Reviews

Review: Cannibal Ox and the Return of Samurai Rap on ‘Blade of the Ronin’

See, the big question isn't if Cannibal Ox would ever get back together. Thirty-seven-year-old, gruff-voiced headliner Vast Aire and 35-year-old, introspective sidekick Vordul Mega have…
By: Dan Weiss / March 2, 2015

Review: Colleen Green Can Do Whatever She Wants on the Confessional ‘I Want to Grow Up’

Bubble-grunge stoner Colleen Green (yep, her Facebook URL is "colleengreen420") poses a neat juxtaposition on her third and least-bedsick album, I Want to Grow Up: crunchy…
By: Dan Weiss / February 27, 2015

Review: Future Brown Go For Broke on Guest-Stuffed Self-Titled Debut

Future Brown's bio claims that the supergroup — Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof, and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush of Lit City Trax — take…
By: Brennan Carley / February 26, 2015

Review: Big Sean’s Neither Beautiful Nor Twisted But Quite Dark Fantasy ‘Dark Sky Paradise’

Earlier this week, Kanye received his due at the annual BET Honors ceremony, and in a prerecorded video interview during the festivities, he made a…
By: Dan Weiss / February 25, 2015

Review: Screaming Females Turn Down for ‘Rose Mountain’

After ten years and six albums with Screaming Females, Marissa Paternoster has found her voice. Not that it was exactly missing in the New Brunswick…
By: Rachel Brodsky / February 24, 2015

Review: Torche Are So Un-Metal They’re Actually Metal on ‘Restarter’

It should come to the surprise of absolutely no one that Torche don't consider themselves a metal band. Despite the crunching riffs, thunderous drums, and…
By: Andrew Unterberger / February 23, 2015

Review: Jose Gonzalez Leaves the Bedroom Behind on ‘Vestiges & Claws’

It's been seven years since brooding fingerpicker José González released a solo album — we last heard from him on 2007's transfixing In Our Nature — but…
By: Rachel Brodsky / February 19, 2015

Review: A Place to Bury Strangers Are Happy to Hurt You on ‘Transfixiation’

Let's be clear: Oliver Ackermann is a happy guy. The seller of custom-crafted effects pedals to the likes of U2, TV on the Radio, and…
By: Dan Weiss / February 18, 2015

Review: All Work and No Play for Drake on ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’

A million vines, Twitter hashtags, and radio snarl-alongs later, it's worth looking back and remembering just what a strange song Drake's "Worst Behavior" was. The…
By: Andrew Unterberger / February 17, 2015

SPIN Metal Report: The Body and Thou Team Up Viciously, Black Cilice Ooze to the Forefront

Last year was a strong one for metal — extreme and otherwise — but the world keeps turning, bands keep writing, and the rent i…
By: Kim Kelly / February 11, 2015
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