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Rob Harvilla’s 25 Best Albums of 2013

To finish out the year, we'll be offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Today, Deputy Editor Rob Harvilla.
By: Rob Harvilla / December 27, 2013

SPIN’s 20 Best Country Albums of 2013

Pretty great year! More jackasses than old farts here, it's true, but the all-female Top 5 makes up for it, if that's something you're into.
By: Rob Harvilla / December 19, 2013

Brandy Clark: A Pitch-Black Country Songwriter Finds the Joy in Small-Town Pain

Who: Brandy Clark is a 10-plus-year veteran of the Nashville songwriting salt mines, with recent credits on wryly bleak jams from Reba McEntire ("The Day…
By: Rob Harvilla / November 20, 2013

Kellie Pickler Gets Famous, Eric Church Goes Metal, and Much More from SPIN Country

ALBUM OF THE MONTHKellie Pickler, The Woman I Am (Black River Entertainment)Full disclosure: I teared up whe…
By: Rob Harvilla / November 12, 2013

Katy Perry Grows Up and Bums Us Out on Her Shrewd, Tepid ‘Prism’

The best part of Miley: The Movement, MTV's recent trolling-from-the-title-on-down backstage doc, is when Britney Spears shows up to lay down some hot tracks and…
By: Rob Harvilla / October 22, 2013

Pearl Jam’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ Brings Just Enough Thunder

It is silly and reductive to think this way, but still: Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, is older today than the Who's Tommy was the…
By: Rob Harvilla / October 14, 2013

Luke Bryan’s Goofy Charm, Tyler Farr’s Truck-Nuts Rage, and More New Hits in SPIN Country

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Luke Bryan, Crash My Party (Capitol) Luke Bryan sings about his truck so often you start to worry he’s living out of it.
By: Rob Harvilla / October 9, 2013

Ciara, ‘Ciara’ (Epic)

Heartfelt congratulations to Ciara, first of all, for releasing an album in 2013, period. A Herculean feat (OK, Athenian, to pick a less mansplaining-prone deity)…
By: Rob Harvilla / July 10, 2013

U2’s ‘Zooropa’ Almost Killed Their Career 20 Years Ago Today

You know you've made it as a Serious Rock Band when an entire years-long phase of your career is so problematic that you spend a…
By: Rob Harvilla / July 6, 2013

Lou Reed Likens Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ to Farting in Priceless Album Review

You may think you're all tapped out, Kanye West think piece-wise, but c'mon, it's Lou Reed! The Talkhouse this morning brings us a…
By: Rob Harvilla / July 2, 2013

The White Stripes’ ‘Elephant’ Turns 10

It begins and ends with "Ball and Biscuit," and by "it," I mean "Western civilization." The 21st century's most astounding, most wryly pornographic, most brain-meltingly…
By: Rob Harvilla / April 3, 2013

Local Natives, ‘Hummingbird’ (Frenchkiss)

You are forgiven for dismissing Local Natives as yet another cohort of super-sensitive, baroque-rockin', breathtakingly mustachioed L.A. gents who fetishize the word "polyrhythm" and (quite…
By: Rob Harvilla / January 28, 2013

SPIN’s 20 Best Country Albums of 2012

There are plenty of country-music delivery systems these days: lurid network dramas, Nashville-minted gleaming-teeth megastars, hirsute good ol’ boys, sensitive-poet road warriors, honky-tonk princesses, Kennedy-kidnapping…
By: Rob Harvilla / December 17, 2012

Band of the Year: Japandroids

Rock'n'roll, as our forefathers conceived it, inflames the joyously self-destructive hedonism of young people and rekindles the rueful nostalgia of not-so-young people wistfully recalling joyously…
By: Rob Harvilla / December 3, 2012


The thinking man's rock star's pro sports league of choice. The NFL is too macho and concussion-prone; baseball is boring, dude. And the feeling i…
By: Rob Harvilla / September 6, 2012


Icy Swedish electro-pop crew best known for "Wildfire," a sharp, squelchy collab with mysterious electronic producer SBTRKT (he of the goofy tribal headgear) that Drake…
By: Rob Harvilla / September 6, 2012


Hey, look. Dollars to donuts, if you interview any band about its influences long enough, they're gonna bring up James Brown just to make sure…
By: Rob Harvilla / September 6, 2012


A smart, damaged, thoroughly freaked-out little kid riding his big wheel through a blood-soaked haunted house? Yeah, that sums up this band pretty well.
By: Rob Harvilla / September 6, 2012


Forever the gold standard in casual-sounding yet painstakingly crafted, whimsical yet resolutely badass genre-splicing head-trips. Paul's Boutique and Odelay have long since passed into the…
By: Rob Harvilla / September 6, 2012


The icy 2008 Swedish horror flick ideal if you'd feared Twilight overload would ruin vampires for you forever. Plot: Meek, lonely young boy slowly befriend…
By: Rob Harvilla / September 6, 2012

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