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Review: DJ Khaled Is the Biggest Hypeman of All Time on ‘Major Key’

DJ Khaled is a movie star. You won’t literally see him at the Megaplex, but an invite to the Oscars red carpet isn't completely out…
Matthew Ramirez / August 4, 2016

Review: Dinosaur Jr.’s Minds Are Green as Ever on ‘Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not’

The guitar splatter of Dinosaur Jr. is one of the most instantly recognizable sounds of the early-‘90s alt-rock boom. But even given the influence of…
Eric Davidson / August 2, 2016

Review: Field Mouse Roar (Quietly) From Philadelphia on ‘Episodic’

Modern dream-pop is a versatile label, applied to the heady melodies of Beach House and the hooky sway of the Pains of Being Pure at…
Anna Gaca / August 1, 2016

SPIN Metal Report: Vektor Deliver Neo-Thrash’s Masterpiece and Inter Arma Explore Outer Space

For a genre whose fans are so often labeled (sometimes rightly) as rigid constructionists, metal’s last few years have been marked by an unprecedented burst…
Colin Joyce / July 29, 2016

Review: NAO Fumbles Toward Ecstasy on ‘For All We Know’

British R&B singer Neo Joshua has charted a slow — yet inexorable — path to her own startling breakout moment. She entered as one-fifth of…
Mosi Reeves / July 29, 2016

Review: Jeremih Bangs the World Senseless, One Continent at a Time, on ‘Late Nights: Europe’

When Jeremih emerged in 2009 with the quaint (but highly sensual) No. 4 hit "Birthday Sex," there was no sign until after his second album…
Israel Daramola / July 28, 2016

Review: Gucci Mane’s ‘Everybody Looking’ Is a Rap Comeback Like No Other

"I got the best intentions but I made rash decisions," Gucci Mane raps on "No Sleep (Intro)," an unflinching, autobiographical look at how southern rap’s…
Drew Millard / July 27, 2016

Review: Jamila Woods’ Vision of ‘HEAVN’ Is Neither Lost Nor Lonely

Collectivism in art is kind of bulls**t, no? How many artists have good-naturedly brought their squad with them to the top, only to find that…
Dan Weiss / July 26, 2016

Review: Descendents Embrace Oldage on ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’

Descendents making an album for old people, by old people: It sounds like a bad joke, even by the SoCal ex-brats' standards. For the better…
Andrew Unterberger / July 25, 2016

Review: Psalm Zero Put the Power in Corruption and Lies on ‘Stranger to Violence’

Psalm Zero was a departure for both of the New York industrial-metal group's main members: Vocalist/bassist Charlie Looker cut his teeth in experimental rock groups…
Andy O'Connor / July 22, 2016

Review: Pylon’s Final ‘Live’ Set Before Their Hiatus Was Ahead of Its Time

Every scene has a spirit. In New York and Los Angeles, it’s all about competition, turf wars fought with guitar riffs and unique aesthetics, while…
Zoe Camp / July 20, 2016

Review: On His Major-Label Debut, Clams Casino Is ’32 Levels’ and Then Some

Clams Casino is not, in the strictest sense, a hip-hop artist. But his influence over and relationship with the sound of the genre’s past decade…
Paul Thompson / July 20, 2016

Review: BADBADNOTGOOD Refute Their Name Completely on ‘IV’

In the language of modern jazz, sonic references to different historical periods inherently fail to say anything new. As such, it’s almost essential that jazz…
Justin Joffe / July 19, 2016

Review: Elysia Crampton and Friends Throw Trap and New Age Into a Blender on ‘Demon City’

Disorientation is the name of Elysia Crampton’s game. This Virginia-based producer is a genre-fusion wunderkind, and her official and unofficial catalogs are riddled with stretches…
Raymond Cummings / July 18, 2016

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: The Goon Sax and Let’s Eat Grandma Are Teenagers of the Year

Welcome to the dark underbelly of the pretty unfair industry cycle that shoves Radiohead and Queen Bey and Views and that Apple Music independent contractor Chance…
SPIN Staff / July 15, 2016

Review: ‘Blank Face LP’ Is ScHoolboy Q’s Dark Night of the Soul

It's hard to make grand pronouncements about ScHoolboy Q. He's indebted to many things — many parts that don't define him as a whole. As…
Kris Ex / July 15, 2016

Review: Dyke Drama Shed Tears and Shred Ears on ‘Up Against the Bricks’

The stripped-down side project is a time-honored punk tradition, an outlet for musicians to elucidate their fury with greater clarity, or dive into topics that…
Annie Zaleski / July 14, 2016

Review: ABRA Turns a ‘CRYBABY’ Into a ‘PRINCESS’ on Her New EP

One of pop music’s most romanticized tropes is the young woman wisping an en garde at the dangers and splendors of the nightlife and floating over them,…
Brian Josephs / July 14, 2016

Review: Respect Good Charlotte’s ‘Youth Authority’

Pop-punk has always been considered a genre where progress has a ceiling. In the mid-'00s, the golden age of the largely teenage phenomenon, bands could…
Maria Sherman / July 12, 2016

Review: The Paranoid Style Make the Trump-Era Send-Up of the Year on ‘Rolling Disclosure’

"American politics has often been an arena for angry minds." So wrote Richard Hofstadter in "The Paranoid Style in American Politics," his seminal 1964 Harper’s…
Jason Gubbels / July 11, 2016
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