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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

Review: Built to Spill Enter the Rock-Will-Never-Die Stage on ‘Untethered Moon’

Even in those bygone days when guitar wranglers prowled all-ages clubs, Doug Martsch’s method seemed messianic: six strings exploring the sublime. Nominally indie after nearly…
Jason Gubbels / April 22, 2015

Review: Alabama Shakes Can’t Be Tamed on the Ripping ‘Sound and Color’

Alabama Shakes epitomize what a rock band should be in this era, mostly for what they lack. Confidence oozes out of every note that pours…
Natasha Aftandilians / April 22, 2015

Review: Young Thug Interrupts His MVP Status With a Bunt on ‘Barter 6′

This is the year of the fauxtape. This trend means that once former SPIN Rappers of the Year like Danny Brown (XXX) and Chance the…
Dan Weiss / April 21, 2015

Review: Passion Pit Celebrate Hard-Won Happiness on the Joyful ‘Kindred’

On a casual listen, pretty much everything Passion Pit puts out sounds joyfully, euphorically saccharine — especially when the glittery vocals are in such a high…
James Grebey / April 21, 2015

Review: Girl Band Blend Disco and Noise-Rock Into Sonic Napalm on ‘The Early Years’

Ask John Lydon: Anger is an energy, but disco is a weapon. Like so many other first-wave punks and post-punks — Wire, Joy Division, the…
Andrew Unterberger / April 20, 2015

SPIN Pop Report: Seinabo Sey Electrifies R&B, Years & Years Do Haze-Pop Right

Though the sounds of Top 40 remain largely stagnant this year, there have been several mold-breaking exceptions in Q1, eschewing the typical pop format for…
Brennan Carley / April 16, 2015

Review: Tyler, the Creator, Working Hard and Hardly Working on ‘Cherry Bomb’

"I don't like to follow the rules / And that's just who I am," Tyler Okonma plaintively states on "DEATHCAMP," the opener to his fourth…
Andrew Unterberger / April 16, 2015

Review: Dwight Yoakam’s Latter-Day Winning Streak Continues on ‘Second Hand Heart’

Artists dependent on tradition as muse and subject gamble on fate. Eventually the marketplace will deal — so they think. Well, Dwight Yoakam has won…
Alfred Soto / April 13, 2015

Review: Young Fathers Shake a Leg, Point Fingers on ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’

Boy, is that the album title of the year. Not just for of its popping-off-the-page provocation, the way it grabs you and makes you laugh…
Andrew Unterberger / April 10, 2015

Review: The Mountain Goats Remain Undefeated on the Bloody ‘Beat the Champ’

The question isn't why John Darnielle made an album about pro wrestling but why he didn't do it sooner. With a catalog that eulogizes murdered…
Dan Weiss / April 9, 2015

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 has…
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's…
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
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