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Review: Chicago Wunderkind Joey Purp Is Clear-iii’d as Ever on ‘iiiDrops’

The importance of perspective in a hip-hop album can’t be understated. Kendrick Lamar’s records are informed by the civil rights struggle, Kurupt, and Lil Wayne, but…
Brian Josephs / June 7, 2016

Review: Brandy Clark Saved the Hits for Herself This Time on ‘Big Day in a Small Town’

A writer singing her own songs isn’t necessarily a singer. Brandy Clark made this point clear on 2013's 12 Stories; the title’s J.D. Salinger allusion…
Alfred Soto / June 6, 2016

Review: Fifth Harmony’s ‘7/27′ Is Sadly Not All That Worth It

American Idol, The Voice, and The X Factor have 28 seasons of television between them, but they've produced commercially successful talent in much smaller numbers. After…
Brian Josephs / June 2, 2016

Review: Big Thief Are Halfway to a Low-Strung ‘Masterpiece’

"We make love and love makes us," is how Adrianne Lenker summed up the world to Noisey in March. But she tells a grimmer story…
Dan Weiss / June 1, 2016

Review: Ariana Grande Asks Why We’re Wearing That Stupid Man Suit on ‘Dangerous Woman’

Ariana Grande's third album contains winsome orchestral pop, throbbing house, sparkling electro, a Nicki verse, a horn-flecked breeze called "Greedy" (our favorite), a Weezy verse,…
Theon Weber / May 31, 2016

Review: William Tyler’s Instrumental Folk Is History on ‘Modern Country’

The weight of the past bears heavy on William Tyler. During a recent performance in the early Gothic Hall at New York City’s Cloisters Museum…
Colin Joyce / May 31, 2016

Review: Tegan and Sara Write the Pop Album They’ve Earned on ‘Love You to Death’

Tegan and Sara are pop purveyors now — there's no debating that. Not only did the Sisters Quin prove their remarkable chops on 2013's synth glitterbomb…
Rachel Brodsky / May 25, 2016

Review: Kvelertak Grow the Black-Metal Family Yggdrasil on ‘Nattesferd’

Kvelertak are one of those groups who pop up every few eras to make you question where the boundaries of genre end and begin; this…
Dan Weiss / May 24, 2016

SPIN World Report: Ukandanz’s Ethiopian Crunch, Kel Assouf’s Tuareg Stoner-Grunge

In these end times for music labels and record stores, the crate-digging claque apparently has yet to receive the memo. Collectors, unite — below, find four…
Jason Gubbels / May 23, 2016

Review: PUP Proclaim ‘The Dream Is Over’ But Proudly Welcome the Nightmare

Stefan Babcock wants his band dead and it sounds like they might deserve it. The frontman kicks off the first song from PUP’s sophomore LP…
Maria Sherman / May 23, 2016

Review: This Is a Long Drive for Car Seat Headrest on ‘Teens of Denial’

It's funny to think just how recently Car Seat Headrest was a fungible musical commodity. The band, previously the sole province of musical director Will…
Andrew Unterberger / May 20, 2016

Review: The Hotelier’s ‘Goodness’ Is Awfully Modest About Its Greatness

"Listen more, speak less," Christian Holden wrote on Tumblr a few months ago, in anticipation of his band’s forthcoming new album. These seemed like strange…
Zach Kelly / May 20, 2016

Review: Twin Peaks Mature Like Billion-Dollar Babies on ‘Down in Heaven’

As rewarding as it is to discover young artists that bring fresh ideas to new music, it’s still immensely satisfying to hear young rock bands…
Adrien Begrand / May 19, 2016

Review: Chance the Rapper Turns Atheists Into Believers on ‘Coloring Book’

Give praise for Chance the Rapper’s refusal to conform. Whereas a bounty of other rappers lean into the continued proliferation of druggy trap or transglobal…
Britt Julious / May 18, 2016

Review: ‘Colleen Green’ Wants to Be Your Joey Ramone on Her New EP

Green: It’s a color, a tea, envy, renewal, ganja. It’s also Colleen Green, the regally cool 31-year-old musician who never takes off her sunglasses and…
Anna Gaca / May 18, 2016

Review: Meghan Trainor Justifies Her Uncanny-Valley-Girl Pop on ‘Thank You’

A brief history of the term "breasteses" in 21st-century pop, presented without commentary: Kanye West, "Breathe In Breathe Out" (2004): "Coulda sworn her…
Dan Weiss / May 17, 2016

Review: Marissa Nadler Paints With All the Colors of the Dark on ‘Strangers’

Midway through Marissa Nadler’s exquisite seventh album Strangers, she pens an ode to "All the Colors of the Dark." Gently singing over hypnotic keyboards and…
David Sackllah / May 16, 2016

Review: James Blake Haunts Our Dreams on ‘The Colour in Anything’

As the old saying goes: a rising TIDAL of Lemonade lifts all boats. Thanks to the rising floodwaters that be Hurricane Bey, a co-writing credit on…
Andy Beta / May 13, 2016

Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’: SPIN’s Impulsive Reviews

After a three-year wait, we have finally been graced with Chance the Rapper's proper follow-up to 2013's Acid Rap. Below, SPIN staffers and contributors share their…
SPIN Staff / May 13, 2016

Review: White Lung Claw Their Way to ‘Paradise’

"Expansive" is the wrong word to describe a viciously focused, 29-minute album, but White Lung's fourth full-length is an evolution in every direction. The breakneck…
Anna Gaca / May 12, 2016
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