Reviews

Review: Courtney Barnett’s Exhilarating ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’

Courtney Barnett's voice is the first thing you hear on her first proper full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, character-sketching opening…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 23, 2015

Review: Tobias Jesso Jr. Falls Short of Nilsson and Newman on ‘Goon’

He's been hailed as the latest link in the venerable Los Angeles-singer-songwriter chain. But L.A. chewed Tobias Jesso Jr. up. He and his band, the…
By: Brad Shoup / March 20, 2015

Review: Kendrick Lamar Returns With the Great American Hip-Hop Album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Azealia Banks — the immensely skilled and completely without-filter rapper who appeared in Playboy the same day that Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited To Pimp a…
By: Dan Weiss / March 20, 2015

Review: Modest Mouse’s Middling Comeback, ‘Strangers to Ourselves’

Eight years and this is it? After several false starts, reports of curious collaborations with two fulcrums from all-time great bands (Big Boi!
By: Kyle McGovern / March 19, 2015

SPIN Electronic Report: Levon Vincent Makes a Splash, DJ Sotofett Blurs Genre Lines

If the first couple of months of 2015 are any indication, this year's quality dance albums are going to make 2014's seem like a hazy,…
By: Steve Mizek / March 18, 2015

Review: Lightning Bolt Add Pleasure to Expressionistic Thrash on ‘Fantasy Empire’

Our brief time on earth offers few pleasures greater than listening to Brian Chippendale play drums. The Lightning Bolt drummer/vocalist's skin-tight snare and the rest…
By: Jeremy D. Larson / March 18, 2015

Review: Twin Shadow Is Ready for Love on ‘Eclipse’

George Lewis Jr., better known under his previously guitar-wielding, leather-jacket-wearing alias Twin Shadow, has said that he finished recording his third album, Eclipse, before leaving…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 16, 2015

Review: Heems Confronts His (And Hip-Hop’s) Dualities on the Surprisingly Mournful ‘Eat Pray Thug’

Why does it seem like only the best bands break up? Perhaps because the weight of what they made was too great for their shoulders:…
By: Dan Weiss / March 11, 2015

Review: Madonna Becomes the Heel of Pop on the Admirably Shameless ‘Rebel Heart’

As the woman who reinvented and ultimately defined what pop stardom means, Madonna understands the first rule of it better than anyone else: Never be…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 10, 2015

Review: Will Butler’s Wonky, Tightly Wound ‘Policy’

Will Butler has always been an outlier. As Arcade Fire's second-most-famous Butler, he's always made being weird seem just as alluring as fitting in. During…
By: Brennan Carley / March 9, 2015

Review: Purity Ring Get Stuck in Ether-Pop Purgatory on ‘another eternity’

"I don't have patience for long, wandering pieces," Corin Roddick of Purity Ring told SPIN in January. "I need a focused song, usually with…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 4, 2015

Review: Skrillex and Diplo Put the Umlaut in Wüb-Wüb-Wüb on ‘Jack Ü’

Skrillex and Diplo surprise-dropped an album last week as Jack Ü, a moniker that takes half a Prince song title and adds umlauts —…
By: Dan Weiss / March 3, 2015

Review: Cannibal Ox and the Return of Samurai Rap on ‘Blade of the Ronin’

See, the big question isn't if Cannibal Ox would ever get back together. Thirty-seven-year-old, gruff-voiced headliner Vast Aire and 35-year-old, introspective sidekick Vordul Mega have…
By: Dan Weiss / March 2, 2015

Review: Colleen Green Can Do Whatever She Wants on the Confessional ‘I Want to Grow Up’

Bubble-grunge stoner Colleen Green (yep, her Facebook URL is "colleengreen420") poses a neat juxtaposition on her third and least-bedsick album, I Want to Grow…
By: Dan Weiss / February 27, 2015

Review: Future Brown Go For Broke on Guest-Stuffed Self-Titled Debut

Future Brown's bio claims that the supergroup — Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof, and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush of Lit City Trax…
By: Brennan Carley / February 26, 2015

Review: Big Sean’s Neither Beautiful Nor Twisted But Quite Dark Fantasy ‘Dark Sky Paradise’

Earlier this week, Kanye received his due at the annual BET Honors ceremony, and in a prerecorded video interview during the festivities, he made a…
By: Dan Weiss / February 25, 2015

Review: Screaming Females Turn Down for ‘Rose Mountain’

After ten years and six albums with Screaming Females, Marissa Paternoster has found her voice. Not that it was exactly missing in the…
By: Rachel Brodsky / February 24, 2015

Review: Torche Are So Un-Metal They’re Actually Metal on ‘Restarter’

It should come to the surprise of absolutely no one that Torche don't consider themselves a metal band. Despite the crunching riffs, thunderou…
By: Andrew Unterberger / February 23, 2015

Review: Jose Gonzalez Leaves the Bedroom Behind on ‘Vestiges & Claws’

It's been seven years since brooding fingerpicker José González released a solo album — we last heard from him on 2007's transfixing I…
By: Rachel Brodsky / February 19, 2015

Review: A Place to Bury Strangers Are Happy to Hurt You on ‘Transfixiation’

Let's be clear: Oliver Ackermann is a happy guy. The seller of custom-crafted effects pedals to the likes of U2, TV on the Radio, and…
By: Dan Weiss / February 18, 2015
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