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    SXSW 2014: The Five Best Things We Saw Saturday

    We are sleep-deprived. Everything we own is dirty. And we have not seen a vegetable for days. But SPIN's SXSW team also witnessed a bewildering amount of performances, from Future’s bonkers headlining set at our Stubb’s party to Tyler, the Creator nearly inciting a riot at the Scoot Inn. Here’s the best of what we saw on Saturday, March 15, the 2014 festival’s final date.Erykah Badu: Fader Fort When a group of musicians with shirts that read 'The Cannabinoids' began setting up on stage, the secret was out. (The Cannabinoids are Erykah Badu's weed-exalting, PLUR-demanding backing band.) Before long and hidden under a smoke-machined fueled fog and her massive hair, Erykah appeared, opening her set with "On & On." "You come to Texas, you come with some shit!" said the soul singer at the break.

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    SXSW 2014: The Five Best Things We Saw on Friday

    We're not modest. The best thing we saw on Friday was our own long-running showcase at Stubb's, which featured 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). Here's the rest of best things that SPIN's SXSW team caught on Friday.Trash Talk: BeerlandMinutes elapsed before the cops broke up this impromptu Trash Talk madness, staged on the outdoor street-side patio of Beerland Friday at 6:30 p.m. after the hardcore band's Thursday performances were cancelled: 12. Number of times daredevil punks jumped off the Beerland roof, onto a roiling throng of circle-pitting madness that coagulated the Red River block adjacent to 6th Street: 3. Number of visible police who broke up the chaos: 4.

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    SXSW 2014: The Best Things We Saw the Rest of the Week

    SPIN has been busy at South By Southwest, organizing Wednesday's showcase at the House of Vans at the Mohawk and today's event at Stubb's, but we've caught a lot of great music along the way.

  • Bad Romance: The 35 Bitterest Songs Ever

    Bad Romance: The 35 Bitterest Songs Ever

    Murder! Suicide! Murder-suicide! In time for Valentine's Day, a compendium of pop's most genius works of staggering heartbreak, with sentiments just caustic enough to make you consider sticking with dogs for companionship.

  • SPIN's 20 Best Reissues of 2013

    SPIN's 20 Best Reissues of 2013

    The year in discovering (or rediscovering) manic Syrian synth-dance, New Zealand cassette grit, awesome 78s from Asia, Romanian future-pop, Mexican proto-punk, and some session guitarist named "Prince."

  • The Year in Miley Cyrus

    The Year in Miley Cyrus

    Though it certainly felt like this was Miley Cyrus' year, when you plot it out on a calendar, all the truly zany stuff happened in about 45 days — the month of September, with bookends. That made her achievements all the more remarkable. If nothing else, Cyrus hijacked the zeitgeist long enough to kill Hannah Montana dead, and become ubiquitous enough to inspire a Dan Deacon remix, a Haim cover, and Migos' obsession. Bizarre as those bits are, they're only the cutting-room scraps. Please break out your stadium finger and cheer from the sidelines as we revisit the Year in Miley. CHRIS MARTINS

  • Danny Brown and Charli XCX at SPIN's Year in Music Party, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, December 10, 2013

    Danny Brown and Charli XCX Join Forces at SPIN's Year in Music Party 2013

  • SPIN's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2013

    SPIN's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2013

    From Gaga to "You (Ha Ha Ha)," the year in the the stuff with hooks.

  • SPIN's 20 Best Dance Albums of 2013

    SPIN's 20 Best Dance Albums of 2013

    From robots to Talabots, here's 20 stellar reasons not to do the "Harlem Shake."

  • SPIN's 20 Best Metal Albums of 2013

    SPIN's 20 Best Metal Albums of 2013

    They came in like a wrecking ball: a pair of violinists, some Norwegian garage grinners, a gaggle of sixtysomethings, a roving Deftone, and something called "The Pecan Tree." Enjoy.

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