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Review: Lightning Bolt Add Pleasure to Expressionistic Thrash on ‘Fantasy Empire’

Our brief time on earth offers few pleasures greater than listening to Brian Chippendale play drums. The Lightning Bolt drummer/vocalist’s skin-tight snare and the rest…
Jeremy D. Larson / March 18, 2015

Review: Twin Shadow Is Ready for Love on ‘Eclipse’

George Lewis Jr., better known under his previously guitar-wielding, leather-jacket-wearing alias Twin Shadow, has said that he finished recording his third album, Eclipse, before leaving indie…
Andrew Unterberger / March 16, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Dawn Richard’s Trippy R&B, Quarterbacks’ Twee-Punk, and More

There's too much music. The Internet cemented that from here on out there's always going to be worthy releases that fall between the cracks —…
SPIN Staff / March 13, 2015

Review: Heems Confronts His (And Hip-Hop’s) Dualities on the Surprisingly Mournful ‘Eat Pray Thug’

Why does it seem like only the best bands break up? Perhaps because the weight of what they made was too great for their shoulders:…
Dan Weiss / March 11, 2015

Review: Madonna Becomes the Heel of Pop on the Admirably Shameless ‘Rebel Heart’

As the woman who reinvented and ultimately defined what pop stardom means, Madonna understands the first rule of it better than anyone else: Never be…
Andrew Unterberger / March 10, 2015

Review: Will Butler’s Wonky, Tightly Wound ‘Policy’

Will Butler has always been an outlier. As Arcade Fire's second-most-famous Butler, he's always made being weird seem just as alluring as fitting in. During…
Brennan Carley / March 9, 2015

Review: Purity Ring Get Stuck in Ether-Pop Purgatory on ‘another eternity’

“I don’t have patience for long, wandering pieces,” Corin Roddick of Purity Ring told SPIN in January. “I need a focused song, usually with a…
Andrew Unterberger / March 4, 2015

Review: Skrillex and Diplo Put the Umlaut in Wüb-Wüb-Wüb on ‘Jack Ü’

Skrillex and Diplo surprise-dropped an album last week as Jack Ü, a moniker that takes half a Prince song title and adds umlauts — perfect. These…
Dan Weiss / March 3, 2015

Review: Cannibal Ox and the Return of Samurai Rap on ‘Blade of the Ronin’

See, the big question isn’t if Cannibal Ox would ever get back together. Thirty-seven-year-old, gruff-voiced headliner Vast Aire and 35-year-old, introspective sidekick Vordul Mega have…
Dan Weiss / March 2, 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…
Dan Weiss / February 27, 2015
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