Reviews

August Alsina’s In-the-Pocket R&B Outshines Its Glitzy Guests on ‘Testimony’

Last year, cooin' and oohin' street dude August Alsina arrived with one of the more mazy and rewarding radio R&B songs in quite some time,…
By: Brandon Soderberg / April 17, 2014

Aussie Rapper Iggy Azalea’s ‘The New Classic’ Is a Stone Cold Dud

She's a singer and a rapper, the first white woman to appear on the cover of XXL, and an uninformed expert on Aborigines. She ha…
By: Alfred Soto / April 16, 2014

Gather ‘Round the Fire, Woods Win Hearts ‘With Light and Love’

The Woodsist cult comprises an eponymous record label based in upstate New York, an annual outdoor music festival in Big Sur, and, at the center…
By: Jonathan Zwickel / April 16, 2014

Duck Sauce Make Better Sketches than Jams on Lackluster ‘Quack’

Duck Sauce ain't rocket science. From the beginning, the genius of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden's collaborative M.O. has been its simplicity: Take the choru…
By: Philip Sherburne / April 14, 2014

Protomartyr Open a Can of Post-Punk, Whoop-Ass on ‘Under Color of Official Right’

Joe Casey may have a bit of an anger problem. On "I Stare At Floors," one of the standout songs from his band Protomartyr's second…
By: Michael Tedder / April 14, 2014

The Afghan Whigs Trounce Corgan, Channel Usher on Righteous Comeback ‘Do to the Beast’

Allowing for grumbling from small cohorts of naysayers, it seems safe to posit that the Afghan Whigs have overseen the most artistically successful alternative rock…
By: Jason Gubbels / April 13, 2014

Hole’s ‘Live Through This': Read SPIN’s 1994 Review

In the opening scene of Sid and Nancy, as Sid Vicious is led away by the cops and Nancy Spungen is carried away in a…
By: Charles Aaron / April 11, 2014

SZA’s Soft Focus Soul Slips Into the Background on ‘Z’

From the kush-cloudy quiet storm production to the vague references to what may or may not be emotional turmoil, everything is just out of reach…
By: Brandon Soderberg / April 10, 2014

Haim Fling Their Hair, Casually Transcend at the Fillmore

Are Haim a rock band? On the opening night of their headlining tour at the Fillmore, the first of two sold-out shows at the famed…
By: Barry Walters / April 10, 2014

‘The Future’s Void,’ But EMA Has Some Answers on Her Acerbic Sophomore Album

Despite Erika M. Anderson having some harsh words for millennials and sporting a cautious attitude toward the all-encompassing terror brought on by the Internet, The…
By: Brandon Soderberg / April 9, 2014
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