SPIN Sessions

See Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Triumph Through ‘We the Common’

Earlier this year, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down released their third album, We the Common, a 12-track platter stuffed with highlights. There's the twangy "Holy Roller," the…
Kyle McGovern / October 16, 2013

Watch Widowspeak Play ‘Swamps’ in a Garden at ACL Music Festival 2013

Swooning crooners Widowspeak may have gotten their start in the first wave of the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Tacoma '90s revival, but they’ve proven their staying power with a…
Maud Deitch / October 15, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Rapture’s SPIN Office Gig

A decade into their career, NYC's the Rapture sure know how to craft the soundtrack to the city's bustling late-night scene. At SPIN's Mahnattan headquarters,…
SPIN Staff / October 5, 2011

WATCH: Cults Rock SPIN’s Rooftop

It was a gorgeous summer night when we invited Cults, fronted by the buzzed-about duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, to play a roofop…
Peter Gaston / July 13, 2011

WATCH: Joy Formidable Unplug, Cover Passion Pit

We can't get enough of the emerging Welsh trio the Joy Formidable. They've played just a few shows in the States, starting off the year…
Peter Gaston / December 3, 2010

WATCH: Das Racist Rhyme at SPIN Office

It was a hot, booty-shaking sort of night at SPIN's New York office when Brooklyn-based rap crew Das Racist stopped by to drop a set…
Peter Gaston / November 22, 2010

WATCH: Pete Yorn Unplugs at SPIN

Pete Yorn's new, self-titled album finds the New Jersey-born singer-songwriter making a confident return to his roots, with taut, gritty power pop and plaintive, reflective…
Peter Gaston / November 2, 2010

WATCH: Free Energy Rocks SPIN’s NYC Office

The debut album by Philly retro rockers Free Energy, Stuck on Nothing, is a fun-loving soundtrack to summertime-so they were a fitting performer at the…
Peter Gaston / August 27, 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

WATCH: Against Me! Rock SPIN’s Rooftop

The last time Against Me! released a new album -- our 2007 Album of the Year, New Wave -- they played an outdoor SPIN party…
Peter Gaston / June 25, 2010

WATCH: Foxy Shazam Unplug at SPIN

Cincinnati's Foxy Shazam are one of the most electrifying new bands around -- and are about to blow the roof off theaters around the country…
Peter Gaston / June 17, 2010

Against Me! Celebrate Record Release on SPIN’s Roof!

Veteran Florida agitprop punks Against Me! take a lot of their energy from righteous indignation and coiled rage. So imagine how hard it must have…
Steve Kandell / June 9, 2010

WATCH: The Whigs Perform at SPIN’s Office

When the Whigs play a club with their fuzzy feedback jacked up and the kick drum thumping, the hard rocking Athens, GA, trio pleasantly pummel…
Peter Gaston / May 27, 2010

LIVE STREAM: Travie McCoy Plays SPIN Office!

Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy will be performing cuts from his forthcoming solo debut, Lazarus (out June 8), at SPIN's NYC office as part…
SPIN Staff / May 10, 2010

WATCH: Mumford & Sons Unplugged at SPIN

London's Mumford & Sons play with a unique blend of country, bluegrass, and indie-folk that's quickly turning them into an band to watch -- Blink-182…
Tim Herrera / April 27, 2010
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