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Rap-Rock: From ‘Punk Rock Rap’ to Mook Nation

Back in the 1970s, when Afrika Bambaataa dropped the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" into his DJ set at, say, the Bronx River Community Center,…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

The Art of Hustle: Pounding the Pavement With Uncrowned, Rock’s Hungriest Unsigned Band

If you were to imagine the soundtrack for the death of the record industry, you couldn't do better than an acoustic version of "Iko Iko"
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Hole Rock Cleveland: Read SPIN’s Somewhat Dismayed 1994 Live Review

Pale arms outstretched, offering herself up for crucifixion, or a pie in the face, or a big hug, Courtney Love exclaimed, "Fuck with me, fuck…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Aceyalone’s ‘All Balls Don’t Bounce’: Read SPIN’s 1995 Review

9SPIN Rating: 9 of 10Release Date: October 24, 1995Label: CapitolSure, hip-hop is powerful stuff, capable of a mystical arm-twist or two, if the beats and…
Charles Aaron / February 10, 2014

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

Hear Lou Reed’s 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

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: October 08, 2013Label: Mom + PopSleigh Bells are fight-pop for grown-ups. Left jab. Snap back your head. Shifty footwork.
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)

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: May 08, 2012Label: Blue Dirt Records/Thirty TigersBig drawl + bigger topics = NPR&Western broadsides. Even sings from "Gawd"'s POV!
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

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