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Review: God Knows Lana Del Rey Tried on ‘Honeymoon’

"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," the final song and only cover on Lana Del Rey's wistfully catatonic third LP, Honeymoon, has — like the singer formerly…
Harley Brown / September 22, 2015

Review: Natasha Khan Is Not Out of the Woods on SEXWITCH’s ‘SEXWITCH’

Natasha Khan has always been a bit of a witch. The British singer came out glitter-streaked and face-painted on Bat for Lashes' debut Fur and…
Hazel Cills / September 21, 2015

Review: Kurt Vile Levitates on the Desert-Warmed ‘b’lieve i’m goin down…’

"I could be one thousand miles away / But still mean what I say." That’s a line that many reviews of the latest Kurt Vile…
Kyle McGovern / September 21, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Tenement’s Sprawling Half-Time Punk, Matana Roberts’ Free Sax Collages

We devour music at such a feverish pace that, more and more, great collections of songs fall through the cracks. Over the summer, we caught…
SPIN Staff / September 18, 2015

Review: Destruction Unit’s ‘Negative Feedback Resistor’ Is a Noise-Punk Endurance Test

As the brightest headlamps exploring the New American Heavy Underground, the Arizona punks in Destruction Unit have always been louder than the sum of their…
Colin Joyce / September 18, 2015

Review: Battles Lock Into Holding Patterns on ‘La Di Da Di,’ But Oh What Patterns

Who was the last guitar hero or star drummer? It feels like so long since a band been identified by a chief instrumentalist that you…
Dan Weiss / September 17, 2015

Review: BAIO Fires Off Musical Synapses on Brainy Solo Debut, ‘The Names’

Really smart people are always weird; it’s part of their charm. When Vampire Weekend were just starting out, much of their story revolved around being…
James Grebey / September 17, 2015

Review: Chris Cornell Reaches for ‘Higher Truth,’ But It’s Just Out of His Grasp

Six years later, Chris Cornell has been willing to do just about anything to help people forget his ill-conceived, Timbaland-produced rock'n'B gaffe Scream. Though he's…
Colin Joyce / September 16, 2015

Review: Jess Glynne Needs More Church in Her Wild on ‘I Cry When I Laugh’

Jess Glynne has one of those classic, soulful voices that can be accurately described as "powerhouse," the kind that attracted producer Route 94 to help…
Hazel Cills / September 15, 2015

Review: The Libertines Claw Their Way to Adulthood on ‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’

Now that Carl Barât and Pete Doherty have proven they are capable of collaborating again, they can go away and write a better album than…
Alfred Soto / September 15, 2015

Review: Without Their Late Guitarist, Slayer Are Closer to Shameless Than ‘Repentless’

Given Slayer’s legendary status, a smidgen of deference was to be expected upon the arrival of Repentless, the 11th studio album from the thrash-metal icons.
Kim Kelly / September 14, 2015

Review: Ought Lean Into the Futility of Existence on ‘Sun Coming Down’

"It's a very astute observation, if I do say so myself." Even before he pats himself on the back on "On the Line (Ava Maria)," Tom…
Harley Brown / September 14, 2015

Review: Low Climb Ever Higher on ‘Ones and Sixes’

It's fairly common knowledge that tortoises owe their epic lifespans, hundreds of years in some cases, to their excruciatingly slow metabolism. The same holds true for other large, slow…
Harley Brown / September 11, 2015

Review: Beirut Lose the Frills at Their Peril on ‘No No No’

Shooting for Sufjan-sized productions before he could go out to bars, Zach Condon prematurely ruffled those partial to a bare-bones, guitar-vox-bass-drums setup even at the improbable age…
Dan Weiss / September 10, 2015

Review: This Is Actually in Fact, Travis Scott’s First ‘Rodeo’

A rodeo is a series of endurance tests: bronco riding, barrel racing, calf roping, and, of course, bull-riding ("the longest eight seconds in sports"), and…
Matthew Ramirez / September 10, 2015

Review: FIDLAR Kick Their Bad Habits on ‘TOO’

Has success ever truly been an accident? It might be in the case of FIDLAR, a Los Angeles garage-punk band that slapped together a no-effs-given debut…
Rachel Brodsky / September 9, 2015

Review: Lou Barlow Crafts Another Winning Loser on ‘Brace the Wave’

Strumming a ukelele and straining through the static, a young Lou Barlow set the tone for his hushed and introspective solo career with  a song…
Colin Joyce / September 8, 2015

Review: La Misma Rebuild Hardcore Out of Scraps on ‘Kanizadi’

New York City hardcore act La Misma took their name with a wink. That minimal two-word phrase is Spanish for "the same" — a delightfully…
Colin Joyce / September 8, 2015

Review: Miley Cyrus Fakes Her Own Career Suicide on ‘Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz’

There's one excellent song on Miley Cyrus' lowest-selling album, Can't Be Tamed, called "Robot," about her desire to no longer be a tool of the…
Dan Weiss / September 4, 2015

Review: Dâm-Funk Strives to Fuse Past and Future Funk on ‘Invite the Light’

Five years ago, Los Angeles-based minor groove deity Dâm-Funk unleashed a two-hour mix on Mary Hobbs' BBC Radio 1 show. Imperiously titled "The Future of Modern Funk," its 19 tracks…
Harley Brown / September 4, 2015
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