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Review: The Field Sublimates Repetition on Entrancing ‘The Follower’

The Field's muscular micro-loops are meant for small spaces — high-quality headphones, or crowded 250-capacity venues. Last October, the man born Axel Willner practically levitated such an…
Harley Brown / March 31, 2016

Review: ZAYN’s ‘Mind of Mine’ Is a So-So Thing to Waste

If you need proof that no life skill is more valuable than knowing exactly when to leave a party, look no further than Zayn Malik.
Andrew Unterberger / March 30, 2016

Review: Cobalt Return With Two Thunderous Discs and a New Screamer on ‘Slow Forever’

Cobalt revolutionized American black metal with 2009's Gin, as one of the few bands to firmly embrace their home country instead of seeking authenticity by…
Andy O'Connor / March 29, 2016

Review: M83’s Anthony Gonzalez Finds His Past, Present, and Future Self’s Happy Place on ‘Junk’

The closest we may ever come to hearing Anthony Gonzalez's high-school band, My Violent Wish — unless he decides to release his old demos — is "*," a…
Harley Brown / March 28, 2016

Review: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s Ambient Majesty Melts the Ice for Once on ‘Ears’

A core theme threading Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s slowly mushrooming discography is the glory of genesis, of becoming, of flustered incoherence straining towards coherence: Scraps of…
Raymond Cummings / March 28, 2016

Review: Weezer Make Weezer Great Again on ‘The White Album’

Well, it only took 'em 20 years. The half-decade hiatus that Weezer started in 1996 after their epochal first two albums — and the sonically…
Andrew Unterberger / March 25, 2016

Review: Teen Suicide Throw the Best Pity Party on ‘It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot’

"How old were you when you first fell out of love with the world?" asks Sam Ray on "America," midway through Teen Suicide’s second (and…
David Sackllah / March 24, 2016

Review: The Range Democratizes Sampling and Helps YouTubers Reach Their Full ‘Potential’

"Right now, I don't have a backup plan for if I don't make it." That stark confession opens the Range's "Regular," from the YouTube spelunker's intricate sophomore…
Harley Brown / March 23, 2016

Review: Primal Scream Do the Safety Dance on ‘Chaosmosis’

Primal Scream should not be the kind of band people still care about, much less one who in 2016 gets to handpick Sky Ferreira and…
Dan Weiss / March 23, 2016

Review: Bombino’s Red-Hot Guitar Sings the Desert Blues on ‘Azel’

Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but musical censorship runs close behind. Be it plantation owners confiscating the drums of African-American slaves, or…
Jason Gubbels / March 22, 2016

Review: Open Mike Eagle and Paul White Get Up Close and Well, You Know, on ‘Hella Personal Film Festival’

If the late, lamented revolutionary poet Gil Scott-Heron was a college-bound poet today, he might be writing raps in the vein of Open Mike Eagle.
Mosi Reeves / March 21, 2016

Review: Hop Along Set Themselves on Fire to Keep Us Warm on ‘Get Disowned’

To the majority of their fans, Philly upstarts Hop Along appeared fully formed in 2015 with their breakthrough LP, Painted Shut. It was singer-guitarist Frances Quinlan’s third album,…
Anna Gaca / March 18, 2016

SPIN Electronic Report: Moodymann Mixes Up His True Classic, Avalon Emerson Yells ‘Serenity Now!’

The beat-based releases of 2016's first quarter have lent dance fans fresh inspiration (in the form of new LPs, EPs, and mixes) to leave comfortably overheated…
Harley Brown / March 18, 2016

Review: We’ve Got Some Doubts About Gwen Stefani’s ‘This Is What the Truth Feels Like’

From 12 years' distance, 2004's Love.Angel.Music.Baby. looks a little bit like a minor pop classic. Shorn of the elaborate, symbolic, inevitably political apparatus of the…
Theon Weber / March 17, 2016

Review: Iggy Pop Isn’t a S**t-Stirrer, He Likes It Shaken on ‘Post Pop Depression’

It’s absurd to cavil about the loss of Iggy Pop’s "rawness." Whatever you wanted from him, you either got in 1969 (okayyyy), or 1973, or…
Dan Weiss / March 16, 2016

Review: Kilo Kish Has No (Instagram) Filter on ‘Reflections in Real Time’

Last November, 19-year-old Australian Instagram star Essena O’Neill hit her breaking point and walked away from a budding social media career. She deleted most of…
Anna Gaca / March 15, 2016

Review: Underworld Don’t Need Your Nostalgia on ‘Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future’

Underworld's transcendent Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future arrives in one of those windows of release-date alignments with anniversaries that further confirms the cyclical nature of music…
Harley Brown / March 14, 2016

Review: 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne Get Into a Tickle Fight on ‘ColleGrove’

There was a moment not all that long ago — maybe summer of 2012, between the releases of Tha Carter IV and Based on a…
Andrew Unterberger / March 11, 2016

Review: Miike Snow Get Stuck in the Middle on ‘iii,’ and It Ain’t With Us

The Swedish-American pop/production trio of Andrew Wyatt, Christian Karlsson, and Pontus Winnberg have amassed a formidable backlog of pop bangers over the last decade. As…
Rachel Brodsky / March 11, 2016

Review: Sheer Mag Use Power Chords to Dismantle the Power Structure on ‘III’

All of Sheer Mag's bite-sized, fire-starting collections of road-dog rock over the last few years have been mixed at producer Hunter Davidsohn’s Business District studio…
Colin Joyce / March 10, 2016
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