reviews

Review: Maddie & Tae Tell the Bros to Shut Up and Fish on ‘Start Here’

Part protest, and part indulgence in what they’re protesting, Maddie & Tae’s summer 2014 debut provocation, “Girl in a Country Song,” gently poked fun at…
Jonathan Bernstein / August 18, 2015

Review: Royal Headache Beat a Sophomore Hangover on ‘High’

A couple of minutes into their sophomore LP High, Australian pub-punks Royal Headache stumble upon an important lesson for a young band: Rock’n’roll is a…
Colin Joyce / August 18, 2015

Review: FKA twigs Takes No Prisoners on the New ‘M3LL155X’ EP

Less than a year ago, Tahliah Barnett transformed the set of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon into her own personal wind tunnel, ducking and weaving through…
Harley Brown / August 17, 2015

Review: Mick Jenkins Obeys His Thirst on the H2O-Obsessed ‘Wave(s)’

Chicago-via-Huntsville rapper Mick Jenkins was a conspicuously missing name from the Social Experiment’s Surf this year, considering the breezy float of traditional easy-listening instruments that…
Dan Weiss / August 17, 2015

SPIN World Report: Mbongwana Star’s Congolese Street Music, Fabiano Do Nascimento’s Afro-Brazilian Folk Shredding

The term “world music,” ick — a marketer’s desperate pitch more than tangible genre, suggesting either Yankee provincialism (there’s Americana, British rock, and, um, The World) or…
Jason Gubbels / August 14, 2015

Review: Luke Bryan Leaves Spring Break Behind as He Pushes 40 on ‘Kill the Lights’

You can leave your headlamps on for only so long. Eventually, the battery’s gonna die. Judging by the title of Luke Bryan’s fifth record, Kill…
Brad Shoup / August 14, 2015

Review: Lil B and Chance the Rapper Do What They Want Any Old Time on ‘Free’

The main thing about Free, Chance the Rapper’s surprise collaboration with the B*s*d G*d himself, Lil B, is it’s named after — and quietly a…
Dan Weiss / August 14, 2015

Review: Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique Keep the Floor Full But Little Else on ‘Love Is Free’

Know how they say to never go food shopping when you’re hungry? Well, never overhype everything a great artist releases while you’re waiting on a…
Dan Weiss / August 13, 2015

Review: Dr. Dre Returns After 16 Years to Deliver His Surprise Retirement Record ‘Compton’

Detox has arrived. Except it’s not Detox, it’s Compton. And fortunately, Compton is not hip-hop’s Chinese Democracy — a mythical, long-awaited record released to shrug…
Matthew Ramirez / August 11, 2015

Review: Palehound Ties Indie Rock in Knots on ‘Dry Food’

The way some people have a way with words, Palehound singer/songwriter Ellen Kempner has a way with a guitar: Looped lines tumble out in the…
Colin Joyce / August 10, 2015
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