Melissa Maerz

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The Art of Falling Apart: Our April 2006 Cover Story on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

This story originally appeared in the April 2006 issue of Spin. In honor of the 10-year anniversary of It's Blitz on March 9, we’re republishing it here.
Melissa Maerz / March 14, 2019

How Ryan Adams (of All People) Became an Internet Visionary

This article originally appeared in the February 2007 issue of Spin. If you put a nickel in the bank every time…
Melissa Maerz / June 23, 2017

Breaking Out: Bear in Heaven

Three years ago Adam Wills was working as a motion graphics artist for a film company and wondering how to kick-start his music career. Looking…
Melissa Maerz / October 19, 2010

Breaking Out: First Aid Kit

For Swedish siblings Johanna and Klara Söderberg, singing is in the blood. "We love the Louvin Brothers and the Carter Family," gushes Klara, 17, a…
Melissa Maerz / August 25, 2010

Wavves’ Nathan Williams Finds Some Sunshine

Wavves' self-immolating wunderkind and indie-rock scourge Nathan Williams may be better known for one onstage disaster than for his hazy surf punk. This is about…
Melissa Maerz / July 14, 2010

Breaking Out: The Joy Formidable

Every band hopes people will get off on their music. But the Joy Formidable found itself in the strange position of fans literally doing just…
Melissa Maerz / June 18, 2010

Breaking Out: Best Coast

Best Coast singer-guitarist Bethany Cosentino might be the only indie rocker who had an epiphany on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In 2005 her father, who…
Melissa Maerz / May 28, 2010

Review: She & Him, ‘Volume Two’

5SPIN Rating: 5 of 10Release Date: March 23, 2010Label: MergeIf Zooey Deschanel didn't exist, indie rock would've invented her. A life-size Kewpie doll in a…
Melissa Maerz / March 15, 2010

Review: Quasi, ‘American Gong’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: February 23, 2010Label: Kill Rock StarsAs a great blues-fueled rock band/formerly married couple, Quasi have been called the indie…
Melissa Maerz / February 15, 2010

Review: Spoon, ‘Transference’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: January 15, 2010Label: MergeIf Spoon had been meant to ride a comet out of the collegiate airwaves into modern-rock…
Melissa Maerz / January 20, 2010

Review: Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: January 22, 2010Label: Sub PopJonathan Richman once said the Velvet Underground didn't make music, they made atmosphere. That's also…
Melissa Maerz / December 23, 2009

Florence and the Machine, ‘Lungs’ (Universal/Island)

Calling all crazy ex-girlfriends: If you're gonna keep up with Florence Welch, you might need stronger meds.
Melissa Maerz / October 26, 2009

Peter Bjorn and John, ‘Living Thing’ (Almost Gold/Startime)

Two years ago, this Swedish trio scored an international smash with "Young Folks," an indie-pop sleeper so relentlessly upbeat that everyone from Kanye West to…
Melissa Maerz / April 6, 2009

The Thermals, ‘Now We Can See’ (Kill Rock Stars)

Call it Songs in the Key of Death. Written from a corpse's perspective, these Portland, Oregon punks' fourth album celebrates the joys of being young…
Melissa Maerz / March 30, 2009

Neko Case, ‘Middle Cyclone’ (Anti-)

With the economy tanking, homes being lost, and folks switching to survival mode, America may need Neko Case's back-to-nature fantasias more than ever.On 2006's gothic…
Melissa Maerz / February 17, 2009

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