• The 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music

    The 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music

    In compiling a list of our favorite alternative drummers, we know that what makes someone "alternative" is admittedly subjective — though we remain wowed by their skills, the arena-rocking misty-mountain marauding of John Bonham or the artfully destructive chaos of Keith Moon or the ridiculoid festival freakouts of Dave Matthews Band's Carter Beauford are too anchored to commercial bedrock. Once-alternative dudes like Lars Ulrich and Larry Mullen, Jr. were even more contentious points of debate. Tie-breaking was left to the completely arbitrary whims of various SPIN editors.

  • The 25 Best Things We Saw at Hangout Music Fest 2013

    The 25 Best Things We Saw at Hangout Music Fest 2013

    The fourth annual Hangout Fest took over a sandy, sunny expanse of Gulf Shores, Alabama, last weekend. In addition to stars like Stevie Wonder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Bassnectar, SPIN saw some shenanigans and beachy tom-foolery. Here's the best of what we witnessed.

  • Kanye West Titles June Album 'Yeezus,' Reaches Apex of Megalomania

    Kanye West Titles June Album 'Yeezus,' Reaches Apex of Megalomania

    Can Kanye West ('s ego) get much higher? Not much! Rap-Up is reporting the rapper/producer/pouty Kim Kardashian escort's June 18 album is titled Yeezus.Last week, based on all the information available about 'Ye's record, we placed him at a Holy Trinity-appropriate No. 3 on our list of musicians who have compared themselves to God.What else do we know about the album, West's sixth and the follow-up to 2010's critically adored My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? The album is dark, Daft Punk appears on it, and everybody says it's going to be awesome. For more info on the record, check out our rundown of rumors and leaks here.Last night, West debuted a fresh track called "New Slaves" by projecting his image on buildings in 66 locations.

  • Daft Punk / Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty

    Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories': Our Impulsive Reviews

    Yesterday afternoon, Daft Punk's fourth album began streaming on iTunes a week in advance of its Friday release date. Here, seven SPIN editors give hasty and completely impulsive opinions...How'd we get here? Find out how Daft Punk went from the flop of 2005 to the talk of 2013.Phillip Sherburne The good news: It could have been so much worse. It could have been New Coke, but, at the very least, they managed Cherry Coke — a new(!) improved(?) take on a classic flavor that most people love, generously sweetened. OK, maybe that's not totally true, because do most people really love disco? But then, this isn't really disco, is it?

  • Bigger Than Jesus: 25 Rock Deities, Rap Messiahs, and Would-Be Golden Gods

    Bigger Than Jesus: 25 Rock Deities, Rap Messiahs, and Would-Be Golden Gods

    Rock'n'roll may have originated in a deal with the devil, but some stars choose to set their sights higher — much higher. From Billy Crudup's supposedly Robert Plant-inspired and acid-enlightened exclamation, "I am a golden god!" in Almost Famous to Kanye's new single, "I Am a God," there's a long, (vain)glorious tradition of musicians donning a metaphorical beard and robe and assuming the mantle of divinity. Some have climbed up on crosses to make points about pop martyrdom; others have taken their most ardent fans' proselytizing to heart and decided that, yes, maybe they are infallible deities after all. As the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn seeks to expand its flock with the message that Jesus was "the original hipster," we look back on 25 musicians who went from strutting onstage to walking on water. PHILIP SHERBURNE

  • 15 Must-See Acts at Hangout Music Fest 2013

    15 Must-See Acts at Hangout Music Fest 2013

    The fourth annual Hangout Music Fest is set to turn the sandy sunscapes of Gulf Shores, Alabama, into a throbbing, pulsating, beachside blowout of classic R&B, indie rock superstars, dubstep drops, and hip-hop heavyweights — including at least five SPIN magazine/iPad cover stars! Here are 15 reasons to get your Frankie Avalon on. CHRISTOPHER R. WEINGARTEN AND JORDAN SARGENT

  • SPIN's Complete Covers Gallery: The 1990s

    SPIN's Complete Covers Gallery: The 1990s

    To celebrate SPIN's 28th birthday, we'll be looking back at all our covers, from the Herb Ritts-shot Madonna image that appeared on our very first issue to the the fresh photography that continues to make an impact on our covers today. Here's our second decade, at a glance. See our first decade's covers: The 1980s.

  • Adam Yauch / Photo by Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

    Celebrating MCA: SPIN Honors Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

    It's been a year since Adam "MCA" Yauch died at age 47 after a battle with salivary gland cancer. We'll be blasting "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" today as we look back at one of the most remarkable careers in music history.PHOTOS Beastie Boys in Photos: 25 Years of Mad Genius MCA Day: Photos of Brooklyn Celebrating Adam Yauch Park Vintage Ricky Powell Photos From the 'Paul's Boutique' SessionsPLAYLIST MCA, RIP: Hear His Beastie Boys Legacy in 15 TracksMEMORIALS Generation YauchLove & Respect to the End: Santigold, Danny Brown, and More Artists Remember MCASTORIESThe Story of Yo: The Oral History of the Beastie Boys, our September 1998 cover story"Rock Hard": Our original Beasties profile, from our July 1985 issueLicensed to Ill: Crude Stories, the March 1987 cover, our first to star a rap groupCheck Your Head: Living X-Tra Large, a year in L.A.

  • John Lydon / Junya Watanabe Fall/Winter 2006-7 / Photo Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Punk Goes Uptown: See the Met's 'Chaos to Couture' Exhibition

  • Love & Respect to the End: Santigold, Danny Brown, and More Remember MCA

    Love & Respect to the End: Santigold, Danny Brown, and More Remember MCA

    In mid-April 2012, the Beastie Boys announced one-third of the group — gravel-voiced Adam "MCA" Yauch — would be unable to join them at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where they were being honored for their 26-year recording career. On May 4, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond confirmed fans' worst fears: Yauch, 47, had succumbed to the salivary gland cancer he'd been battling since 2009.In the year since Yauch's death, his impact on the worlds of hip-hop, punk, art, film, and humanitarianism haven't faded — they've come into clearer focus.

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