reviews

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Brandon Soderberg / April 9, 2014

Ted Leo and Aimee Mann Double Your Power-Pop Pleasure as ‘The Both’

Power-pop gets no respect, and why should it? Those anachronistic harmonies consistently fail to achieve pop success, and few power-pop bands wouldn't benefit from more…
Dan Weiss / April 7, 2014

Damn Right ‘It’s Album Time’: House Whiz Todd Terje Drops a Booty Bomb

For the last decade, Oslo DJ/producer Todd Terje has indulged scholarly fetishes for '60s lounge music, '70s disco/prog/jazz-fusion, '80s TV show themes, and '90s electronica,…
Barry Walters / April 7, 2014

Avey Tare’s New Trio Delivers Chills, Thrills on ‘Enter the Slasher House’

As half the songwriting force in Animal Collective, Avey Tare is the Trogg to Panda Bear's Beach Boy. In contrast to Panda's dulcet harmonies ("My…
Andy Beta / April 6, 2014

Ratking Resurrect Backpack Rap on ‘So It Goes,’ and It Doesn’t Suck

Nostalgia is so irritatingly inexorable it can resurrect even the nerdiest of musical subgenres: backpack rap. Some might claim the earnest, hyperlyrical, outré faction of…
Anupa Mistry / April 4, 2014

Nirvana: SPIN’s Original Album Reviews, Collected

On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home located just outside of Seattle, Washington. Twenty years later, we're still processing the…
SPIN Staff / April 3, 2014

Bon Iver’s S. Carey Forges His Own Path on ‘Range of Light’

When Sean Carey, percussionist and backing vocalist for Bon Iver, ventures out on his own under the recording name of S. Carey, he equips himself…
Kyle McGovern / April 2, 2014

Review: Thievery Corporation, ‘Saudade’

Sushi (すし, 寿司, 鮨, 鮓, 寿斗, 寿し, 壽司?) is a…
Garrett Kamps / April 1, 2014

Jon Langford Questions War, Puff Pieces on Delightful ‘Here Be Monsters’

Welsh-born Chicagoan Jon Langford boasts a unique creative energy, unless you can name another individual who helped pioneer cowpunk (Fear And Whiskey) while contributing artwork…
Jason Gubbels / April 1, 2014

Post-Rock Supergroup Inventions Conjure Transfixing Debut

Can there be such a thing as an ambient music supergroup? Feels like a contradiction in terms: Two titans of sonic landscape design join forces…
Garrett Kamps / April 1, 2014

Cloud Nothings Hit Emo’s Sweet (And Sour) Spot on ‘Here And Nowhere Else’

The emo revival! It's the new alt-R&B! And it's littered with bands — A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Into It. Over It. — that have taken…
Claire Lobenfeld / March 31, 2014

Mac DeMarco is the Slacker With a Heart of Gold on the Endearing ‘Salad Days’

In American Hustle, when Jennifer Lawrence's character goes on and on about "that perfume you can't stop smelling even when there's something sour in it,"
Jillian Mapes / March 28, 2014

Pilgrim Worship All That is Dark, Evil, Nerdy on ‘II: Void Worship’

Pilgrim's only been on the doom metal scene for four years, but their music already sounds ancient: the soundtrack to a crumbling heathen monolith. II:…
Kim Kelly / March 28, 2014

Future Islands Channel Synth-Pop Greats, William Shatner on ‘Singles’

Polling my music-expert friends (professional and otherwise) to try and help this '90s baby identify the correct analogy for Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring’s…
Dan Weiss / March 25, 2014

The Hold Steady Reboot Their Sad-Bastard Rock Moves on ‘Teeth Dreams’

Craig Finn's the kind of rock and roller who references W.B. Yeats and John Berryman because he's dog-eared their paperbacks, not just because he likes…
Jason Gubbels / March 25, 2014

Liars Bring The Noise, Funk, Bath Salts On Mesmerizing ‘Mess’

Liars don't simply write songs. They create musical translations of our collective existential crises. This means their music is going to be messy. It's going…
Stephanie Benson / March 22, 2014
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