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Review: Holly Herndon Pioneers the Skype Breakup Album With ‘Platform’

The twitchy, cyborg kineticisms that Holly Herndon has dripped out over the last few years can project something of a desolate exterior. Like a foreboding…
Colin Joyce / May 20, 2015

Review: EDM Titan Zedd’s Orchestral Expansion Lacks Direction on ‘True Colors’

Blame it on the self-perpetuating myth of the "sophomore slump," but massively successful artists have more to lose on their second effort than their debut. In the…
Harley Brown / May 20, 2015

Review: Tanlines Could Use a Five-Hour Energy Shot on ‘Highlights’

Never say that margarita-wave duo Tanlines don't know how to roll out a beachball of a record. In preparation for their second studio album, Highlights, percussionist Jesse…
Rachel Brodsky / May 19, 2015

Review: Brandon Flowers Ascends Toward True Throb n’ Moan on ‘The Desired Effect’

Comparisons to Springsteen mattered a few years ago, but the truth is clearer in 2015: Brandon Flowers is our Stevie Nicks. "Mr. Brightside," "Can’t Deny…
Alfred Soto / May 19, 2015

Review: Shamir Can’t Contain Himself on the Year’s Best Debut, ‘Ratchet’

If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know…
Dan Weiss / May 17, 2015

Review: Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba Shred Without Guitars on ‘Ba Power’

Bassekou Kouyaté’s band is Ngoni Ba, which translates roughly as "The Big Ngoni," a pretty terrific description of what Kouyaté’s selling, if you know what…
Jason Gubbels / May 11, 2015

Review: ‘PC Music Volume 1′ Proves the Satirical Collective Can Sell Us Anything

This is where A.G. Cook's PC Music collective, whose exuberantly subversive singles and radio mixes operate outside of salable constrictions, gets audited for iTunes approval.
Dan Weiss / May 8, 2015

Review: Mikal Cronin Strings Us Along on the Baroque-Pop ‘MCIII’

The two halves of Mikal Cronin’s third LP collide on the first song of what we once called Side B, "i) Alone," which also serves…
Harley Brown / May 8, 2015

Review: Indie Rock Is the New Stadium Rock on Mumford & Sons’ ‘Wilder Mind’

Here's a sentence that would've made absolutely no sense in 2005 (and only slightly more in 2015): The biggest band in the world desperately wants…
Andrew Unterberger / May 8, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Young Guv’s Power-Pop, Lord Huron’s Folk Revival, and More

With new albums flying at us left and right in a DIY age where anything you doodle on your laptop could become tomorrow's viral hit,…
SPIN Staff / May 7, 2015

Review: Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan Goes For a Nostalgia Trip on Solo LP ‘Non-Believers’

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Mac McCaughan would be so deft at painting a hormone-addled, John Hughes-ian portrait of teenhood; he's essentially been soundtracking…
Rachel Brodsky / May 6, 2015

Review: Post-Hardcore Stalwarts METZ Vary Their Mutilation Technique on ‘II’

With the imposing physicality of their music's warped hardcore handiwork, METZ to date has not been a band for whom subtlety has been a high…
Colin Joyce / May 5, 2015

Review: Best Coast Refuse to Hit Cruise Control on ‘California Nights’

Expectation is a finicky, often insurmountable burden attached to nearly every album in the Internet age. It’s impossible to avoid the entirety of a band’s…
Brennan Carley / May 4, 2015

Review: Ciara’s (Lack of) Future Is So Bright She Doesn’t Need Shade on ‘Jackie’

Forgive this one: Ciara is like the Bernie Sanders of R&B. Her mononym (and title of her previous album) for once reflect a keep-it-simple-stupid ethos…
Dan Weiss / May 4, 2015

Review: Blur Cruise Comfortably Into Their Second Act with ‘The Magic Whip’

sSometime in the year 2023, Blur and Radiohead will release the exact same album. As Radiohead's material continues to get jammier, mellower and less electronic-based,…
Andrew Unterberger / April 28, 2015

Review: Raekwon Lets Us Into the Mind of a Killer-For-Hire on ‘Fly International Luxurious Art’

Raekwon is the deadpanning, teeth-gritting Don of Staten Island, who's long cut one of gangsta rap’s more venal figures: a vanquisher-for-hire who comports himself with…
M.T. Richards / April 28, 2015

Review: Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld Honk and Scrape on ‘Never Were the Way She Was’

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld have given no formal interviews about their brawny new collaborative album, Never were the way she was, which is mostly…
Harley Brown / April 27, 2015

Review: With Your Help, Miami Horror Let Loose on ‘All Possible Futures’

For a band so steeped in Australian, bush-brined sugar-pop, Miami Horror show a better understanding of American Top 40 than many of our own homegrown…
Brennan Carley / April 24, 2015

Review: Speedy Ortiz Refuse to Stand in Place on the Jagged-Riffed ‘Foil Deer’

On Speedy Ortiz's new album, Foil Deer, frontwoman Sadie Dupuis doesn't set the world on fire — she's the type to write characters who light a cigarette only…
Harley Brown / April 24, 2015

Review: Yelawolf Continues to Puzzle and Impress in Equal Measure on ‘Love Story’

The second-worst mistake a rapper can make on their sophomore album is rapping about how much the music industry has failed them. It makes them sound whiny,…
Drew Millard / April 23, 2015
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