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Charles Aaron’s 25 Best Albums of 2013

To finish out the year, we'll be offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Today, Editor-at-Large Charles Aaron (transmitting live from Durham, N.C.).
Charles Aaron / December 30, 2013

Mike WiLL Made It Is Our 2013 Artist of the Year

The most heavily bleeped radio hit of 2013 was, without a doubt, Lil Wayne's "Love Me," featuring Future and Drake, and produced by Mike WiLL…
Charles Aaron / December 9, 2013

Lou Reed, R.I.P.: Hear His Legacy in 15 Tracks

Lou Reed, whether in the Velvet Underground or solo, inspired entire genres – glam, art rock, punk, industrial, grunge, shoegaze, goth, indie rock – so…
Charles Aaron / October 29, 2013

Sleigh Bells’ ‘Bitter Rivals’ Delivers Candy-Coated Annihilation You Can Believe In

Sleigh Bells are fight-pop for grown-ups. Left jab. Snap back your head. Shifty footwork. Right cross to your dread. Shower. Dress. Grind. Sure,…
Charles Aaron / October 9, 2013

Hopscotch 2013: The 10 Best Things We Saw

"Downtown revitalization" means different things to different people. For some, it's condo lofts in old tobacco factories, locally sourced pizza, and densely luscious croissants; for…
Charles Aaron / September 9, 2013

Hold My Life: Bob Stinson’s Regrets

This story was originally published in the June 1993 issue of SPIN magazine…
Charles Aaron / June 13, 2013

The 40 Best Songs of 2013 So Far

On a macro pop level, 2013 has been the year of the multi-platform, trickily cultivated, pseudo-culture-jamming marketing roll-out campaign/pageant — first Daft Punk, then Kanye…
Charles Aaron / May 28, 2013

John Fullbright, ‘From the Ground Up’ (Blue Dirt Records/Thirty Tigers)

Big drawl + bigger topics = NPR&Western broadsides. Even sings from "Gawd"'s POV! Chill, young'un.
Charles Aaron / May 10, 2012

Lil B’s NYU Debate Series: A Proposal

While some lucky punters were gobbling up Jarvis Cocker's bon mots at Radio City Music Hall, other New Yorkers decided that showing up at NYU's…
Charles Aaron / April 12, 2012

#sonictruth: 90 Wildly Speculative Digressions On Why Yuck Might Be the Greatest Band of the ’90s

Yuck are a young London-based foursome — singer-guitarist Daniel Blumberg, guitarist Max Bloom, bassist Mariko Doi, and drummer Jonny Rogoff — who appear to be…
Charles Aaron / December 13, 2011

SPIN’s 20 Best Songs of 2011

Check out more of SPIN's countdowns of 2011's best music here: SPIN's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2011…
Charles Aaron / December 9, 2011

SPIN’s 20 Best Songs of the Summer

I don't know you, and you don't know me, but I think we can come to an understanding about the summer of 2011 -- it…
Charles Aaron / September 12, 2011

Skrillex Premieres Mind-Blowing New Video

It's one thing to empathize with at-risk kids, or to speak up for them generally, but Skrillex takes it a step further -- and then…
Charles Aaron / August 19, 2011

Review: Girls, ‘Father, Son, Holy Ghost’

As a term of endearment, "Honey Bunny" has a tragic flaw — anyone who'd seriously employ such a line is most likely insane. From Bugs…
Charles Aaron / August 13, 2011

DOM, ‘Family of Love EP’ (Astralwerks)

With their 2010 debut EP, Sun Bronzed Greek Gods -- especially wounded snot-nosed manifestos "Living in America" and "Burn Bridges" -- this sincerely smart-ass Dorchester,…
Charles Aaron / August 9, 2011

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