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    Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail': Our Impulsive Reviews

    At 12:01 a.m. on the Fourth of July, Samsung Galaxy owners nationwide honored America by furtively attempting to download the new Jay-Z album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Something similar (and even more American) happened on the Internet. But is this thing any good? Here, five SPIN editors offer their hasty and completely impulsive opinions.Philip SherburneMost of the lead-up to this album has been a business story, which makes sense, given the businesses (man and multinational, respectively) that brought this particular, peculiar product to market. #Newrules, right? So Jay-Z takes ringtone rap to the next level. Or maybe we should be calling it app rap? Because the medium really is the message here.

  • The 15 Best Reissues of 2013's Second Quarter

    The 15 Best Reissues of 2013's Second Quarter

    Here's the best new old stuff from Q2 (April, May, and June): Romanian future-pop, "96 Tears" en español, French Casiocore, dancehall classics, circa-2008 punk relics, Syrian stomp-alongs, Cajun 78s, and a long lost song called "Sex With Fish." See our 15 Best Reissues of 2013's First Quarter Here

  • SPIN's Complete Covers Gallery: The 2000s to Today

    SPIN's Complete Covers Gallery: The 2000s to Today

    To celebrate SPIN's 28th birthday, we'll be looking back at all our covers, from the Herb Ritts-shot Madonna image that appeared on our very first issue to the the fresh photography that continues to make an impact on our covers today. Here's our third decade (and a little bit of out fourth) at a glance. See our first decade's covers: The 1980s. See our second decade's covers: The 1990s.

  • 5 Best New Artists for July '13

    5 Best New Artists for July '13

    From a crew of D.C. basement post-punks to an all-female noise-pop outfit from Northampton, Massachusetts, to a Barcelona-by-way-of-Montreal trap enthusiast to a dazzling Atlanta chant-rap trio, here are five artists to know right now. DAVID BEVAN, PHILIP SHERBURNE, AND BRANDON SODERBERG

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    Real Cool Time: Photos From ATP Iceland 2013

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    Kurt Vile: The SPIN Cover Shoot

  • The 15 Boldest Publicity Stunts in Music History

    The 15 Boldest Publicity Stunts in Music History

    In the last few months, Daft Punk made a commercial that upstaged Phoenix at Coachella, Kanye made cityscapes his canvas, and Jay-Z announced he would debut an album via app. But artists have been manipulating the press to promote albums ever since Elvis joined the Army. So, nodding to the reality that virtually every musical artist is trying to play Don Draper these days, we decided to look back at the history of gimmicks, hooks, stunts, ploys, and marketing capers. Some were more successful than others — but, hey, we're obviously still talking about them. Here's a short reminder that "McLaren" meant something to us before Yeezy drove one.

  • Wayne Coyne / Photo by Wilson Lee

    Photos From Electric Daisy Carnival 2013: Sexy Clowns, Big Beats, and Giant Bananas

  • Kanye West at 'Yeezus' listening session, Basel, Switzerland / Photo by Getty Images

    Sheezus Talks: A Critical Roundtable

    On the occasion of Kanye West's sixth album, released the day before Juneteenth, 2013, Anno Domini, we are gathered here due to the dearth of Yeezus pieces written by women, which is a significant oversight since a) much of this album, and West's catalog, is about us; and b) it's 2013, call the freaking doctor.

  • Jim James & the Roots / Photo by Ryan Muir

    Jim James and the Roots Build a Church at Brooklyn's Bandshell

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