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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

Review: YG Is ‘Still Brazy’ After All These Years

We are living in a real-life dystopia. We put our memories on computers that fit into the palms of our hands while willingly sharing personal information…
Drew Millard / June 15, 2016

Review: Diarrhea Planet Are Only Half-Polished Turds on ‘Turn to Gold’

What kind of a lifespan can a band named Diarrhea Planet expect to have? The Nashville sextet's second album, 2013's I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, sought…
Rachel Brodsky / June 15, 2016

Review: The Kills’ ‘Ash & Ice’ Has Too Much Ballast to Weather the Storm

It’s a good thing the song called "Doing It to Death" is the first on Ash & Ice, because if it was the last it might…
Anna Gaca / June 14, 2016

Review: Mitski Really Gives Emo Something to Write Home About on ‘Puberty 2′

Much as it's reviled by its practitioners, the label of what is or isn’t "emo" has always been more of a, hm, dick move to…
Dan Weiss / June 13, 2016

SPIN Country Report: Robert Ellis Is Trying to Break Your Heart, Margo Price Fills Your Old Jukebox

The first half of 2016 has seen a number of major country releases — some stellar (Loretta Lynn, Brandy Clark), some not-so-stellar (Keith Urban, Blake…
Brittney McKenna / June 10, 2016

Review: Paul Simon Is Still Filling Out a (Corporeal) Form on ‘Stranger to Stranger’

Over his three-quarters of a century on this mortal coil, Paul Simon’s never made two great albums in a row. This isn’t a problem — his…
Dan Weiss / June 8, 2016

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
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