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10 Great Drag City Releases to Hear Now That Their Catalog Is Streaming

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 21:24:05 +0000

On Sunday, the legendary Chicago label Drag City released the large majority of its catalog on Spotify and Tidal for the first time, ending its run as one of the last great holdouts of the streaming era. (Apple Music users have been enjoying early access since August.) The label launched in 1990, giving home to artists…



Nordic Noir: An Obsessive’s Guide to the Best Scandinavian Crime Shows

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:31:24 +0000

In some parts of Sweden, and Scandinavia at large, the summer sun blazes down from the small hours of the morning until 10 at night. In January, some areas are bathed in perpetual darkness. For a non-native viewer watching a crime show produced and filmed in the Nordic lands, these irregular cycles can distort all sense…



The 30 Weirdest Grammys Moments of All Time

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:00:35 +0000

There's a good reason why the Grammy Awards coined the term "Grammy Moments" to describe the one-of-a-kind collaborations and elaborate performances that take place during each year's broadcast. There’s always at least one off-the-wall, meme-able event that becomes part of awards-show lore. Last year, it was John Travolta's teleprompter problems and Twenty One Pilots' boxer



20 Rap Songs We Loved In 2017

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 21:35:24 +0000

Rap music felt as vital as ever in 2017, regaining its dominance on the charts and securing its stranglehold on the pop cultural zeitgeist. As such, there was a lot of rap music to get mad or dispirited about this year, but there was also tons of it to love. What you see below is a…



50 Best Morrissey Songs

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:53:34 +0000

When the Smiths broke up in 1987, Morrissey wasted no time going solo—or finally achieving global fame. The Manchester icon became a superstar by amplifying his unlucky-in-love persona and embracing a forever-lonely stance that's remained firm, even as his sonic approach has shifted. With the release of Low in High School, his



The 30 Greatest Thrash Bands of All Time

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 18:49:47 +0000

Thrash wasn’t initially a genre: it was what a band did. And in the ’80s it swarmed across the globe like a plague of locusts, from the Bay Area to Germany and beyond. Practically overnight, a new generation of shredders emerged who punched through the social and stylistic barriers dividing heavy metal from



Read All Our 2017 Cover Stories

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:49:53 +0000

In 2017, Spin writers visited the streets of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, hung out with Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew in L.A., traveled to Gary, Indiana to profile footwork pioneer Jlin, chatted with Venezuelan rock exiles La Vida Bohème, and spent a freewheeling New York afternoon with Jessie Ware. Here are all of our digital cover stories from 2017. …



The 101 Best Songs of 2017

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:48:22 +0000

Tuning into the media often felt nightmarish this year, whether you got your news from the morning paper or the sleepless churn of Facebook and Twitter: a president with the temper and attention span of a child, a newly resurrected threat of nuclear war, terror attacks, neo-Nazi rallies, a rat race between professional pundits and…



50 Best Albums of 2017

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:12:28 +0000

Tuning into the media often felt nightmarish this year, whether you got your news from the morning paper or the sleepless churn of Facebook and Twitter: a president with the temper and attention span of a child, a newly resurrected threat of nuclear war, terror attacks, neo-Nazi rallies, a rat race between professional pundits and…



The 30 Best Tom Waits Songs

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:04:12 +0000

Few musicians have captured the emotional complexity of being an American in the 20th and 21st centuries with as much elegance and nuance as Tom Waits. Blending blues, jazz, rock, and experimental music (among other genres), his tableaus of modern life find spiritual common ground everywhere—from Tin Pan Alley, Harry Partch, and Bob Dylan to