Review: Royal Headache Beat a Sophomore Hangover on ‘High’

A couple of minutes into their sophomore LP High, Australian pub-punks Royal Headache stumble upon an important lesson for a young band: Rock’n’roll is a…
Colin Joyce / August 18, 2015

Review: FKA twigs Takes No Prisoners on the New ‘M3LL155X’ EP

Less than a year ago, Tahliah Barnett transformed the set of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon into her own personal wind tunnel, ducking and weaving through…
Harley Brown / August 17, 2015

Review: Mick Jenkins Obeys His Thirst on the H2O-Obsessed ‘Wave(s)’

Chicago-via-Huntsville rapper Mick Jenkins was a conspicuously missing name from the Social Experiment’s Surf this year, considering the breezy float of traditional easy-listening instruments that…
Dan Weiss / August 17, 2015

SPIN World Report: Mbongwana Star’s Congolese Street Music, Fabiano Do Nascimento’s Afro-Brazilian Folk Shredding

The term “world music,” ick — a marketer’s desperate pitch more than tangible genre, suggesting either Yankee provincialism (there’s Americana, British rock, and, um, The World) or…
Jason Gubbels / August 14, 2015

Review: Luke Bryan Leaves Spring Break Behind as He Pushes 40 on ‘Kill the Lights’

You can leave your headlamps on for only so long. Eventually, the battery’s gonna die. Judging by the title of Luke Bryan’s fifth record, Kill…
Brad Shoup / August 14, 2015

Review: Lil B and Chance the Rapper Do What They Want Any Old Time on ‘Free’

The main thing about Free, Chance the Rapper’s surprise collaboration with the B*s*d G*d himself, Lil B, is it’s named after — and quietly a…
Dan Weiss / August 14, 2015

Review: Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique Keep the Floor Full But Little Else on ‘Love Is Free’

Know how they say to never go food shopping when you’re hungry? Well, never overhype everything a great artist releases while you’re waiting on a…
Dan Weiss / August 13, 2015

Review: Dr. Dre Returns After 16 Years to Deliver His Surprise Retirement Record ‘Compton’

Detox has arrived. Except it’s not Detox, it’s Compton. And fortunately, Compton is not hip-hop’s Chinese Democracy — a mythical, long-awaited record released to shrug…
Matthew Ramirez / August 11, 2015

Review: Palehound Ties Indie Rock in Knots on ‘Dry Food’

The way some people have a way with words, Palehound singer/songwriter Ellen Kempner has a way with a guitar: Looped lines tumble out in the…
Colin Joyce / August 10, 2015

Review: Krallice Return to Earth on Careening ‘Ygg Huur’

After a half-decade dwelling in thunderclouds, Krallice seem to have finally descended back to the ground. Regal air and swooning instrumentals have been the default…
Colin Joyce / August 7, 2015

Review: Tink Brings an Album to a Mixtape Fight on ‘Winter’s Diary 3′

Winter’s Diary 3 is Tink’s sixth mixtape, but, much like the previous installments in the Winter’s Diary series, it feels more like a finished album…
Jes Skolnik / August 7, 2015

Review: Chelsea Wolfe Plumbs New Depths on ‘Abyss’

Between references to the River Styx, lamentations of psychic emptiness, and the terrors of our own uncontrollable emotions, Chelsea Wolfe finds calm on “Crazy Love,”…
Harley Brown / August 5, 2015

Review: Omar Souleyman Slows the Party to a Crawl on ‘Bahdeni Nami’

First thing you notice about Omar Souleyman’s second studio album (and kajillionth when you count his live catalog) is the tempo. Bahdeni Nami’s opening “Mawal…
Dan Weiss / August 4, 2015

Review: Mac DeMarco Cleans Up His Act on ‘Another One’

Indie rock’s favorite merry prankster — the Bizkit-covering, self-violating, gap-toothed, boy-king Mac DeMarco — has another collection of chewy guitar-pop treats to share.
Colin Joyce / August 3, 2015

Review: Titus Andronicus Make the Excessive Impressive on ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’

Rock operas are an inherently dicey proposition. Have the right themes, tools, and ability, and you could wind up with a masterpiece that people will…
Ryan Leas / July 30, 2015

Review: Migos Prove Their Staying Power on ‘Yung Rich Nation’

“Trap Funk,” one of the last songs on Migos’ long-awaited proper debut, Yung Rich Nation, is glorious. Horns dance, a big, boozy bassline booms like the…
Rebecca Haithcoat / July 29, 2015

Review: Alessandro Cortini Spirals Upward on Luminous ‘Risveglio’

Alessandro Cortini tends to surround himself with darkness. The Italian producer is most infamous as a torturer of modular synths and other bleak electronics for…
Colin Joyce / July 27, 2015

Review: Ducktails Stay Low-Key Groovy on ‘St. Catherine’

“Head banging in the mirror / Wish I could see so much clearer,” Matt Mondanile sings over crisply mechanized percussion and sun-warmed six-strings on “Headbanging,” the…
Harley Brown / July 24, 2015

Review: Wilco Do Without Trying on ‘Star Wars’

It’s now been over a decade since Wilco released A Ghost Is Born, the band’s highly anticipated follow up to its 2002 opus, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
Jonathan Bernstein / July 23, 2015

Review: The Lurid Pill-Popping and Flip-Flopping of Future’s ‘Dirty Sprite 2′

Nobody has ever gotten laid by announcing that they were going to wear shoes while f—king. The mental image of someone nude, except for their…
Drew Millard / July 22, 2015
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