venue is scheduled to be demolished and replaced with a hotel/condominium project. Construction is planned to launch near the end of 2015, and the new developers, AECOM and Combined Properties Inc., plan to build a property comprising 149 hotel rooms, 40 condos, five rental units, and — yes — a show venue.The House of Blues is a national venue chain operated by Live Nation, whose representative Ashton Spatz had hopeful words to share with Los Angeles Times ahead of the demolition:"Our legendary House of Blues on Sunset Blvd — the flagship for 20 years of our popular venues around the country — will operate business as usual while we look for a new home.

  • Stream Dance-tastic 'Classic' From The Knocks

    Hear the Knocks' Audio Pop-Manifesto, 'Classic'

    Dance duo the Knocks have already proven that they have the chops to deliver a seriously bright summer banger, and now they repeat the feat. New York's DJ B-Roc (Ben Ruttner) and JPatt (James Patterson) are back the ecstatic pop-pumper "Classic," featuring Powers.

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