Reviews

Vivian Girls’ Last Hurrah: Photos, Obituary From Trio’s Final Show

What follows is our obit for beloved Brooklyn garage-rock band the Vivian Girls; above, please enjoy photos from their farewell gig this past Sunday night…
By: Michael Tedder / March 3, 2014

Real Estate Get a Little Less Chill and a Little More Proactive on the Surprisingly Bracing ‘Atlas’

On the one hand, Real Estate are annoying. I'm saying this to hurt their feelings; their music could use a little hurt. One of the…
By: Dan Weiss / February 28, 2014

ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’ Both Transcends and Succumbs to Gangsta Rap’s Baser Impulses

ScHoolboy Q, the most unambitious and conventional member of Southern California's ambitious, unconventional Black Hippy crew, drops scrunched-up, novelistic raps about street life over sizzurp-dipped,…
By: Brandon Soderberg / February 26, 2014

Neneh Cherry’s ‘Blank Project’ Is an Ocean of Intimate, Nonchalantly Electrifying Funk

Neneh Cherry has made a career out of hiding in plain sight — which, granted, might be a funny thing to say about a woma…
By: Philip Sherburne / February 25, 2014

Annie Clark Burns Down the Boys’ Club on the Poised, Effortless ‘St. Vincent’

In the relatively short span of what now constitutes four St. Vincent albums, Annie Clark has become an icon. That's no surprise — she's smart…
By: Jessica Hopper / February 25, 2014

Beck Harvests Some West-Coast-Folkie Sunlight on the Stark, Lovely ‘Morning Phase’

Before considering whether Beck's first album in six years is really Sea Change II (spoiler alert: not exactly), a slight detour into armchair psychology seem…
By: Jason Gubbels / February 24, 2014

Photos: Perfect Pussy Play Secret Show in Brooklyn

Those still mourning the loss of 285 Kent should take solace in the fact that Brooklyn will never want for rad places to see cheerfully…
By: Krista Schlueter / February 24, 2014

The Notwist’s Droning, Clattering ‘Close to the Glass’ Zones Out on the Autobahn

Bavaria art-rockers the Notwist used to sound too metal for indie people and not metal enough for metal people — both of whom were mostly…
By: Chuck Eddy / February 22, 2014

Photos: DIIV Hit NYC on Kurt Cobain’s Birthday

It's been a pretty odd couple of years for indie-rock dudes DIIV, but they're keeping at it, most recently via a vibrant NYC gig at…
By: SPIN Staff / February 21, 2014

Angel Olsen’s Stark, Fraught ‘Burn Your Fire for No Witness’ Is Equal Parts Heat and Smoke

Angel Olsen buries a thesis statement at the end of her third album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. On "Window," over a barely audible…
By: Alfred Soto / February 21, 2014
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