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Remembering Avicii, the Producer Who Influenced a Generation of EDM

Today, Avicii’s "Levels" stands as one of the triumphs of the early EDM era, a single riff combined with an Etta James sample and built…
Nick Murray / April 23, 2018

Hear CeCe Peniston Embrace EDM on Markus Schulz Collaboration ‘Make You Fall’

There's a backstory here. Beginning his career as a studio assistant, Markus Schulz befriended someone who worked with Peniston and, through him, befriended the chart-topping…
Nick Murray / February 14, 2014

Lady Gaga Flies (Sorta), Sings, and Vogues at Multimillion-Dollar ‘ArtRave’

Maybe it’s because she fills her music with weighty ideas, or because those without BFAs remain intimidated by the world of high art, but Lady…
Nick Murray / November 11, 2013

MTV’s ‘Miley Cyrus: The Movement’ Proves America’s Sweetheart Knows What She’s Doing

Perhaps you've already seen the Miley Cyrus film, the one back in 2009 that isn't a documentary. In Hannah Montana: The Movie, a budding, underage…
Nick Murray / September 30, 2013

The 40 Best Things We Saw at Gathering of the Juggalos 2013 [NSFW]

Returning to the tiny town of Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, the 14th annual Gathering of the Juggalos once again turned the Hogrock campgrounds into a live-and-let-live, anything-goes…
Nick Murray / August 13, 2013

Governors Ball 2013: The 15 Best Things We Saw

Although Saturday and Sunday of New York City's third annual Governors Ball had some of the biggest draws — Kanye West, Guns N' Roses, the…
Nick Murray / June 10, 2013

Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi Celebrate ‘Modern Vampires’ Record Release With New York Blowout

For their Modern Vampires of the City record release show, Vampire Weekend settled on New York's Roseland Ballroom, but worked with American Express and VEVO's…
Nick Murray / April 29, 2013

Heems, ‘Wild Water Kingdom’ (Greedhead)

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: November 14, 2012Label: GreedheadReleased five months after his group Das Racist's first foray into sold-in-stores, all-samples-cleared, album-oriented rap, Heems'
Nick Murray / November 28, 2012

Titus Andronicus, ‘Local Business’ (XL)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: October 22, 2012Label: XLCoverage of Titus Andronicus' albums, tours, and Twitter rants tends to focus exclusively on their grandness.
Nick Murray / October 24, 2012

Animal Collective, ‘Centipede Hz’ (Domino)

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: September 04, 2012Label: DominoFrom the beginning, Animal Collective intended to create not just sounds, but worlds. Even before settling…
Nick Murray / September 5, 2012

2 Chainz, ‘Based on a T.R.U. Story’ (Def Jam)

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: August 14, 2012Label: Def JamOnce upon a time, before 2 Chainz was 2 Chainz — back when he was…
Nick Murray / August 17, 2012

Wale, ‘Ambition’ (Maybach Music/Warner Bros.)

"We black niggas with ambition," Wale raps on album opener "Hold Your Applause," outlining his new record's central but barely interrogated theme. Compared to 2009's…
Nick Murray / November 1, 2011

Surfer Blood, ‘Tarot Classics’ (Kanine)

Despite a reliance on familiar, guitar-driven tunes, Surfer Blood's latest has no interest in embracing traditional rock'n'roll swagger. Blame (or thank) John Paul Pitts, whose…
Nick Murray / October 25, 2011

Neon Indian, ‘Era Extrana’ (Mom + Pop)

Laid-back, atmospheric 2009 tracks like "Deadbeat Summer" and "Terminally Chill" established Neon Indian's Alan Palomo as a chillwave founding father. But Palomo's un-self-conscious messiness also…
Nick Murray / September 13, 2011