• SPIN Presents Austin Power: A SXSW 2013 Mixtape

    Download SPIN's 60-Track Mixtape of SXSW 2013's Hottest Acts

    SXSW, the annual pulled-pork crawl and Frito pie gorge-sesh scored by hundred of bands, is almost upon us! Our bags are packed, our amazing parties are booked, and we've called St. David's South Austin Medical Center who has kindly reminded us that, no, we cannot put Stubb's BBQ sauce on an IV drip. The final thing missing is a proper soundtrack. To that end, here is a 60-track blowout of the hottest, most anticipated, must-see acts at SXSW.

  • Deftones / Photo by Rebecca Smeyne

    Saturday Night Risk: Deftones Crowd-Surf All Over New York's Terminal 5

  • Green Day / Photo by Wilson Lee

    Homecoming: Green Day Return at Billie Joe Armstrong's First Post-Rehab Show

  • Angel Haze and Galaxy Express

    Angel Haze, Girl Unit, Galaxy Express: See SPIN's Nighttime SXSW Schedule

    You already know that Kendrick Lamar will be headlining SPIN's insane SXSW party Friday afternoon at Stubb's along with Solange, CHVRCHES, Parquet Courts, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and a special guest appearance from Trinidad James (plus DJ sets from Jackmaster, Oneman, and Machinedrum). And we've told you about our daytime parties at the SPIN House featuring the Thermals, Fletcher C. Johnson, and Majical Clouds (Thursday) and Bleached, Savages, Cloud Nothings, and Jonathan Toubin (Saturday).Well, we've got one more announcement to make: full lineups and set times for the nighttime SPIN showcases at the SPIN House at Easy Tiger. We've got evenings dedicated to K-pop, up-and-coming hip-hop, indie rock, and more. Here's how it'll go down:Wednesday, March 138:00 p.m. — Lowdown 309:00 — Goonam10:00 p.m. — No Brain11:00 p.m. — The Geeks12:00 a.m. — 3rd Line Butterfly1:00 a.m.

  • The Darkness 'With a Woman' Video Hot For Teacher Stripper Bear

    The Darkness' 'With a Woman' Video Is a Goofy 'Hot For Teacher' Remake

    To hate the Darkness is to hate fun. To love the Darkness is to love schlock. And therein lies the frustrating side of this Suffolk glam band: lest you be labeled a complete bore or an utter dumbass, you're forced to tolerate Justin Hawkins right down to the ridiculous mustache on his face. Historically speaking, tolerance has its merits however, and without it SPIN wouldn't have bothered to confront the band's lead howler last year, and we might've missed this goofy remake of Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher."Above, Hot Cakes single "With a Woman" gets a visual narrative courtesy of director Warren Fu, but there's an unusual twist. When Miss Black's young admirer runs to the bathroom in order to, erm, relieve himself (via a wicked air-guitar solo, of course), the teacher undergoes an unexpected transformation.

  • SPIN at SXSW '13: How to Join Us at Stubb's & the SPIN House!

    SPIN at SXSW '13: How to Join Us at Stubb's & the SPIN House!

    Are you headed to Austin next week? We've got plenty of great music lined up and a couple of different ways for you to join us at SPIN at Stubb's and the SPIN House.*SPIN at Stubbs:INSTAGRAM/TWITTER – #SPINSTUBBSWe want to see the Austin music scene through your lens (or phone, as the case may be) and we're offering some great prizes in return. SPIN is giving away 30 pairs of laminate passes to SPIN at Stubb's and the chance to have your photo featured in a gallery on SPIN.com. One lucky winner will also be awarded an iPad mini!It couldn't be easier to enter: Take some photos of your Austin music experience and upload them to Instagram/Twitter with the hashtag #SPINSTUBBS.

  • MTV T.R.U. Life: The REAL 10 Hottest MCs in the Game

    MTV T.R.U. Life: The REAL 10 Hottest MCs in the Game

    MTV has been steady picking rap's 10 hottest MCs since 2007 and, when it comes to the completely arbitrary metric of hottest-ness, they're usually more right than wrong. But their criteria are slanted towards the academic and traditional, giving too much weight to too-big-to-fail popularity (ruh!) and propping up the platinum establishment. The list has made waves this week after catching the ire of Kanye West, who took off his Yeti suit just long enough to call up Hot 97 to complain about being dropped to No. 7. Of course, the question that no one broached was whether Kanye even deserved to be on a list of people making moves in early 2013. SPIN offers our own list of the real 10 hottest MCs, not as a correction but to broaden the list's scope and sharpen its focus, to give greater weight to the artists who will actually represent the sound and feel of now.

  • Solange, CHVURCHES, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

    Kendrick Lamar Joined by Solange, CHVRCHES, Trinidad James, More for SPIN's 2013 Stubb's Bash

    SPIN has already announced that the man behind one of our favorite albums of last year, Kendrick Lamar, will be headlining our annual Austin throwdown on March 15 — now we're pleased to reveal the rest of the bill for our bash at Stubb's BBQ (and more!).The Stubb's lineup buzzes with a diverse array of today's most original young artists, led by provocative R&B innovator Solange, who released one of 2012 finest singles, "Losing You," and will unleash one of the the year's most-anticipated full-lengths in 2013. Other SPIN faves who will taking the Stubb's stage: heavenly Scottish synth-pop romantics CHVRCHES, intoxicatingly melancholy psych-soul trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and New York indie upstarts Parquet Courts, who come on like Pavement with Wire's rhythm section, yet also very stoned.

  • 40 Must-See Acts at SXSW 2013

    40 Must-See Acts at SXSW 2013

    Austin's annual bacchanal of bands, BBQ, and business cards, SXSW, is almost upon us! If you're lucky enough to stumble through its crowded streets this year, you won't be able to miss names big (Justin Timberlake will be enjoying a Frito Pie in his suit and tie) and small (given the current Internet buzz, Waxahatchee is going to be crowned Queen of Austin and thrown a parade). Here is SPIN's guide to 40 things not to miss if you have a laminate or are really adept at scamming your way on to guest lists. And for the lowdown on SPIN's own Austin events, click here! We've got Kendrick Lamar, CHVRCHES, and more essential acts playing on our own stages.

  • Wake Bake Skate Estate: At Home With FIDLAR

    Wake Bake Skate Estate: At Home With FIDLAR

    You can almost picture FIDLAR's house merely by scanning the song titles on their self-titled debut album — "Stoked & Broke," "Black Out Stout," "Paycheck," "Wait for the Man." Their group pad in L.A.'s Highland Park neighborood — which is located on the city's Northeast side — is as you might expect: beds in odd places, photos taped to the walls, weed stuffed in random containers. But it's also hyper-personal, and mementos like cheap, marked-up guitars lie about. The band gave us a guided tour, and also brought SPIN inside their soundproof live room, where songs are recorded, and where... other things also happen.

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