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Review: Jason Derulo Is Better Than ‘Bad,’ He’s Good on ‘Everything Is 4′

For a man who’s best-known for singing his name enough times to fill an hour, Jason Desrouleaux’s music really ascended when he decided it needed…
Dan Weiss / June 1, 2015

Review: A$AP Rocky Stays Too High to Die on ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’

There are a whole lotta cooks in A$AP Rocky’s kitchen: five executive producers (including himself), plus a couple handfuls of other producers. So the fact…
Rebecca Haithcoat / May 29, 2015

SPIN Rap Report: Future Raps Way Past Pluto and Father Revives Snap

Lil Wayne's in a custody battle with Birdman over his soul, Jay Z's bricking with Tidal instead of rapping about pushing bricks, Kanye's taken the…
Drew Millard / May 29, 2015

Review: Mysterioso DIY Rapper Ka Becomes Dr. Yen Lo on ‘Days With Dr. Yen Lo’

Brownsville MC Ka is a man among Shmoney-dancing boys, but by historical accident, he’s never gotten to enjoy dignitary status. Instead, the rapper (and senior…
M.T. Richards / May 28, 2015

Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Welcomes the Private Into Public on the Kaleidoscopic ‘Multi-Love’

Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar "Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty" fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing…
Harley Brown / May 27, 2015

The Top Ten Moments at Movement Electronic Music Festival

There’s a rumor that Detroit’s Hart Plaza, which annually hosts hundreds of thousands of beats and bodies for the city’s long-running Movement Electronic Music Festival, aligns…
Harley Brown / May 27, 2015

Review: Faith No More Leave Us Asking ‘What Is It?’ on ‘Sol Invictus’

Mike Patton retains his cult for making a 25-year career of Doing Whatever He Wants, less in the Tom Waits model than a more slovenly…
Dan Weiss / May 21, 2015

Review: Joanna Gruesome Create More Than Just Messy, Joyous Outbursts on ‘Peanut Butter’

Joanna Gruesome's debut 2013 full-length, Weird Sister, established the band as a spiritual descendent of both the early '90s K Records/Kill Rock Stars rosters and…
Annie Zaleski / May 21, 2015

Review: Holly Herndon Pioneers the Skype Breakup Album With ‘Platform’

The twitchy, cyborg kineticisms that Holly Herndon has dripped out over the last few years can project something of a desolate exterior. Like a foreboding…
Colin Joyce / May 20, 2015

Review: EDM Titan Zedd’s Orchestral Expansion Lacks Direction on ‘True Colors’

Blame it on the self-perpetuating myth of the "sophomore slump," but massively successful artists have more to lose on their second effort than their debut. In the…
Harley Brown / May 20, 2015

Review: Tanlines Could Use a Five-Hour Energy Shot on ‘Highlights’

Never say that margarita-wave duo Tanlines don't know how to roll out a beachball of a record. In preparation for their second studio album, Highlights, percussionist Jesse…
Rachel Brodsky / May 19, 2015

Review: Brandon Flowers Ascends Toward True Throb n’ Moan on ‘The Desired Effect’

Comparisons to Springsteen mattered a few years ago, but the truth is clearer in 2015: Brandon Flowers is our Stevie Nicks. "Mr. Brightside," "Can’t Deny…
Alfred Soto / May 19, 2015

Review: Shamir Can’t Contain Himself on the Year’s Best Debut, ‘Ratchet’

If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know…
Dan Weiss / May 17, 2015

Review: Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba Shred Without Guitars on ‘Ba Power’

Bassekou Kouyaté’s band is Ngoni Ba, which translates roughly as "The Big Ngoni," a pretty terrific description of what Kouyaté’s selling, if you know what…
Jason Gubbels / May 11, 2015

Review: ‘PC Music Volume 1′ Proves the Satirical Collective Can Sell Us Anything

This is where A.G. Cook's PC Music collective, whose exuberantly subversive singles and radio mixes operate outside of salable constrictions, gets audited for iTunes approval.
Dan Weiss / May 8, 2015

Review: Mikal Cronin Strings Us Along on the Baroque-Pop ‘MCIII’

The two halves of Mikal Cronin’s third LP collide on the first song of what we once called Side B, "i) Alone," which also serves…
Harley Brown / May 8, 2015

Review: Indie Rock Is the New Stadium Rock on Mumford & Sons’ ‘Wilder Mind’

Here's a sentence that would've made absolutely no sense in 2005 (and only slightly more in 2015): The biggest band in the world desperately wants…
Andrew Unterberger / May 8, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Young Guv’s Power-Pop, Lord Huron’s Folk Revival, and More

With new albums flying at us left and right in a DIY age where anything you doodle on your laptop could become tomorrow's viral hit,…
SPIN Staff / May 7, 2015

Review: Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan Goes For a Nostalgia Trip on Solo LP ‘Non-Believers’

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Mac McCaughan would be so deft at painting a hormone-addled, John Hughes-ian portrait of teenhood; he's essentially been soundtracking…
Rachel Brodsky / May 6, 2015

Review: Post-Hardcore Stalwarts METZ Vary Their Mutilation Technique on ‘II’

With the imposing physicality of their music's warped hardcore handiwork, METZ to date has not been a band for whom subtlety has been a high…
Colin Joyce / May 5, 2015
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