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    Jim James and the Roots Build a Church at Brooklyn's Bandshell

  • The 50 Best Things We Saw at Bonnaroo 2013

    The 50 Best Things We Saw at Bonnaroo 2013

    SPIN hit the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and survived the heat, the rain, and the Lumineers. Here's the best things we saw, heard, and tasted.

  • Watch Best Coast Hang Out at Hangout Fest 2013

    Watch Best Coast Hang Out at Hangout Fest 2013

    The always chill sounds of Best Coast fit right in with the laid-back, sunny, sandy, surfy vibes of a Sunday afternoon at Hangout Fest 2013. SPIN caught up with our 2012 cover star, bandleader Bethany Cosentino, to talk about the purpose of simple lyrics, the weird faces she makes when writing songs, and how social networks can conquer awkwardness.See the 25 Best Things We Saw at Hangout Fest 2013

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    SPIN's Review Roundup: 129 Lengthy and Tweet-Sized Takes on May 2013's New Releases

    By David Bevan, Grayson Currin, Jeanne Fury, Richard Gehr, Kory Grow, Keith Harris, Chris Martins, Puja Patel, Mosi Reeves, Jordan Sargent, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Brandon Soderberg, Philip Sherburne, Barry Walters, Christopher R. Weingarten, and Jon YoungFollow along!: @spinreviewsROCKHANNI EL KHATIB - Head In the Dirt5: Retro-fashionisto sterilizes trash-punk, blues, hip-hop into mersh-garage.—PPBEWARE OF DARKNESS - Orthodox6: When not rawking, Jet-style, in skinny jeans, the Cali trio dons Lennon glasses, gets deep behind a piano.—JFBLANK TAPES - Vacation7: Garage-pop party goes on forever in sunshine state of mind.

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  • 5 Best New Artists for June '13

    5 Best New Artists for June '13

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  • Grouplove

    Watch Grouplove Hang Out at Hangout Fest 2013

    With help from our friends at Chevrolet, we followed Los Angeles anthem-makers Grouplove — a band that once got poison oak from a SPIN photo shoot — as they took the main stage at Hangout Fest 2013. Beyond a sunny, hair-whipping show (and some playing in the sand), the band told us about how touring helps them mature as people and the search for more personal interactions than texting.See the 25 Best Things We Saw at Hangout Fest 2013

  • Lissie

    Watch Lissie Hang Out at Hangout Fest 2013

    Country-folk-rocker and 2010 Breaking Out alumnus Lissie brought good vibes to an afternoon show at the 2013 Hangout Fest. With help from our friends at Chevrolet, SPIN followed her around — hitting the stage, playing to a sandy crowd, and then chilling on a beachside couch for an interview. She speaks about the increased fan interaction that Twitter brings, the joys of festival shows, and whether she'd join the dance, dance revolution.See the 25 Best Things We Saw at Hangout Fest 2013

  • The 40 Best Albums of 2013 So Far

    The 40 Best Albums of 2013 So Far

    As 2013 cruises towards its summery midpoint, once again we've decided to compile an eclectic soundtrack to help you stave off swimmer's ear — moombahton, footwork, the sunniest black metal record of the year, at least three country divas, an Atlanta rapper whose diamonds wink and say "Pikachu" [sic], and definitive proof that 39 other albums have existed this year besides the new one from Daft Punk.

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    Hear Stars and Chilly Gonzales' Brooding 'Nothing Good Comes to Those Who Wait'

    The spirit of Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts was perhaps best exempified in its flagship band, Broken Social Scene, an ever-growing, ever-evolving, ever-jamming mass of friends. So it's only appropriate that the crew is celebrating its 10th anniverary with an album of collaborations titled X (due May 28) in advance of a one-day fest called Field Trip that'll feature the live return of BSS along with Stars, whose X contribution we're premiering right here. "Nothing Good Comes to Those Who Wait" is a deeply moody mid-tempo charmer spotlighting Amy Millan's beautiful vocals as well as another Arts & Crafts regular: electro-weirdo (and frequent Feist cohort) Chilly Gonzales.

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