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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

Review: The Body Speak to Our Election-Year Nihilism With ‘No One Deserves Happiness’

Even though the pummeling and altogether bleak aesthetic of metal suggests a moribund nihilism, there's a recent resurgence of forward-pushing bands who have captured…
J.J. Lang / March 10, 2016

Review: Thug Entrancer Nerds Out on the Cerebral ‘Arcology’

Arcology, the sophomore album from Thug Entrancer (a.k.a. Denver sound-clasher Ryan McRyhew), is very nerdy. Look at the song titles alone! "ROM" likely stands for read-only memory, "Arrakis" could…
Harley Brown / March 9, 2016

Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘untitled unmastered.’ Is a Bullet With ‘Butterfly’ Wings

Kendrick Lamar didn’t have to do this. Not even a year has passed since he released his grand statement, To Pimp a Butterfly, an intimidating epic…
Matthew Ramirez / March 9, 2016

Review: Loretta Lynn May Have Come ‘Full Circle’ But She Ain’t Done Yet

For most legendary artists, there comes a point when the past eclipses the future. It’s a time for reissues of classic albums, for B-sides and…
Brittney McKenna / March 8, 2016

SPIN Rap Report: Vic Spencer and Chris Crack Join Forces, Boosie Beats Cancer and Lives to Tell Twice

The first two months of 2016 have been dominated by something that in most years doesn’t show up until much later: star power. In January,…
Paul Thompson / March 7, 2016

Review: Secret Boyfriend Unlocks Your Brain’s Filing Cabinet on ‘Memory Care Unit’

Memory is a burdensome thing. Our limited recall ability means that the more agonizing experiences are the ones we tend to remember in greater detail.
Meagan Fredette / March 7, 2016

Review: Into It. Over It. See Your ‘Standards’ and Raise Them

"I understand now that you can’t go from a record that has a chorus on every song [Proper], and then deliver a follow-up that has…
Andrew Unterberger / March 7, 2016

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘untitled unmastered.’: SPIN’s Impulsive Reviews

Kendrick Lamar surprise-released (well, almost) a new project on Thursday night called untitled unmastered. Despite its brevity (the collection features just eight tracks) and in-progress aesthetic…
SPIN Staff / March 4, 2016

Review: The Knocks Take Disco Back to the Future on Their Long-Awaited Debut, ’55’

All due respect to Iggy Azalea (which isn’t much), but you can’t just throw around the phrase "new classic" and not expect to look…
James Grebey / March 4, 2016

Review: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Are the Best Kind of Bleached Assholes on ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’

Two people whom there will never be a consensus on are Kanye West and Macklemore. Their very artistic existence represents the division that imbalances us…
Dan Weiss / March 3, 2016

Review: Oranssi Pazuzu Open a Portal to Another Black-Metal Dimension on ‘Värähtelijä’

If the laws of the physical universe as we currently understand them (and well, Alien’s oft-quoted tagline) are right — that in space no one…
Colin Joyce / March 3, 2016

Review: Charli XCX Speeds to Her Next Career Checkpoint on the ‘Vroom Vroom’ EP

The unifying factor in every release of Charlotte Aitchison's still-young career — aside from the oft-stunning expertise in songwriting and boundless level of confidence on…
Andrew Unterberger / March 2, 2016

Review: Santigold Sells Herself Short on ’99¢’

Few pop stars know more about the trials of consumerism than Santi White, a.k.a. Santigold. She began her career in the '90s as an A&R…
Rachel Brodsky / March 1, 2016

Review: Quilt Tune In, Turn On, and Ultimately Drop Out on ‘Plaza’

In 2013, on the occasion of Devendra Banhart’s then-new album Mala, the New York Times surveyed the tumbleweed-strewn scene once known as freak-folk. Animal Collective…
Anna Gaca / March 1, 2016

Review: Wussy’s Ragged Ohio Racket Hits Biblical Proportions on ‘Forever Sounds’

As one of American indie’s premier songwriting projects, Cincinnati-based five-piece Wussy have set high standards of consistency over their decade-and-change career, patiently amassing a hefty…
Jason Gubbels / February 29, 2016

Review: The 1975’s ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ Takes Up All of Our Headline Sp

The 1975 are driving a hard bargain. The shapeshifting Manchester band’s recent singles scan like ambitious blockbusters not made for a clear audience: too smart-aleck…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 23, 2016
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