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Review: The Lurid Pill-Popping and Flip-Flopping of Future’s ‘Dirty Sprite 2′

Nobody has ever gotten laid by announcing that they were going to wear shoes while f—king. The mental image of someone nude, except for their…
Drew Millard / July 22, 2015

Review: Ashley Monroe’s Songcraft Stays Sharp on ‘The Blade’

The singer and writer of the most exquisite sighs in modern country, Ashley Monroe doesn’t come off as a mope. Her high, fluting voice projects…
Alfred Soto / July 20, 2015

Bon Iver Keeps It In the Family At Triumphant Eaux Claires Set

There were hints throughout the weekend that something special might happen during Bon Iver's inaugural Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival on July 17 and…
Harley Brown / July 19, 2015

Review: The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Echoes’ Are a Little Too Familiar

In a recent interview with the Guardian, the Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons noted that his work with partner Tom Rowlands has lasted "longer than quite…
Shawn Reynaldo / July 17, 2015

Review: Jason Isbell Sees a Darkness, Embraces Light on ‘Something More Than Free’

At some point after the storm, after days, weeks, or years of tumult and uncertainty, the clouds part. The sun shines. Everything feels right, however…
Colin Joyce / July 17, 2015

Review: Years & Years Sanctify Body and Blood on ‘Communion’

Years & Years' London-based frontman Olly Alexander spent his adolescent years as an actor, but his celestial synth-pop band's debut full-length, Communion, suggests an occupation far…
Colin Joyce / July 15, 2015

Review: Ghostface Killah Surpasses Lowered Standards on ‘Twelve Reasons to Die II’

If Ghostface isn't the greatest rapper of all time — and he might be — he's at least the most detailed: Fishscale’s "Shakey Dog" cycles through most…
Dan Weiss / July 14, 2015

Review: Tame Impala Embark on a Flawless Interstellar Journey With ‘Currents’

Toward the end of Currents, Australian psych-rockonauts Tame Impala's impeccable third studio LP, Kevin Parker tells us how he really feels. "The desire to know what's…
Harley Brown / July 13, 2015

Review: Veruca Salt Erupt Anew on ‘Ghost Notes’

A ghost note only sort of gets played. Instead of a clear bell-like emission or shimmering glissando, the beat is choked out to the point…
Colin Joyce / July 9, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Hop Along Gives Us Palpitations, Mount Eerie Elevates the Mundane

We devour music at such a feverish pace that, more and more, great collections of songs fall through the cracks. In the case of the past…
Dan Weiss / July 8, 2015

Review: Lil Wayne Longs for True Independence on ‘Free Weezy Album’

Cash Money is an army — but Baby and Slim's New Orleans venture has always been afflicted by disgruntled soldiers, going back to early-‘90s acts…
Phillip Mlynar / July 8, 2015

Review: Wavves x Cloud Nothings Enjoy Group Therapy on ‘No Life for Me’

On the surface, the quasi-surprise teaming of Cloud Nothings and Wavves seems like the indie-punk version of the classic Loner Weirdo and Crowd-Pleasing Hitmaker archetype…
Andrew Unterberger / July 6, 2015

Review: Matrixxman Proves Technology Is Human After All on ‘Homesick’

In 1978, Kraftwerk released The Man-Machine, an album that openly explored the intersection of humanity and technology. Nearly 40 years later, that examination is still…
Shawn Reynaldo / July 6, 2015

Review: DJ Rashad and RP Boo Make Footwork Feel Again on ‘6613,’ ‘Fingers, Bank Pads, & Shoe Prints’

Footwork was never meant to be funeral music. Unwitting scene grandfather RP Boo has said that his earliest ghetto-house derived tracks were explicitly constructed so…
Colin Joyce / July 3, 2015

SPIN Country Report: Willie and Merle Light Up, Rhiannon Giddens Revives Revivals

The first half of 2015 was a slightly strange moment for country, especially chart country, because it mostly made for some serious waiting. Though there…
Anthony Easton / July 1, 2015

Review: Refused Are F**king Undead on ‘Freedom’

So, Refused are f—king alive. But nearly two decades after their implosion-cum-self-righteous suicide, who would've thought that their vision of punk's future would sorta sound like…
Colin Joyce / July 1, 2015

Review: Miguel’s ‘WILDHEART’ Is a Grower, Not a Shower

Ridiculous as it seems to say, f—king has gotten a bad name in R&B lately. As SPIN's Chris Martins recently alluded to, for so many…
Andrew Unterberger / June 30, 2015

Review: Vince Staples’ ‘Summertime ’06’ Is No Picnic, And Gloriously So

Editor's note: It has been brought to SPIN's attention that this review, published last week, includes factual inaccuracies about Staples (such as an implication about…
M.T. Richards / June 29, 2015

Review: Thundercat’s Fatalist Soul Enters the Void on ‘The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam’

Word to the Weeknd, Brainfeeder's resident bass-playing psychonaut Thundercat is back and he can't feel his face either. He says as much from the very…
Colin Joyce / June 26, 2015

Review: After 13 Years, Desaparecidos Return More Pi$$ed Than Ever on ‘Payola’

There’s a phobia among a certain kind of music fan that protest songs don’t date well, particularly the more specific they get. F—k that. Conor…
Dan Weiss / June 26, 2015
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