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  • Young Forever, Must Mature: Aberfeldy

    AberfeldyYoung ForeverRough Trade Belle & Sebastian tribute bands are becoming all too common. The Edinburgh five-piece that takes its name from a Scottish coastal town will most certainly appeal to those who enjoy the sunny folk-pop of Stuart Murdoch and Co. Couple that with Smiths-like lyrics ("Love is a verb and a noun as well/ You'll find it in the dictionary under 'hell'") and you've got yourself the next big cliché. There is something mid-90s about some of Aberfeldy's songs: If the Lilith Fair were to host a reunion tour this summer, this group, with their frontman Riley Briggs' mild yodeling on "Tie One On," would make an appropriate opener for Jewel. And "Heliopolis By Night," one of the band's more aggressive guitar-driven tracks, would make an apt starter for the Indigo Girls.

  • The Other Half: Q & A with Method Man

    In this exclusive interview, Method Man speaks with Spin about '70s sitcoms, the Wu Tang Clan, and why Ol' Dirty Bastard needs to start smoking crack again. Spin: Did you grow up on stuff like Good Times and What's Happening?All that, The Jeffersons. What I hate about the black shows, right, is the more years they go on, the less black they become. You know what I'm saying? I don't know what happens. They all become industrialized. Can you tell me the progression of how you went from How High to having your own sitcom? Was this show always in the works?No, I was trying to wait for Universal to use me and Redman for some more stuff, it never came around, so I was like, Hey, I gotta work. I'm gonna do this. So I started taking little bit parts here and there, and then I was like, To hell with this.

  • Redman Uncensored

    In their raucous new TV comedy, Method and Red, the two rappers-turned-actors are infiltrating a suburban paradise--and a medium--that may not be ready for them. In this exclusive interview, run (almost) in its entirely online, Redman speaks with Spin. Spin: Can you tell me more about going from How High, which was a couple years back, to getting this show Method and Red? Was this something you guys were working on for a while to make happen?Well, actually, to me, I know me and Meth thought at first that sitcoms probably fuck motherfuckers up in the long run, because we do hip-hop. Music is our first love. It was after a while, from Universal, from How High, we didn't do another movie together so why not do a sitcom? And we here. Fox 5. Thank you Fox 5, for havin' me, motherfuckers! Word. They gave me a job off the street!

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: THE HIVES, UNCUT

    By: Marc Spitz SPIN: If the Hives have an identity and a series of traits, what's your personal individual most un-Hives-like trait that you can tell me? [Something] that flies in the face of what the Hives are supposed to do, what fans and people who are followers of the band would be surprised to know.Dr.

  • No Washout: Devo Live at Central Park SummerStage

    By: William Mills Continuous rain turned Central Park into a marshland for a recent Devo/Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Stellastarr*SummerStage concert. But while the legendary new-wave juggernaut played all their hits set to a startlingly perfect choreography, as if in deference to the band, the heavens halted the downpour. But right as they finished, the sky unzipped, and everyone got soaked. Young hipsters and dorky parents alike took shelter in vain underneath their fashionable Devo flowerpot hats. Under a drizzly sky, New York's Stellastarr* opened the concert with a new wave/punk flourish. As Stellastarr*'s harmonies echoed out across the umbrella caps like waves on the stormy sea, the crowd slowly pressed forward.

  • Modest Mouse and the Walkmen - Live at Minneapolis' First Avenue

    By: Kathryn McGrathModest Mouse/ The Walkmen First Avenue, Minneapolis August 28,2004 The lack of a Lollapallooza tour this summer may well be the good news for people who love bad news. In the wake of Farrell's failed circus, Modest Mouse scheduled a last-minute tour with fellow would-be 'Palloozers the Walkmen. In Minneapolis, the hastily scheduled show sold out in a matter of days, and First Avenue was packed with teenagers by the time the Brooklyn-based Walkmen took the stage. While many New York rock critics heralded the arrival of the Walkman's second album, Bows & Arrows, and the album met with modest success (selling 50,000 copies since February '04), the band isn't well known outside the five boroughs.

  • Faultline and the Flaming Lips Release Single

    The Flaming Lips have lent their vocals to a remix of Dave "Faultline" Kosten's "eclectronic" track, "The Colossal Gray Sunshine." The song was culled from his overlooked 2000 full-length release, Your Love Means Everything, which featured vocals from Michael Stipe and Coldplay's Chris Martin. The album will be reissued with four brand-new songs on August 24th, and will feature both the original and remixed versions of "Gray Sunshine."

  • Q & A with the Datsuns' Dolf Datsun

    By: Austin Bonner What the world needs now: another garage rock band full of skinny boys with long hair and nifty accents? Despite the glut of such bands on the market, these New Zealanders are winning audiences with their do-it-yourself sensibility and unpretentious attitude. Though the Datsuns have been performing together since 1997 (they were then called Trinket) and releasing singles (mostly vinyl) on their own label, Hell Squad Records, since 1998, it was their 2002 self-titled LP that brought on a wave of publicity, a licensing contract with V2, and a masochistic touring schedule. The buzz from the eagerly salivating London music press may have died down, but the Datsuns are still doing pretty much what they've been doing since high school: making music they want to listen to.

  • The Bon Mots - Le Main Drag

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