• Different Strokes for Different Folks: Fan Engagement in the Streaming Era

    Different Strokes for Different Folks: Fan Engagement in the Streaming Era

    We all listen to music for different reasons. Yet there remains a distinct separation within music fandom: some people live it, they listen intently and engage in various ways with the artists they claim to love, and others display it, they won't listen as much or as often instead showing their appreciation via more aspirational means. Of all the people who wear Joy Division t-shirts with the Unknown Pleasures graphic or hang 'that' Bob Marley poster in their room, how many really know the artist and their work? Sometimes music is a mere cultural signifier, a way to show yourself to the world, and sometimes it defines who you are, down to your daily routines. Today this dichotomy manifests itself online. In which artists we like on Facebook, what music we tweet about, what covers we snap on Instagram. How much do you really listen to the artists you like on Facebook?

  • Surf-Jazz and Art Guitars in a Warehouse-Turned-Gallery

    Surf-Jazz and Art Guitars in a Warehouse-Turned-Gallery

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    Gawk Over Guitar Art For a Good Cause

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster, and you're invited to celebrate while supporting a good cause. As previously reported, the guitar OGs are teaming up with surf staple Hurley to auction off no fewer than 20 unique takes on the iconic instrument. While the bidding is happening via eBay, the hand-painted guitars will be on display  Friday, October 24, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at 1945 Placentia Avenue in Costa Mesa, California. The Hurley headquarters will play host to a night of art, live music, and more, with all proceeds going to Waves for Water. As also noted, the axes were decorated by a wild list of design-minded people. One of those — skateboarder and musician Ray Barbee — will perform live accompanied by surf-jazz duo the Mattson 2.

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    Ryan Adams, Tim Armstrong, and More Paint Guitars for Charity

    California may be in the midst of a serious drought, but two iconic companies born in that same state are coming together to help people much farther flung receive clean, drinkable H20. Costa Mesa surf giant Hurley and the guitar gods at Fender (founded in nearby Fullerton) will be auctioning off 20 unique Stratocasters in order to raise money for nonprofit Waves for Water, which has already set up filtration systems in Haiti, Pakistan, Chile, and Indonesia.The guitars in question will be hand-painted by an impressive lineup of musicians, designers, and artists — ranging from Ryan Adams to the guy who founded Stussy to pop-psych painter Tim Biskup — and will appear on eBay from October 22 through November 1.

  • 5 Best New Artists for September '14

    5 Best New Artists for September '14

    From an anonymous PC enthusiast to a Drake-signed MC to a unique member of Newark's growing club movement, these are five artists to know right now.

  • Spoon at Outside Lands, San Francisco, August 8-10, 2014 / Photo by Tom Tomkinson

    Outside Lands 2014: SPIN's Best Live Photos

  • 5 Best New Artists For August '14

    5 Best New Artists For August '14

    From "post-industrial" techno to soulful New Orleans rock-and-roll to an experimental R&B enthusiast, here are five artists you need to know now.

  • Every Weird Al Video, Ranked

    Every Weird Al Video, Ranked

    "Weird Al" Yankovic is a national treasure. It's as simple as that. Going on four decades now, he's the strange uncle who shows up every few years to remind us that pop music is supposed to be fun, that sacred cows were meant to be tipped. And while some folks like to argue about his relevance in 2014 — should he still release albums? Has YouTube obviated his existence? — such claims seem silly in light of the fact that he's dominating the music news cycle this week, releasing a new video every day. Indeed, anyone can spoof pop music, but no one does it like Al. To mark the release of Yankovic's 14th studio album (!!), Mandatory Fun, SPIN burned the midnight oil ranking Weird Al's entire music video oeuvre – (including the brand new ones)! As the singer continues to release new videos over the next few days, we'll add them to the mix too. In the meantime, hats off to Al.

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

    Sonisphere 2014: SPIN's Best Live Photos

  • SPIN Singles Mix: 15 Mischief-Makers, Roof-Raisers, and Super-Humans

    SPIN Singles Mix: 15 Mischief-Makers, Roof-Raisers, and Super-Humans

    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.

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  • 1 Ava Luna — Coat Of Shellac " 03:45
  • 2 Young Guv — Ripe 4 Luv " 32:41
  • 3 Big Harp — It's a Shame " 01:57
  • 4 Blood Orange — Delancey " 02:15
  • 5 Gangrene — Play It Cool Feat Samuel T. Herring (of Future Islands) & Earl Sweatshirt " 03:53
  • 6 Jay Electronica — Road To Perdition feat. Jay Z " 03:33
  • 7 Sun Kil Moon — Ali/Spinks 2 " 00:00

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