reviews

Review: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Are the Best Kind of Bleached Assholes on ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’

Two people whom there will never be a consensus on are Kanye West and Macklemore. Their very artistic existence represents the division that imbalances us…
Dan Weiss / March 3, 2016

Review: Oranssi Pazuzu Open a Portal to Another Black-Metal Dimension on ‘Värähtelijä’

If the laws of the physical universe as we currently understand them (and well, Alien’s oft-quoted tagline) are right — that in space no one…
Colin Joyce / March 3, 2016

Review: Charli XCX Speeds to Her Next Career Checkpoint on the ‘Vroom Vroom’ EP

The unifying factor in every release of Charlotte Aitchison's still-young career — aside from the oft-stunning expertise in songwriting and boundless level of confidence on…
Andrew Unterberger / March 2, 2016

Review: Santigold Sells Herself Short on ’99¢’

Few pop stars know more about the trials of consumerism than Santi White, a.k.a. Santigold. She began her career in the '90s as an A&R…
Rachel Brodsky / March 1, 2016

Review: Quilt Tune In, Turn On, and Ultimately Drop Out on ‘Plaza’

In 2013, on the occasion of Devendra Banhart’s then-new album Mala, the New York Times surveyed the tumbleweed-strewn scene once known as freak-folk. Animal Collective…
Anna Gaca / March 1, 2016

Review: Wussy’s Ragged Ohio Racket Hits Biblical Proportions on ‘Forever Sounds’

As one of American indie’s premier songwriting projects, Cincinnati-based five-piece Wussy have set high standards of consistency over their decade-and-change career, patiently amassing a hefty…
Jason Gubbels / February 29, 2016

Review: The 1975’s ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ Takes Up All of Our Headline Sp

The 1975 are driving a hard bargain. The shapeshifting Manchester band’s recent singles scan like ambitious blockbusters not made for a clear audience: too smart-aleck…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 23, 2016

Review: Yoko Ono Risks Accessibility on ‘Yes, I’m a Witch Too’

At 83, Yoko Ono is still cooler (and probably more subversive) than you — not to mention most indie artists a quarter her age. And…
Stephanie Benson Garr / February 23, 2016

Review: Lucy Dacus’ ‘No Burden’ Is a Survival Guide to Bending and Breaking

Lucy Dacus’ excellent opening salvo "I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore" recalls that of a very, very different artist: Katy Perry’s "One of the Boys,"
Dan Weiss / February 22, 2016

Review: Kanye West Finally Buys His Way to Heaven on ‘The Life of Pablo’

Two confederates of ours not given to hysterics who follow Kanye West's Twitter feeds recently expressed concern for the brother's mental state. Fears of a…
Greg Tate / February 19, 2016

Review: Cavern of Anti-Matter Further Stereolab’s Analog Odyssey on ‘void beats/invocation trex’

No band wrote more love songs than Stereolab, and all of them were dedicated to fictional electronic machinery: "Percolator," "Motoroller Scalatron," "Lo Boob Oscillator." Two…
Dan Weiss / February 19, 2016

SPIN Metal Report: Krallice’s French-Braided Blast Beats and Lycus’ Funeral Doom

Though this winter's been more mild in most parts of the world than any in recent memory, even global warming can't thaw the crop of…
Colin Joyce / February 19, 2016

Review: Prins Thomas’ Space Disco Phones Home at Last on ‘Principe Del Norte’

Just over 20 years ago, IDM iconoclasts the Black Dog released their chimeric 1995 album Spanners, which combined far-flung ideas from the dance universe in ways that had…
Harley Brown / February 17, 2016

Review: School of Seven Bells’ Legacy Is Greater Than Its Finale ‘SVIIB’

The story of dream-pop heroes School of Seven Bells is undoubtedly compelling. Lead vocalist Alejandra Deheza met longtime partner and friend Ben Curtis in 2007 when…
Rachel Brodsky / February 17, 2016

Review: Wild Nothing Dreams Up a Half-Stoned Picnic on ‘Life of Pause’

Most dream-pop bands have never had much of a reputation for occupying the more ambitious corners of the indie market, and that’s usually for good…
Zach Kelly / February 16, 2016

Review: Matmos Spin Us Right Round, Baby on ‘Ultimate Care II’

Most people become familiar with washing machines before we can walk or talk: large, square objects equipped with hatches that harness the power of water…
Raymond Cummings / February 16, 2016

Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’: SPIN’s Impulsive Reviews

Kanye West released his long-awaited seventh album, The Life of Pablo, in the early hours of Sunday morning after performing on Saturday Night Live. Now,…
SPIN Staff / February 14, 2016

Review: Animal Collective Put the Dad in the Dada Movement on ‘Painting With’

Part of getting to know Animal Collective in the mid-’00s was trying to figure out just how much we were in on their act. The…
Marc Hogan / February 12, 2016

Review: Wiz Khalifa Substantiates Kanye’s Claims and Little Else on ‘Khalifa’

During a Twitter tirade in defense of Kim Kardashian — fallout from a misinterpreted tweet from Wiz Khalifa — Kanye West chucked a molotov cocktail…
Sheldon Pearce / February 11, 2016

Review: Future Speeds Down the Expressway to Yr. Skull on ‘EVOL’

Given his current output rate, it seems apropos that Future begins EVOL with a song titled "Ain’t No Time." Releasing new music at a manic…
Israel Daramola / February 10, 2016
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