Review: Omar Souleyman Slows the Party to a Crawl on ‘Bahdeni Nami’

First thing you notice about Omar Souleyman’s second studio album (and kajillionth when you count his live catalog) is the tempo. Bahdeni Nami’s opening “Mawal…
Dan Weiss / August 4, 2015

Review: Mac DeMarco Cleans Up His Act on ‘Another One’

Indie rock’s favorite merry prankster — the Bizkit-covering, self-violating, gap-toothed, boy-king Mac DeMarco — has another collection of chewy guitar-pop treats to share.
Colin Joyce / August 3, 2015

Review: Titus Andronicus Make the Excessive Impressive on ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’

Rock operas are an inherently dicey proposition. Have the right themes, tools, and ability, and you could wind up with a masterpiece that people will…
Ryan Leas / July 30, 2015

Review: Migos Prove Their Staying Power on ‘Yung Rich Nation’

“Trap Funk,” one of the last songs on Migos’ long-awaited proper debut, Yung Rich Nation, is glorious. Horns dance, a big, boozy bassline booms like the…
Rebecca Haithcoat / July 29, 2015

Review: Alessandro Cortini Spirals Upward on Luminous ‘Risveglio’

Alessandro Cortini tends to surround himself with darkness. The Italian producer is most infamous as a torturer of modular synths and other bleak electronics for…
Colin Joyce / July 27, 2015

Review: Ducktails Stay Low-Key Groovy on ‘St. Catherine’

“Head banging in the mirror / Wish I could see so much clearer,” Matt Mondanile sings over crisply mechanized percussion and sun-warmed six-strings on “Headbanging,” the…
Harley Brown / July 24, 2015

Review: Wilco Do Without Trying on ‘Star Wars’

It’s now been over a decade since Wilco released A Ghost Is Born, the band’s highly anticipated follow up to its 2002 opus, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
Jonathan Bernstein / July 23, 2015

Review: The Lurid Pill-Popping and Flip-Flopping of Future’s ‘Dirty Sprite 2′

Nobody has ever gotten laid by announcing that they were going to wear shoes while f—king. The mental image of someone nude, except for their…
Drew Millard / July 22, 2015

Review: Ashley Monroe’s Songcraft Stays Sharp on ‘The Blade’

The singer and writer of the most exquisite sighs in modern country, Ashley Monroe doesn’t come off as a mope. Her high, fluting voice projects…
Alfred Soto / July 20, 2015

Bon Iver Keeps It In the Family At Triumphant Eaux Claires Set

There were hints throughout the weekend that something special might happen during Bon Iver’s inaugural Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival on July 17 and…
Harley Brown / July 19, 2015

Review: The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Echoes’ Are a Little Too Familiar

In a recent interview with the Guardian, the Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons noted that his work with partner Tom Rowlands has lasted “longer than quite…
Shawn Reynaldo / July 17, 2015

Review: Jason Isbell Sees a Darkness, Embraces Light on ‘Something More Than Free’

At some point after the storm, after days, weeks, or years of tumult and uncertainty, the clouds part. The sun shines. Everything feels right, however…
Colin Joyce / July 17, 2015

Review: Years & Years Sanctify Body and Blood on ‘Communion’

Years & Years’ London-based frontman Olly Alexander spent his adolescent years as an actor, but his celestial synth-pop band’s debut full-length, Communion, suggests an occupation far…
Colin Joyce / July 15, 2015

Review: Ghostface Killah Surpasses Lowered Standards on ‘Twelve Reasons to Die II’

If Ghostface isn’t the greatest rapper of all time — and he might be — he’s at least the most detailed: Fishscale’s “Shakey Dog” cycles through most…
Dan Weiss / July 14, 2015

Review: Tame Impala Embark on a Flawless Interstellar Journey With ‘Currents’

Toward the end of Currents, Australian psych-rockonauts Tame Impala’s impeccable third studio LP, Kevin Parker tells us how he really feels. “The desire to know what’s…
Harley Brown / July 13, 2015

Review: Veruca Salt Erupt Anew on ‘Ghost Notes’

A ghost note only sort of gets played. Instead of a clear bell-like emission or shimmering glissando, the beat is choked out to the point…
Colin Joyce / July 9, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Hop Along Gives Us Palpitations, Mount Eerie Elevates the Mundane

We devour music at such a feverish pace that, more and more, great collections of songs fall through the cracks. In the case of the past…
Dan Weiss / July 8, 2015

Review: Lil Wayne Longs for True Independence on ‘Free Weezy Album’

Cash Money is an army — but Baby and Slim’s New Orleans venture has always been afflicted by disgruntled soldiers, going back to early-‘90s acts…
Phillip Mlynar / July 8, 2015

Review: Wavves x Cloud Nothings Enjoy Group Therapy on ‘No Life for Me’

On the surface, the quasi-surprise teaming of Cloud Nothings and Wavves seems like the indie-punk version of the classic Loner Weirdo and Crowd-Pleasing Hitmaker archetype…
Andrew Unterberger / July 6, 2015

Review: Matrixxman Proves Technology Is Human After All on ‘Homesick’

In 1978, Kraftwerk released The Man-Machine, an album that openly explored the intersection of humanity and technology. Nearly 40 years later, that examination is still…
Shawn Reynaldo / July 6, 2015
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