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Review: Floating Points’ Symphony Reaches the Sublime on the Ethereal ‘Elaenia’

Floating Points' Sam Shepherd isn't one for hard left-turns in his loosely beat-tethered meditations on worldly music, but the London musician and producer does have a tendency to upend expectations.
Harley Brown / November 2, 2015

Review: 5 Seconds of Summer Rewrite Pop-Punk Into Boy-Band History on ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’

The argument that 5 Seconds of Summer have against being called a boy band — which, despite being an exceedingly proud legacy, is historically a…
Andrew Unterberger / October 30, 2015

Classic Reviews: Pulp, ‘Different Class’

This review originally ran in the March 1996 issue of SPIN. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Pulp's Different Class — which is one of…
Barry Walters / October 30, 2015

Review: Rabit Finds the Beauty and Horror in Religious Ritual on ‘Communion’

Since joining up with Tri Angle Records last year, Texas-based producer Eric Burton (who records as Rabit) has fixed his eyes on God. He called…
Colin Joyce / October 29, 2015

Review: DJ Khaled Epitomizes the Small-Stakes Rap Event Album With ‘I Changed a Lot’

How does one review a DJ Khaled album? How do you apply numbers — mere digits which adhere to the rules of mathematics — to…
Drew Millard / October 28, 2015

Review: Wolf Eyes Will Still Flambé Your Soul on ‘I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces’

From sinister synths to demonic horns to dislocated guitars, melody has always been a factor in Wolf Eyes’ paranoid dystopia, but very rarely the Michigan-based…
Raymond Cummings / October 28, 2015

Review: Horrendous Become the Springsteen of Death Metal on ‘Anareta’

Death metal aspires toward and excels at the grotesque: breakneck speeds, unwieldy chord progressions, obsessions with gore and rot, violations you welcome in. But the…
Andy O'Connor / October 27, 2015

Review: Ty Segall Thrives on His Lack of Self-Editing Once Again on Fuzz’s ‘II’

Ty Segall isn’t yet as prolific as Robert Pollard or Ryan Adams, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t trying his damnedest to reach their collective…
Annie Zaleski / October 26, 2015

Review: Beach Slang Put Out an APB for the ‘People Who Feel Like Us’

"I try a lot to write / I try to use my brain / But every time I try, my heart gets in the way."
Andrew Unterberger / October 26, 2015

Review: Joanna Newsom Doesn’t Need a Triple Lindy to Make a Splash on ‘Divers’

In the five years since Joanna Newsom released her most recent masterpiece, the triple-album Have One on Me, her absence has been greatly felt within…
David Sackllah / October 26, 2015

Review: D.R.A.M. Cha Chas His Way to Sing-Rap Ecstasy on ‘Gahdamn!’ EP

Forget that "Hotline Bling" ended up being the inescapable one, Virginia-born singer/rapper D.R.A.M. and his own breakthrough tune were still responsible for discovering the twee…
Colin Joyce / October 23, 2015

Classic Reviews: Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’

This review originally ran in the December 1995 issue of SPIN. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, we’ve…
Ann Powers / October 23, 2015

Review: VHÖL Rip the Flesh From Thrash’s Corpse on ‘Deeper Than Sky’

Does being a great metal album mean doing things that other metal albums don’t do? Not a very kvlt thing to ask of course, and…
Dan Weiss / October 23, 2015

Review: Christine and the Queens Share the Crown With Everyone on Self-Tilted Debut

Pop music isn't generally a world for supporting players. Outsiders can find their place as long as they are so affirmative in their left-of-centeredness (like…
Andrew Unterberger / October 22, 2015

Review: Beach House Pull Their Weightless Compositions Back to Earth on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’

When we last left Beach House, less than two months ago ago, principal members Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally were reaffirming their status as masters…
Colin Joyce / October 20, 2015

Review: All Aboard Neon Indian’s Time-Traveling Cruise Ship on ‘VEGA INTL. Night School’

Alan Palomo’s third album as Neon Indian opens with the boastfully titled "Hit Parade"; it’s nothing more than a 30-second instrumental blip that would be…
Natasha Aftandilians / October 19, 2015

Review: Seinabo Sey Makes Empathy Thrilling on ‘Pretend’

"Younger," Seinabo Sey’s first track — both chronologically and where it appears on her debut album, Pretend — was released almost two years ago, but…
James Grebey / October 19, 2015

Review: The Game Drags All of 2015 Rap Down With Him on ‘The Documentary 2′

The Game’s stock has been steadily plummeting since he released his highly-acclaimed debut, The Documentary, in 2005 with heavy backing from the biggest rap star…
Sheldon Pearce / October 16, 2015

SPIN Rap Report: Young Thug Slimes Us, milo Takes Busdriver to School

From here in Los Angeles, it feels like summer won’t leave: The beach is packed, the Dodgers are braving 90-degree weather, and YG…
Paul Thompson / October 16, 2015

Review: Visionist’s Debut LP Will Keep You ‘Safe’ From Mental Anguish

For years now, the producer born Louis Carnell has been trying to straighten his head out. The shattered compositions the London-based musician makes as…
Colin Joyce / October 14, 2015
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