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Review: Drake Started From the Bottom, Now He’s Lonely at the Top on ‘Views’

Smack in the middle of Views, Drake does it: He drops a nearly perfect song. Suddenly, it doesn’t matter that his fourth studio album is…
Rebecca Haithcoat / May 3, 2016

Radiohead’s New Single ‘Burn the Witch’: SPIN’s Impulsive Reviews

Radiohead have returned with "Burn the Witch," the presumed lead single from their upcoming, long-awaited ninth album. Details on the King of Limbs follow-up are…
SPIN Staff / May 3, 2016

Review: ANOHNI Condemns Drone Warfare With Her Beautiful Scream on ‘Hopelessness’

If you were lucky enough to move to New York City in the early 2000s — just around the time that bands like the Strokes…
T. Cole Rachel / May 3, 2016

Review: Pity Sex Leave the Safety of Their Bedroom on ‘White Hot Moon’

A wise person once said, "Same s**t, different day." For Ann Arbor's chronically morose Pity Sex, this day is spent outdoors. On their '90s-shoegaze-mining debut, 2013's…
Rachel Brodsky / May 2, 2016

Review: Homeboy Sandman Is the Last Backpacker Standing on ‘Kindness for Weakness’

Kindness for Weakness probably isn't the best Homeboy Sandman album, though it may be. One of the many things we can hope to remind ourselves in…
Dan Weiss / May 2, 2016

Review: A$AP Ferg Loses His Way Attempting to ‘Always Strive and Prosper’

A$AP Ferg was always on pace to, at best, be A$AP Mob’s Scottie Pippen — a versatile complement to A$AP Rocky, its trendsetting (and trend-borrowing)…
Sheldon Pearce / April 29, 2016

Drake’s ‘Views’: SPIN’s Impulsive Reviews

After nearly two years of teasing us, Drake finally released his fourth proper album, Views, last night. And after all that waiting, SPIN staffers and…
SPIN Staff / April 29, 2016

Review: Beyoncé Is the Rightful Heir to Michael Jackson and Prince on ‘Lemonade’

Like all things Beyoncé, Lemonade is a triumph of marketing and musicality, spectacle and song, vision and collaboration, Borg-like assimilation, and — as of 2013…
Greg Tate / April 28, 2016

Review: Konono Nº1 and Batida Redefine Trance on ‘Konono Nº1 Meets Batida’

Although one should never underestimate the international pleasures of the big beat, Western festival enthusiasm for Kinshasan percussion ensemble Konono Nº1 remains a rather unlikely…
Jason Gubbels / April 25, 2016

Classic Reviews: Prince, ‘Sign o’ the Times’

This review originally ran in the May 1987 issue of SPIN. In light of Prince's death, we've republished this piece here. I guess…
Bart Bull / April 22, 2016

Review: Katy B Fragments Herself Anew for the Good of the Club on ‘Honey’

British underground darling Katy B first arrived on the scene as the teen representative of London radio station Rinse FM and the fresh female face…
Eve Barlow / April 20, 2016

Review: J Dilla Would’ve Surprised the Streets With ‘The Diary’

Posthumous releases are always a complicated undertaking, filled with conflicting attitudes about desiring new art and wanting to also respect the memory of the deceased.
Israel Daramola / April 19, 2016

Review: Andy Stott Is Wanted Both Dead and Alive on ‘Too Many Voices’

Andy Stott has always been mercurial, shuffling between slivered breakbeats, decaying dubstep, and a no-man's-subterranean-tunnel in between, where the only living thing was the electricity still…
Harley Brown / April 18, 2016

SPIN R&B Report: Tweet Flutters Back Into View, K. Michelle Puts the Real in Reality TV

Yes, there’s more to R&B in early 2016 than Anderson .Paak. The Los Angeles dynamo has been rightly lionized for blending hip-hop, pimpish soul, and…
Mosi Reeves / April 15, 2016

Review: Suuns Get Twitchy, Can’t ‘Hold/Still’

Hold/Still is an unsteady album. It’s a consistent, methodical unsteadiness that hangs a song on a single blurred synth tone, a suspension bridge between two guitars…
Anna Gaca / April 14, 2016

Review: PJ Harvey Can’t Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Skin on ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’

The year is 2013. You're excited because Brad Paisley's about to release the snickeringly titled Wheelhouse, in which the genial, widely respected country singer really…
Dan Weiss / April 13, 2016

Review: Sturgill Simpson Preps a Son of a Sailor on ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’

At age 37 and only three records into his career, Sturgill Simpson carries with him a sack of lore. He’s the guy who wrote 400…
Jeremy D. Larson / April 13, 2016

Review: Michete Sticks Nine-Inch Nails Through Our Eyelids on ‘Cool Tricks 2′

Michete's Cool Tricks 2 is, without a doubt, the year's best rap album to discuss traveling back in time to suck FDR's dick. Such tales…
Andrew Unterberger / April 12, 2016

Review: No More Wires Ever for the Coathangers on ‘Nosebleed Weekend’

The curse of making it look easy is that you get taken for granted. (Duh, right?) You might notice more dynamic shifts in the Coathangers’…
Dan Weiss / April 11, 2016

Review: Deftones Listen to Iron Maiden, Baby on ‘Gore’

If the Deftones felt out of place when White Pony came out, before most of their fans had "shoegaze" or "dream pop" on the tip…
Andy O'Connor / April 8, 2016
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