Reviews

SPIN Country Report: Willie and Merle Light Up, Rhiannon Giddens Revives Revivals

The first half of 2015 was a slightly strange moment for country, especially chart country, because it mostly made for some serious waiting. Though there…
By: Anthony Easton / July 1, 2015

Review: Refused Are F**king Undead on ‘Freedom’

So, Refused are f—king alive. But nearly two decades after their implosion-cum-self-righteous suicide, who would've thought that their vision of punk's future would sorta sound like…
By: Colin Joyce / July 1, 2015

Review: Miguel’s ‘WILDHEART’ Is a Grower, Not a Shower

Ridiculous as it seems to say, f—king has gotten a bad name in R&B lately. As SPIN's Chris Martins recently alluded to, for so many…
By: Andrew Unterberger / June 30, 2015

Review: Vince Staples’ ‘Summertime ’06’ Is No Picnic, And Gloriously So

Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly…
By: M.T. Richards / June 29, 2015

Review: Thundercat’s Fatalist Soul Enters the Void on ‘The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam’

Word to the Weeknd, Brainfeeder's resident bass-playing psychonaut Thundercat is back and he can't feel his face either. He says as much from the very…
By: Colin Joyce / June 26, 2015

Review: After 13 Years, Desaparecidos Return More Pi$$ed Than Ever on ‘Payola’

There’s a phobia among a certain kind of music fan that protest songs don’t date well, particularly the more specific they get. F—k that. Conor…
By: Dan Weiss / June 26, 2015

Review: Four Tet Lets the Light Win on the Brightly Raga-Tinged ‘Morning/Evening’

Kieran Hebden is who his 26-year-old compadre Jamie Smith wants to be someday, possibly today. Few electronic musicians get to enter their second decade a…
By: Dan Weiss / June 25, 2015

Review: Leon Bridges Teaches Us How to Twist Again on ‘Coming Home’

"Twistin’ time was here once," proclaimed an Onion writer a little over a year ago, referencing the world's need for a new song about the signature dance move…
By: Harley Brown / June 24, 2015

Review: Bully Stone and Dethrone the ’90s Indie Set on ‘Feels Like’

Birthed from the grimy Nashville scene that birthed similar retro-gazing scuzz-pop acts Diarrhea Planet and Jeff the Brotherhood, Alicia Bognanno was a former intern at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio…
By: Colin Joyce / June 23, 2015

Review: Kacey Musgraves Outgrows the Trailer Park on ‘Pageant Material’

The real world is hard, and Kacey Musgraves knows it. She knew it on her shit-talking debut, Same Trailer, Different Park, with such auspicious introductions as "Merry Go…
By: Brennan Carley / June 22, 2015
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