• MØ

    MØ On Avoiding Perfection and Linking Up With Diplo

    Danish singer Karen Marie Ørsted isn't coy about her broad view pop. It trickles down from all of her favorite music: She's romantic about Sonic Youth, citing Thurston and Kim as the ultimate lovelorn couple, and looked to the Spice Girls as the feminist girl-squad icons of her youth. She mines the idea of a rotating, unclassifiable grab-bag of personality from the latter as well, bringing the more accessible fronts of punk, dance, and feminine, no-bullshit lyricism to her own music. After her 2011 release of "Glass," a snarky, anthemic song laced with sex-craved nostalgia, Ørsted found herself working alongside Avicii ("Dear Boy") and Diplo ("XXX 88"). And like Robyn and Icona Pop, the anthemic Scandinavian vocalists she's compared to most frequently to, she delivers the sentiments behind her emotional turmoil in a way that's both plainly stated and loud.

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    Toyota and SPIN Present Soundwave at Outside Lands 2014

  • Watch Avid Dancer and Hands Take Over Sonos' Sofar Sounds Event

    Watch Avid Dancer and Hands Take Over Sonos' Sofar Sounds Event

    Last month SPIN teamed up with Sonos for their Sofar: Songs From A Room concert at a home in the hills of sunny Los Angeles. For the exclusive music discovery event, we invited rising local musicians to provide the soundtrack to the daytime hang with intimate, living-room sets by Avid Dancer, Hands, Tom Brosseau, and Harriet. Check out our video from the event above, which features live performance clips and interviews with the performers on their favorite ways to discover new music. This post brought to you in partnership with Sonos.

  • Thank You Fest Ticket Giveaway Tiesto Merriweather Post Pavilion

    Win a Pair of Tickets to Thank You Festival, Starring Tiesto

    At last, a festival with a cause (not that we mind the ones that are pretty much just about watching great musicians perform). For the first time ever, Global Citizen and World Childhood Foundation have organized The Thank You Festival, a major one-day showcase dedicated to bringing awareness to domestic efforts and helping children live happy and healthy lives on a global scale.Tiësto, Krewella, Alvin Risk, Above & Beyond, and more will hit Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on June 26, and we're giving away five pairs of tickets to the event. In order to win, "Like" SPIN on Facebook if you haven't already, and retweet our Tweet about the giveaway! Good luck!Five winners will be chosen at random and notified on June 10.

  • RZA

    Hear RZA & Tinashe's 'One Of A Kind' Collaboration

    Inside the Dr Pepper Studio, which is located at one of the premiere studios in Hollywood, The RZA welcomes Tinashe to what has become his production lab for the night. After spending a short time getting to know each other, they jump into recording the track that will be a part of RZA's upcoming collaborative EP. RZA begins by playing a few beats to feel out Tinashe's sound until they decide on a song that is a bit more mellow compared to RZA's others. After a couple of passes, Tinashe jumps on the control room mic and begins humming to the beat. She passes through impressive vocal highs and lows to carve out a melody while RZA adds to the beat with his Yahama Motif XS. Shortly thereafter, Tinashe is listening back to the recorded scratch-track of her humming and penning her lyrics. It’s not long until she’s out in the vocal booth laying down her final take.

  • RZA, Robert DeLong, and More Team Up for Collaborative EP Series

    RZA, Robert DeLong, and More Team Up for Collaborative EP Series

    Yes, you read those names correctly. Rap production god, the RZA is in the studio with some interesting bedfellows. These collaborations are masterminded by Dr Pepper, who previously enlisted the help of artists like The-Dream, Big Sean and DJ Green Lantern, and have now handpicked an interesting mix of artists and sent them into the studio together to record a series of one-of-a-kind collaborative EPs to be released this summer.

  • Original Penguin Hosts More Acoustic In-Store Sets

    After successfully showcasing outstanding local talent last fall, the Spin & Penguin Open Mic Series returns with a new lineup for the new year. From New York City to Los Angeles, each acoustic set gives homegrown talent a chance to showcase their skills to the city and fans they know and love. Beginning this Saturday, Jan. 19, Spin & Penguin Present: New York City (3-4 P.M., Bryant Park 1077 Avenue of the Americas at 41st Street) Jan. 19 The Panda Band Jan. 26 The Crash Moderns Feb. 2 Death of Fashion Los Angeles (3-4 P.M., 8125 Melrose Avenue) Jan. 19 Matt Toka Jan. 26 Jake Newton Feb. 2 Jay Nash Newport Beach(3-4 P.M., 231 Newport Center Drive) Jan. 19 Satisfaction Jan. 26 Spacepilot Feb. 2 Jeremy Brock Dallas (3-4 P.M., Northpark Center Mall, 2nd Floor, Dallas) Jan. 19 Cabrio Jan. 26 Smile Smile Feb.

  • Watch Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Live!

    As a steaming hot, yet often drizzly season of rambunctious Pool Parties slowly rolled to an end this past August, so did bassist Dave Lerner's tenure as a member of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. And what better way to send off the longtime low-ender than with a captivating performance, cleaning out the cobwebs of Ted Leo's illustrious discography, and drawing heavily on latest LP, Living With the Living? Check out live video of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists churning out favorites like "Dial Up," "Me and Mia," "The Angels Share," and "Army Bound," and soak up the band's onstage reciprocity, as Lerner plucks those bass notes one last time. Now Watch This:

  • Watch Dengue Fever Live!

    Revitalizing the once outlawed sounds of Cambodia's '60s psych-rock movement, Los Angeles-based outfit Dengue Fever trekked across the nation this past summer for a dip at Brooklyn's renowned Pool Parties. Before the band's midday set, frontwoman Chhom Nimol and guitarist/vocalist Zac Holtzman take a minute to chat with SPIN.com about their forthcoming album, which at the time was nearly complete, the origin of the band's, um, quite infectious moniker, and, naturally, the half-monkey half-man blocking the sun. Look out for Hanuman! Check out the interview, and afterwards, watch footage of the three tunes from Dengue Fever's set.

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