Drake, Caribou, New Pornographers, More Make 2015 Polaris Prize Shortlist

Last month, Canada's Polaris Music Prize announced their long list of nominees for 2015, but now they've narrowed it down to just ten. As you…
Colin Joyce / July 16, 2015

Drake, New Pornographers, Viet Cong, and More Named on Polaris Prize Long List

Are there more "Trophies" in Drake's near future? Prominent Canadian music award Polaris Music Prize has announced its long list on Twitter today, and the…
Colin Joyce / June 16, 2015

Braids’ ‘Flourish // Perish’ Is the Ethereal Yoga Soundtrack You Didn’t Know You Needed

Calgary art-rock trio Braids reach back to sounds considered passé, revitalizing them through selective editing and a ratio of reverence to irreverence that's hard to…
Michael Tedder / August 21, 2013

15 Albums You Can Hear Now: Ty Segall, No Age, A$AP Ferg, Superchunk, and More

It's Wednesday! That means we've got a whole slew of fresh, streamable albums. Scroll down to hear the latest LP from SPIN cover star Ty Segall,…
Kyle McGovern / August 14, 2013

Braids Get Pizza From Creepy Boy on Atmospheric ‘Hossak’

Best New Artist stars Braids have already shared two songs from their upcoming sophomore album, Flourish // Perish. First came the elliptical "Amends," then the slow-to-blossom "In Kind." Now, with…
Kyle McGovern / July 31, 2013

Watch Braids’ Shimmering ‘In Kind’ Video and Set Your ‘Conscience’ Free

Braids hail from the same Montreal DIY scene that's gifted us Grimes, Majical Cloudz and Mac DeMarco, and the influence can be heard in the group's…
Chris Martins / July 17, 2013

5 Best New Artists for June ’13

From a Bay Area punk-turned-popsmith to a chameleonic electro duo from Chicago to a striking new breed of underground rapper, here are five artists to…
SPIN Staff / June 3, 2013

Hear Braids’ Looping ‘Amends,’ From June 12-Inch Album Preview

Braids' follow-up to 2011's Native Speaker is expected to surface this fall, but fans of the Montreal-based trio only have to wait until June 11…
Kyle McGovern / April 29, 2013

Burning Down the Loft: Inside Montreal’s DIY Scene

Even before she became quirky electro-pop live wire Grimes, Claire Boucher found it impossible to smoke and brood alone on her balcony in Montreal's Mile…
Alyssa Noel / June 12, 2012

Braids Go Darkly Digital For New Album

The mood might occasionally turn dark inside Braids' Montreal garage studio, but the dream-pop quartet are intent on working in comfort. "It's a fully…
Alyssa Noel / May 3, 2012

Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week: SXSW Edition!

Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold.
Anna Hyclak / March 11, 2011

Braids, ‘Native Speaker’ (Kanine)

It's fitting that burbling -- either of a brook or of a bong -- opens this Canadian quartet's debut, which pairs glimmering, pastoral post-rock with…
Spencer Kornhaber / January 18, 2011

New Albums from the Decemberists & 7 More

Here's our take on the best and worst albums available online and in record stores today:…
SPIN Staff / January 18, 2011