SPIN Essentials

Review: Shamir Can’t Contain Himself on the Year’s Best Debut, ‘Ratchet’

If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know…
By: Dan Weiss / May 17, 2015

Review: Best Coast Refuse to Hit Cruise Control on ‘California Nights’

Expectation is a finicky, often insurmountable burden attached to nearly every album in the Internet age. It’s impossible to avoid the entirety of a band’…
By: Brennan Carley / May 4, 2015

Review: Waxahatchee Brings the Pain (And ’90s Alt-Rock) on ‘Ivy Tripp’

Katie Crutchfield's career arc with her solo project, Waxahatchee, is predicated on incremental growth: records released by progressively larger labels, music recorded in increasingly higher…
By: Annie Zaleski / April 7, 2015

Review: Action Bronson Painlessly Graduates From Mixtapes to Albums on ‘Mr. Wonderful’

While the serious emotional response to Kendrick Lamar's epic To Pimp a Butterfly last week led to entire thinkpieces on its "overwhelming blackness," this week…
By: Dan Weiss / March 25, 2015

Review: Courtney Barnett’s Exhilarating ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’

Courtney Barnett's voice is the first thing you hear on her first proper full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, character-sketching opening…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 23, 2015

Review: Kendrick Lamar Returns With the Great American Hip-Hop Album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Azealia Banks — the immensely skilled and completely without-filter rapper who appeared in Playboy the same day that Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited To Pimp a Butterfly appeared…
By: Dan Weiss / March 20, 2015

Review: Colleen Green Can Do Whatever She Wants on the Confessional ‘I Want to Grow Up’

Bubble-grunge stoner Colleen Green (yep, her Facebook URL is "colleengreen420") poses a neat juxtaposition on her third and least-bedsick album, I Want to Grow Up: crunchy…
By: Dan Weiss / February 27, 2015

Review: Torche Are So Un-Metal They’re Actually Metal on ‘Restarter’

It should come to the surprise of absolutely no one that Torche don't consider themselves a metal band. Despite the crunching riffs, thunderous drums, and…
By: Andrew Unterberger / February 23, 2015

Review: Father John Misty’s Breathtaking ‘I Love You, Honeybear’

Time has made Josh Tillman bolder, and the older he's gotten, the more introspective and baffling his songs have become. When he debuted the piano…
By: Brennan Carley / February 9, 2015

Review: Sleater-Kinney Return With the Swaggering ‘No Cities To Love’

The narrative we try to impose on reunion albums is bullshit. Anyone can be musically enlightened at any stage of their life, and just the…
By: Dan Weiss / January 16, 2015
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