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Review: Cakes da Killa’s Hedonism Brings Lust and Rage to the Dance Floor

In a maddening 2014 Hot 97 interview with Cakes Da Killa, rap's knucklehead gatekeepers Ebro and Peter Rosenberg told the New Jersey MC…
Brandon Soderberg / October 25, 2016

Lady Gaga’s Newest Character Is a Dive Bar Queen Named Joanne

Like a meat dress destined to become jerky (lest it spoil), it has long been clear that a shift in form was inevitable for Lady…
Rich Juzwiak / October 21, 2016

Review: Green Day Try to Kill Pop-Punk on Revolution Radio

On December 31, 2015, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sent out a rare tweet. He wrote, "my mission for 2016? to destroy…
Maria Sherman / October 10, 2016

Review: Joyce Manor’s Vital Pop-Punk Enters Adulthood on Cody

Frontman Barry Johnson is not tired of talking about the most distinct line on Joyce Manor’s addictive new album, Cody, a record packed…
Ian Cohen / October 6, 2016

Review: Solange’s Exquisite A Seat at the Table Is a Portrait of Black Pain and Healing

Solange Knowles has released about as misunderstood (and excellent) records as she's released records at all. Her debut, Solo Star, has been criticized for being…
Katherine St. Asaph / October 6, 2016

Review: Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition Is A Thrilling, Harrowing Ride

Danny Brown is a man in limbo who is struggling to find balance. In song he’s autobiographical, often flipping between zonked out and deadly serious,…
Sheldon Pearce / September 30, 2016

Review: Bon Iver Transcends Indie Icon Status on 22, A Million

Halfway through Obama’s first presidency, the mainstream tilted in such a way it seemed that indie music--that long-beloved genre of fops and sensitives--was actually and authentically…
Jeremy Gordon / September 29, 2016

Review: On Campaign, Ty Dolla $ign Isn’t Just a Stud

One assumes, given his fame and wealth, that Ty Dolla $ign is the sort of person he portrays himself to be in his songs, which…
Jordan Sargent / September 27, 2016

Review: On Care, How to Dress Well Opens His Heart and Arrangements

If alt-R&B disappears ever, it’ll be via suffocation under a heap of its own baggage. The stereotypes are well-known and vicious. The worst of the…
Katherine St. Asaph / September 23, 2016

Classic Reviews: Nirvana, Nevermind

This review originally ran in the December 1991 issue of SPIN. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind, we've republished this piece here. …
Lauren Spencer / September 23, 2016

Review: Beach Slang Are Some Kind of Wonderful on A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

Do it for the kids. So goes the mantra espoused by several colleagues of mine, half inside joke, half journalistic mission statement. The aphorism, often…
Zoe Camp / September 22, 2016

Review: Usher’s Hard II Love Arrives a Bit Too Late

Four years ago, it felt like Usher Raymond IV had broken new ground. On "Climax," his lovelorn pathos was married to Diplo’s frostbitten production, making for a…
Brian Josephs / September 20, 2016

Review: Preoccupations Ride a New Wave on Self-Titled Reboot

In 2013, a Canadian post-punk band called Viet Cong embarked on its first tour, stopping to perform in a small, sweaty room in Brooklyn along…
Andy Cush / September 16, 2016

SPIN R&B Report: Yuna Props Up Woozy Soul With Smelling Salts, Laura Mvula Meets Pop Halfway

While the world spent much of this year waiting for Frank Ocean, R&B continued to evolve. This season’s picks illustrate that there’s a thriving crop…
Mosi Reeves / August 26, 2016

Review: Cass McCombs Is a Moving Target on ‘Mangy Love’

There’s a story Cass McCombs has told about how in his older days, he would never sit for publicity shots. At a certain point, the…
Andy Beta / August 25, 2016
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