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Classic Reviews: Radiohead, ‘OK Computer’

This review originally ran in the August 1997 issue of SPIN. In honor of the release of Radiohead's ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool, we've republished…
Barry Walters / May 8, 2016

Madonna: The ‘Ray of Light’ Cover Story, ‘Madonna Chooses Dare’

This article was originally published in the April 1998 issue of SPIN. When a musician rooted in an underground sensibility achieves massive success, she…
Barry Walters / March 3, 2016

Classic Reviews: Pulp, ‘Different Class’

This review originally ran in the March 1996 issue of SPIN. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Pulp's Different Class — which is one of…
Barry Walters / October 30, 2015

Haim Fling Their Hair, Casually Transcend at the Fillmore

Are Haim a rock band? On the opening night of their headlining tour at the Fillmore, the first of two sold-out shows at the famed…
Barry Walters / April 10, 2014

Damn Right ‘It’s Album Time’: House Whiz Todd Terje Drops a Booty Bomb

For the last decade, Oslo DJ/producer Todd Terje has indulged scholarly fetishes for '60s lounge music, '70s disco/prog/jazz-fusion, '80s TV show themes, and '90s electronica,…
Barry Walters / April 7, 2014

Burning Down the House: Read SPIN’s 1986 Feature on Chicago’s Club Scene

"Burning Down the House" originally appeared in SPIN's November 1986 issue.
Barry Walters / April 1, 2014

Pharrell Walks on Pop-R&B Sunshine With the Daring, Infectious ‘G I R L’

The son of a schoolteacher, Pharrell Williams loves assignments. How else to explain why one of the most audacious songs attached to his name was…
Barry Walters / March 3, 2014

Broken Bells Bark at the Moon on the Nervy, Red-Blooded ‘After the Disco’

Despite their masterfully rendered melancholic psych-pop, similarly wistful sci-fi videos, and respective indie-rock and hip-hop credentials, Broken Bells are ultimately about The Cinema. Shins frontman…
Barry Walters / February 5, 2014

Britney Spears Goes Blanker Than Usual on the Nightmarish ‘Britney Jean’

Early on, I discovered that an inordinate number of fantastic '90s singles by Army of Lovers, E-Type, Ace of Base, Robyn, Backstreet Boys, and 'N…
Barry Walters / December 3, 2013

Blood Orange’s ‘Cupid Deluxe’ Is a Marvel of Sweetly Pained, Outsider-Oriented R&B

Born in Texas, raised in London, and academy-educated, Devonté Hynes, like all his gay friends, was severely bullied. So in 2004, when some other buds…
Barry Walters / November 16, 2013

Moby Plays to His Strengths Again (Finally!) on the Surprisingly Soulful ‘Innocents’

A ridiculously easy target for would-be Eminems everywhere, Moby, by virtue of his wild popularity and innate friendliness, long ago became one of those acts…
Barry Walters / October 1, 2013

Icona Pop (We Love It) and Krewella (We Don’t): Two Heroic, Sis-Centric Punk-Pop LPs

Icona Pop, This Is... Icona Pop (TEN/Big Beat) 7…
Barry Walters / September 19, 2013

Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ Is a Marvel of Relaxing Tension

Franz Ferdinand broke with Britpop the same way the Strokes declared war against mook rock. The Glasgow foursome studied art. They dressed up. They sang…
Barry Walters / August 26, 2013

Review: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, ‘Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’

Ten years ago, Ima Robot — an L.A. quartet featuring future Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert, backed by Beck's rhythm section…
Barry Walters / July 22, 2013

Sigur Ros, ‘Kveikur’ (XL)

How does one update beatific art-rock weirdness now so culturally engrained that it longer seems weird? Sigur Rós have been answering that crucial question ever…
Barry Walters / June 20, 2013

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