reviews

Review: iLoveMakonnen Unleashes the Real Pretty-Boy Swag on ‘Drink More Water 5′

Makonnen Sheran is as close as it gets to a left-field success story in 2015 that doesn’t involve a viral video or a reality show.
Dan Weiss / April 8, 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…
Annie Zaleski / April 7, 2015

Review: American Wrestlers Put Listeners in a Lo-Fi Submission Hold With Self-Titled Debut

When you hear the origin story of American Wrestlers — wayward former member of a critically acclaimed U.K. band moves to the U.S. midwest for love,…
Andrew Unterberger / April 6, 2015

Review: Death Cab for Cutie Navigate Chilly Waters on ‘Kintsugi’

“There is beauty in a failure,” Ben Gibbard sings pensively on “Black Sun,” the lead single from Death Cab for Cutie’s eighth studio album, Kintsugi. The frontman ha…
Rachel Brodsky / April 3, 2015

SPIN Noise Report: Eye Scuzz-Rocks Out With Samples, Timeghost Clicks and Whirrs

Anyone bemoaning a dearth of worthwhile albums in noise isn't looking or listening hard enough. Thanks to established imprints, SoundCloud streams, Bandcamp accounts, and more,…
Raymond Cummings / April 3, 2015

Review: Death Grips Reach Their Punk Zenith on Double Album ‘The Powers That B’

At least one trick on Death Grips’ The Powers That B is one of the oldest in the book: the double album that could fit…
Dan Weiss / April 3, 2015

Review: Sufjan Stevens Sheds the Frills on the Deeply Personal ‘Carrie & Lowell’

Following Sufjan Stevens’ discography up to this point has been a study in addition. More instruments, more and more esoteric references, more genre exercises. It’…
James Grebey / April 1, 2015

Review: Madeon Takes Pop Radio on a Teenage ‘Adventure’

The first thing people might notice about French electronic producer Madeon (real name: Hugo Pierre Leclercq) is that he’s only 20 years old. But that fact shouldn’t…
Brennan Carley / April 1, 2015

Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Renew Their Orchestral Bombast on ‘Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress’

Over their first two decades, Godspeed You! Black Emperor has garnered as much of a reputation for their enigmatic relationship with publicity as for the…
Jonathan Dick / March 30, 2015

Review: Follakzoid Goes Into a Post-Krautrock Trance on ‘III’

The key word most often mentioned surrounding Föllakzoid’s new album is “trance.” The Chilean trio’s music has little to do with the late-’90s club fare…
Andrew Unterberger / March 30, 2015
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