• SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2014

    SPIN's Best Music of 2014 So Far

    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.

  • Best Bets For Bottle Rock Festival 2014

    Best Bets For Bottle Rock Festival 2014

    This weekend, Bottle Rock's annual festival will take over scenic Napa Valley, California once more. In preparation for the festival, we dug through the lineup to find the best, must-see acts of the event. Click through to see SPIN's picks.

  • SPIN Singles Mix: 10 Baddygirls, Smalltown Boys, and Auto-Tuned Stoics

    SPIN Singles Mix: 10 Baddygirls, Smalltown Boys, and Auto-Tuned Stoics

    Welcome to SPIN's inaugural 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.

  • Billy Joel on The Tonight Show

    See Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon, and an iPad Do 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'

    Billy Joel has returned in fine form. He's playing Madison Square Garden every month this year, prepping the Showtime documentary A Matter of Trust – The Bridge to Russia, and now, making excellent viral videos with Jimmy Fallon. Last night on The Tonight Show, the host whipped out an iPad and recorded their voices on the Loopy App. The two created a four-part harmony and then sung a duet of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." The results are fantastic. Naturally, Fallon has a tough time keeping it together, but Joel puts in a stoic vocal performance like the seasoned veteran he is. Watch the above clip — we promise you'll forget how much you hate "We Didn't Start the Fire" (if you remember it).

  • The 40 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014

    The 40 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014

    While the tragedy of Wednesday’s car crash loomed large over this year's SXSW, the festival managed to carry on and was mostly business-as-usual afterward. SPIN's staff powered through and saw too many shows to count, ate an absurd amount of local food-truck food, and took a ton photos along the way. Here's the best of what we saw, including our favorite live shows, a band getting tattooed, Riff Raff's ridiculous merch, and a run-in with Migos at the Chevron. JEM ASWAD, EMMA CARMICHAEL, CAMILLE DODERO, GARRETT KAMPS, DAVID MENCONI, PUJA PATEL

  • ScHoolboy Q

    Future, Against Me!, Cloud Nothings, ScHoolboy Q Perform at SPIN/Stubb's SXSW 2014 Show

    More than 4300 people came through the 2014 edition of SPIN's long-running Stubb's throwdown, a pan-genre display of some of our favorite artists working today: Against Me!, Cloud Nothings, ScHoolboy Q, Warpaint, Future Islands, Temples, the Orwells, Radkey, and a stellar headlining set from Future, who brought out both B.O.B and the legendary Bun B. It was awesome. SPIN at Stubb's was sponsored in part by Nokia, Esurance, Crispin Cider, and Tito's Handmade Vodka. See our full photo gallery from the show here. FutureFuture, without really trying to, has the ability to be the most charming man in a room. Just ask Ciara. And when he bounded out on the Stubb's stage on Saturday afternoon wearing his ubiquitous sunglasses and a black Opening Ceremony sweatshirt with the phrase "CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE" etched down the front, he already had an early start.

  • Erykah Badu

    SXSW 2014: The Five Best Things We Saw Saturday

    We are sleep-deprived. Everything we own is dirty. And we have not seen a vegetable for days. But SPIN's SXSW team also witnessed a bewildering amount of performances, from Future’s bonkers headlining set at our Stubb’s party to Tyler, the Creator nearly inciting a riot at the Scoot Inn. Here’s the best of what we saw on Saturday, March 15, the 2014 festival’s final date.Erykah Badu: Fader Fort When a group of musicians with shirts that read 'The Cannabinoids' began setting up on stage, the secret was out. (The Cannabinoids are Erykah Badu's weed-exalting, PLUR-demanding backing band.) Before long and hidden under a smoke-machined fueled fog and her massive hair, Erykah appeared, opening her set with "On & On." "You come to Texas, you come with some shit!" said the soul singer at the break.

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    SXSW 2014: The Five Best Things We Saw on Friday

    We're not modest. The best thing we saw on Friday was our own long-running showcase at Stubb's, which featured Against Me!, Cloud Nothings, ScHoolboy Q, Warpaint, Future Islands, Temples, the Orwells, Radkey, and a stellar headlining set from Future (who brought out both B.o.B and the legendary Bun B). Here's the rest of best things that SPIN's SXSW team caught on Friday.Trash Talk: BeerlandMinutes elapsed before the cops broke up this impromptu Trash Talk madness, staged on the outdoor street-side patio of Beerland Friday at 6:30 p.m. after the hardcore band's Thursday performances were cancelled: 12. Number of times daredevil punks jumped off the Beerland roof, onto a roiling throng of circle-pitting madness that coagulated the Red River block adjacent to 6th Street: 3. Number of visible police who broke up the chaos: 4.

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    SXSW 2014: The Best Things We Saw the Rest of the Week

    SPIN has been busy at South By Southwest, organizing Wednesday's showcase at the House of Vans at the Mohawk and today's event at Stubb's, but we've caught a lot of great music along the way.

  • Bad Romance: The 35 Bitterest Songs Ever

    Bad Romance: The 35 Bitterest Songs Ever

    Murder! Suicide! Murder-suicide! In time for Valentine's Day, a compendium of pop's most genius works of staggering heartbreak, with sentiments just caustic enough to make you consider sticking with dogs for companionship.

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