• The Locust

    Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013: 5 Must-See Acts

    The eighth annual Fun Fun Fun fest is set to take over Austin this weekend with six stages of bands, comedians, celebrity DJs, skateboarders catching air, and the one and only taco cannon. With more than 100 acts between three days — including Snoop Dogg, Slayer, M.I.A., and Patton Oswalt — we asked five SPIN editors to pick their one act you shouldn't miss. The jury is still out think on whether 60 percent of this list being aging punks is a reflection of the great curatorial abilities of the fest or just our particular staff...The Locust If someone's never seen the Locust live, the general reaction when the San Diego-birthed underground icons start to play their often minute-or-less spastic provocations is "HOLYFUCKINGSHITCORE!" This is immediately followed by either mass wincing or rictus grinning or random heckling or quadruple-rainbow-stoked bro-shrieking.

  • Five Great Rap Songs that Sample Lou Reed or the Velvet Underground

    Five Great Rap Songs that Sample Lou Reed or the Velvet Underground

    The death of Lou Reed leaves a void in indie rock, punk rock, experimental music, and general underground go-you-own-wayness that will never be filled. His legacy in hip-hop, however, isn't exactly as strong: a long-forgotten MTV-era dalliance in the form and a sorta-cover by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, for starters. Still, a handful of classic rap tracks were made by producers orbiting their satellites of love around Lou and his crew. Here's our favorite white light/white heat-rocks.

  • Inorganic at the Disco: 40 Rock Bands Who Beat Arcade Fire to the Dance Floor

    Inorganic at the Disco: 40 Rock Bands Who Beat Arcade Fire to the Dance Floor

    So Arcade Fire took a trip to Haiti, bought some ornate suits, hooked up with punk-funk producer/oracle James Murphy, and decided they wanted to make something real. The result, the Canadian arena-rockers' frequently quite excellent new Reflektor, is a somewhat awkward but grandiosely sincere dance-floor hijacking that joins a long, distinguished, only occasionally disastrous lineage. From the '70s (Eagles, Grateful Dead) to the '80s (Yes, the Boss) to the '90s (U2, White Zombie) to the unsettled present (Korn!), long-established but bored/intrigued/desperate rock bands have threatened to sell their guitars and buy, if not turntables, then synths, cowbells, Yaz records, and ridiculous outfits. True, they often didn't have enough cash left over to buy back their credibility, or a clue.

  • CMJ Band Name Gifs

    CMJ 2013: Six of the Most Ridiculous Band Names Turned Into Gifs

    Another CMJ Music Marathon is descending upon New York City this week, and with it comes another slew of band names so ridiculous they make "Fuck Buttons" look like "the Dave Clark Five." Here are six of the most head-scratching, turned into colorful gifs by Penelope Gazin                                                  ANOTHER DEAD CLOWN                                                         MAMMAL DAP                                                       SHARKMUFFIN  

  • Grizzly Bear at CBGB Festival, New York City, October 12, 2013 / Photo by Daniel Topete

    Grizzly Bear, James Murphy, My Morning Jacket Invade Times Square for CBGB Festival

  • A Perfect Circle / Photo by Tim Cadiente

    Hear A Perfect Circle's First New Song in Nine Years, 'By and Down'

    Alt-rock supergroup A Perfect Circle are releasing a 13-track (or 19 tracks deluxe) greatest hits comp, Three Sixty, on November 19. The final track, a studio version of "By and Down," is their first new song to appear in nearly a decade. The five-minute Zep-style journey was written during the band's live re-emergences around 2010 and 2011, and is naturally moody, featuring what sounds like a gaggle of orchestra chimes and a melody that sounds like Dirty Projectors gone metal raga.In addition, the band promptly sold out of all 2,500 copies of their A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo box set and being the swell guys they are, they've decided to release the entire 4CD/1DVD package digitally on November 26.

  • The 10 Best Reissues of 2013's Third Quarter

    The 10 Best Reissues of 2013's Third Quarter

    Here's the best new old stuff from Q3 (July, August, and September) of 2013: lost hardcore lickshots, Italian misery machines, psychedelic girl groups, and a little band called Nirvana.

  • The 30 Best Disco Songs That Every Millennial Should Know

    The 30 Best Disco Songs That Every Millennial Should Know

    It's been nearly 40 years since Carl Douglas kung-fu fought his way to the top of the Billboard charts, and the world is once again in the throes of disco fever — and it doesn't exactly sound like doing the "Y.M.C.A." at the prom. Huge pop artists like Robin Thicke ("Give It My Way"), Bruno Mars ("Treasure"), and Justin Timberlake ("Take Back the Night") ride the velvet rope where disco met soul, while revisionists like Escort and Midnight Magic dive headfirst into luxurious pools of retro glitter. In the electronic underground, artists like Lindstrøm, Todd Terje, and labels like Italians Do It better and 100% Silk follow sleeker, darker corridors; while post-punkers like Savages and The Rapture spotlight pointier, pokier paths.

  • Drake / Photo by Getty Images

    Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same': Our Impulsive Reviews

    Late into the weekend, Drake's much-anticipated third album Nothing Was the Same leaked to the internet. Here, SPIN editors give their hasty and completely impulsive opinions...(Read SPIN's full-length review of Drake's Nothing Was the Same here.)Charles AaronCredit NWTS to 40 feat. @champagnepapi. Unless you only listen to albums to queef out lyrical tweets, sub or otherwise, this album begins and keeps on going with the leading-edge sonic design of producer Noah "40" Shebib. Edit the vocals down to fillips and sideswipe hooks, sit on the bass, pitch up the tempos, and this is the craftiest dance-music record of 2013. As is, it's both the most subtly avant and compulsively listenable R&B or hip-hop record of the year.

  • Blink-182 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, September 11, 2013 / Photo by Ryan Muir

    Blink-182 Cram Into Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg for Benefit

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