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Breaking Out: Gary Clark Jr.

Every few years, someone, be it the White Stripes or the Black Keys, finds a way to kick the blues further into the future. And…
Amos Barshad / October 27, 2011

The Rapture Turn SPIN’s NYC Office Into Dance Party

In the fall of 2003, the Rapture played The Late Show With David Letterman. They were arguably the biggest band in New York at the…
Amos Barshad / September 21, 2011

The Style Issue: Twin Shadow

George Lewis Jr. has proved himself a dapper master of yearning midnight music, but he's hungry for more…
Amos Barshad / August 15, 2011

Breaking Out: Freddie Gibbs

In 2007, Interscope Records did Freddie Gibbs a favor. They dropped the Gary, Indiana rapper before he released a record. Undaunted, Gibbs put out two…
Amos Barshad / August 14, 2011

Breaking Out: Rittz

Last year, right before catching the biggest break of his career, Jonny "Rittz" Valiant was ready to quit. The Gwinnett County, Georgia native had been…
Amos Barshad / August 1, 2011

Flaming Lips and Weezer Share the Stage in Jersey

"We hope it's kind of confusing," said Wayne Coyne Thursday night from the stage at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey. "You leave…
Amos Barshad / July 29, 2011

Breaking Out: Stalley

A lot can happen in an hour. Thirty minutes after picking up a finished copy of his demo, recorded in New York City in 2007,…
Amos Barshad / May 17, 2011

Breaking Out: G-Side

Before self-releasing 2008's Starshipz and Rocketz, David Williams and Stephen Harris -- a.k.a. Yung Clova and ST 2 Lettaz, the Huntsville, Alabama rappers collectively known…
Amos Barshad / April 11, 2011

Mannequin Men

Who? Chicago-based troublemakers Mannequin Men -- guitarist/vocalist Kevin Richard, guitarist Ethan D'Ercole, drummer Seth Bohn, and bassist Rick Berger -- have been cultivating a manic,…
Amos Barshad / August 23, 2007