Reviews

Review: Action Bronson Painlessly Graduates From Mixtapes to Albums on ‘Mr. Wonderful’

While the serious emotional response to Kendrick Lamar's epic To Pimp a Butterfly last week led to entire thinkpieces on its "overwhelming blackness," this week…
By: Dan Weiss / March 25, 2015

Review: Chastity Belt Turn Goth Into Wry Feminism on ‘Time to Go Home’

Gather your crystals, because the sophomore album by Seattle post-punk quartet Chastity Belt fluoresces like a neon sign for a $10 palm read. Recorded i…
By: Bryn Lovitt / March 24, 2015

Review: Courtney Barnett’s Exhilarating ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’

Courtney Barnett's voice is the first thing you hear on her first proper full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, character-sketching opening…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 23, 2015

Review: Tobias Jesso Jr. Falls Short of Nilsson and Newman on ‘Goon’

He's been hailed as the latest link in the venerable Los Angeles-singer-songwriter chain. But L.A. chewed Tobias Jesso Jr. up. He and his band, the…
By: Brad Shoup / March 20, 2015

Review: Kendrick Lamar Returns With the Great American Hip-Hop Album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Azealia Banks — the immensely skilled and completely without-filter rapper who appeared in Playboy the same day that Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited To Pimp a Butterfly appeared…
By: Dan Weiss / March 20, 2015

Review: Modest Mouse’s Middling Comeback, ‘Strangers to Ourselves’

Eight years and this is it? After several false starts, reports of curious collaborations with two fulcrums from all-time great bands (Big Boi! Krist Novoselic!),…
By: Kyle McGovern / March 19, 2015

SPIN Electronic Report: Levon Vincent Makes a Splash, DJ Sotofett Blurs Genre Lines

If the first couple of months of 2015 are any indication, this year's quality dance albums are going to make 2014's seem like a hazy,…
By: Steve Mizek / March 18, 2015

Review: Lightning Bolt Add Pleasure to Expressionistic Thrash on ‘Fantasy Empire’

Our brief time on earth offers few pleasures greater than listening to Brian Chippendale play drums. The Lightning Bolt drummer/vocalist's skin-tight snare and the rest…
By: Jeremy D. Larson / March 18, 2015

Review: Twin Shadow Is Ready for Love on ‘Eclipse’

George Lewis Jr., better known under his previously guitar-wielding, leather-jacket-wearing alias Twin Shadow, has said that he finished recording his third album, Eclipse, before leaving indie…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 16, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Dawn Richard’s Trippy R&B, Quarterbacks’ Twee-Punk, and More

There's too much music. The Internet cemented that from here on out there's always going to be worthy releases that fall between the cracks —…
By: SPIN Staff / March 13, 2015
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