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Review: Since They Left Us, the Avalanches Found a World Not All That New on ‘Wildflower’

So many ways to counter the sophomore slump, and the Avalanches chose the most difficult one. It didn’t have to be like this. The time-release…
Brad Shoup / July 7, 2016

Review: On ‘Nice as F**k,’ Jenny Lewis’ New Band Is Just Okay as F**k

One thing Jenny Diane Lewis is not, is a minimalist. Take one of her absolute greatest compositions in a crowded canon: 2004’s "It’s a Hit."
Dan Weiss / July 6, 2016

Review: TV on the Radio, ‘Return to Cookie Mountain’

This review originally ran in the June 2006 issue of SPIN. In honor of the tenth anniversary of TV on the Radio's Return to Cookie Mountain,…
Dennis Lim / July 6, 2016

Review: Desiigner Is Already Repeating Himself on His First Tape, ‘New English’

Repetition only works in rap when you make it interesting. Migos’ "Versace" reiterated its title phrase so many times that it bled into the already…
Israel Daramola / July 5, 2016

Review: We Really Love the Julie Ruin’s ‘Hit Reset’ (But They’d Rather Not Know)

Bikini Kill were the best punk band of the 1990s — catchy, playful, hostile, and righteous — and their motormouthed frontwoman Kathleen Hanna exited the…
Theon Weber / July 5, 2016

Review: Blink-182 Guess What Growing Up Is on ‘California’

Blink-182 without Tom DeLonge: It's a tempting proposition. When considering DeLonge's role in Blink, your mind instantly goes to 2004 smash "I Miss You," when…
Andrew Unterberger / June 30, 2016

Review: Bat for Lashes’ Side Is Always a Bit Lonely on ‘The Bride’

Ten years ago, Natasha Khan asked "What's a Girl to Do?" on her 2006 breakthrough single, not as a damsel in distress but a woman…
Stephanie Garr / June 29, 2016

SPIN Pop Report: All Saints’ Reunion Unexpectedly Rules, Kiiara’s a Cyborg But She’s Our Cyborg

You'd think 2016 was a better year for pop judging simply by the stars who've put out full-lengths — Rihanna, Fifth Harmony, and Sia among them —…
Brennan Carley / June 28, 2016

Review: Maxwell Relieves That Stress (on His Syllables) With ‘blackSUMMERS’night’

Halfway through his first album since the formation of the Tea Party, Maxwell sings, "I’m hearin’ and I’m sayin’ things all the time / The…
Alfred Soto / June 28, 2016

Review: Blood Orange Is Fired Up and Ready to Go on ‘Freetown Sound’

Sometimes it feels like Dev Hynes is everywhere. Excepting even the obvious — the magazine covers for his work as Blood Orange, the late-night television…
Colin Joyce / June 27, 2016

Review: Allow DJ Shadow to Re-Endtroduce Himself on ‘The Mountain Will Fall’

Endtroducing..… will be referenced in about 90 percent of anything written about DJ Shadow until the day he dies — that’s what happens when you singlehandedly…
Brian Josephs / June 24, 2016

Review: Mumford and Sons Travel to ‘Johannesburg’ for a Little Eat, Pray, Banjo

Let's say you, as a longtime fan of Baaba Maal, looked up the polyglot Senegalese singer on Apple Music today. Why, you might have wondered,…
Anna Gaca / June 24, 2016

Review: Little Big Town Are a Room That Could Use a Roof on ‘Wanderlust’

The bravely titled "One Dance," which opens Little Big Town’s Wanderlust, is exactly what you’d expect from a collaboration between the pop-friendly country pros of…
Chris Herrington / June 23, 2016

Review: Swans’ Actual Swan Song Is a Cloud of Unknowing on ‘The Glowing Man’

It had to end eventually. Six years after Michael Gira resurrected his pivotal drone outfit Swans in 2010, the time has come to lay them…
Zoe Camp / June 21, 2016

Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers Don’t Quite Escape From L.A. on ‘The Getaway’

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of a recently kicked bowl of California’s finest medicinal-grade greenery, the Red Hot Chili Peppers decided that 2016…
Colin Joyce / June 21, 2016

Review: G.L.O.S.S.’ ‘Trans Day of Revenge’ Is a Dish Best Served Fast

In 2015, at least 23 transgender people were murdered in America. Beyond the struggle for basic human rights — like feeling safe in public restrooms…
David Sackllah / June 20, 2016

Review: Nick Jonas Chills Out and Gives Us What We’re Yelling For on ‘Last Year Was Complicated’

If you, like Nick Jonas, are a pop star, and last year was uncomplicated — if it was rote, perhaps, or merely pleasant — fire your team.
Brad Shoup / June 17, 2016

Review: Garbage Have Finally Upgraded to Version 3.0 on ‘Strange Little Birds’

Some important noises on Garbage's sixth album, ranked, ascendingly: the whispery wobble in the deep background of "If I Lost You," the strobe effect that…
Theon Weber / June 17, 2016

Review: Gojira Deserve to Take Experimental Riffage Mainstream on ‘Magma’

In 1988, Canadian band Voivod pulled off one of the most stunning musical transformations in heavy-metal history. After three albums that pushed the boundaries of…
Adrien Begrand / June 16, 2016

Classic Reviews: The Smiths, ‘The Queen Is Dead’

This review was originally published in the August 1986 issue of SPIN. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Smiths' The Queen Is Dead,…
Rich Stim / June 16, 2016
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