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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

SPIN Noise/Experimental Report: Methlab Explosion Loosen Bowels, Prurient Scares Your Mom

At the heart of experimental music is an aim toward the aspirational. High-minded tinkerers evoke future utopias for the world of organized sound, offering statements…
Raymond Cummings and Colin Joyce / September 3, 2015

Review: Public Image Ltd. Accidentally Make an Enjoyable Record With ‘What the World Needs Now…’

"Lucky you," began John Lydon’s radio announcer-like intro to Public Image Ltd.’s 2012’s "reunion" album This Is PiL. "You are now entering a PiL zone!"
Dan Weiss / September 2, 2015

Review: Grouper’s Liz Harris Peeks Through the Clouds on Helen’s Debut, ‘The Original Faces’

Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged…
Colin Joyce / August 31, 2015

Review: All Hail the King of P*ssy-Pop on the Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’

"I'm the nigga with the hair / Singin' 'bout / Poppin' pills / F--kin' bitches / Livin' life so trill." So sings Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a.
Harley Brown / August 28, 2015

Review: Willis Earl Beal Prepares for the Big Sleep on ‘Noctunes’

Since the release of 2013's Nobody Knows., his last LP for XL subsidiary Hot Charity, Willis Earl Beal's been through some s--t. The vagabond songwriter publicly…
Colin Joyce / August 27, 2015

Review: Beach House Foster Openhearted Ambiguity on ‘Depression Cherry’

Virtually every interview that's been published about Beach House since their inception in 2004 has this moment of intense awkwardness, when Victoria Legrand and Alex…
Colin Joyce / August 25, 2015

Review: Yo La Tengo Are Set Adrift on Memory Bliss for ‘Stuff Like That There’

Lord knows Yo La Tengo is one of the world’s best cover bands. Who else has the chops to turn the Beach Boys’ "Little Honda,"
Dan Weiss / August 25, 2015

Review: Advance Base Offers Realism in Soft Light on ‘Nephew in the Wild’

Owen Ashworth writes car songs. It's not that the tinny keyboard-driven compositions he's made over the past decade-plus sounds particularly great slapping out of factory sedan…
Colin Joyce / August 24, 2015

Review: Destroyer Humanizes Times Square and Follows Your Rose on ‘Poison Season’

There seems to be some misunderstanding about how difficult Dan Bejar is to understand. A decade-plus worth of press clippings label the man…
Marc Hogan / August 24, 2015
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