• SPIN Singles Mix: 10 Tough Lovers, Riff Raffers, and Speeed Freaks

    SPIN Singles Mix: 10 Tough Lovers, Riff Raffers, and Speeed Freaks

    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. This week, thanks to Mike WiLL and RiFF RAFF, the selection comes a double-dose of typographical anomalies.

  • SPIN Singles Mix: 10 Hippie Rappers, Aussie Beatmakers, and Haunting Balladeers

    SPIN Singles Mix: 10 Hippie Rappers, Aussie Beatmakers, and Haunting Balladeers

    Welcome to SPIN's 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.

  • Black Angels

    Backstage Pass: The Black Angels Talk Band Rituals, BBQ, and Myspace

    It's safe to say that this year's BottleRock festival in Napa had one of the most diverse lineups of the season so far. Over the course of three days, the event hosted acts that ranged from the Cure to LL Cool J to SPIN cover star Eric Church, all performing amidst the sunny, breezy vistas of the valley's rolling vineyards. Needless to say, we were there with cameras in hand to capture the action both on stage and off. After a quick golf-cart ride with No Age, we caught up with caught up with Austin psych-rockers and Bottle Rock performers the Black Angels for a backstage hang, where the band's lead singer Alex Maas and guitarist Christian Bland gave SPIN a look into the glamorous life of their touring band.

  • Robert Delong

    Festival Guide: Bowling With Robert DeLong at BottleRock

    It's safe to say that this year's BottleRock festival in Napa had one of the most diverse lineups of the season so far. Over the course of three days, the event hosted headliners that ranged from the Cure to LL Cool J to SPIN cover star Eric Church, all performing amidst the sunny, breezy vistas of the valley's rolling vineyards. But even with gorgeous landscapes and endless amounts of wine on hand, festivals can be daunting to the most experienced party-goer and performer. We went behind the scenes with Washington-bred DJ/drummer/singer Robert DeLong to chat about what's most vital for any traveling musician. Sunscreen and water make the list, of course.

  • 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.

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