Reviews

Real Estate Get a Little Less Chill and a Little More Proactive on the Surprisingly Bracing ‘Atlas’

On the one hand, Real Estate are annoying. I'm saying this to hurt their feelings; their music could use a little hurt. One of the…
By: Dan Weiss / February 28, 2014

ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’ Both Transcends and Succumbs to Gangsta Rap’s Baser Impulses

ScHoolboy Q, the most unambitious and conventional member of Southern California's ambitious, unconventional Black Hippy crew, drops scrunched-up, novelistic raps about street life over sizzurp-dipped,…
By: Brandon Soderberg / February 26, 2014

Neneh Cherry’s ‘Blank Project’ Is an Ocean of Intimate, Nonchalantly Electrifying Funk

Neneh Cherry has made a career out of hiding in plain sight — which, granted, might be a funny thing to say about a woma…
By: Philip Sherburne / February 25, 2014

Annie Clark Burns Down the Boys’ Club on the Poised, Effortless ‘St. Vincent’

In the relatively short span of what now constitutes four St. Vincent albums, Annie Clark has become an icon. That's no surprise — she's smart…
By: Jessica Hopper / February 25, 2014

Beck Harvests Some West-Coast-Folkie Sunlight on the Stark, Lovely ‘Morning Phase’

Before considering whether Beck's first album in six years is really Sea Change II (spoiler alert: not exactly), a slight detour into armchair psychology seem…
By: Jason Gubbels / February 24, 2014

Photos: Perfect Pussy Play Secret Show in Brooklyn

Those still mourning the loss of 285 Kent should take solace in the fact that Brooklyn will never want for rad places to see cheerfully…
By: Krista Schlueter / February 24, 2014

The Notwist’s Droning, Clattering ‘Close to the Glass’ Zones Out on the Autobahn

Bavaria art-rockers the Notwist used to sound too metal for indie people and not metal enough for metal people — both of whom were mostly…
By: Chuck Eddy / February 22, 2014

Photos: DIIV Hit NYC on Kurt Cobain’s Birthday

It's been a pretty odd couple of years for indie-rock dudes DIIV, but they're keeping at it, most recently via a vibrant NYC gig at…
By: SPIN Staff / February 21, 2014

Angel Olsen’s Stark, Fraught ‘Burn Your Fire for No Witness’ Is Equal Parts Heat and Smoke

Angel Olsen buries a thesis statement at the end of her third album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. On "Window," over a barely audible…
By: Alfred Soto / February 21, 2014

Phantogram Conjure Their Own Spell of Warm, Eerie, Nightmarish Melancholia on ‘Voices’

There are times when the hazy dream pop on Phantogram's second full-length flirts with the grimly wavy sound proffered by better-established bands like Beach House…
By: Brittany Spanos / February 14, 2014

Failure Shake Off 16 Years of Rust With Ease at L.A. Reunion Gig

Nearly 800 rabid Failure fans — an instant sellout when this reunion was announced back in November — packed L.A.'s El Rey Theatre…
By: Pamela Chelin / February 14, 2014

Serenity Never: Lydia Loveless Brings a Gritty, Witchy Arsonist’s Zeal to ‘Somewhere Else’

Lydia Loveless makes unreasonable demands, and she damn well knows it. This 23-year-old Ohioan country-punk singer does a line at a party and decides to…
By: Keith Harris / February 13, 2014

NYC Art-Pop Fixtures Cibo Matto Return With the Charmingly Unnerving ‘Hotel Valentine’

Everyone has them: those unguarded moments when unfiltered joy or unbridled terror washes over you like a tidal wave. Kids experience such raw feeling naturally…
By: Jon Young / February 13, 2014

Young Thug’s Weirdo Warbling, Isaiah Rashad’s Scrappy Lyricism, and Eight More New Rap LPs

 Album of the Month: Young Thug & Bloody Jay, Black Portland (Self-Released)Between the haunting, silly "Danny Glover" and the gonzo collaborative mixtape Black Portland, yelping-and-flailing-about…
By: Brandon Soderberg / February 12, 2014

Read SPIN’s Review of the ‘Ultimate Breaks & Beats’ Compilation Series

Once upon a time on Planet Hip Hop everything was up for grabs. DJs tricked B-boys into dancing to records they thought they hated. Steve…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Hole Rock Cleveland: Read SPIN’s Somewhat Dismayed 1994 Live Review

Pale arms outstretched, offering herself up for crucifixion, or a pie in the face, or a big hug, Courtney Love exclaimed, "Fuck with me, fuck…
By: Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Katy B Finds a Sophisticated, Spellbinding Dance-Floor Sweet Spot on ‘Little Red’

Katy B had very little chance of breaking big in America with her first album, 2011’s Katy on a Mission. Despite the Stateside shift toward…
By: Anupa Mistry / February 11, 2014

Aceyalone’s ‘All Balls Don’t Bounce': Read SPIN’s 1995 Review

Sure, hip-hop is powerful stuff, capable of a mystical arm-twist or two, if the beats and rhymes and identities are properly aligned. But so i…
By: Charles Aaron / February 10, 2014

Future Islands Regale a Sweaty Hometown Baltimore Crowd

Baltimore synth-pop crew Future Islands have a great new album, Singles, out next month — check out the video for opening track "Seaso…
By: SPIN Staff / February 10, 2014
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