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    5 Best New Artists For August '14

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  • Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014 / Photo by Nic Bezzina

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    Welcome to SPIN's Singles Mix! Every Friday, SPIN's staff writers pick their favorite, must-hear tracks of the moment for your weekend playlists. From rap and R&B to punk to weirdo electronic music, these are the songs you need to hear right now.

  • SPIN Singles Mix: 10 Tough Lovers, Riff Raffers, and Speeed Freaks

    SPIN Singles Mix: 10 Tough Lovers, Riff Raffers, and Speeed Freaks

    Welcome to SPIN's Singles Mix! Every Friday, SPIN's staff writers pick their favorite, must-hear tracks of the moment for your weekend playlists. From rap and R&B to punk to weirdo electronic music, these are the songs you need to hear right now. This week, thanks to Mike WiLL and RiFF RAFF, the selection comes a double-dose of typographical anomalies.

  • SPIN Singles Mix: 10 Hippie Rappers, Aussie Beatmakers, and Haunting Balladeers

    SPIN Singles Mix: 10 Hippie Rappers, Aussie Beatmakers, and Haunting Balladeers

    Welcome to SPIN's Singles Mix! Every Friday SPIN's staff writers will pick their favorite, must-hear tracks from the week for your weekend playlists. From rap to indie rock to underground house music, these are the songs you need to hear right now.

  • Black Angels

    Backstage Pass: The Black Angels Talk Band Rituals, BBQ, and Myspace

    It's safe to say that this year's BottleRock festival in Napa had one of the most diverse lineups of the season so far. Over the course of three days, the event hosted acts that ranged from the Cure to LL Cool J to SPIN cover star Eric Church, all performing amidst the sunny, breezy vistas of the valley's rolling vineyards. Needless to say, we were there with cameras in hand to capture the action both on stage and off. After a quick golf-cart ride with No Age, we caught up with caught up with Austin psych-rockers and Bottle Rock performers the Black Angels for a backstage hang, where the band's lead singer Alex Maas and guitarist Christian Bland gave SPIN a look into the glamorous life of their touring band.

  • Robert Delong

    Festival Guide: Bowling With Robert DeLong at BottleRock

    It's safe to say that this year's BottleRock festival in Napa had one of the most diverse lineups of the season so far. Over the course of three days, the event hosted headliners that ranged from the Cure to LL Cool J to SPIN cover star Eric Church, all performing amidst the sunny, breezy vistas of the valley's rolling vineyards. But even with gorgeous landscapes and endless amounts of wine on hand, festivals can be daunting to the most experienced party-goer and performer. We went behind the scenes with Washington-bred DJ/drummer/singer Robert DeLong to chat about what's most vital for any traveling musician. Sunscreen and water make the list, of course.

  • SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2014

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    Just in time for summer, the editors at SPIN are doing a deep-dive into the best music of the first half of 2014. All throughout the month of June, we'll be bringing you lists counting down the songs and records that we've had on repeat, as well as profiles, interviews, and essays that spotlight the artists responsible for them. Expect to hear from longtime favorites, as well as newer artists that shouldn't be overlooked.List: The 50 Best Albums of 2014... So Far by SPIN Staff Throwback soul, Motor City post-punk, Norwegian nü-disco, a pair of California-lovin' rap records, the latest sad-sack opus from an alt-rock icon, a country blockbuster, a Britpop elder's solo debut, and so much more. Follow the link above to click through our list gallery.

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