• We woke up in a new dunebuggy

    Boards of Canada's 'Tomorrow's Harvest': Our Impulsive Reviews

    Yesterday, Boards of Canada streamed their first album in eight years, Tomorrow's Harvest, during a YouTube event. Today, seven SPIN editors give their hasty and completely impulsive opinions.Philip Sherburne The album begins with a muted horn fanfare and a squiggle of synthesizers that sounds like something you'd hear over the opening credits of an old film caught on late-night television. Of course it does: This is Boards of Canada, and over the next hour, it becomes abundantly clear that they are still up to their old tricks, which is to say, making the strange sound familiar, and making the deeply (even subliminally) familiar sound newly strange. And so their sound world is still heavily based on 1970s nature documentaries, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's evocative whoosh and whir, etc.

  • 5 Best New Artists for June '13

    5 Best New Artists for June '13

    From a Bay Area punk-turned-popsmith to a chameleonic electro duo from Chicago to a striking new breed of underground rapper, here are five artists to know this month. DAVID BEVAN, PHILIP SHERBURNE, AND BRANDON SODERBERG

  • Grouplove

    Watch Grouplove Hang Out at Hangout Fest 2013

    With help from our friends at Chevrolet, we followed Los Angeles anthem-makers Grouplove — a band that once got poison oak from a SPIN photo shoot — as they took the main stage at Hangout Fest 2013. Beyond a sunny, hair-whipping show (and some playing in the sand), the band told us about how touring helps them mature as people and the search for more personal interactions than texting.See the 25 Best Things We Saw at Hangout Fest 2013

  • Lissie

    Watch Lissie Hang Out at Hangout Fest 2013

    Country-folk-rocker and 2010 Breaking Out alumnus Lissie brought good vibes to an afternoon show at the 2013 Hangout Fest. With help from our friends at Chevrolet, SPIN followed her around — hitting the stage, playing to a sandy crowd, and then chilling on a beachside couch for an interview. She speaks about the increased fan interaction that Twitter brings, the joys of festival shows, and whether she'd join the dance, dance revolution.See the 25 Best Things We Saw at Hangout Fest 2013

  • The 40 Best Albums of 2013 So Far

    The 40 Best Albums of 2013 So Far

    As 2013 cruises towards its summery midpoint, once again we've decided to compile an eclectic soundtrack to help you stave off swimmer's ear — moombahton, footwork, the sunniest black metal record of the year, at least three country divas, an Atlanta rapper whose diamonds wink and say "Pikachu" [sic], and definitive proof that 39 other albums have existed this year besides the new one from Daft Punk.

  • 'X' Cover Art

    Hear Stars and Chilly Gonzales' Brooding 'Nothing Good Comes to Those Who Wait'

    The spirit of Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts was perhaps best exempified in its flagship band, Broken Social Scene, an ever-growing, ever-evolving, ever-jamming mass of friends. So it's only appropriate that the crew is celebrating its 10th anniverary with an album of collaborations titled X (due May 28) in advance of a one-day fest called Field Trip that'll feature the live return of BSS along with Stars, whose X contribution we're premiering right here. "Nothing Good Comes to Those Who Wait" is a deeply moody mid-tempo charmer spotlighting Amy Millan's beautiful vocals as well as another Arts & Crafts regular: electro-weirdo (and frequent Feist cohort) Chilly Gonzales.

  • 20 Dope Albums By Wack Rappers

    20 Dope Albums By Wack Rappers

    In celebration of French Montana, Ace Hood, Rocko, and other names we never would have imagined showing up on a best of anything list, here's our look back at some of our favorite guilty pleasures, rhyme wreckers, sucker MCs, and suspect spitters who made albums we love anyway.

  • The 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music

    The 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music

    In compiling a list of our favorite alternative drummers, we know that what makes someone "alternative" is admittedly subjective — though we remain wowed by their skills, the arena-rocking misty-mountain marauding of John Bonham or the artfully destructive chaos of Keith Moon or the ridiculoid festival freakouts of Dave Matthews Band's Carter Beauford are too anchored to commercial bedrock. Once-alternative dudes like Lars Ulrich and Larry Mullen, Jr. were even more contentious points of debate. Tie-breaking was left to the completely arbitrary whims of various SPIN editors.

  • The 25 Best Things We Saw at Hangout Music Fest 2013

    The 25 Best Things We Saw at Hangout Music Fest 2013

    The fourth annual Hangout Fest took over a sandy, sunny expanse of Gulf Shores, Alabama, last weekend. In addition to stars like Stevie Wonder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Bassnectar, SPIN saw some shenanigans and beachy tom-foolery. Here's the best of what we witnessed.

  • Kanye West Titles June Album 'Yeezus,' Reaches Apex of Megalomania

    Kanye West Titles June Album 'Yeezus,' Reaches Apex of Megalomania

    Can Kanye West ('s ego) get much higher? Not much! Rap-Up is reporting the rapper/producer/pouty Kim Kardashian escort's June 18 album is titled Yeezus.Last week, based on all the information available about 'Ye's record, we placed him at a Holy Trinity-appropriate No. 3 on our list of musicians who have compared themselves to God.What else do we know about the album, West's sixth and the follow-up to 2010's critically adored My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? The album is dark, Daft Punk appears on it, and everybody says it's going to be awesome. For more info on the record, check out our rundown of rumors and leaks here.Last night, West debuted a fresh track called "New Slaves" by projecting his image on buildings in 66 locations.

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