Reviews

Review: Speedy Ortiz Refuse to Stand in Place on the Jagged-Riffed ‘Foil Deer’

On Speedy Ortiz's new album, Foil Deer, frontwoman Sadie Dupuis doesn't set the world on fire — she's the type to write characters who light a cigarette only…
By: Harley Brown / April 24, 2015

Review: Yelawolf Continues to Puzzle and Impress in Equal Measure on ‘Love Story’

The second-worst mistake a rapper can make on their sophomore album is rapping about how much the music industry has failed them. It makes them sound whiny,…
By: Drew Millard / April 23, 2015

Review: Built to Spill Enter the Rock-Will-Never-Die Stage on ‘Untethered Moon’

Even in those bygone days when guitar wranglers prowled all-ages clubs, Doug Martsch’s method seemed messianic: six strings exploring the sublime. Nominally indie after nearly…
By: Jason Gubbels / April 22, 2015

Review: Alabama Shakes Can’t Be Tamed on the Ripping ‘Sound and Color’

Alabama Shakes epitomize what a rock band should be in this era, mostly for what they lack. Confidence oozes out of every note that pour…
By: Natasha Aftandilians / April 22, 2015

Review: Young Thug Interrupts His MVP Status With a Bunt on ‘Barter 6′

This is the year of the fauxtape. This trend means that once former SPIN Rappers of the Year like Danny Brown (XXX) and Chance the…
By: Dan Weiss / April 21, 2015

Review: Passion Pit Celebrate Hard-Won Happiness on the Joyful ‘Kindred’

On a casual listen, pretty much everything Passion Pit puts out sounds joyfully, euphorically saccharine — especially when the glittery vocals are in such a high…
By: James Grebey / April 21, 2015

Review: Girl Band Blend Disco and Noise-Rock Into Sonic Napalm on ‘The Early Years’

Ask John Lydon: Anger is an energy, but disco is a weapon. Like so many other first-wave punks and post-punks — Wire, Joy Division, the…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 20, 2015

SPIN Pop Report: Seinabo Sey Electrifies R&B, Years & Years Do Haze-Pop Right

Though the sounds of Top 40 remain largely stagnant this year, there have been several mold-breaking exceptions in Q1, eschewing the typical pop format for…
By: Brennan Carley / April 16, 2015

Review: Tyler, the Creator, Working Hard and Hardly Working on ‘Cherry Bomb’

"I don't like to follow the rules / And that's just who I am," Tyler Okonma plaintively states on "DEATHCAMP," the opener to his fourth…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 16, 2015

Review: Dwight Yoakam’s Latter-Day Winning Streak Continues on ‘Second Hand Heart’

Artists dependent on tradition as muse and subject gamble on fate. Eventually the marketplace will deal — so they think. Well, Dwight Yoakam has wo…
By: Alfred Soto / April 13, 2015
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