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  • One Be Lo

    Hometown: Pontiac, Michigan Discography: 2005 � S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. (Fat Beats) Sounds Like: With the prerequisite rhymes about absent fathers, Reagan-era crack conspiracies, and "The Ghetto," a place where "the trigger man ain"t even old enough to vote," One Be Lo isn"t paving much new ground, but his jams sure are catchy as hell. He cobbles together a pastiche of dusty R&B samples, soulful '70s beats, and the smooth lyrical activism of wordsmiths like Mos Def and the Last Poets. His rhymes get in your head and stay there -- and that's a good thing. Fun Facts: One Be Lo, aka Nashid Sulaiman, a part of the Midwest rap scene since the late mid-90s, has had more aliases than Jennifer Garner. He started out performing as One Man Army, and was formerly one half of the acclaimed underground rap duo Binary Star. Nashid is also a huge fan of the neo-natal acronym.

  • Getting Famous with the Stars

    The Montreal-based quartet spent last winter holed up recording their third album, Set Yourself on Fire, released stateside last week, and it might just be their best yet. Spin spoke with Campbell from his home in Montreal about cheesy songwriting, necessary sacrifices, and how Stars might have accidentally inspired the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. SPIN: What's the music scene like up there in Montreal? Campbell: It's an incredible place to work. I think a lot of people come here because it's so easy to work here and because there's so much space and so much time and you don't really have to earn a lot of money to get by.

  • The Futureheads, Bloc Party and the New York Dolls Descend on South by Southwest

    It's springtime again, which only means one thing in Austin, Texas: Indie devotees from around the country come and worship at the ephemeral mecca of rock that is the South by Southwest Festival. In the midst of the four-dayextravaganza, Spin is sponsoring an afternoon of unforgettable music including hot new acts the Hold Steady, Louis XIV, the Futureheads, Bloc Party, and perennialfavorites the New York Dolls. It is a private party, though, so you'll have to make the list to get in the door. Stay tuned for exclusive coverage of other SXSW 2005 events! For more info on South by Southwest, visit sxsw.com

  • More News on 50 Cent, Michael Jackson, and Coldplay

    Michael Jackson Arrives Late to Court Wearing Pajamas, Faces Angry Judge Arriving more than a half an hour late for court, Jacko leaves the bling at home in favor of dinner jacket and jammies. He spends the day listening damaging, gut-wrenching testimony from a cancer surviving accuser. The only upshot is at least he's didn't bring his monkey. nypost.com 50 Cent and the Game Bury the Hatchet Unfortunately The Hatchet was the latest signing to G-Unit. mtv.com Rush Guitarist to Stand Trial for Assault The incident occurred after an on air performance by Rush at Hot 97.

  • 50 Cent and The Game Make Nice, Trial Set for Rush Guitarist Accused of Assault, more...

    50 And The Game Kiss and Make Up MTV.com Trial Set For Rush Guitarist Accused Of Assault Yahoo.com Harvard Newspaper Calls Hillary Duff A Loser And A Chicken MTV.com Jadakiss Strikes Back At 50 For "Piggy Bank"The Game might be done, but at least we can count on Jadakiss MTV.com DMB Driver Admits He Dumped Human WasteDid he really expect no one would notice 800 pounds of shit? Billboard.com Ginger Spice's Solo Tour CancelledTo the sorrow of thousands of fans.....wait.... Launch.com Babyshambles Gig Cancelled Due To "Family Bereavement"By which they probably meant, Pete got arrested. Again. Launch.com

  • Hot 97 Bans Posses, Michael Jackson's Trial, more...

    Posses banned at Hot 97 The carpenters' union, which owns the Hot 97 building, has ordered that rappers only be allowed to bring one person inside with them. I guess they're still trying to catch up on repairs to last year's bullet holes. NY Daily News.com Jackson's Lawyer Pokes Holes In Testimony Of Boy's Brother The choice of any form of the word "poking" for any headline related to this case is unfortunate. MTV.com Nick And Jessica Getting Back To The Reality Of The Studio Nick also says he's thinking of reuniting 98 Degrees. If the Backstreet Boys are playing Irving Plaza, I guess this also-ran group can look forward to packed gigs at the Mercury Lounge. MTV.com Fred Durst Promises 'Brutal' New Limp Bizkit Album As if the public hasn't been brutalized by Durst enough in recent days.

  • News on 50 Cent, Weezer, Oasis, more...

    50 Cent denies shooting has anything to do with rap battles.This just in: 50 Cent also made ambassador to Neverland for the sunken city of Atlantis.MTV.com Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda claims that his "friends" Common and Black Thought will be guest rapping on his new hip hop album. They are not your friends, Mike.MTV.com The Weezer album has a title! And a release...month! Little tidbits of Weezer news. Like manna from heaven.NME.com The Oasis album. Also a title! And an actual release date! And a single called "Lyla." Little tidbits of Oasis news. Sort of like a stale saltine.NME.com We can't even imagine the total awesomeness of the benefit concerts that are going to result from this: CBGB's may be forced to close if Hilly Kristal can't get enough money to sign a new lease.NME.com Al Sharpton asks the FCC to ban rappers who "use violence to settle scores." Can't save the world.

  • The Music, Morningwood, and Kasabian

    Yes, it's true that Kasabian and the Music are almost entirely unoriginal. But within the realm of the live music experience, this should not be a sticking point. Besides, many of the people being force-fed the current crop of British imports probably missed bands like Primal Scream in their heyday anyway. We should be able to avoid the critical rut of relying on comparisons. It's a difficult fucking task though, I know. A recent show at New York City's Irving Plaza kicked off with local act, Morningwood, who could very well be accused of the aforementioned stylistic poaching. Having first made the scene when New York City rock was resurrected in 2002, Morningwood were branded from birth as a sub-standard Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Maybe it's the libidinous frontwoman, Chantal Claret, or the quick spurts of sludgy rock they dash off as fully fledged songs.

  • 20 Years of Classic Photos

    clippings, the ticket stubs. But what truths can we really hold when itcomes to our icons? Even the most skilled rock journalist will onlydivine what a cornered musician wishes to reveal during the course of acarefully arranged and negotiated sit-down. It's in the photographs,however, that we begin to get a deeper understanding. Here, we see thethings that artists can't completely mask. In this collection oftimeless portraits from the pages of Spin -- a special sectionthat kicks off our 20th-anniversary year – Beck appears quizzical andprobably is; Marilyn Manson looks demented and probably isn't; Chuck Dseems furious, but look closer and there's some worry too; and KurtCobain is, for a moment, at least, content.

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