Reviews

Boards of Canada’s ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest': Our Impulsive Reviews

Yesterday, Boards of Canada streamed their first album in eight years, Tomorrow's Harvest, during a YouTube event. Today, seven SPIN editors give their hasty…
By: SPIN Staff / June 4, 2013

Queens of the Stone Age, ‘…Like Clockwork’ (Matador)

Here are two things to get out of the way regarding Queens of the Stone Age's sixth record, ...Like Clockwork. First: Prodigal renegade bassist and…
By: Michael Tedder / June 3, 2013

Disclosure, ‘Settle’ (PMR)

Disclosure's debut album opens with an extended sample swiped from a motivational speaker's pep talk. Over a rippling, pulsing 2-step beat, a voice bellows, "How…
By: Philip Sherburne / June 3, 2013

Kylesa, ‘Ultraviolet’ (Season of Mist)

Lately, droves of metal bands seem to be letting go of metal a little, while somehow still getting heavier. Torche, who began life as sludge-metal…
By: Kory Grow / May 30, 2013

The-Dream, ‘IV Play’

The-Dream's fourth record — handily titled IV Play — is one of impatience. "I can give a fuck about the foreplay / I want it…
By: Jordan Sargent / May 29, 2013

DFA’s 12th Anniversary Party: On the Scene at James Murphy’s Family Affair

For both initiates and longtime revelers, many with agog looks on their faces, stepping into Brooklyn's gaudy Grand Prospect Hall for "12 Years of DFA…
By: Andy Beta / May 28, 2013

Eluvium, ‘Nightmare Ending’ (Temporary Residence)

Over the past 10 years, ambient drift-maker Eluvium, a.k.a. Portland's Matthew Cooper, has built a five-record discography that should rightfully make him the Brian Eno…
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / May 28, 2013

Laura Marling, ‘Once I Was an Eagle’ (Ribbon)

Oh, wunderkinds. They grow up so fast. British folk singer Laura Marling debuted at the age of 18 with 2008's Alas, I Cannot Swim, the…
By: Michael Tedder / May 28, 2013

French Montana, ‘Excuse My French’ (Maybach Music/Bad Boy/Interscope)

French Montana lacks a certain intangible quality. He isn't as "wavy" as former cohort Max B (though he's not in prison, either). He lacks the…
By: David Turner / May 24, 2013

Laura Marling Enchants L.A.’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery With Songs of Loss and Beauty

Seven songs into her set at the Masonic Lodge in Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Tuesday night, Laura Marling looked up at her seated…
By: Chris Martins / May 22, 2013

The National, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ (4AD)

Anatomies of melancholy in modern music rarely come with skeletons as complete as the National's. Their audience continues to expand — hell, I heard "Fake…
By: Alfred Soto / May 22, 2013

RP Boo, ‘Legacy’ (Planet Mu)

On "Invisibu Boogie," an early track from RP Boo's long-awaited debut LP, Legacy, the 15-year-veteran footwork producer puts the "work" back into Chicago's unstoppable dance…
By: Puja Patel / May 21, 2013

Janelle Monae Twerks the San Francisco Symphony

Stick an orchestra behind the average rock, pop, or R&B star and they typically do one of two things — they usually get outclassed or…
By: Barry Walters / May 17, 2013

Daft Punk, ‘Random Access Memories’ (Columbia)

So the album opens like an overture to a Siegfried & Roy revue: smoke machines and lasers, spandex and glitter, roller-skaters and fire-breathers, blown-back hair,…
By: Garrett Kamps / May 17, 2013

Kanye West Previews Divisive New Tracks at Surprise New York ‘Pop-Up’ Show

Last night's Adult Swim upfront party at New York's Roseland Ballroom quickly transformed into a full Kanye West show where the rapper previewed material off…
By: Jordan Sargent / May 16, 2013

Steffi, ‘Panorama Bar 05′ (Ostgut Ton)

When the Dutch DJ Steffi played Berlin's Boiler Room in 2011, her gaze rarely left the turntables. There were plenty of distractions —…
By: Philip Sherburne / May 16, 2013

Homeboy Sandman, ‘Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent’ (Stones Throw)

Last month, Hot 97 morning-show host, notoriously aggressive "real hip-hop" defender, and professional Nicki Minaj antagonizer Peter Rosenberg released the pointedly titled free mixtape New…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 15, 2013

The Breeders, ‘Last Splash’ (4AD/Elektra)

If rock'n'roll owns a season, summer is definitely it. Maybe not in the city, where the low throb of hip-hop rules the streets, but at…
By: Terri Sutton / May 15, 2013

The Dillinger Escape Plan, ‘One of Us Is the Killer’ (Party Smasher Inc./Sumerian)

Ever since they crawled out of Morris Plains, New Jersey, in 1997, Dillinger Escape Plan's death-metal blast beats, hardcore stop'n'starts, art-prog grandeur, and mosh-pit grind…
By: Jason Gubbels / May 14, 2013

Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories': Our Impulsive Reviews

Yesterday afternoon, Daft Punk's fourth album began streaming on iTunes a week in advance of its Friday release date. Here, seven SPIN editors give hasty…
By: SPIN Staff / May 14, 2013
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