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10 Thoughts on Radiohead Live in NYC

As they do so often, Radiohead startled fans by announcing last week that they would play two last-minute shows at New York City's Roseland Ballroom…
John Macdonald / September 29, 2011

Buzz Band Cults Dazzle at SPIN Rooftop Gig

When the singles "Go Outside" and "Abducted" showed up online last spring, both by some band no one had ever heard of called Cults, the…
John Macdonald / June 22, 2011

Panic! at the Disco Unveil New Tunes in NYC

Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie might be forgiven for feeling a little panicky himself last night before his band's sold-out show at Manhattan's…
John Macdonald / February 2, 2011

A Q&A with Mayer Hawthorne

For a white kid growing up in Ann Arbor, Mich., jet-setting soul musician isn't necessarily the first career choice that comes to mind. And it…
John Macdonald / October 20, 2010

Ben Folds, Nick Hornby Bring Collabo to Life in NYC

Back in 2003, British author Nick Hornby sang the praises of the Ben Folds Five tune "Smoke" in the pages of his essay collection, Songbook.
John Macdonald / October 13, 2010

Michael Stipe Joins Supergroup Tired Pony in NYC

Friday night Gary Lightbody-the lanky, Irish-born frontman for platinum-selling U.K. rockers Snow Patrol-unveiled his latest side project at Manhattan's Irving Plaza. Tired Pony consists of…
John Macdonald / October 4, 2010

Belle and Sebastian & Teenage Fanclub Launch Tour

Fog, wind, the constant threat of rain-that was the scene at the Brooklyn waterfront Thursday night when Belle and Sebastian showed up to kick off…
John Macdonald / October 1, 2010

Temper Trap Headline Vans Soundcheck at SPIN

These days, it's difficult for a rock band with major league ambitions to avoid drawing on U2's legacy. Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire-all…
John Macdonald / September 29, 2010

Klaxons Unleash Rave-Worthy Set in NYC

It's been three long years since Klaxons set the British music press into another tizzy with their Mercury Prize-winning debut, Myths of the Near Future.
John Macdonald / September 21, 2010

The Black Angels Play New Album at Private Show

The Black Angels were made to play a place like this: a mid-19th century neo-gothic synagogue, the oldest in the city, nestled in the heart…
John Macdonald / September 8, 2010

Hitmaker Bruno Mars Wows the Ladies in NY Debut

Bruno Mars' talents are much in demand these days. Earlier this year, the 23-year-old co-wrote and produced two of the biggest hits of the spring-Travie…
John Macdonald / August 26, 2010

Fun Lovin’ Free Energy Rock SPIN’s NYC Office

The most striking thing about Free Energy -- besides their pitch-perfect power pop -- is that they do it all without a hint of irony.
John Macdonald / August 13, 2010

The Flaming Lips Wow for SPIN’s 25th Anniversary

"Everyone always says that when bands play places like L.A. and New York that no one wants to have a good time," frontman Wayne Coyne…
John Macdonald / July 28, 2010

Jack Johnson Fills Madison Square Garden with Love

Jack Johnson isn't an obvious choice to play Madison Square Garden. His songs-a supremely mellow blend of AM folk and Hendrix-inspired funk rock-seem more suited…
John Macdonald / July 15, 2010

The 8 Best Moments of Brooklyn’s Afro-Punk Festival

Brooklyn's Afro-Punk Festival -- co-founded by James Spooner after his 2003 documentary of the same name, and held this past weekend in Commodore Barry Park…
John Macdonald / June 28, 2010

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